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Sponsors recognise appeal of point-to-pointing

British point-to-pointing’s popularity is underlined by fantastic backing from a wide range of national sponsors in the season ahead.

Leading brand names are among these sponsors, including iconic car manufacturer Subaru, which is involved for the first time – its range of vehicles fits perfectly with point-to-pointing’s theme of quality sport in the countryside.

The company is backing a series of races for horses at restricted level, culminating in a hunter chase final at Stratford. Paul Tunnicliffe, managing director of I M Group (UK), parent of the Subaru brand, says: “Subaru trades on its reputation as a vehicle for people who live and work in the countryside. Our ‘Subarural life’ credentials sit very appropriately with the sport, and this association will help our dealers to integrate into local communities. We look forward to generating interest in the sport and our vehicles.”

Cheltenham racecourse will again play host to the hunter chase final of Connolly’s RED MILLS’ intermediate series of point-to-points. UK business development manager Derek Fallon says: “We are delighted to be entering our eighth year as sponsors of the intermediate series, which has become an integral part of our UK marketing campaign. It sits well alongside our hurdle series and sponsorship of the Group 1 Cheveley Park Stakes, and highlights our commitment to the UK racing industry.”

Famous oven manufacturer AGA Rangemaster Group is back for a fifth year, but with a change of format – the company is now backing a wide range of races, plus championships for owners and women riders. David Simpson, the company’s commercial business development manager, says: “It’s a perfect time to widen our net because we have a product portfolio that includes a ‘new generation’ of electric cookers, and this exciting change of direction enables us to engage with a wider audience within the sport.”

The Jockey Club is backing 19 races for maiden mares at venues around Britain. Scott Bowers, Group Director of Communications at The Jockey Club, says: “We exist for the good of British racing, and we recognise point-to-pointing is not only a fantastic sport in its own right, but also important to the grass roots of horse racing. The pyramid has to be strong.”

Mares races are also a theme for the Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association, whose CEO, Louise Kemble, says: “We are looking forward to this renewed sponsorship. Our goal is to ensure we provide more opportunities for mares and a boost to the grassroots level of the sport, so we are delighted to be increasing our support from eight to ten races this year.”

Megan Nicholls, the daughter of multiple champion jumps trainer Paul Nicholls, won last year’s Dodson & Horrell PPORA novice riders’ series final, and later made the point that the series provides an opportunity for “young riders to aim at a final at the start of their career.” Sam Horrell, marketing director for the feed manufacturer, says: “I am looking forward to a new season and meeting some of our loyal customers who support and participate in the sport of point-to-pointing.”

World-renowned auction house Bonhams, specialists in fine arts and antiques, is backing 21 men’s open races, plus a hunter chase final at Cheltenham. Head of Marketing, David Johnson says: “We are delighted to broaden our sponsorship of the men’s open series to include an additional race in 2015. The championship continues to be an excellent platform for Bonhams’ nationwide network of offices, which offers local access to the flourishing international fine art market.”

A growing trend for proving young horses in point-to-points and then offering them for sale at public auction has led to auctioneers Doncaster Bloodstock Sales backing a bumper (National Hunt Flat race) for point-to-pointers at Aintree on May 15. Director Tim Kent says: “This is an exciting concept that can provide a goal for breeders, owners, point-to-point trainers and riders. Horses in Ireland often run in point-to-points ahead of a bumper opportunity and we are sure it is a model that will work well in Britain.”

In Devon and Cornwall, Exeter Racecourse are kindly continuing their Intermediate series with a hunter chase final at Exeter on Ladies’ night in the spring. Qualifiers are being held at the Black Forest Club, Tiverton Foxhounds, Weston, South Pool Harriers, East Cornwall, East Devon, Dulverton Farmers, Lamerton Spooners & West Dartmoor, and Eggesford point-to-points.

Further information

Clare Hazell – Point-to-Point Authority 01285 841920 clarehazell@p2pa.co.uk

Gwanako’s retirement

Point-to-Point trainer Rose Loxton announces the retirement of the prolific winning gelding Gwanako. The 11 year old, owned by The Stewart family, had won a total of over £240,00 in prize money in National Hunt. After a short spell with Richard Barber Point-to-Pointing, he joined Rose Loxton’s yard,  and soon took to the change of environment. Giving young jockey Megan Nicholls six Point wins and two seconds, also helped her gain the title of National Novice Lady, leading Wessex Area Lady, and the combination also won the Hunter Chase final at Wincanton in May this year. Gwanako also helped Rose Loxton win the National trainers title, for trainers with eight horses or less.

Rose quoted from her yard in Bruton, “I was unhappy with some heat in his leg, and it was confirmed that he had damaged a ligament in the back of his knee. He had damaged a ligament, when pulling up sore at Kingston Blount last season. The owners were consulted and agreed to retire him, he will now be laid off for the winter, he is going to Gemma Groves home, the groom who looked after him during his National Hunt days when he was at Paul Nicholls yard. The plan is that she can hopefully bring him back into work in the spring for maybe some team chasing.”

It was a double blow for Rose, as within a week, one of her other Pointers in training, Join Together sustained a leg injury whilst working at home. ” It was a freak accident.” Explained Rose. ” He just slipped when turning to canter up the field, he will be out for the rest of the season. One minute we were planning for the Foxhunter at Cheltenham, It just brings you back to earth, makes you approach everything differently.

Needing a companion for Current Event, who is trained at the yard, it was decided that the Sadler’s Wells sired gelding, Prospect Wells, would be transferred from Jack Barber’s yard. “This nine year old gelding has been off the track for 18 months with leg problems. He had run really well in National Hunt winning a Novice Chase. We are really excited to see what he can bring to Pointing.” quoted Rose.

With Megan Nicholls now turning to Flat racing, it looks highly likely that two young male jockey’s working at Ditcheat, Stan Sheppard who has come through the pony racing ranks, and James King who won his first Point-to-Point on Presentandcorrect at Lockinge in 2013, will have the opportunity to take on the rides.

Megan Nicholls tweets about Join Together and Gwanako

gw0zFvl4_normal.jpeg Megan Nicholls (@meg_nicholls11)
14/10/2014 17:33
Gutted to announce that Join Together will be out for the season having had a set back & also Gwanako has been retired at the age of 11 Having been a legend to so many people. Huge thank you to The Stewart Family & looking forward to the season with the rest of the team.

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Trainer Feature: Rose Loxton

Rose Loxton, who finished the season as the National Connolly’s Red Mills Trainer Champion (training seven horses or less) with a total of 17 wins, is based deep in the heart of Somerset at Whaddon Farm in the village of Bruton, writes Donna Harris.

She also has a full time job as assistant head lass for Paul Nicholls, whose Ditcheat yard is six miles away and, with her husband Sam, also runs a beef suckler herd, on 130 acres of hilly land, ideal for training racehorses.

Loxton originated from the west coast of Ireland, by the sea in County Galway, where she rode as a child and hunted with the Galway Blazers and the North Galway hounds. She said: “I worked at a flat racing yard on the Curragh, some 30 years ago. That’s where I met an English guy called Sam, came over to the UK on holiday and never returned. We were soon married. Sam used to ride point to point and rode a couple of winners. In the early days we had a dairy farm and milked cows.”

The couple now have three children, Martina, 28, Freddie, 26 and Polly, 24. Rose has a granddaughter, Millie Rose, and is delighted that her son Freddie is also due to give her another grandchild soon.

While her children did not really take to riding, Loxton had a hunter, Oslot, which she trained to have two seconds and a win at Bratton in 2012 under Leanda Tickle, after he had won a hunter chase. But the horse sadly fractured his shoulder in a hunting accident. “I was all set to give up training,” Loxton explained. “I just couldn’t face it, but then Paul Nicholls offered me a horse called Gwanako, who had lost his way in the National Hunt races, having previously won eight chases and five hurdle races. Paul was looking for a schoolmaster for his daughter Megan to graduate from pony racing onto point to point and I agreed to give him a go.”

“Sam helps me feed and muck out at 6.15am. I travel over to Ditcheat, help out there and come back to ride out at lunchtime. Gemma Groves rides Gwanako out every day come rain, hail or snow. I couldn’t do it without her or Sam. I would also like to thank all the owners for giving me the opportunity, and especially Paul who has also taught me the knack of how to keep a fit horse ticking over and staying fit.”

The Loxton’s farmland is an ideal location for training horses in a quiet environment, with more than 100 acres to ride around, plenty of hills to work up, and regular daily turn out, Gwanako soon started to enjoy his work again. Loxton was able to use Paul’s gallops to gauge how well he was coming on. She said: “I would think he would be blowing a bit up the hills, but when I took him to the gallops, he started to fly up them.”

Gwanako gave Megan her first point to point ride at the Cornwall Hunt Club meeting at Wadebridge in December. The pre-Christmas meeting always has a buzzy atmosphere, with an indoor market and plenty of spectators enjoying the fresh winter air. Loxton said: “We could hardly watch. We were really worried, as the conditions became a bit slippery after a shower of rain. I hadn’t wanted Gwanako to be too fit for Megan’s first ride, I just wanted him not to over jump and for them both to get around safely. Paul was there and we were both worried that if Gwanako and Megan had a fall, it could put them both off racing.” But they were delighted with the result, four lengths second to the prolific winning Byerley Bear. Megan had ridden a steady race in the sticky conditions, and had made an effort to catch Byerley Bear over the last.

Gwanako, owned by the Stewart family, went on to clock up six consecutive wins in Ladies’ Opens, and the combination were unlucky to finish second at Kingston Blount to Ravethebrave, having led until two out, which ended their winning streak.

The Loxton string is completed by two other horses – Join Together owned by Wendy Fogg, and the youngest on the yard and Current Event jointly owned by J Gane. I Fogg and Paul Nicholls.
Join Together, a nine year old gelding, is previous winner of two novice chases at Cheltenham in 2011, and a hurdle race. He had lost his form but was, this season, unbeaten in six points, three in the Devon and Cornwall Area. “His Bratton Down win was one of my favourite moments this season,” Loxton claimed proudly. “Megan led over the last, and drew clear up the hill to win by six lengths.” The horse could be targeted at the Cheltenham Foxhunters next year.

Current Event also had good form behind him, with five chase wins and a hurdle victory but seemed to have lost his confidence after running over Aintree fences. On his first outing pointing with Megan, he fell at the seventh fence at Paxford. But with much TLC from Rose, he was back jumping well again, with a win two weeks later at Little Windsor, in the Novice Riders’ race. The combination went on to win five consecutive races, which included two D&C Area meetings, Upcott Cross and Bratton Down.

The three horses saw Megan Nicholls win the National Ladies’ Novice Riders’ title, the Princess Royal Trophy (national lady novice riders U21), the Devon & Cornwall Ladies’ title, the Wessex Area Ladies’ title, the Wessex Novice title and a third place in the National Ladies’ title – not bad for a first season! Rose intends to continue to support and travel to the Devon & Cornwall Area meetings

Megan’s aspirations for the coming season are to bid for the national ladies’ point to point title. She said: “Rose has done a fabulous job with the horses. They looked great and ran amazingly last season. I will have, hopefully, two extra runners next season, based with Jack Barber – Aerial and Prospect Wells.”

Thank you to Tracy Roberts of www.turfpix.com for the photograph of Join Together and Tim Holt for the photograph of Current Event.





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



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.

Report: Tiverton Staghounds Point-to-Point – Bratton Down Sunday June 8 2014

Robbie Henderson scored a hat-trick of wins at Bratton Down Point-to-Point on Sunday, extending his lead at the top of the area mens jockey leaderboard. Whenharrymetsally gave Henderson his first win of the day in the opening Winston Pincombe Landrovers-sponsored Members race, pleasing the favourite backers who had backed him into odds on. Henderson was stalking Right Enough, ridden by Tom Chanin, over the last and took over on the run in, coming home two lengths ahead. Whenharrymetsally is trained by Keith Cumings who commented “She is a tough mare and lovely to do, stays well, will be a nice breeding prospect in a couple of years time.” Owner Andrew Broggio was delighted, and stated “She won the members race here last year, she does anything we ask of her, and will now get a well deserved summer off.”

Hameldown Tor trained at Ottery St Mary by Ed Walker, gave Henderson his second win of the day in the Men’s Open race,sponsored by The Poltimore Inn, North Molton. A good crowd had turned up at the Bratton meeting, but for this race many had to dive for cover during a torrential down pour. Those who stayed by the rail witnessed a class performance, with Henderson playing a waiting game, leading over the last and stretching ahead up the run in, leaving the favourite, Findlays Find back in third, behind the Jack Barber ridden Posh Totty, who snatched second. Owned by The Otter Club, Ken Edwards claimed “He has given us so much fun this summer, having been in the frame on all of his starts this season, and also won at Trebudannon.” Ken added “I had a winner at Royal Cornwall show yesterday and this is a bonus.” Hameldown Tor’s win puts Devon trainer Ed Walker, equal second in the National Trainers championship for yards with eight horses or over.

Henderson’s treble came when Kings Scout from the Marie McGuinness yard took the Seddons Farms Department-sponsored Restricted race. Robbie Henderson rode another patiently ridden race, which saw the rest of the field fade in the rain softened ground. Kings Scout  won by four lengths ahead of Golden Squirell and Apassionforfashion, who had stayed on under Jacqueline Coward a neck behind in third. “Kings Scout had suffered a foot problem last season which had taken a long time to come right, then also had a back problem in his sacro-illiac joint, but thanks to the hard work of farrier Toby Wheeler and our vet Phil Browne, he came right.” stated trainer Marie McGuinness.

Megan Nicholls has broken a Pointing record, when driving home Current Event to win the Ladies’ Open, sponsored by Greenslade Taylor Hunt. She has won 17 races as a 16 year old, giving her 17 wins out of 20 runs this season. Current Events trainer Rose Loxton is the National leading trainer for seven horses or less, she herself had a tough season last year, loosing one of her best horses and nearly gave up training. When asked what her methods of training are, she stated ” I think turn out is important, keeping things as natural as possible, riding around fields, we go to gallops once a week, no special feeds, just plenty of carrots.” She added “We had one with stomach ulcers and treated that.”

Jacqueline Coward had brought four horses down from Yorkshire the night before and stabled them with Richard Barber at Seaborough. Billing gave her a win in the Saul Kidston, Exmoor Hay & Straw sponsored Intermediate race, having led from flag fall with outsider Bathwick Scanno chasing her all the way to the line, finishing a length down in second. Coward is now just one race behind Bridget Andrews in the National Ladies table, and this race saw her collect the Harold Scott Memorial Cup for the best riding performance of the day.

The Open Maiden race started with a slow pace, with none of the 15 runners keen to take the lead. Will Biddick then set off on Nudge The Nugget but was soon overtaken by the favorite Grey Dream under David Noonan, however this was a race for Kylemore Lough under jockey/trainer Nick Williams who timed his move to perfection leading two out and going on to score by one and a half lengths with Grey Dream in second. Owner Mick McMahon stated “it’s his third run and everything has gone to plan so far, he is only five and the last one I have bred, he will come home now for a rest, and the plan maybe to run him under rules or carry on Pointing next season.” This race was sponsored by Stags.

The stage is set for next weekends grande finale at Umberleigh Saturday 14th June.


Punters had the better of the exchanges in a strong betting market at Bratton Down.WHENHARRYMETSALLY was nicely backed from 5-4 into 4-5 in the opener and gamely held off his market rival RIGHT ENOUGH (13-8)GREY DREAM was a late springer in the 15-runner Open Maiden and was being called 2-1 fav at the off. He reached a place for the sixth time this season, just failing to cope with Welsh raider KYLEMORE LOUGH who had drifted from 2-1 out to 7-2Only two of the five runners in the Intermediate were seriously backed. MINELLA WEB was sent off a solid evens fav, but this was not his day. National champion lady jockey Jacqueline Coward was in determined mood on BILLING (5-2 to 7-4) and duly made all the running despite a brave effort from 20-1 outsider BATHWICK SCANNO who chased the winner all the way to the line.

HAMELDOWN TOR has figured in this column previously this season, but extensive support for FINDLAY’S FIND saw the consistent Welsh pointer a firm 4-5 fav. This time HAMELDOWN TOR came out best despite being easy to back (2-1 out to 5-2).
There was money for Will Biddick’s mount NICTO DE BEAUCHENE from 20’s to 14’s. He ran quite well to finish fourth.

CURRENT EVENT was rock solid at 4-5 to win the Ladies’ Open and the former Paul Nicholls gelding gave his daughter Megan her 17th winning ride of the season. Jacqueline Coward was not going to give up without a fight on BITTER BLUE (5-2 – 9-4) and the pair were literally locked in combat on the final climb. LATEST TREND was backed significantly from 7’s into 7-2 under Bridget Andrews but was well held in third at the line.

Punters latched on to KING’S SCOUT in the concluding Restricted. He had just gone under in last week’s Exmoor Restricted and was backed from 3-1 into 2-1 fav to complete a treble for Robbie Henderson.


Results of the Tiverton Staghounds meeting


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


The following professional and amatuer photographers were at the meeting: Baths photographic (Marcus Bath), Brian Armstrong, David Strange, Horse Events UK, John Beasley (Big Green Annual), Helen Stoneman, & Tim Holt


(4 points winner; 2 points second; 1 point third – Devon & Cornwall Area meetings only)



Robbie Henderson      102 points

Darren Edwards          74 points

Will Biddick                63 points

Jamie Thomas              47 points

Michael Heard             37 points

Tom Chanin                37 points



Bryony Frost               60 points

Leanda Tickle              50 points

Vicky Wade                 27 points

Megan Nicholls           22 points

Jo Buck                        14 points

Hannah Welch             14 points



Chester Williams         22 points

David Noonan             15 points

Ciaran Gethings          11 points

Jake Bament                7 points




Megan Nicholls           22 points

Hannah Welch             14 points

Natalie Parker              12 points

Pippa Glanville           10 points

Taylor Pook                8 points

Harriett Skinner          8 points


Going: Good to Soft

Hunt Race (Winston Pincombe Land Rovers)

1 Whenharrymetsally (Robbie Henderson) 4-5fav
2 Right Enough (Tom Chanin) 13-8
3 Fresh’s Fever (Bridget Andrews) 20-1
5 ran; 2l; 10l; 6m 7s
Trainer: Keith Cumings

Open Maiden (Stags)

1 Kylemore Lough (Nick Williams) 7-2
2 Grey Dream (David Noonan) 2-1fav
3 Gleann Ri (Chloe Swaffield) 6-1
15 ran; 1 1/2l; neck; 6m 23s
Trainer: Nick Williams

Intermediate (Saul Kidston, Exmoor Hay & Straw Ltd)

1 Billing (Jacqueline Coward) 7-4
2 Bathwick Scanno (David Noonan) 20-1
3 Miss Cupcake (Leanda Tickle) 16-1
5 ran; 1l; 6l; 6m 13s
Trainer: Cherry Coward

Men’s Open (Poltimore Inn, North Molton)

1 Hameldown Tor (Robbie Henderson) 5-2
2 Posh Totty (Jack barber) 8-1
3 Findlay’s Find (Dave Mansell) 4-5 fav
10 ran; 5l; 1l; 6m 7s
Trainer: Ed Walker

Ladies’ Open (Greenslade Taylor Hunt)

1 Current Event (Megan Nicholls) 4-5 fav
2 Bitter Blue (Jacqueline Coward) 9-4
3 Latest Trend (Bridget Andrews) 4-1
10 ran; 1 1/2l; 15l; 6m 9s
Trainer: Rose Loxton

Restricted (Seddons Farm Dept)

1 Kings Scout (Robbie Henderson) 2-1 fav
2 Golden Squirell (Rob Hawker) 5-1
3 Apassionforfashion (Jacqueline Coward) 3-1
11 ran; 4l; neck; 6m 15s
Trainer: Marie McGuinness

Preview: Tiverton Staghounds Point-To-Point, Bratton Down, Sunday June 8 2014

Tiverton Staghounds host the penultimate Point-to-Point meeting of the season, this Sunday June 8th, at Bratton Down, Bratton Flemming.

Six races are on offer with a start time of 2pm. Boasting a stunning back drop view of Exmoor, this is a great picnic venue and idyllic way to spend a summers afternoon. Over 120 entries have been received.

The Greenslade Taylor Hunt – sponsored Ladies race looks to be the feature race of the day. Current Area leading Lady rider, Bryony Frost, looks to be hard to catch after her win last weekend, extending her lead at the top of the table. She gets the leg up on Templer, trained by her mother Nikki Frost at Buckfastleigh. Templer is a winner of seven chases and two Points. Megan Nicholls is leading the Area Ladies’ Novice Riders title, and looks another to be hard to catch, also a winner here last weekend, she could be out on Current Event, trained at Bruton by Rose Loxton. Current Event is a winner of five Chases and four Points. Both jockeys have progressed up thought the pony racing ranks and have ridden their way to the top. There are just two points separating Bridget Andrews and Jaqueline Coward in the National Ladies title, Bitter Blue or Pevensey could be the option for Jaqueline Coward who is looking to catch current leader Bridget Andrews, who may have the ride on Latest Trend. Having won at Cothelstone on firmer ground, the combination will be hoping that the rain stays away. Another to consider is the Alan Hill-trained Start Royal, his win at Fontwell in May took his tally to two Hunter Chases and 16 Point wins.Having recently by passed Stratford, he may be targeted here for Gina Andrews to ride.

In the opening Members Race, which is sponsored by Winston Pincombe Landrovers, the Keith Cumings-trained Whenharrymetsally could figure after his Intermediate win at Vauterhill. Jive Master from the Patricia Pollington yard, ran well at Cothelstone, before being headed two out. And Devon General ran well here last weekend, finishing a length down to Glenwood Present, and may be back to clinch this for the Kayley Woollacott team. Right Enough is the only entry here from the Robert Chanin team, but could well be a main danger.

Stags sponsor the Open Maiden, in which Danny Mags could go well after his second under James Tudor at Hereford two weeks ago, his form suggests he is a worthy each way bet. Grey Dream ran three lengths second here last weekend and could be out to challenge again. Local trainer Kayley Woollacott’s Spendajennie is another to have run well here last weekend when second to Whataknight.

Saul Kidson, Exmoor Hay & Straw sponsor the Intermediate race which could go to another of the Woollacott team’s entries King Kash. He battled on well under Jamie Thomas, to finish a head in front of Carheney River at Upcott Cross two weeks ago. Tiger Rag came close to winning at Kingston Blount, when finishing one and a half lengths third. Gamato looks an interesting entry for veteran rider Richard Defago, trained by Phillip Yorks team, the combination have wins this season at Charing and Hackwood Park.

In the Poltimore sponsored Mens Open, the prolific winning Findlay’s Find is already on a hat-trick of wins this season for Welsh raider Myfanwy Miles. He recently destroyed his field by twenty lengths at Lower Machen under jockey David Mansell. Rush ‘N’ Roll stayed on well when taking the Mixed Open at Holnicote under jockey Michael Legg. Hameldown Tor has been running well all season for the Ed Walker team and jockey Robbie Henderson, who is currently chasing Will Biddick for the National Mens title.

The final race of the day is the Seddons Estate Agents sponsored Restricted race. Of the 18 entered, Golden Squirell could go well for trainer Charlotte Bud, after his comfortable 12 length maiden win. King’s Scout ran well here last weekend, when 2 lengths second to Four Star River,under jockey Conner Smith.And Champion Versions from the Alan Hill team, looks ready to step up in class after his two length second at Whitfield under jockey James Tudor.

On course facilities include hot refreshments, bar, bookies and many trade stands. Entrance is £10 per person, maximum £30 car.

Course is located at Bratton Flemming, 9 miles NE of Barnstaple on A399, 11 miles North of South Molton. Post Code EX31 4SG.

Useful Information

Met Office 5 day forecast: Arlington Court (3.5 miles)

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