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“Well, they are gone, and here I must remain”  

From a poem by Samuel Taylor Coleridge: 1772 – 1834: English poet who lived at Ottery St Mary. This famous resident had also gone long before Mr Oliver Carter opened the racecourse in 1979.

In fact, most people had “gone” as the new British point-to-point season got under way last Saturday (24 Oct) at Ottery St Mary under strict protocol due to COVID-19 stipulations. In the earliest ever start to a British season, the East Devon race meeting had to take place behind closed doors.  Only essential personnel were allowed in. (luckily including me)

 Photo: Athwenna Irons / WMN

On a thoroughly wet, blustery day, seven times National champion jockey Will Biddick took the honours with a treble. “My best ever start to a season” said the Truro born rider.

Art Mauresque set the ball rolling under a copybook Biddick ride in the opening Hunt race. The Tom Malone trained gelding eased into the lead in the home straight to hold Raddon Top who was one of a trio of Leslie Jefford trained runners in the race. One of the other Jefford runners, Ryves Rocky finished a creditable third giving a memorable first race ride to Kirsty O’Dell.

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Art Mauresque (nearside), ridden by Will Biddick, on his way to winning | Photo: Athwenna Irons / WMN

Biddick teamed up with the David Maxwell owned Jalatuwih to take the Men’s Open after a spirited duel with Navanman (Darren Edwards). The pair had the race to themselves in the closing stages. Biddick’s mount proved the stronger on the run to the judge, looking like a top class hunter chase prospect. Trainer Beth Childs reported, “He came from Philip Hobbs to run in point-to-points.” He was described by his jockey as, “A classy horse under rules and the aim is to go to the Foxhunter at Cheltenham. He travelled strong. I gave him a click and he moved on”

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Race winner Jatiluwih, ridden by Will Biddick, winning decisively | Photo: Athwenna Irons / WMN

Taunton bloodstock agent Tom Malone provided Will Biddick with his treble when saddling Starsky to win the second section of the Maiden for six-year-olds and over. This time the leading rider limped into the parade ring having been kicked about like a football by most of the field after falling from A Tipple or Two at half way in the previous race.

 The trainer, who also owns Starsky said,” I originally bought him as a store. He was at Ditcheat for a while, then the owners wanted him moved on so I took him back. He is still a maiden under rules so we have that option, but plan to keep him pointing for a while. In typical bloodstock agent fashion Malone added of the six-year-old Shantou gelding, “He is for sale.”.

 The earlier division of this race also went to another ex-inmate of the Paul Nicholls Ditcheat yard when the six-year-old Grey Getaway came clear after Takeabid had fallen at the last jump.  Matt Hampton, who now trains and rides the South Dorset qualified gelding for a small partnership said. “He is a nice horse. We picked him up in February as he had lost his way a bit under rules. It is nice to get his head in front and get a bit of confidence back,”  The well bred six-year-old still has a long way to go to pay off the £190,000 he cost previous connections as a four-year-old.

The easiest winner of the day came in the Ladies’ Open when the useful ex-chaser Red Indian travelled from his Leicestershire base to stroll home by a distance unchallenged under Alice Stevens. The winner was in command from a long way out in the colours of Sir Johny Weatherby, and looks set for a successful campaign. The jockey enthused, “He was delightful to ride and I had a great time.”

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Race winner Red Indian, ridden by Alice Stevens, flies the last to win for trainer Mimi Eggleston | Athwenna Irons / WMN

The Tattersalls Cheltenham sponsored Maiden for four and five-year-olds attracted a quality field of 13 mostly unraced horses. Four-year-old debutant Kyntara came out on top, pulling clear of his rivals under Alex Edwards after the second last to score by four lengths from Great Colewood and Feu Des Malberaux. A good topped youngster by Kayf Tara, the winner was sent out by Shropshire based Mel Rowley, a likely harbinger of many more successes for the yard this season. The promising gelding is out of a winning hurdler from a good jumping family. Kyntara cost £30,000 as a three-year-old, from the Tattersalls Ireland Derby sales.  

Tattersalls Cheltenham’s Shirley Anderson-Jolag

 There was drama at the last fence in the NHS Print Concern Restricted when the strong challenging Papal Present fell, bringing down Prove Me Wrong. This left Ryan’s Fancy in command , and the ex-Irish pointer was not hard  pressed to hold the giant sized Schiap Hill.  The winner was ridden by Immy Robinson, whose mother Caroline made history by riding Eliogarty to win both the Cheltenham and Aintree Foxhunters’ in the 1980’s under her maiden name of Caroline Beasley. She remarked, “We bought him at Doncaster sales, he had won a point-to-point, wasn’t a big price and is by Getaway.”  Immy modestly added, “He did it all. I just held on to him as long as I could.”  

The seven-year-old winning hurdler Sparkleandshine lived up to his name with a 20 lengths success over the Hobbs runner Rolling Dylan in the PPORA Club Members’. Tommie O’Brien steered home the winner who cost only £3,000 at Ascot last December. “It was probably best that he couldn’t run for a while and put on condition during COVID”, said trainer Alan Hill.

Simon Nott’s video review of the East Devon meeting and the betting ring which their innovative remote betting

The East Devon organisers deserve much praise for their considerable efforts to put this fixture on. It was also the first of the 25 scheduled meetings in Devon and Cornwall to be live streamed this season.  

The PPA advise that the Covid-19 situation and how Point-To-Points respond to it will be changing continusly this season and advise everyone monitors the national website www.pointtopoint.co.uk for the latest information and updates


Cornelius Lysaght
Cornelius Lysaght

Internationally known horse racing broadcaster Cornelius Lysaght will head up the Devon & Cornwall live streaming presenting team when the 2020/2021 point-to-point season gets under way with the East Devon races at Ottery St Mary on Saturday 24th October, writes Granville Taylor.

With the meeting set to take place behind closed doors (BCD), the Devon & Cornwall area organisers work during the extended close season looks to have paid off. Anticipating the likelihood of racing BCD, the committee have used part of a £10.000 grant from Totnes and Bridgetown Racing Company Ltd to purchase live streaming equipment, and the area, with the approval of the British Horseracing Authority and the Point-to-Point Authority, is set to be the first in the UK to broadcast all their 25 meetings in the area for the coming season.

Announcing the initiative, Frank Yeo, Area Chairman said, “It is hoped this new venture will be able to bring the atmosphere and excitement of point-to-point racing to everyone at home. We are delighted that Cornelius Lysaght, with nearly 30 years experience as BBC Racing Correspondent, will be the lead presenter.”

The live streaming programme will include coverage of all the races, plus pre-race and post-race information, interviews and analysis. The long established West Country Videos team will be operating two cameras at each meeting.

Frank Yeo added, “We are very grateful to all those who have helped us get this off the ground, especially Totnes and Bridgetown Races Company Ltd, whose generous £10.000 will also boost race sponsorship in these difficult times.”


Live broadcasting from Devon & Cornwall point-to-points using Periscope

We are planning to use, Periscope, the new social media technology from Twitter to live stream directly from the Devon & Cornwall point-to-points this season, starting with Black Forest Club, at Black Forest Lodge on 29th November 2015.

How do I watch these broadcasts?

Periscope broadcasts can be viewed using a web browser, and the address for viewing the broadcasts on the web is: https://www.periscope.tv/pointingdc

However the website limits you to viewing only. By downloading the Periscope app to your iOS or Android device (smartphone or tablet), you will be able to:

  • If you follow PointingDC on Periscope you will get a notification that a broadcast is starting
  • Ask questions in the Periscope comments, that can we answer or put to the interviewee during the broadcast. E.g. What price is the favourite?, “who is riding x?”, what are the plans for the winner now? Etc.
  • Make suggestions in comments for the broadcast, such as “can you zoom in on the favourite?”, ”Can you show the current prices”, etc.
  • Tap on the screen when we are broadcasting in the paddock to indicate your favourite horse.
  • Grab a screenshot of your favourite horse live from the broadcast
  • Notify your friends of the broadcast by sharing it on Facebook, Twitter and/or Periscope
  • The broadcasts will be available for replay for 24 hours, after which they will expire automatically.

When should I expect the broadcasts on race day?

I would expect to start broadcasting from the paddock area about 15 minutes before the scheduled start of each race and for that broadcast to finish after the horses head down to the start about 10 minutes later.

For the interviews, expect them about 15-20 minutes after the start time of the race and the interview to last 2-3 minutes.

Note: The broadcasts will start a minute or two early to give everyone a chance to join. During which time we will be welcoming newcomers and recapping the introduction before moving onto the main content of the broadcast. If however you missed some of the content, it will be available on replay on Periscope for 24 hours.

How do I make suggestions for the broadcasts?

If you would like to notify us of anything you want us to cover in our broadcasts, or want to contact us outside of the broadcasts themselves on race day please tweet them to: @PointingDC https://twitter.com/PointingDC

The ability to broadcast is dependent upon having sufficient mobile coverage, requiring 3G at a minimum and suitable weather conditions. Periscope’s minimum is an upload speed of 0.3mb, whereas the national average 3G upload speed is 1.7Mb and Periscope operates best at 2Mb or more (i.e. 4G speeds). If the connection speed is slow the quality of the broadcast will automatically be lowered by Periscope to suit the available connection speed. In some cases unfortunately it may not be possible to broadcast from the course at all or from the planned areas of the course such as the paddock if the signal is too weak. Looking at the latest coverage maps, most courses have good 4G coverage.

Watching an hour of Periscope video will use approximately 250Mb, so if you are on a mobile plan with a low mobile data limit you might want to watch the replays later.

For troubleshooting watching broadcasts on Periscope, please refer to the following support page: https://help.periscope.tv/

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