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DEVON & CORNWALL AREA AWARDS 2014  – FINAL LIST

POINTS COUNT IN DEVON & CORNWALL AREA FIXTURES ONLY FOR HORSES QUALIFIED WITH DEVON & CORNWALL AREA PACKS

4 POINTS WIN;  2 POINTS 2ND;  1 POINT 3RD.

 

Leading male rider: Peter Pearn Memorial Cup

Robbie Henderson 102 points
Darren Edwards 74 points
Will Biddick 63 points

Leading lady rider: JG Kellock Memorial Cup

Bryony Frost 64 points
Leanda Tickle 50 points
Vicky Wade 27 points

Leading male novice rider:

Chester Williams 22 points
David Noonan 21 points
Ciaran Gethings 11 points

Leading lady novice rider:

Megan Nicholls 22 points
Hannah Welch 14 points
Natalie Parker 12 points

Leading owner: GK Probert Cup :

Jimmy Frost 36 points

Owner/rider most points on one horse: Silver Ransome Cup;

Sarah Dennis Print the Money 7 points

Leading veteran rider: Orchard Cup;  ——  (no claimants received)

Leading horse:  Axminster Carpets Cup

Roger Knowles Byerley Bear 25 points

Leading novice horse: Little Vanity Cup:

Shared between five:

Master Hooper Mrs J E Purdie 8 points
Whispering Wild The Notso Innocent Partnership, Mike Watson 8 points
Ambitious Pursuit Mrs L Glanville 8 points
Carheney River Mrs K Heard & Mr M Evans 8 points
O’Flo Mrs C Lawrence & Ms K Lawrence 8 points

Leading mare ; Cornish Princess Cup;

Whenharrymetsally Mrs Hannah Broggio 14 points

Leading veteran horse –  Anjubi Trophy:

Ned White Mrs Jacqui Elliott 11 points

Owner/breeder: Seal Marine Trophy

Carol Lawrence 10 points

Leading owner/rider/trainer: HJ Widdicombe Memorial:

Sarah Dennis Print the Money 7 points

Rider gaining most points at single meeting: Prideaux Horse Trophy:

Robbie Henderson 14 points at Dulverton Farmers

Bookmakers Trophy Rider longest official SP reside in area:  Devon & Cornwall BPA;

Michael Heard It’s All or Nothing 33-1 Eggesford

Western Morning News Trophy – best individual performance

Robert Chanin Achieved a remarkable feat of sending out seven winners from his first eight runners of the season with four separate horses

 

DEVON & CORNWALL AREA – REVIEW 2013/14 SEASON

YET ANOTHER SEASON has come and gone and we were privileged in the DEVON & CORNWALL AREA to witness some thrilling racing. Our area is the largest in the country, and our season stretched from 1st December through to mid-June, when the Derby has come and gone and Royal Ascot is imminent. Just three of the scheduled 27 meetings were lost due to bad weather in this particularly wet winter and spring– all due to waterlogging.

Pride of place as far as the local horses are concerned goes to the Silverton qualified nine-year-old Byerley Bear. This sound jumping chestnut recorded six of his seven Open wins in the area, ridden to five of them by Leanda Tickle for owner Roger Knowles.

Byerley Bear is stabled with Robert Chanin who performed quite a feat in saddling seven winners from his first eight runners of the season. Welstonedruid looked a useful stayer in the making, and this sturdy six-year-old was also sent out from Chanin’s Thorverton yard to score four times before mid-March.

One of the most progressive pointers in the area was Bradley Brook who followed up wins at Kilworthy and Upcott Cross by winning the Exeter Racecourse Intermediate Hunter Chase Final under Darren Edwards.

That ultra game mare Lucette Annie was also partnered regularly by Darren Edwards, and took her career tally into double figures. Two of her three victories came at Upcott Cross in the soft ground she revels in.

Whenharrymetsally just edged out Lucette Annie for the area mares award. The six-year-old by King’s Theatre won three of her five races and looks a nice prospect for the future. Red Penny and Paper Lady were other well bred mares to catch the eye. These were just two of the winners saddled by Nikki Frost.

It was good to see the useful ex-chaser Aiteenthirtythree go through the campaign unbeaten. Two of the gelding’s four successes came in the area. His young rider Natalie Parker excelled when forcing her mother’s ten-year-old up in the last few strides to win the Lamerton Mixed Open.

Robbie Henderson was always chasing Will Biddick’s shadow for the National jockeys’ title (well done Will – at least you are Cornish !). Robbie’s 32 winners provided him with his best ever season, elevating him to his first Devon & Cornwall jockeys’ title. Darren Edwards and Will Biddick were his closest pursuers for  the area prize.

The majority of Henderson’s winners were saddled by Ed Walker. The East Devon qualified Level Spirit won four times for The Otter Club and Hameldown Tor’s consistency was rewarded with two late season wins in the same colours from Walker’s Ottery St Mary base. Blazing Whale was also sent out from the yard to win three times, culminating in a defeat of Ross Oliver’s star West Country mare Wee Fly in the Four Burrow Open at Trebudannon.

Wee Fly’s subsequent Members’ success at the next Trebudannon fixture proved to be her 18th and final victory as the mare was injured in a road accident shortly afterwards. This was quite a blow for her sporting owner/trainer Ross Oliver who has accumulated nearly 40 pointing wins between her and her half brother Let’s Fly.

Mister Moonax earned honourable retirement after his Flete Park four miles Ladies’ Open success, and another 14-year-old, Gone To Lunch, stayed on very gamely to win the Dulverton Farmers four miles event at Treborough Hill in March under a terrific ride from Laura Scott.

It is always heartening in the point-to-point world to see “small” stables enjoy their share of success. In this respect Reuben Chapman’s Reliable Richie lived up to his name. The Cornish eight-year-old proved that staying was his best subject with late season wins at Trebudannon and Bratton Down.

Kayley Woollacott enjoyed a  succesful season and produced winners on the first and last day of the season in Mr Bingley and Checkerboard. In addition Steeltown, Minella Web, King Kash and Devon General earned their keep from the Rose Ash yard, Devon General’s impressive win on Easter Monday at Trebudannon was a prelude to his 15 lengths bumper win at Stratford, with young jockey Jake Bament giving way to A P McCoy in the saddle.

Another recent bumper winner to emerge from the area was Julian Selby’s home bred Fivefortyfive who scored on his pointing debut at Wadebridge before landing a Uttoxeter bumper in mid-June.

Certain Flight has become a flagship performer from the Keith Cumings yard and gained the first of his five wins this season in the Tiverton Open. The yard excelled however with their younger horses and six-year-olds Thetalkinghorse, The Mexican Bandit and Whenharrymetsally all emerged as potential stars.

Master Hooper and Whispering Wild won races in the style of good staying types and Ambitious Pursuit, and Carheney River also look to have a future. Annie Aces was successful on both her starts, whilst Babeny Bridge came into the season with two unbeaten runs as a four-year-old and duly added three more victories to his CV.

The latter’s rider, 16-year-old Chester Williams, took the area novice riders’ award by a single point to thwart the late bid of David Noonan. Another 16-year-old, Megan Nicholls, was the area ladies’ novice champion. Her first point-to-point ride Gwanako was beaten at Wadebridge, but the later exploits of Current Event and Join Together took her ahead of Hannah Welch.

The early season injury to Jo Buck threw the Area Ladies’ title race wide open and Bryony Frost’s best ever season (12 winners) enabled the 19-year-old from Buckfastleigh to retain the title she won last year ahead of Leanda Tickle.

I would just like to pay tribute to the Devon & Cornwall Association bookmakers. The odds offered by the bookmakers who stand in our area is the envy of many other parts of the country. Point-to-pointing is set to resume at Black Forest Lodge on Sunday 30th November – see you there.

Axe Vale Point-To-Point, Stafford Cross entries and form

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Race Start time Link to entries and form for race
1st 13:30 Members Race
2nd 14:10 Confined Race
3rd 14:45 Mixed Open Race
4th 15:20 Intermediate Race
5th 15:55 Novice Riders Race
6th 16:30 Restricted Race
7th 17:05 4, 5, 6 & 7 year olds 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

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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Preview : Axe Vale Point-To-Point, Stafford Cross, Sunday April 27

The Axe Vale host this weekend’s Point-to-Point horse racing at Stafford Cross, near Seaton, East Devon on Sunday 27th April.

Pony racing, sponsored by Rob Perry Marine, head’s up the action at 12 noon, followed by the main seven race card, starting at 1.30pm. Over 100 entries have been received.

In the opening Members race, sponsored by Beviss & Beckingsale Solicitors, the Les Jefford-trained entry Miss Cupcake won this race last year, coming home ten lengths ahead of another entry, Our Georgie Girl trained by Ed Walker. Miss Cupcake ran well this February when two and a quarter lengths second to Un Ami at Badbury Rings.

J & F J Baker sponsor the Confined race in which trainer Rose Loxton holds two entries, Join Together who under jockey Megan Nicholls recently won at Cothelstone, and Current Event a winner of five Chases and a Hurdle race. Notus De La Tour stayed on well when second at Upcott Cross, his impressive form includes second in a Grade One Novice Chase. Whenharrymetsally from the Keith Cumings team is another to consider, having won at Great Trethew in March.

The Lee Clifford sponsored Mixed Open, could see Will Biddick get the leg up on Minella Fifty from the Claire Hitch team. The combination having wins this season at Cothelstone and Charlton Horethorne. Will Biddick rode his first ever winner at this track in 2004, when coming home in front on the Ross Oliver-trained Let’s Fly. This weekend may well see him return, looking to add to his total of well over 200 winners. John Daniell and Round Tom should not be left out of the equation if turning out again after their wins last weekend.

The Mythologist trained by Guy & Sophie Henderson and ridden by son Robbie, hasn’t been seen since his win at Ston Eston , but is highly regarded by his connections and could go off favourite in the Matford Land Rover sponsored Intermediate race. Master Hooper from the Robert Chanin team is another to consider, as is Soul Native having taken the 16 runner restricted at Cothelstone earlier this month under jockey Vicky Wade.

In the CA Club Novice Riders race, Join Together under Megan Nicholls, if not in the earlier confined race, and Barneys Mate for Christopher Barber could have a re match. The two met at Charlton Horethorne when Barneys Mate was caught on the run in by the determined Nicholls getting Join Together up to win by a length. Ladyvie is another likely to be in the mix for jockey Hannah Welch, having run second at Buckfastleigh and Cothelstone.

The Alice Pearn-trained Johnny No Cash looks a strong challenger for the Martin Diplock Estate Agents sponsored Restricted race, having run second behind Pure Oxygen at Cotley. This race may well be divided on the day having attracted 27 entries. Others to consider are Midnight Breeze for the Ollie Bush team, after his recent win at Portman. Donpierre for Ben Robarts having run well at Upcott Cross, and the Michael Miller-trained Sparkling Miss having won her Maiden at Milborne St Andrew, then ran three lengths third at Badbury Rings in a Restricted won by Posh Totty.

Concluding the day’s event, is the Open Maiden race sponsored by Scott Rowe Solicitors. Richard Barber holds three entries, General Ginger, Whataknight, and Willow Bird. Mount Prospex trained by Jill Dennis could follow up on his third at Upcott Cross. Paul Nicholls has entered The Eaglehaslanded and market support could be worth following.

The course offers a good party atmosphere, where you can choose to either bring your own picnic, or use the excellent catering facilities on site. There is also a Tote, Bookmakers, bar and trade stands.

Entrance is £20 car and occupant’s, or £10 car and driver.

Course is located at Stafford Cross, nr Seaton, off A3052 Post Code EX24 6HZ

Eggesford Point-To-Point entries and form

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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 Mixed Open Race
5th 15:20 Restricted Race
6th 15:55 4-7 year old Open Maiden Race
7th 16:30 8 years + 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

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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Spooners & West Dartmoor entries and form

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Race Start time Link to entries and form for race
1st 13:00 Members Race
2nd 13:35 Restricted Race
3rd 14:10 Mixed Open Race
4th 14:50 Confined Race
5th 15:25 Intermediate Race
6th 16:00 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

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.

Produced by Jeff Guyett of Westcountry Videos.

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Preview: Spooners & West Dartmoor – Cherrybrook Sunday April 6

Point-to-Point horse racing takes place this weekend at Cherrybrook, near Tavistock, on Sunday April 6th, where the course offers a stunning view overlooking Dartmoor. Six races are on the card, with the Condy Mathias sponsored Members race starting the day at 1pm.

In the opening members race, Gorteenwood trained by Gordon Chambers, won his Restricted unchallenged in 2012, and ran second at this meeting in the same season, on his return to pointing this year, he was running well at Buckfastleigh until weaking four out, from a yard in form, he looks the likely favourite. Diamond Brook from the Emma Loosemore team, ran close at Kilworthy when less than four lengths fourth behind winner Cottage Oak. Another entry, Furmagiatt won this race last season, that day with Diamond Brook in third, but has struggled since.

Tyre Marks sponsor the Restricted, and of the 18 entries, trainer Ed Walker’s Vic’s Moll won at Milborn St Andrew under Robbie Henderson catching the leader Sutton Storm to win by a length, the mare can be quirky and if not in good spirits on the day another option could be the Richard Barber-trained Overtown Express, having won a Charleton Horethorne under Will Biddick on good to soft. Ratline Rose for the Kayley Woollacott team stayed on well to win at Wadebridge in January and followed that up with a two and a half length second to Sir Wattty.

The Mixed Open sponsored by Charles Stanley Investments, has attracted some quality horses including the progressive Welstonedruid and Kirkleigh both from leading area trainer Robert Chanin’s yard, and The Otter Club owned Hameldown Tor won this race last year and has been in the frame on all three of his starts this season including a three length second to Ravethebrave at Badbury Rings.The prolific winning mare Lucette Annie, trained by Simon Partridge, is also entered and could give jockey Darren Edwards another win to follow-up on his double at Great Trethew last weekend. Indiana Bay won this race last season under Josh Guerriero and could well be back to defend his title for trainer Jill Dennis.

Rock Inn sponsor the Confined in which Gershwinner, from the Emma Oliver team, could pick up the prize having run a close third behind Cottage Oak and Tugboat at Kilworthy, Hameldown Tor, Lucette Annie and Welstonedruid also hold an entry and could figure if switching from the Mixed Open. Notus De La Tour is an interesting entry being a previous Grade 1 Novice Chase runner-up, and could be one for the future.

Exeter Racecourse sponsor the Intermediate race and entries include recent winners Sir Watty who won his Maiden here last season and took the Restricted at Wadebridge, The Mythologist a winner at Treborough Hill and Ston Eston, and Master Hooper a winner at Cothelstone under jockey Matthew Hampton.

The Langdon Transport sponsored Open Maiden race concludes the day’s event, and market support for the Richard Barber trained Vivant Poeme would be worth noting, he was in touch under jockey Will Biddick, until falling four out at Ston Easton two weeks ago on his debut run.

On course facilities include hot food, bar, bookies and a host of trade stands.

Entrance is £10 car & driver, £5 extra passengers.

Course is signed from A386, North of Tavistock – PL19 0LA

Useful Information

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Lamerton Point-To-Point entries and form

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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, 1st Division
3rd 14:10 Open Maiden Race, 2nd Division
4th 14:45 Mixed Open Race
5th 15:20 Confined Race
6th 15:55 Restricted Race
7th 16:30 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 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.

Produced by Jeff Guyett of Westcountry Videos.

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QUANTOCK STAGHOUNDS AT COTHELSTONE 2 MARCH

THE second successive blank weekend in the Devon & Cornwall area meant a trip to the neighbouring Wessex area for point-to-point action.

Cothelstone, near Taunton, hosted the Quantock Staghounds fixture on Sunday (2nd March) where a plethora of declared runners led to three races being split on the day. A total of 81 runners contested the ensuing nine races.

Darren Edwards described the going as, “heavy, soft along the home straight,” as rain poured down for the last four races. Darren was in good form with a double, initiated when Coombe Hill upset the odds laid on Kirkleigh in the Mixed Open.

Edwards completed his double when Reliable Richie stepped up on his recent Buckfastleigh second by running on too strongly for Gontdevon in the first Restricted.

Tom Chanin had to play second fiddle on both Kirkleigh and Gontdevon, but got himself on the score sheet thanks to pillar to post winner Five Journeys, saddled by his father Robert, in one of the two and a half mile Maidens for young horses. This took the Thorverton based trainer into double figures for the season.

The other Maiden for young horses went to the Exmoor qualified Twyford, trained by Claire Hitch and ridden by reigning Devon & Cornwall male title holder Josh Guerriero.

John Pearn’s Lightening Jack also holds an Exmoor certificate and the Kayley Woollacott trained gelding just overhauled Carrickmines in the hands of Jamie Thomas to win the Confined.

The fast improving Master Hooper battled on courageously to win the second Restricted at the expense of Honours Insight, staying on strongly for Matt Hampton for Butleigh owner Julie Purdie.

With the crowd and bookmakers dwindling in the face of the weather (only three bookies stayed the course until the last race), Will Biddick collected the final two events. Corton Ridge left some modest form behind him to beat the only other finisher Big Mick in the first section of the Open maiden, and Third Chance received a smooth Biddick ride to win the concluding event.

REPORT: TIVERTON POINT-TO-POINT AT CHIPLEY PARK, SUNDAY 19TH JANUARY

AT last this season we were able to enjoy sunshine from a clear blue sky at ChipleyPark. However it was not all plain sailing with lashings of mud around the bookies and paddock which made wellington boots the essential fashion accessory.  

A total of 108 runners contested the 10 races with soft going putting a premium on stamina. All credit to the organisers in defeating the endless wet spell to provide quality racing on soft going which attracted several long distance travellers.“We even had to drain the bottom bend with six inch pipes after it rained again on Saturday night,” said secretary Keith Granger.

The Mixed Open attracted 17 runners which saw champion jockey Will Biddick displaying his artistry with a smooth success on Certain Flight. Backed from 7’s to 4’s, Biddick saved every inch of ground on the rails until edging his mount ahead of the game front running All Great N Theory in the home straight. Keith Cumings trains Certain Flight for owners Richard and Tina Dunsford, and was quick to pay tribute to the rider. “He was given a lovely ride. I was not sure how he would cope with the ground. He has got to go hunter chasing now.” said the trainer, whose daughter Nicky is credited with doing all the work at home and, “won’t let anybody else ride him,” according to the Bishops Nympton trainer.

The Devon mare Lucette Annie revelled in the conditions to score on her seasonal debut in the Mares race. Despite drifting in the betting, the consistent 10-year-old made virtually all and drew away from Popaway and Champagne Rosie over the last two fences to win decisively.” I didn’t really want to make the running,” said winning jockey Darren Edwards. The mare looked really on song and now heads to the valuable Buckfastleigh Mixed Open she won last year. “Our gallops on the farm at Poundsgate have been waterlogged and we missed Wadebridge this year. She is a lot stronger and has done a lot of hill work” remarked Simon Partridge who trains the tough chestnut on behalf of owners Chris and Janet Humphrey.

Ottery St Mary based Ed Walker sent out his first runner of the season, Blazing Whale, to beat the heavily backed favourite Babeny Bridge in the 16-runner Intermediate in the hands of Robbie Henderson. “We have only just started because they all came in fat. Blazing Whale was a bit unlucky last year. He is a proper old fashioned chaser,” commented the trainer, who shares ownership in the Classic Cliché gelding with Francis Read.

Classic Cliché was also responsible for siring the Novice Riders’ winner Justabout, who is out of Cheltenham Gold Cup runner-up Dubacilla. The winner was ridden by Ciaran Gethings who forced his mount up to beat Tamatown and Barneys Mate in a blanket finish. Justabout won five times under rules but had been in the wilderness a bit since his last victory for Colin Tizzard over two years ago. “Colin told me he had no chance on soft ground,” laughed owner /trainer Gerald Greenway. “Ciaran works for Philip Hobbs and schooled him there the other day, but I ride him out at home,” proclaimed the 74-year-old trainer.

Thorverton trainer Robert Chanin saddled a remarkable seventh consecutive winner in the space of five weeks when For The Staff , owned by Roger Knowles and Annie Argyrides, stayed on well under Ian Chanin to win the Hunt Race. “We wanted to give him an easy race to start him off because he had a few hard races last year,” said the trainer, who has hunter chases in mind with a possible run at Buckfastleigh before t

The first division of the Restricted produced the closest finish of the day as Romassor and Un Ami fought out a neck and neck battle all the way up the final climb. It was the recent Wadebridge winner Romassor who was awarded the verdict by a short head under Tom David. “He is a big horse with an enormous stride who will keep on improving. He is the nearest horse I have had to Sericina,” said trainer Chloe Roddick, who went on to reveal that the progressive six-year-old is likely to return to France where he will run over fences for owners Steven Kemble and Patrick Atkinson.

Illicit Illusion initiated a double for jockey Sam Drinkwater and trainer Tom Lacey in the other Restricted division. The HeronIsland six-year-old, owned by the jockey’s father Paul, just held the sustained challenge of Whenharrymetsally to follow up his Barbury Castle Maiden victory. “This is a lovely course, it’s the first time I have ridden here,” said Sam who went on to complete the double on five-year-old Thedrinkymeister in the first Open Maiden which had to be divided on the day. “This horse is still a bit novicey,” remarked Alice Campbell, representing Tom Lacey who was away on a skiing holiday. Thedrinkymeister is another produce of HeronIsland out of a mare called Keel Row who won a couple of hurdle races for the Queen Mother.

Only two finished in the other division which went to the previously unraced Master Hooper, ridden by Matt Hampton. Julie Purdie owns and trains this sturdy home bred Kayf Tara six-year-old at Butterleigh, Devon. “He is still a bit burly and is the fourth winner out of Rempstone who won a point-to-point for us,” said Julie’s husband Sax.

The 15 runners for the concluding Maiden were despatched at 4.40 in gathering gloom. Big Georgie saw out the trip best under James Ridley to step up on his promising effort at Chaddesley Corbett. This strong gelding is trained by the jockey’s mother Heather for owner Alastair McLeish at Newent, Gloucestershire. “We do plenty of work and jumping over an old cross country course at home,” said the rider.

MONEY TALKS

APPLAUSE FOR AMY was the subject of a minor gamble in the Hunt race (8-1 to 5-1). She hails from Mary Sanderson’s yard which sent out Jabiru to win this race five times, but there was little applause from her supporters as she made a bad mistake on the far side and trailed in a moderate fourth

UN AMI was backed from 9-4 into 7-4 in the first Restricted to follow up his Larkhill success. The French bred grey was touched off by a short head but looks sure to atone soon. His young rider Chester Williams shows considerable promise.

There was money for the winner CERTAIN FLIGHT ( 7’s into 4’s) and third placed HAMELDOWN TOR (10’s to 6’s) in the Mixed Open. Will Biddick gave Certain Flight the perfect ride and the gelding looks ready to follow up. Hameldown Tor stays extremely well and can pick up an Open this season.

BABENY BRIDGE was backed from 7-2 to 5-2 to maintain his unbeaten record in the Intermediate. I thought that the winner Blazing Whale got first run on him but he kept on and was far from disgraced in finishing runner up

RESULTS

Results of the Tiverton meeting

VIDEO

Westcountry Videos filmed the meeting, order on 01884 840403 or through the website later in the week at www.westcountryvideos.co.uk

PHOTOGRAPHERS

The following photographers were at the meeting: Bath Photographic (Marcus Bath), Brian Armstrong, David Strange, Equus Prints (Stephen Wensley),John BeasleyPhil BrittSimon BurgessSporting Prints (Alun Sedgemore), Tim Holt and Turfpix (Tracy Roberts)

NEXT FIXTURE

Sunday 2nd February, Mid Devon Point-To-Point, Black Forest Lodge. Entries for the Mid Devon close at 12 noon, Monday 27th January for the Point-To-Point and this Saturday for the pony racing.