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Entries and form guide: Tiverton Point-To-Point, Chipley Park, 24th January 2016

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Race Start time Link to entries and form for race
1st 12:00 Members Race
2nd 12:35 Restricted Race
3rd 13:10 Mixed Open Race
4th 13:45 Intermediate Race
5th 14:20 Novice Riders Race
6th 14:55 Club Members Race for Mares & Fillies
7th 15:30 Open Maiden Race

Going Update from Keith Granger

Keith Granger has provided the following going update on Wednesday 20th January, the ground is Good with Good to Soft Patches this morning, a band of some sort of rain due to come across us tomorrow evening/Friday morning.

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The majestic course of Chipley Park is the location where the Tiverton Foxhounds will host next weekends Point-to-Point meeting on Sunday 24th January. This popular track attracts many of the top horses and jockey’s in the country, and boasts increased prize money for many of the races on offer. Over 80 entries have been received for the seven race card.

Entrance to the course is £10 per person, up to a maximum of £30 per car. Children under 16 free Course facilities include bar, bookies, hot refreshments and a host of trade stands. Dogs on leads welcome.

Location is Chipley Park, off B3187, Wellington 3m , Milverton 1m – TA21 0QA.

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 2015/16 form from 2014/15 form. Figures preceded by an oblique (/) represents 2013/14 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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Exmoor Point-To-Point entries and form, Bratton Down, Sunday 31st May 2015

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Race Start time Link to entries and form for race
1st 14:00 Members Race
2nd 14:35 Restricted Race
3rd 15:10 Ladies Open Race
4th 15:45 Mens Open Race
5th 16:20 Intermediate Race
6th 16:55 Open Maiden 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 v =  void

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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Dulverton West Point-To-Point entries, ratings and form guide, Bratton Down, 17th May 2015

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Going: Good (15th May)

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The first of three Point-to-Points to be held at the stunning location of Bratton Down, Bratton Fleming, will be held next weekend by the Dulverton West on Sunday 17th May.

With a back drop view of Exmoor, this course is another of the popular picnic party tracks for all the family to enjoy. Gerald and Victor Dartnall sponsor the Pony racing, which heads up the action at 11.45am, with the main eight race card commencing at 1pm, over 130 entries have been received.

On course facilities include hot refreshments, bar, bookies, and many trade stands.

Entrance to the course is £25 car load or £10 car and driver. There will be a bucket collection in aid of Injured Jockey’s Fund and Devon Air Ambulance.

Course is located at Bratton Fleming, 9m NE of Barnstaple on A399, 11m N of South Molton. Postcode EX31 4SG

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.

Produced by Jeff Guyett of Westcountry Videos.

1st Race – The restricted race

Form Name Rating TRAINERS
0-2p415 ANNWYL 33 Ed Walker
50545-64 BENDARE DUNDAT (IRE 34 Alexander Hutter
1/pp1-p BERNSHAW 36 Claire Hitch
*60-2125 DOYEN DYNAMO 36? Ed Walker
p1p4p-6R GO ON HENRY (IRE) 32? Keith Cumings
2-pp3352 GOLDEN SQUIRELL 37 Charlotte Budd
-p624622 JOHNNY NO CASH 35 Nikki Frost
3p0-65pp JUST HATTIE 32? Dennis Branton
61u-p321 JUST SEVEN (IRE) 37+ Roy Smith
4-p24441 MANGANS TURN 38 Jack Barber
44-64414 NUDGE THE NUGGET 34 Maria Lewis
8f53-212 STEEL BRUSH (IRE) 36 Keith Cumings
f2u-p4pu TALLAND BAY 35 Marcella Bayliss
-955f12 TEMPESTATEFLORESCO 38+ Joe Tickle
/p15-2p3 TEMPLETON (IRE) 37 Kayley Woollacott
pp86-7p4 THE GREAT IAM(IRE) 25? Rebecca Smale
pp8-4r61 THE PERSUADER 34+ Caroline Prouse
43216-p3 TIKKECHE 34 Chloe Newman
p8pp-u73 WELL TRAVELLED 34? Martin Sweetland
/p8p-31 WINTER GARDEN (IRE) 35+ Reuben Chapman

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The James Hayes Garden Macinery-sponsored Restricted race heads up the up the main race card, with entry Doyen Dynamo the likely favourite after his one length second at Kingston St Mary. Golden Squirrel was third that day, but could figure after his second to Cracking Habit at Holnicote and would look to appreciate the drying ground. Mangans Turn stayed on well to win at Littlewindsor and could well score for the Jack Barber team.

2nd Race – The Open Maiden Race, Division 1

Form Name Rating TRAINERS
2b45-332 AAH BLESS 34 Carol Lawrence
-23 COME ON MOTHER 33+ Robert Chanin
/pff/p-p CRACKON POP 12? Michael Sweetland
p/09/-fp DANCE WITH ME (IRE) 00? Graham Laity
/50-253 DARKGESTURE (IRE) 25 Keith Cumings
DRIFT WOOD Jack Barber
p6-ppppp HIGHLAND THISTLE 00? Julie Pocock
-p HOICK HOLLOA (IRE) 00 Marilyn Burrough
LOOKING FOR MICK Andrew Hawkins
-4 MASTER BAKER 30+ Lisa Jefford
*0-5r MASTER MAX 24? Camilla Scott
pup//-pp MASTER SIDNEY 00 Roy Smith
-ppp25 REGULAR GUY (IRE) 30? Jane Western
u452-335 SPENDAJENNIE (IRE) 30? Kayley Woollacott
-2pfRp48 TALL STORIE 00 David Bryant
-f33 TELL TONY (IRE) 30+ Jill Dennis
-fppp72 THIRTYFIRST DANSAR 29 Joe Tickle
3p-Rp33R UPTO OLLIE 31? Sarah Pidsley
pf-pp325 VILLAGE WHISPERS 25 Julie Bright
pu/p98-p WELL NIGH (IRE) 23? Anna Bucknall

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Two divisions of the Open Maiden follow, and of the 20 entered in the first, the Carol Lawrence-trained Aah Bless could follow up on his eight length second to Just Seven at Vauterhill. Come On Mother from the Robert Chanin team is another to have scored a second and third at the Great Trethew meetings. The Jack Barber-trained Driftwood could be interesting on his debut run, with any market support worth noting. This race is sponsored by the Pittard family in memory of Bob Pittard.

3rd Race – The Open Maiden Race, Division 2

Form Name Rating TRAINERS
/p4-pp ARDANGLASS 00 Gordon Chambers
/4-256 ARNY 24? Ed Walker
4p6-6pp2 ASKERS LAD 30 Graham Foot
-ppp ASTRAL STAR 00 Karyn Heard
-5 BOOTSTRAP MILL 17 Lisa Jefford
BUGSIE MALONE (IRE) Jack Barber
2u27-463 DERNIERE DANCE (FR) 31? Caroline Prouse
73u54344 DON’T DOITTOME (IRE 21 Michael Felton
*9p-fu22 FORRARDON XMOOR 31+ Jilly Baskerville
p/2pp-25 FOXES BRIDGE 30 Douglas Proctor
-pp HARRY PARTRIDGE 00 Carol Lawrence
3-46u2d2 HIGH PRIORITY 31+ Keith Cumings
/fp-p9 ITS CRABBIE’S TIME 19 David Stephens
5/p3-ppp JAM TOMORROW 24? Marily Burrough
25-p2p33 MY ROSIE B (IRE) 26? Stuart Sampson
pppp-pp6 SEENIGORA 00 Angela Davis
/-ppfu3u STRONG HURRICANE 27+ Lizzie Luxton
p-33fu24 THE MYSTRO (IRE) 31 Keith Cumings
/34/-sRp TREVAYLOR BOY (IRE) 00? Kim Tripp

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In the second division of the Open Maiden, Askers Lad and Forrardon Xmoor are just two of the entries having come close in maiden races and look sure to progress soon. Bugsie Malone could run well for the Barber team This division is sponsored by Brewer Harding & Rowe Solicitors.

4th Race – The Club Members Race

Form Name Rating TRAINERS
1/pp1-p BERNSHAW 36 Claire Hitch
-p CHEEKY BLINDER 00 Helen Bament
p3p-p3p3 DANDOOLEY 30? Julie Pocock
2-322241 FIULIN 42 Ed Walker
416-34p1 GARSTIN 40 Sally Alner
/3-111p7 IMPACT AREA 41 Harriet Besent
59bu-7pp JOPERO 34 Sam Holdsworth
2p6-p612 KOSTAQUARTA (IRE) 41 Jack Barber
2-538611 PASTERNAK JACK 40+ Kayley Woollacott
6pp-2953 ROBIN WILL (FR) 40 Kayley Woollacott
4p5-4168 SPECIAL OCCASION 36? Sarah Gould
2571237p SUPREME DANEHILL 40 Gordon Edwards
2-622372 SWANSBROOK (IRE) 39 Sue Popham
/upp63-5 TERI D TRIXTER (IRE 35? Nicola Martin
23-c1311 WAK A TURTLE (IRE) 40+ Kayley Woollacott
451-11 WHATAKNIGHT 41+ Richard Barber

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In the Bratton Down Club Members Conditions race, which is sponsored by Sandhill Racing Phillip & Sarah Hobbs, Whataknight, already on a seasons hat-trick of wins, and Kostaquarta both hold entries in the mid-week Cothelstone meeting, but if the Barber team choose to run here, either horse must be respected. Impact Area from the Harriet Besent team, is on a seasons hat-trick and may have found the ground too lively when pulling up recently at Larkhill.

5th Race – The PPORA Club Members Race

Form Name Rating TRAINERS
231-p735 A NEW RISING (IRE) 37? Jill Dennis
2-224433 BARNEYS MATE 39 Jack Barber
p6-p7353 FALCON ISLAND 40 Peter Doggrell
pu-4467f LIGHTENING JACK 34? Dominic Harvey
056-ppf3 LUCY’S GIRL (IRE) 25? Dan Farr
-3231221 MIC’S DELIGHT (IRE) 43 Jennifer Davenport
5-4u6063 OVERCLEAR 33 Leslie Jefford
-ppppp RAAPETI 00 Bronwyn Buttery
6-5p5p42 TOP CHIEF 36 Stuart Sampson
6-3p3434 VERTIGER DORE (FR) 33 Rebecca Welch

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The ultra consistent Mic’s Delight has given owner/trainer/jockey Jennifer Davenport a peach of a season and is likely to be sent off favourite here in the PPORA club Members race, which is sponsored by Andrew & Vanessa Maddox.

6th Race – The 4m1f Mixed Open Race

Form Name Rating TRAINERS
543pp321 BELLFLOWER BOY 41 Stuart Sampson
124-34p3 BELLSINNI RON (IRE) 41? Jack Barber
5-7uu572 BEST BIDE QUIET 40? Lisa Jefford
316-23u BRIZE NORTON (IRE) 39 Natasha Seely
4fu21141 CECILE DE VOLANGES 42+ Michael Hawker
3-588p5u FATHER OWEN 35 Janette Branton
416-34p1 GARSTIN 40 Sally Alner
63-pp666 GYPSY JACK (IRE) 34 Jane Western
-22111b5 HAMELDOWN TOR 43 Ed Walker
4-p24441 MANGANS TURN 38 Jack Barber
1-64312p RELIABLE RICHIE 41 Reuben Chapman
122f-352 RIGHT ENOUGH 39 Robert Chanin
3326-p03 RIVER INDUS 41 Harriet Tucker
4p3//-93 RUPERTS VISION 30? Marcella Bayliss
26-32483 TALAB 40 Gerald Greenway
p-41p212 WELSTONEDRUID 42 Robert Chanin

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The feature race of the day will be the Brend’s Hotel- sponsored Mixed Open four mile-one furlong race. Entry Bellsinni Ron from the Jack Barber team, could give jockey Will Biddick the win he is looking for which could take him into the record books. Hameldown Tor is also entered and could put up a bold show for owners The Otter Club and jockey Robbie Henderson. Cecile De Volanges is another entry to consider, from the Michael Hawker team, he is already on a seasons hat-trick, including a win earlier this month at Cold Harbour.

7th Race – The Intermediate Race

Form Name Rating TRAINERS
73f112f2 ACCORDING TO HARRY 40+ Nicola Martin
86p-p4pp BETH’S STAR 32? Joanne Sleep
p464p-5p CIDER ‘N’ BLACK 32? Michael Sweetland
424/-011 CRACKING HABIT 38+ Sarah Prouse
p49pf/-8 FIRMOUNT BEECH 30? Elizabeth Scott
p371-32p FOURSTAR RIVER 38 Stewart Reddaway
2221p149 GENERAL GIRLING 36 Patrick Bryant
63-pp666 GYPSY JACK (IRE) 34 Jane Western
2/213/-2 HALLO DOLLY 38+ Sarah Prouse
1-pp2fp3 KAWANA COVE 38? Maria  Lewis
pu-4467f LIGHTENING JACK 34? Dominic Harvey
p7p5f3R1 MARLPIT OAK 35 James Young
103-04pf MISS CUPCAKE 36? Lisa Jefford
12-p22p1 ON YOUR MAX 36 Ed Walker
/3414-74 OTIS TARDA (IRE) 37 Anthony Berry
p3p-21p1 PETERBROWN (IRE) 39+ Karyn Heard
5/-fu441 REDLYNCH ROCK (IRE) 36+ Teresa Clark
4p3//-93 RUPERTS VISION 30? Marcella Bayliss
-344fp11 SEDGEMOOR TOP BID 36+ Joe Tickle
-p945385 SUNKEN SECRET (IRE) 33? Lee Glanville
581u2222 TURTLE BOYS (IRE) 38+ Harriet Brown
p8pp-u73 WELL TRAVELLED 34? Martin Sweetland

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According To Harry is from a team bang in form, with Nicola Martin sending out winners most weekends. He has claims in the James Pryce Tractors-sponsored Intermediate race having run a head second to Jepeck at the Upcott meeting. Hallo Dolly made a pleasing start to her seasons campaign under Darren Edwards, when coming home five lengths second to Pasternak Jack at Vauterhill, the mare had been off the track for two years and looks likely to improve for the run.

8th Race – The TBA Club Members Mares Race

Form Name Rating TRAINERS
4p/332-4 ALYSIA’S FLAME 35? Katie Bellamy
-p CHEEKY BLINDER 00 Helen Bament
2/213/-2 HALLO DOLLY 38+ Sarah Pouse
*8744-41 KATIE’S MASSINI 32+ Elizabeth Scott
056-ppf3 LUCY’S GIRL (IRE) 25? Dan Farr
p7p5f3R1 MARLPIT OAK 35 James Young
103-04pf MISS CUPCAKE 36? Lisa Jefford
22-111p MISS GOTAWAY 40 Kayley Woollacott
*45/3p- QUEEN’S BAY Jack Barber
43216-p3 TIKKECHE 34 Chloe Newman
-1s1pb23 WHENHARRYMETSALLY 40? Keith Cumings

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There is an extra race this season, which is a mares only club race put on by the Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association Club Members race for Mares & Fillies only, which will close the days event, suggestions would be Miss Gotaway from the Kayley Woollacott team, and Whenharrymetsally from the Keith Cumings yard.

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Eggesford Point-To-Point entries and form, Upcott Cross, Sunday 12th April 2015

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Race Start time Link to entries and form for race
1st 13:00 Members Race
2nd 13:35 Intermediate Race
3rd 14:10 Confined Race
4th 14:45 Devon National, 4m Mixed Open Race
5th 15:20 Restricted Race
6th 15:55 Open Maiden Race, for Mares & Fillies
7th 16:30 Open Maiden Race, for Horses & Geldings, Division 1
8th 17:05 Open Maiden Race, for Horses & Geldings, Division 2

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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Dart Vale & Haldon Harriers Point-To-Point entries and form, Buckfastleigh, 15 March 2015

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Race Start time Link to entries and form for race
1st 13:00 Members Race
2nd 13:35 Open Maiden Race, Division 1
3rd 14:10 Open Maiden Race, Division 2
4th 14:45 Mixed Open Race
5th 15:30 Intermediate Race
6th 16:05 Novice Riders Race
7th 16:40 Restricted 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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GRANVILLE’S BETTING GOSSIP EAST DEVON POINT-TO-POINT, BISHOPS COURT, OTTERY ST MARY, 28 FEB 2015

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THREE clear favourites won at Ottery St Mary, but punters generally had the better of the exchanges for most of the afternoon with plenty of other well backed winners.

Emma Watson’s first career winner, Delphi Mountain,  was backed at 6’s and 5’s in the opener and looked to have the odds-on favourite Level Spirit (4-7 to 4-5) in trouble when the latter fell at the last when delivering his challenge. The eventual runner up Tamatown (beaten 20 lengths) was a springer from 25’s to 12’s in a weak market.

The winner of the first Maiden, Good Grammar, was easy to back at 9-4 out to 3’s. This good looking seven-year-old is from the family of Best Mate and stayed on well under Nick Williams. The form looks solid enough and placed horses I’m All Set (8’s to 10’s) and Swincombe Scorchio  (5-2 out to 7-2) should progress. Money went astray in this contest with Brandy and Red (14’s to 7’s) making several errors before finishing fourth and the disappointing Bertie’s Way‘s (4’s to  2-1 fav) failed to reproduce Wadebridge promise.

I made a personal contribution to bookies profits thanks to thinking that Nick Williams would follow up his win with Boost The Power (5-1) in the other Maiden division. This time the Biddick / Barber machine proved unstoppable thanks to Earthpower (easy to back at 3’s)

The Mixed Open was more predictable with the game Kirkleigh defying his penalty in good style (evens – 11-10 fav). There was money for runner up Fiulin (6’s – 11-2) who ran well and can score when jumping more proficiently. Bellsinni Ron (6-4 – 5-4) was off the bit nearly all the way and seems to need headgear.

Mic’s Delight gave Jennifer Davenport a deserved initial success with a clear cut victory in the Novice Riders’ contest. The combination had threatened to prevail in three previous runs this season and punters who took the 4-6 available at the off were soon forming an orderly queue to collect.

The Jack Barber trained Bien Connu justified 5-4 favouritism in the Intermediate, but Mangan’s Turn (evens fav) , from the same yard, proved no match for Dicky Bob, who drifted from 2’s to a very backable 4’s in the Restricted.

The concluding Maiden for older horses (8 year olds and over) provided easy pickings for the ex-Jonjo O’Neill hurdler Downtown Manhattan. Exmoor trainer Claire Hitch does well with this type of horse and Will Biddick’s mount was not hard pressed to open his account having been supported from 5’s into 3-1,

RESULTS

Results of the East Devon meeting

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NEXT FIXTURE

Sunday 8th March 2015, the rescheduled East Cornwall (Feb) Point-To-Point, Great Trethew, nr Liskeard. The entries for the fixture stand from the original 22nd February date.

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East Devon Point-To-Point entries and form, Bishops Court, 28th February 2015

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Race Start time Link to entries and form for race
1st 12:00 Members Race
2nd 12:35 Open Maiden (4-7 yr old) Race, Division 1
3rd 13:10 Open Maiden (4-7 yr old) Race, Division 2
4th 13:45 Mixed Open Race
5th 14:20 Intermediate Race
6th 14:55 Novice Riders Race
7th 15:30 Restricted Race
8th 16:05 Open Maiden Race

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Point to Point racing resumes in the Devon & Cornwall Area next weekend where the East Devon host their meeting at Bishops Court, Ottery St Mary on Saturday 28th February. With over 130 entries received, this day promises to be full of action.

On course facilities include hot refreshments, bar, bookies and many trade stands. Entrance Car & driver £10, Car and passenger £20, Car plus occupants £30, Pedestrians £5.

Course is located at Bishops Court, Ottery St Mary. Post code EX11 1RJ

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.

Produced by Jeff Guyett of Westcountry Videos.

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Preview: East Devon Point-to-Point at Bishops Court, Ottery St Mary Sat 28th February 2015

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Point to Point racing resumes in the Devon & Cornwall Area next weekend where the East Devon host their meeting at Bishops Court, Ottery St Mary on Saturday 28th February. With over 130 entries received, this day promises to be full of action.

The Members race, which is sponsored by East Devon Associates, heads up the day at 12 noon. Local trainer Ed Walker holds four of the twelve entries, with Blazing Whale looking to be the market leader, having won the West Country Champion Chase at Buckfastleigh. He is a previous course winner here. Another from the Walker team is Level Spirit who won two races last year, but may be in need of the run on his first outing this season.

Two divisions of the Open Maiden follow, the first is sponsored by County Leisure Fibreglass Ltd. The Chief Villian looks an interesting entry, with some good form under Rules last summer. Also entered is Bertie’s Way from the Dean Summersby team, who ran a creditable third at Wadebridge under leading area jockey Darren Edwards. In the Mole Valley-sponsored second division of the Open Maiden, Miss Weld under novice jockey Pippa Glanville was running well at Wadebridge until three out and finished fifth. Stow Hill ran second in a Point in Ireland last May and is now in training with Ed Walker. Earth Power and Beetle Jack are others to catch the eye.

In the Michael Pidsley (The Devonshire Straw Man) sponsored Mixed Open, the eight -year-old Bellsinni Ron could be hard to catch if jockey Will Biddick gets the leg-up. The gelding is a winner of eight Points including four Opens and is with the in-form Jack Barber team. Kirkleigh has found his old form and could go well again for the Robert Chanin camp, having taken a competitive Confined race at Buckfastleigh this month. Whenharrymetsally is another who would relish the going if staying soft, and follow up on her short head win over Swansbrook earlier this month.

The Exeter Racecourse-sponsored Intermediate race could go the way of the Laura Thomas-trained Full Throttle, having won his Restricted in January, he followed that up with a length second to winner Will Fight at Godstone. Also entered is the Karyn Heard-trained Carheney River, is another who could go close having run two lengths second at Buckfastleigh and looks ready to step up into Intermediate company. Gale Force Lucey has already found the winners enclosure this season, and would relish the ground if it stays on the soft side.

Ford Simey Solicitors sponsor the PPORA members Novice Riders race. Silver Token ran and won last weekend at Badbury Rings, so may not turn out so soon, which leaves the door open for Mic’s Delight to snatch this. Owned/trained and ridden by Jennifer Davenport, the combination have been knocking at the door of a win all season. Working Title could be the one to deny Mic’s Delight a win, having won two Novice races, and ran second in a Mixed Open since coming home behind Mic’s Delight at Black Forest Lodge in November.

In the James Pinfold & Harris Timber-sponsored Restricted race, the Pauling Geering-trained Racey Lacey was backed into odds-on favourite and won her Maiden race at Wadebridge under Will Biddick, she looks progressive and could be the one to catch here. Another entry, Sparkling Miss from the Michael Millar team, has already shown promise in Restricted company, when second to Impact Area at Milborne St Andrew, and Mangans Turn from the Jack Barber team ran an eye catching three quarters of a length second at Chipley Park.

Finally to close the days events, is the Otter Brewery-sponsored Open Maiden race for horses eight years and over, suggestions could be Berry Smart after his second at Milborne St Andrew earlier this month, and Its My Island after her third at Chaddesley Corbett in December.

On course facilities include hot refreshments, bar, bookies and many trade stands. Entrance Car & driver £10, Car and passenger £20, Car plus occupants £30, Pedestrians £5.

Course is located at Bishops Court, Ottery St Mary. Post code EX11 1RJ

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PtPRC: SCENE & HEARD: TIVERTON – CHIPLEY PARK

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by The ‘Clipboard’, Published on www.pointtopoint.co.uk on the 30th January 2015

“I’ve always told [owner] John Symes that this is the best horse he’s got, but he doesn’t believe me!” laughed Richard Woollacott, after the John Mathias-ridden Parkam Jack had defied a 19-month absence to land the Mixed Open at the expense of last year’s winner and odds-on favourite Certain Flight.

A former winner of two Points, a Newton Abbot novice hunter chase and a Worcester maiden hurdle under Woollacott’s trainership, but now representing wife Kayley’s Pointing string, the Grape Tree Road gelding showed no signs of ring-rustiness despite an extended break owed to a leg problem, and having been allowed to switch off in rear up to halfway found plenty for driving to fend off his closest pursuer by an eventual half-length margin.

“He always wins driven out, but that’s just him!” Woollacott continued. “In fairness he’s always been our best work horse at home, but he doesn’t always do it on the track for you. We didn’t do anything special to get him fit after his leg, just a lot of galloping, and we knew that was enough. We knew he was fit for today.”

Although already proven over Rules fences by expedient of that Newton Abbot victory, a return for Parkam Jack to Richard’s side of the yard any time soon is by no means assured. “We knew he was good enough to be worth giving a year off and bringing back for this job [Pointing], but we won’t go back under Rules except perhaps for a hunter chase. We know exactly what he is – he’s a solid 112-rated sort of horse, and no better.”

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Five winners for the season for Kayley Woollacott quickly became six, as Larkhill Restricted dead-heater Jepeck sprung himself from Intermediate class at the first time of asking with a victory rather more emphatic than that recorded in Wiltshire three weeks earlier. Momentarily under pressure approaching three out, Jamie Thomas’s mount produced an irresistible renewed effort between the final two fences to win going away.

Success here qualified the son of Westerner for both the Connolly’s Red Mills and Exeter Racecourse Intermediate Finals at a stroke, but thoughts are yet to turn to either target in earnest – perhaps unsurprisingly, coming as they would nearly six months into a campaign that started at the season-opening Black Forest Club fixture.

Kayley Woollacott ventured further: “He’s still only six and we wouldn’t want to over-race him. Even this was a quick reappearance after Larkhill, but there wouldn’t have been anywhere to go with him for a while after as he has to go right-handed.” A trip to Buckfastleigh was briefly considered in the winner’s enclosure, before those present remembered that track had of course switched from Jepeck’s favoured clockwise configuration to anticlockwise in 2013.

Kayley could confirm one definite immediate plan, however – “Keeping him from Richard!”

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A well-backed favourite, Jepeck was not unfancied by the Woollacott raiding party – and one in particular. “Our head lad said on the way down we’d have a double today – this horse and one other”, smiled Kayley Woollacott, adding: “Unfortunately he got the other one wrong!”

By a process of elimination, that “other one” could only have been Robin Will, a warm order to add the Hunt Members contest to the Open Maiden success he gained on his one previous course visit two years ago.

The cutest of waiting rides from John Mathias reaped less reward than it deserved, however, as the combination of a limited response off the bridle after two out and a last-fence error condemned the half-brother of Grand National aspirant Unioniste to a four-length defeat at the hands of Blinding Lights, whose winning rider Matt Hampton doubled his score for the season in the process.
“I was hunting with the Tiverton yesterday, and they were asking me what I was running in the race”, beamed successful owner-trainer Mary Sanderson afterwards, “and I told them it was Blinding Lights. ‘Will it win?’ they asked, and I said it would be a blinding shame if he doesn’t!”

Not that it was always a certainty that the 10-year-old son of a niece of Burrough Hill Lad would still be holding a place in the Sanderson string long enough to record this latest victory for her. “The girls in the yard love him, but I nearly sold him last year – he didn’t pass the vet, though. There’s nothing wrong with him now,” recalled the Calverleigh-based former publican, who further advised that Blinding Lights was “never 100%” during a 2013-14 campaign tempered by issues with backside muscles and an abscess in the mouth.

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A neck second to Turthen under the same rider in the 2013 renewal of the same race, having made every yard in the hands of the now-conditional Kieran Edgar twelve months before that, Blinding Lights’ success constituted an eighth in the Tiverton Members for Sanderson in just 15 seasons.

However, the gelding still has some way to go to emulate former stable star Jabiru, winner of the same race five times between 2001 and 2006; and nor is he ever likely to effect quite the same sort of boilover as achieved by 2008 scorer Hollandia, winner of a three-runner renewal at odds of 50-1!

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No less celebrated a finisher in the Members race following a wholly respectable 27l fifth on Weston Lodge, 52-year-old first-time rider Alex Muirhead returned to the paddock to a rapturous reception from friends and well-wishers… and to the challenge cup (swiftly filled with champagne) for the first resident in the Tiverton Foxhounds country to pass the post.

Resplendent in tartan-apeing red and green diamond-patterned silks during the race and the ceremonial headgear and coat of his beloved City Of Exeter Pipes and Drums after it, the veteran debutant – a chandler by trade – had not wanted for expert tutelage from the likes of Rodi Greene and (brother-in-law) Jamie Osborne ahead of this realisation of a long-held dream.

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Robin Will’s reverse in the opener was the first of two for John Mathias in the opening couple of races, with joint-favourite Shanks A Bunch producing the shortest-lived of threats before weakening right out under the Welshman in the Restricted that followed.

That could hardly have lain in starker contrast to fellow jolly, the Will Biddick-partnered Bien Connu, whose effort in repelling Mangans Turn (Josh Newman) to lead home a Jack Barber-trained one-two betrayed no evidence whatsoever of the mammoth 38-month absence which had preceded it.

Last seen running away with a Thames Valley Club Maiden at the sadly now-dormant Tweseldown in December 2011, and turning out here for only the third time in his life, the Bienamado gelding’s effort understandably had connections beaming afterwards. “That’s very pleasing. He’d not been quite right any previous year that we’d brought him back in, but he’s been better this time around, having come back in September,” explained Barber, the current National Trainer’s Championship leader. “He had a leg, and it’s just taken time with him – firing, a long time off, and a lot of work.”

In light of Bien Connu’s protracted previous absence, it would not surprise were short-term aspirations for the nine-year-old not to have extended beyond returning cold legs the following morning.

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Present to shout on John Mathias from the sidelines, win or lose, proud father Philip also found time to impart a little further information on the new course at Llwyndau Farm, the venue for this year’s Banwen Miners Point on Monday, May 4th following the sale of the previous Pentreclwydau site.

“[BHA course inspector] Peter Hobbs and I walked the course the other week, and it’s very encouraging – the grass cover will be good, and it’s really a better site than we could have dared hope for at such short notice. The landowners are completely on board, and so proactive in getting things in place between each planning meeting.” Mathias explained of a site located around five miles west of Pentreclywdau.

As to the layout? “It’s sort of a d-shaped 1m1f circuit, and quite flat, with a straight home run and a bend in the back straight. I’d think it would lend itself better to being left-handed, but that’s to be decided.”

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Fifth place was the best that Silver Token could manage in the Mixed Open on this card twelve months earlier, but the combination this time around of a drop back in class, plus the assistance of emerging talent Harry Cobden, proved just what the Silver Patriarch gelding required to land a first Pointing success in over two years in the Dodson & Horrell PPORA Novice Riders’ event. Sent closer at the start of the final circuit, the 10-year-old grey finally wore down the gallant Ladyvie (Hannah Welch) in the final 75 yards, following a good tussle over the final two fences.
For the Lydford-on-Fosse based Cobden, 16, victory here represented a first success between the flags on only his third attempt, as well as an altogether happier experience than a slip and unseat from Cock Of The Rock on his Pointing debut at Wadebridge two weeks earlier. “He was hopping mad after that,” recalled self-described “long suffering mum” Sarah, proudly watching on along with the rider’s grandmother Gill and Rules trainer Anthony Honeyball.

Active in pony racing since the age of nine, and the winner of – by his own reckoning – no fewer than 33 events in that sphere, Cobden schooled at Sexey’s in Bruton until turning 16 last November. “He came out of school early – you’ll have the Schools Service on us!” laughed Sarah. In actual fact her son remains in education, combining home tutorials with five weekday morning shifts for principal employer Honeyball and Wednesday afternoons spent riding out for David Brace.

Cobden has plenty for which to thank the last-named, in particular; “He was pony racing in Ireland last October, when Mr Brace approached him and asked if he’d like to work for him,” Sarah continued. Already qualified by Brace this term with the Llangeinor, the well-established duo of Cock Of The Rock (jointly owned by Harry and granny) and Silver Token (owned by the current trainer of both horses, Honeyball’s partner Rachael Green) look well bought if intended to help the rookie realise his stated ambition of becoming the champion Novice Rider – between them, the duo withstood 19 hunt race outings in 2013-14.

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Another partner of a licensed trainer to oblige on the afternoon was Pat Bryant, handler of the Pointers at his and Caroline Keevil’s Motcombe base and on the mark here with the Philip Thomas-ridden General Girling in division one of the Open Maiden.

Winless in 15 starts under Rules for Keevil and latterly rated as low as 73 over hurdles, the son of General Gambul has taken a far greater shine to the discipline of Pointing and entered this contest on the back of three second places from as many recent starts, two up on Salisbury Plain. “If he can go that close at Larkhill, he ought to win something,” laughed breeder Jane Girling, present to see the homebred she has loaned back to the yard’s racing club for the season break his duck at last.

“He jumped well enough over hurdles, but we tried him once in a chase and he was much too careful,” continued Keevil, adding: “He’s also not always known for his resolution, but he showed a lot of guts today.” That comment could just as readily apply to his partner, as the crowding from eventual runner-up Just Imagine It up the run-in cowed neither General Girling nor Philip Thomas out of converting the winning opportunity. Formerly based with John Joseph Murphy and Caroline Hobbs before joining the Keevil-Bryant axis, 30-year-old Thomas was recording a third Pointing victory.

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“I’m happy with that – it’s the ideal start,” summarised Poundsgate handler Simon Partridge after a clever ride by Darren Edwards secured stable star Lucette Annie the TBA Countryside Alliance Mares’ and Fillies’ event for the second year running.

The competition had a thinner look about it with last year’s runner-up Popaway sent to contest the afternoon’s equivalent contest at Higham this time around, and the 4-9 favourite was not overly taxed in recording a clever 2.5l success over the Hannah Welch-partnered Romney Marsh (the rider’s second runner’s-up finish inside 40 minutes).

A winner every season since 2010, and running in the colours this year of Clare West as well as longstanding owner Janet Humphrey, the daughter of Alflora made light of conditions (officially good to soft) just a touch drier than preferred. “I’d like to take in a hunter chase with her again this season, but she’d need cut in the ground for that,” Partridge reasoned, “though we do get away with it on quicker ground in Points.” A ninth career visit to her local stomping ground of Buckfastleigh is in the offing before anything else, however: “It comes nicely for her in three weeks’ time, so I don’t suppose we’ll see her out again before then.”

Lucette Annie won’t be the only representative from the Partridge yard between the flags this season. “I have a five-year-old youngster called Sandy Park set to debut in Maidens – he’s been following Lucette Annie up the gallops. Blue Abbey [an 11-year-old maiden half-brother to Asian Maze and Quantitativeeasing] is still with us and still chasing her up the gallops, too!”

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“I am so chuffed with that ride – that’s just what she needed,” enthused owner Julia Batho on greeting the returning Midnights’mischief, punched out by James Jeavons to land the second leg of the Open Maiden at the expense of odds-on shot Porlock Bay (Darren Edwards).

Head girl to Alastair Ralph this season, Batho had insisted to her current boss that Midnights’mischief, a mare she’d acquired in 2011 as a three-year-old, made the trip up to the Downton Estate north of Ludlow with her as part of the arrangement. “I said, ‘I’ll bring my horse with me if that’s alright, but she isn’t very good.’ She’s a bit better than that now!”

A tenure with Nick Williams had preceded the move to Ralph, but whilst there Batho struggled to get her daughter of Midnight Legend fit enough to do herself justice on the racetrack, as perhaps evidenced by pulled-up efforts at Kilworthy and Trebudannon last spring.

Before that, the 37-year-old had worked for Tor Collins prior to the latter’s own move to Shropshire from the Sandhurst Area, and whilst based there had recorded her one win as a race-rider in the 2009 Hampshire Hunt Members race at Hackwood Park on Lord Alpha, a horse she trained herself for Anthony Ward-Thomas. The Batho connection to Collins endures up to a point through Midnights’mischief, whose dam Pipes A’Calling foaled her after winning a Godstone Mares’ Maiden for that handler in 2007.

Although the commencement of the Welsh Borders Area season remains a good few weeks off, a busy time is assured for Batho and all working for Alastair Ralph before then, as the now former assistant trainer to Henry Daly begins to unleash the yard’s big guns such as John Corbet Cup third Following Dreams. “Alastair’s got about 11 or 12 Pointers in this year; a few young ones, but not too many maidens. One less maiden now, in fact!”

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Midnights’mischief was a first ride for the Ralph yard this season for James Jeavons, 24, and a second winner for him all told. The Sarah-Jayne Davies/Jeremy Mahot-trained Upton Centurion in a PPORA Novice Riders race at Brampton Bryan last April was the first, and he hopes to be riding for that operation as well as for Hannah James and for Ralph this term.

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Porlock Bay’s second to Midnights’mischief thus left Pointing Plus columnist and Attheraces host Luke Harvey having fared two places better than brother Dominic’s Hunt Members fourth Lightening Jack, but at the same time still bereft of the victory he’d hoped to tease out of his Dr Massini gelding before taking in a skiing holiday a few days later.

No matter. “I love this sport, and hailing from barely five miles away I love being here at Chipley,” Harvey beamed whilst warming down Porlock Bay in the box park after racing. “You couldn’t get me to go racing on a day off, but I’d do this any day of the week. This is the longest I’ve gone without a beer all day, though!”

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Prior to watching his charge Tucumcari finish unplaced in the Intermediate, handler Norman Thomas had clasped your writer by the hand on their first meeting for nearly three years and exclaimed, “I thought you were dead!” It’s always nice to be able to dispel a rumour…

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RHYS WILLIAMS’S TIVERTON POINT-TO-POINT COMMENTARY, CHIPLEY PARK, SUNDAY 25TH JANUARY 2015

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Much drier ground than last year at this meeting when the betting ring turned into a mudbath after a few races. Ground mainly good to soft with soft patches halfway down the back straight and in the home straight from the bottom of the hill to the last, and a few good patches. There was a fairly big crowd on a pleasant winter day.

Hunt Members

6 runners went to post for the hunt members including Weston Lodge with 52 year old Alex Muirhead having his first ride in a race. Donpierre still had a fair lead with half a circuit to go but the gap was gradually closed by the pursuers and Robin Will and Blinding Light looked the dangers turning in. Robin Will looked to be going best after 2 out but didn’t find as much as looked likely and it was Blinding Light who stayed on best to win at 5-2 (touched 4-1). Robin Will (evens into 10-11) and Donpierre (4-1 out to 9-1) 2nd and 3rd respectively.

Restricted

Only 2 of the 17 entries didn’t line up and there was a gamble on Bien Connu, absent from the track since winning a Tweseldown maiden in 2011. Backed from 6-1 into 5-2, he was one of five in contention turning in and fitness proved to be no issue for him as he stayed on well to win. Mangans Turn had to be pushed along at various stages and finished 2nd, with Definitely Rosie in 3rd. Vilja, a faller at Black Forest Lodge, ran a promising race just in behind.

Mens Open

There seemed to be some confusion initially over the entries for this race as Parkam Jack was only added to the bookmakers’ boards after all of the others had been written up. Ridden by John Mathias, there was no confusion over the result as he found more under pressure than Certain Flight to win at 12-1. Certain Flight, sent off the 1-2 favourite, just held on to 2nd from Blazing Whale.

Intermediate

Jepeck racked up a 3rd win of the season in the Intermediate. King Kash had the field stretched out behind him going down the back for the final time and still had a fair margin over the chasing pack turning in. Soul Native went to the front over 2 out but Jepeck started to run on well under Jamie Thomas and went on to win at 11-4.

PPORA Club Members Novice Riders

A bright prospect to come through the pony racing ranks, Harry Cobden registered a first success in the pointing sphere when guiding Silver Token to victory at 2-1. He gradually got closer on the final circuit and delivered the 10yo with a perfectly timed run to beat Ladyvie, with Talab back in 3rd.

TBA Club Members for Fillies and Mares

Lucette Annie drifted slightly from 1-3 to 2-5 but she was never in much danger here, leading throughout to win with a fair bit in hand. Darren Edwards controlled a slow pace from the front and gradually wound it up with half a circuit to go. Romney Marsh tried to challenge after 3 out but Lucette Annie had more left to offer and pulled away again before being eased close home. Romney Marsh ran well in 2nd at 16-1 with Knight Blaze in 3rd at 7-2.

Open Maiden Div 1

Casino Boy was a well backed outsider from 20-1 into 8-1 in div 1 of the maiden but he wasn’t one of the three in with a realistic chance turning out of the back straight. General Girling (2-1 out to 11-4) had a gap over Just Imagine It (6-4 into 10-11) after the latter pitched badly on landing after 6 out and Will Biddick did well to survive the error. It soon became a duel between the two as they dropped Ziggerson Hill turning in, with each taking turns to just edge ahead of the other. Just Imagine It had edged ahead shortly after the last before General Girling rallied with a strong run on the inside to get back up in a very tight finish. Ziggerson Hill (20-1) showed some promise back in 3rd.

Open Maiden Div 2

Porlock Bay was backed from 6-4 into 4-5 in the closing race but had to settle for 2nd behind Midnights’Mischief under James Jeavons. Ballyhilty Bridge had taken them along for much of the race and there were five in with a chance turning into the straight. Midnights’Mischief got to the front over 2 out but made a mistake at the last and handed Porlock Bay another chance. However, he soon picked up again for driving on the run in to win at 8-1 from Porlock Bay, with Follow The Paint (7-4) in 3rd.

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RESULTS

Results of the Tiverton meeting

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