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Rhys Williams’s Silverton Point-To-Point commentary, Black Forest Lodge, Sunday 18th January 2015

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A sunny and dry day resulted in a decent sized crowd. Some good racing with a few class performances and exciting finishes. The ground was sticky soft ground.

Confined

14 runners lined up for the opening race on the card. Welstonedruid went off 11-4 favourite and prevailed in a very tight finish with Mic’s Delight. Welstonedruid looked to have settled it shortly after the last but seemed to idle on the run in and almost got beat. Bradley Brook (2-1 out to 5-1) ran quite well in 3rd considering he was carrying a 10lb penalty.

Restricted Div 1

The Restricted was split on the day. Division 1 went to What About Will at 9-1, who was the only runner still galloping in the closing stages and some very weary horses clambered over the last. Kerry Mganga finished 2nd and Bamboleo 3rd, after Gentle Duke stopped to a walk on the run in after jumping the last in a clear 3rd. Larkhill winner Themanfromcork was a disappointing 4-6 favourite.

Restricted Div 2

The favourites flip-flopped in div 2 as Soixante Six was backed into 6-4 favourite while Full Trottle drifted from evens out to 9-4. These two fought out the finish with Full Trottle getting a crucial advantage of a couple of lengths after 2 out and held Soixante Six after the last. They pulled well clear of the 3rd, Sparkling Miss, who shaped with some promise.

Ladies Open

A warm contest for the Ladies Open with the 6 runners including multiple winner Byerley Bear, hunter chase 2nd Catspan and the Steve Flook trained pair Foundry Square and Rumbury Grey. Having led, Byerley Bear was headed on the run to 3 out and looked in a bit of trouble but he rallied well under pressure and got the crucial inside line on the final bend as Catspan and Foundry Square challenged. Foundry Square tried to challenge after turning in but couldn’t get to Byerley Bear who won at 4-5. Foundry Square came 2nd (6-4 out to 2-1) and Catspan 3rd.

Mens Open

A very competitive Mens Open and those at the head of the market came to the fore. Steeltown was sent clear of the field early on the final circuit but the gap was gradually closed by a few and Coombe Hill was the one who closed strongly after 2 out. He got to the front with a good jump at the last and the 14yo went on to win from Steeltown. Rosies Peacock, the 2-1 fav, ran well back in 3rd.

Open Maiden Div 1 Part 1

Div 1 of the maiden was split on the day. Part 1 looked a competitive race and produced a very tight finish between According To Harry and Swingbridge. The former, sent off at 4-1, just got the verdict from the 3-1 fav. The Mystro showed some promise in 3rd and should pick up a maiden.

Open Maiden Div 1 Part 2

Nortonthorpelegend’s price fluctuated around evens in Part 2 but he was in trouble early on the final circuit and could never get into the race. Victory went to Genermouse at 25-1 from Stony Road, who ran a promising race in 2nd, and Wivannie in 3rd.

Open Maiden Div 2

Carnage in Div 2 of the maiden. The favourite Loves Blind unseated early on. High Hatton (6-4 out to 4-1) had cruised into the lead when getting rid of James Tudor at the open ditch and the horse that followed him, Thegreendalerocket, unseated too. Very few of the 14 that set off were still going at the finish and it was Infamous Grouse that won to complete a treble for Darren Edwards. Morebutwhen and Gold Relief followed him home.

Intermediate

Visually the most impressive performance came in the last. Repeat Business (4s very early, then 5-2 into 7-4) travelled smoothly throughout and took up the running going across the top of the course. Little Cornham was the only danger at 2 out but Repeat Business quickly pulled clear, putting up a smart performance. Little Cornham was no match for the winner but ran well in 2nd and Argentato ran well in 3rd at 50-1. Supreme Danehill was the 6-4 favourite but could never get into a challenging position and ran below his best.

Good to see plenty of familiar local faces among the crowd and a few rare visitors to these parts.

Rhys Williams

 

Silverton Point-To-Point entries and form

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Race Start time Link to entries and form for race
1st 12:00 Confined Race
2nd 12:35 Restricted Race
3rd 13:10 Ladies Open Race
4th 13:45 Mens Open Race
5th 14:20 Open Maiden Race, Division 1
6th 14:55 Open Maiden Race, Division 2
7th 15:30 Intermediate Race

FORM GUIDE

Key:

f = fell u = unseated rider
p = pulled up k = knocked over
b = brought down c = carried out
d = disqualified ? = unreliable form
s = slipped up + = improving rating
r = refused blkd = baulked
ro = ran out t = took no part
(c) = course winner

Abbreviations:

NH = National Hunt
L = Length
Rest – Restricted
Nov = Novice
RT – Rating
PTP – Point to Point

An up to date form guide and synopsis of the horses entered at this meeting. Form figures for up to 6 outings appear. A dash(-) is used to separate 2014/15

form from 2013/14 form. Figures preceded by an oblique (/) represents 2012/13 form or earlier. Horses marked with an asterisk (*) indicates National Hunt

form. The higher the rating the better the form.

No responsibility can be accepted for any errors which may be considered to have occurred.

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Preview: Point-to-Point Silverton Black Forest Lodge Jan 18, 2015

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The Point-to-Point season is starting to hot up, and this weekends scheduled meeting is to be hosted by The Silverton Hunt at the popular Black Forest Lodge track, on Sunday Jan 18. There are seven races on the card and over 120 entries have been received.

Best West Tiverton Hotel sponsor the Confined race which heads up the action at 12 noon. Of the 17 entries, Bradley Brook could be sent off favorite if connections choose to run him here. Leaving him out of the equation could result in a dual between ex Victor Dartnall-trained Mic’s Delight, who ran well at the last meeting for novice jockey Jennifer Davenport, and course specialist Welstonedruid who was held in fourth that day.

The Simpkins Edwards-sponsored Restricted race has 23 entered in which Full Throttle had recently scored a second in a Restricted at Cottenham for trainer Laura Thomas. Themanfromcork is another to hold claims, having clocked up his maiden win at Larkhill in December under reigning National champion jockey Will Biddick, for winning owner/trainer Heidi Tinkler.

The Ladies Open sponsored by Belinda Burgess, looks to be hotly contested with familiar names such as the veteran That’s Rythm who has ten Hunter Chase wins, and four Point wins, which include the Ladies race at Chaddesley Corbett last month under jockey Page Fuller. The unbeaten Alan Hill-trained Sharp Suit was the winner of the Connollys Red Mills Hunter Chase final, and the in form Byerley Bear who has already clocked up a double so far this season at Wadebridge for the Robert Chanin team, are among the thirteen entered. Foundry Square is another entry with some solid form behind him, and would be worth noting in the betting ring.

In the Bonhams Men’s Open, Baresi who won the Ladies Open here in November is entered along with prolific point winner Coombe Hill, who also has four Hunter Chase wins to his credit including wins at Cheltenham and Wincanton and is now in training with Chris Honour. Patricktom Boru scored at this course last season, and the twelve year old Rosies Peacock has an impressive 22 Point-to-Point wins for breeder/owner/trainer David Llewellyn including a Lady’s Dudley Cup and could put up another impressive challenge here.

The Open maiden races have already been divided, the first division is sponsored by Wilkinson Grant, in this the Sarah Tickle-trained Way Before Dawn has been knocking at the door of a win, and could improve here on his third at the November meeting. Another entry, Nortonthorpelegend, from the Ollie Greenall team had shown ability when third at Garthorpe last season.

The second division is sponsored by Devon Fuels, Loves Blind ran well at the November meeting here when a close third behind Jepeck and Captain Camelot. Also entered is the Gordon Edwards-trained Briefcase who hinted at ability when fourth at Larkhill.

The Intermediate looks just as competitive with 16 entries, with the ones that catch the eye being the Keith Cumings-trained Little Cornham, the two Kayley Woollacott entries, Devon General and King Cash, and Supreme Danehill who under jockey Darren Edwards, ran second behind Raffa at the Wadebridge meeting in December, had previously finished third here at the November meeting behind the Mythologist and Mister Teddy.

On course facilities include hot refreshments, bar, bookies and trade stands. Course side disabled parking. Entrance is £10 per head to max £30, children under 16 free. Course is located at Kenton nr Exeter Postcode EX6 8HR.

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REPORT: BLACK FOREST CLUB POINT-TO-POINT – 30 NOV 2014

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THE current Devon & Cornwall title holder Robbie Henderson started the new campaign in great style with a first and last race double as the new British season got under way at Black Forest Lodge.

Perfect ground, blue skies and a good crowd heralded the opening meeting, and 25-year-old Henderson lost little time in defence of his title when steering Jepeck to victory in the opener.

This Dulverton Farmers qualified five-year-old looked the paddock pick of the 15 runners and ran on strongly from the second last to hold Captain Camelot and Loves Blind. with the Will Biddick ridden favourite High Priority well held in fourth. The winner is owned by John Pike and trained by Kayley Woollacott, who has her 23-strong string, “pretty forward.” “He hung right when placed in a Uttoxeter bumper for Richard (Woollacott) and it was decided that he should go pointing and would appreciate a right hand course”, explained Kayley.

Robbie Henderson completed his double in the Intermediate with a very easy win on The Mythologist, owned by his parents Guy and Sophie, and trained by Guy near Shaftesbury, Dorset. An imposing chestnut by Derby winner Motivator, the winner won both his English point-to-points last season and made all the running to score easing down here. “He is progressing nicely,” said Guy, who is due to take up his new role as Ascot chief executive in the New Year. When asked about the front running tactics Guy said with a smile, “when the horse box ramp goes down I leave it all to the jockey.”

Glacial Oscar made a bold bid to give Robbie Henderson a treble in the Restricted. This family owned six-year-old raced neck and neck with Raffa, but got the penultimate fence all wrong, unseating the jockey and leaving Raffa (John Mathias) well in control. The Taunton Vale qualified Raffa is a Milan gelding, home bred by Lucy Fielding-Johnson, who owns the seven-year-old in conjunction with “Ces” Mitford-Slade. “He is straightforward, game and honest and I train him on his own,” explained Ces. The owners run the Pontispool Equine Sports centre at Norton Fitzwarren near Taunton, and sponsor jockey John Mathias. “His blunder at the last was jockey error. He was flat out but I knew he would run to the line,” reported the rider.

The useful hunter-chaser Penmore Mill started odds-on to win the Mixed Open, but could only finish third behind 12-1 outsider Baresi and Gale Force Oscar in a driving finish. Despite winning over hurdles and fences in Ireland and earning a rating of 135, punters overlooked this nine-year-old, another winner sired by Milan. Mike Hawker trains the gelding for a five-strong group called The Dog Foxes, and he was well ridden by his nephew Rob. “We bought him at Doncaster in September without looking at another horse. He had got too high in the handicap in Ireland,” said the trainer.

Whenharrymetsally continued her upward curve when just holding off the Warwickshire challenger Killimore Cottage in the fastest time of the day in the Club Members event. This six-year-old King’s Theatre mare was scoring for the fourth time in succession. She was bought as a four-year-old at Fairyhouse by her trainer Keith Cumings on behalf of owners Andrew and Hannah Broggio. “She stays and stays and will make a lovely brood mare eventually,” said the Bishops Nympton trainer. The mare proved a welcome change of luck for her jockey Matt Hampton on his first ride back from injury. “I had a plate inserted after breaking my collarbone in a fall at Holnicote in 2013 and bent the plate when I broke my collarbone again in a fall at Bratton Down this May. I had another operation when my shoulder had to be re-plated.” reported the 23-year-old jockey who is assistant trainer to Victor Dartnall in North Devon.

A healthy total of 84 runners contested the seven races, with a dozen facing the starter in each of the 3 miles Maidens. Icthec took the first division for owner Martin Rice and jockey Peter Mason, who also trains the seven-year-old at Ablington. The Heythrop gelding was runner up in this race last year when his season was curtailed with a pelvic injury. “He had physio to correct his pelvis and is much more relaxed now,” reported connections.

Welsh stables rarely leave this track empty handed, and Railway Benefit obliged under a good ride from Nick Williams in the second Maiden. This ex-Irish six-year-old  by Beneficial is owned by Steve Whistance  and trained by Gareth Moore at Pyle near Bridgend. “I bought him out of the ring for 1500 euros at Tattersalls, Ireland in August. He was lame then and everything was wrong with him – sacro iliac joint, ulcers, hock, you name it,” said the owner. His yard has done well to bring him to the races looking sound and fit.

RESULTS

Results of the Black Forest Club meeting

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PHOTOGRAPHERS

The following photographers were at the meeting: Marcus Bath, Alun Sedgemore, Brian Armstrong, and Tim Holt

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RESULTS: BLACK FOREST CLUB AT BLACK FOREST LODGE 30TH NOVEMBER 2014

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Going: Good to Soft

Open Maiden 4 & 5 Year Olds only 2m 4f (Sponsor: Dyson, Quaintance & Strange)

1 Jepeck (R Henderson) 5-2 held up, led 2 out, ro well

2 Captain Camelot (J Mathias) 8-1 prom, led apprg 3 out, hdd next, no ex apprg last

3 Loves Blind (W Hickman) 20-1 alwys prom, disp ld 5 out, outpaced 3 out, kept on flat

15 ran; 7l; neck;  5 mins 39 secs

Owner: J Pike; Trainer: Kayley Woollacott

 

Club Members (Chris Webber Memorial – sponsor Mrs A Webber)

1 Whenharrymetsally (M Hampton) 6-1 good hdwy 4 out, led 3 out, hard pressed but held on well flat

2 Killimore Cottage (T Ellis) 3-1 made most til 3 out, rallied apprg last, just held

3 Mic’s Delight (Miss J Davenport) 25-1 chased ldrs from 14 th, ev chance 3 out, no ex apprg last

11 ran; head; 6l;  6m 13s

Owner: Mr & Mrs A Broggio; Trainer: Keith Cumings

 

Restricted (Heltor)

1 Raffa (J Mathias) 3-1  handy, cl 2nd 13, disp ld when left clr 2 out, mstk last, kept on flat

2 Bob the Butcher(B Gibbs) 6-1 midfield, hdwy 12th, cl 3rd 15th, left 2nd 2 out, not reach wnr

3 Testoftime (R Hawker) 10-1 sn prom, led 10 th  til 4 out, faded 2 out

15 ran; 3l; 20l;  6m 20s

Owner; L Fielding-Johnson & R Mitford-Slade; Trainer R Mitford Slade

 

Mixed Open (Strutt & Parker, Exeter)

1 Baresi (R Hawker) 12-1 smooth hdwy 4 out, challd 3 out, led next, dvn out

2 Gale Force Oscar (Miss B Hampson) 5-1 not alwys fluent, tracked ldrs 3 out, stayed on well & closing at finish

3 Penmore Mill (T Ellis) 10-11 fav led 5 out til after 3 out, held from next

9 ran; 1 1/2l; 2l;  6m 22s

Owner: The Dog Foxes Club; Trainer: M Hawker

 

Open Maiden Div 1 (J Edward Sellars)

1 Icthec (P Mason) 7-1 led after half way, forged clr 3 out, pushed out

2 Kims Quest (D Skelly) 7-1 in touch, chased wnr  from 3 out, kept on

3 Way Before Dawn (Miss L Tickle) 5-2 fav handy, not reach ldrs from 2 out, better for race

12 ran: 4l; 5l;  6m 28s

Owner: M Rice; Trainer P Mason

 

Open Maiden Div 2 (Silverton Hunt Supporters)

1 Railway Benefit (N Williams) 6-4 fav  tk ld 4 out, stayed on strongly

2 General Girling (P Thomas) 8-1 hdwy 4 out, effort next, went 2nd 2 out, no ch wnr

3 Waitnc (R Henderson) 2-1 good hdwy 4 out, in touch 2 out, no ex, promising

12 ran; 10l; 8l;  6m 27s

Owner: S Whinstance; Trainer G J Moore

 

Intermediate (Exeter Racecourse)

1 The Mythologist (R Henderson) 4-5 fav made all, clr 2 out, easily, impressive

2 Mister Teddy (T Ellis) 11-4 chased wnr, wknd 2 out, better for race

3 Supreme Danehill (D Edwards) 6-1 stayed on steadily clsg stgs, do better

10 ran; 1 3/4l; 6l;  6m 26s

Owner; Mr & Mrs G Henderson; Trainer: G Henderson

 

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Black Forest Club, Black Forest Lodge, 30 November 2014, entries and form

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Race Start time Link to entries and form for race
1st 12 noon 2 mile 4 furlong Open Maiden Race for 4 & 5 year olds
2nd 12:35 Club Members Race
3rd 13:10 Restricted
4th 13:45 Mixed Open
5th 14:20 3 mile Open Maiden, Division 1
6th 14:55 3 mile Open Maiden, Division 2
7th 15:30 Intermediate

Preview extract

THE wait is over, as this weekend Point-to-Point horse racing resumes after the summer break. The Black Forest Club host their meeting on Sunday November 30 at Black Forest Lodge, Kenton, nr Exeter. This is the first of 27 fixtures scheduled for the Devon & Cornwall Area, and the stunning location of this track provides excellent viewing from a natural grandstand. With now seven races on the card attracting a total of 108 entries, competition is bound to be hot, with trainers and jockeys keen to get their first points on the championship tables.

FORM GUIDE

Key:

f = fell u = unseated rider
p = pulled up k = knocked over
b = brought down c = carried out
d = disqualified ? = unreliable form
s = slipped up + = improving rating
r = refused blkd = baulked
ro = ran out t = took no part
(c) = course winner

Abbreviations:

NH = National Hunt
L = Length
Rest – Restricted
Nov = Novice
RT – Rating
PTP – Point to Point

An up to date form guide and synopsis of the horses entered at this meeting. Form figures for up to 6 outings appear. A dash(-) is used to separate 2013/14 form from 2012/13 form. Figures preceded by an oblique (/) represents 2011/12 form or earlier. Horses marked with an asterisk (*) indicates National Hunt form. The higher the rating the better the form.

No responsibility can be accepted for any errors which may be considered to have occurred.

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