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Jockey; based at David Pipe’s Yard

Trainer Feature: Dean and Emma Summersby

Based on the Devon & Cornwall border, close to Roadford Resevoir, and just a few miles outside Launceston, is situated the training yard and small holding, owned by Emma and Dean Summersby.

Emma and Dean have stock consisting of 7000 free range laying hens, suckler calves and a small string of race horses. On asking Emma what her history is with Point-to-Pointing, she replied: “My father was a huntman, and moved to the Lamerton Hunt when I was just six months old. I hunted most Saturdays at the age of four, and thoroughly enjoyed my childhood, being surround by horses and hounds.” Emma added: “Learning to sit tight in sticky situations, whether it be a naughty pony, or an enthusiastic hunt horse was essential.” Dean’s reply to the same question, was: “We always had ponies at home when I was a child. My sister Nicola was into Pony Club, and my mother was into eventing. But I was always into going faster! Dean added: “I was a regular hunter with the Lamerton, until I travelled away to college, after which I worked as a game keeper. Emma and I met when I came home, and I was soon whipping in for her father, Tony Boon.”  Having always wanted to ride point to point Dean added: “The three of us were so keen on Pointing, that we clubbed together, and bought a horse called Cargo Flight in 2001, and we haven’t looked back since.”  Dean rode for nine seasons, thoroughly enjoying the experience, and he learnt a tremendous amount.

When asked on their philosophy on training, Emma replied: “We adopt a fitness, fitness, fitness attitude. If you haven’t put the work in at home, you won’t get rewarded on the track.” She added: “We like to keep the horses clean and free from coughs and bugs as much as possible, without confining them to barracks, and as fresh as possible, by breaking mundane routine. We turn them out as much as possible, which is their free time, take them hunting, hunter trialing, or on a simple family fun ride, to keep them relaxed and enjoying their work.’  “Greenock was a prime example of this, he was in a large yard, running under rules and had lost his way, but once he came to us and went hunting, and riding out on the moor, seeing a different life, he regained his love for racing, resulting in two wins Point to Point, numerous placings, and a very good second in a Hunter Chase at Exeter.”

The couple have a 7am start at the yard, feeding the horses before they attend to the hens, which they let out and collect the eggs. The other stock then get fed, before the couple start mucking out. The school run starts at 8am, when Emma takes their two daughters, Ashleigh, 12, and Charlotte, 10, to school. Riding work follows. “We like to ride the horses ourselves, so that we are able to compare how the horses are progressing, and can then pick up on a horse that isn’t quite performing as well as it has been.” After ridden work, they then wash the horses off, or brush off as necessary, and give them a haynet, allowing the horses their quiet time. Afternoons consist of grooming, skipping out, watering, hay, feed and rugs, in between collecting the girls from school and seeing to the chickens, checking the horses again last thing at night.

The yard’s success last season, included a double from Indian Dancer and Mausefalle at Trebudannon, of which they are very proud. The previous season they had a double at Great Trethew with Cherry Vine and Parazar. With only a handful of horses in their yard the couple are delighted with their achievement. “Mausefalle was bought by Dean last season from Doncaster, for owner Mike Bickell. After a couple of encouraging runs, he went on to win his Maiden comfortably at Cothelstone. He followed that win up with a second in a Restricted at Trebudannon,” said Emma. “He went on to win at the next Trebudannon meeting, and his form finished up as 2121 at the end of the season. We hope to aim him at Hunter Chases next season.”

The wet weather was a major factor to many horses last season, and the yard’s Parazar was one of the horses affected by the conditions. Owned by Hugh Trerise and Mike Malseed, Emma explained:

Parazar would rather gallop a road than feel his feet go in the mud. He finished the season safe and sound with a couple of fourths. And, after the previous season going to Cheltenham Hunter Chase Evening, running creditably, and giving all connections a super experience, he didn’t owe anyone anything, and has now been sold on.

Bathwick Breeze was meant to run, but due to a bout of colic at the end of February, he never quite came right. This was a real shame, as we had high hopes for him – he had won the Lamerton members’ race in a very exciting close finish in 2012 [The meeting being cancelled in 2013]. He is now retired and is being spoilt to death by my mum.

Indian Dancer, bought by Dean from Ascot, and owned by Eileen Worth, Belinda Fuller and Dean, was probably one of our proudest achievements. He’d never been on a race track before, and was very green. He could be quite a lively ride at home, and tested us on many occasions, but rewards were reaped in the end. With every run, he improved and learnt a lot, and, thanks to Darren Edwards‘ patience and horsemanship, Indie finished the season off with a win, and two thirds. He will be back this season, to hopefully carry on where we left off.

This season we hope to bring Cherry Vine back after 18 months off. She was proving to be a real tough mare, with two wins under her belt, before she sustained an injury at Flete Park.

Flood Tide is another addition to the yard, having been impressed with his few runs in 2012, we are keen to see what he has to offer.

Turnstone has also joined the yard, he is unraced, and a big, strong, good looking gelding, and we are looking for full or part owners for this season for him.

Emma added: “We also have room to take other horses in to be trained, or we are happy to look for new horses at sales for owners if required.”

In summary their motto is ‘Family run, Professionally done’, with everyone contributing in some way. Ashleigh and Charlotte, are a great help on the yard, from tack cleaning to mucking out. The girls’ favourite thing is turning the horses out to a high standard. Emma plaits the manes, Ashleigh does the tails, and Charlotte brushes and paints the hoof oil. The best turned out money is split between them at the end of the season. Emma added:” We have regular following of my Mum, Linda Boon, and two very good friends Carol and Alan Pike, who always provide a super picnic for the day’s racing. And they lend a hand whenever we need it. Our owners are a very important part of the process, and we are extremely lucky to have very loyal and understanding ones.”

She also said: “Jockey Darren Edwards is a big part of the team – knowing when to sit and wait, when to push and shove, and when tactics are the key to the race. The yard have also used Michael Heard and Bryony Frost, both great jockeys, who both listen to instructions. Farrier David Lawrence does a wonderful job on the horses’ feet and Katherine Davis, Equine Physio, is a massive part of our team. Horses are just like people, if you are suffering with a back, shoulder or neck problem, you can’t perform at your best.”

Ashleigh and Charlotte both have ponies of their own, Toby a 14hh Skewblad and Archie a 13hh palomino. “Both girls love hunting, and once racing is over it is their turn to attend local shows for jumping and gymkhanas,” Emma added.

“We’re always on the look out for new owners and horses, so please contact us for more details and come and join our happy, friendly team.”

Contact details are : Dean 07812190482, Emma 07910238887

 

Photo credit: Thank you to Marcus Bath, of Baths Photographic for the use of his copyrighted photos. For more of Marcus’s work please see: www.pt2ptphotos.co.uk

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

 

Report: Torrington Farmers Point-to-Point, Chapleton Barton, near Umberleigh, Saturday June 14 2014

ANOTHER thrilling Point-to-Point season came to a close last weekend, when the Torrington Farmers hosted their meeting at Umberleigh on Saturday.

Sizzling sunshine welcomed the large crowd, who were treated to some first class horse racing action. The drying conditions had favoured the horses who relished the faster going.

The Devonshire Motors of Barnstaple-sponsored Confined race headed up the action, with all eyes watching the two leading ladies, Bridget Andrews and Jacqueline Coward who was just one race behind in the National table. Bridget Andrews had taken up the ride on Checkerboard , from the Devon based Kayley Woollacott’s yard, and set the pace early on. Right Enough had been sent off odds-on favourite, but a mistake at the ditch under jockey Tom Chanin took them out of the race. Jacqueline Cowards mount Meilyr was unable to challenge, and a heavy fall on the final circuit, resulted in Jacqueline heading off to hospital with a suspect dislocated and fractured collar bone, and out of the title race. In the final circuit Nicto De Beauchene under Josh Guerriero, chased the leader over the second last, but Checkerboard loving the going, was pushed out to the line to win by a short head, to give jockey Bridget Andrews the National leading lady title.

Delighted Bridget Andrews quoted ” I had an easy lead, I was given a tip to be in front at bottom of hill.” Bridget only had confirmation of her ride on Checkerboard the day before, from regular yard jockey Jamie Thomas. “One day Jamie might get the favour back,”  Bridget said beaming.

Checkerboards trainer Kayley Woollacott said “He is a different horse this week, he hates the rain, it is the first time this year he has had sunshine on his back and the ground he likes.” She added “He is now up for sale, an ideal novice ride, he even got me around safely early on in the season!.”

There was a delay before the Capt.Tim Forster Memorial Restricted race sponsored by Kivells, whilst awaiting a replacement ambulance to arrive, and the injured Jacqueline Coward to be ferried to hospital. It was a disappointing day for her team, having traveled three of her own horses down from Yorkshire. Once the Restricted race started the well fancied Zakopany from the Luke Price team was sent off favourite, but soon struggled. As the race unfolded, the Maria Lewis-trained Kawana Cove was making eye catching progress under Jamie Thomas, having survived a mistake at the ditch, he took up the running two out. His nearest pursuer Pasternak Jack was ridden by Heidi Lewis, who normally has the ride on her family owned horse Kawana Cove, but had stayed loyal to Pasternak Jack’s connections. A brilliant jump at the last saw Jamie Thomas take the race on Kawana Cove four lengths ahead of the Heidi Lewis-ridden Pasternak Jack.

“Heidi does all the work at home”, stated father David Lewis, “We bought him as a schoolmaster from Richard Barber, we cant believe he was 66-1 last weekend, and has won this as 2-1 second favourite”, Mum Maria had been watching up in the video tower, and was thrilled to see her horse Kawana Cove come home first, but was also willing on the second place Pasternak Jack under daughter Heidi.

Findlay’s Find justified favourtism under jockey David Mansell, in taking the Men’s Open race by ten lengths with a comfortable win, leaving Gallaflynn heading the chasing pack, taking second place under jockey Matthew Barber. Findlay’s Find owner, Paul Miles stated ” We had bought him for £450 and a pony, we turned down an offer of £50,000 when he was five after he won a three and a half miler at MerthyrTidfil, we are considering race options for the future.”

Leading area lady jockey Bryony Frost took the Ladies’ Open race, sponsored by E.J.Snell & Sons, on Templer. This race involved a pile up, seeing two of the challenging horses taken out of the race on the final circuit, by a loose horse. Bryony had ridden a patient race and had managed to avoid the crash, getting Templer, trained by mum Nikki at Buckfastleigh, home seven lengths ahead of  Rock Of Fife ridden by Chloe Swaffield. Jopero under Hannah Welch and Florence Mary under Lucy Mager were the two which were hampered by the loose horse bringing them both down and out of the race.

Jockey Bryony Frost stated ” I was able to miss most of the trouble, I was pushed out into corn field, but just growled at Templer and he picked up again,” she added “I was confident coming up the hill and we were ready to challenge.” Bryony’s father Jim said “Templer won the Isle of Wight Grand National with Haddon, he had previously won eleven National Hunt races, he fell out of love with racing, and a change of yard cheered him up. He now deserves retirement, and will go team chasing for new owner Mike Smith”.

Claire Howarth of The Barum Stud-sponsored the Intermediate race. Of the four runners, Rainbow Trout under Mark Wall was sent off odds-on favourite, but was no match for Bathwick Scanno under jockey David Noonan. Seeing the Novice Men’s title within reach, Noonan kicked on up the final hill, and was eight lengths clear two out, finishing to win by 16 lengths, with Rainbow Trout in second. This put David Noonan needing a win in the Maiden race to snatch the Novice Men’s title from leader Chester Williams.

Bathwick Scanno is owned by the Rising Sun Partnership based near Taunton. Joint owner Norman Cossey stated “We bought the horse through Gerry Supple, he is a very kind horse, very small, only a pony, but loves the firmer ground, all credit to Teresa Clark our trainer.”

All was set with the final Point race of the season, The Smallridge Bro-sponsored Open Maiden race. David Noonan got the leg-up on Grey Dream, another trained by Teresa Clark, and was in with a real chance to follow-up on his second at Bratton the weekend before. All was going Noonan’s way leading the fifteen runner field on the final circuit, but then came the challenge of Redbridge Rebel under Matthew Barber, taking over at the last to win by three lengths, with the gallant Grey Dream in second, and a good run by Kilcolman Wizard under Michael Heard third.

Jockey Matthew Barber quoted ” It was a bit of a tactical race, Redbridge Rebel just took me there, I was a passenger, I thought at the last it was fly or die.”

Trainer Marc Barber said “We plan to give him a couple of weeks off and then may bring him out in July if we can find a Handicap Chase for him.”

Two pony races finished the day’s events. The 138cm went to Cornwalls young Tyler Heard on the five year old The Jobs Not Straight. The 148cm race going to sixteen year old Theo Gillard on Hawksfield Flyer, a talented young jockey who would be well worth following if progressing onto horses next season.

After the summer break, Point-to-Point action for the 2014-2015 looks to start again at the end of November, keep an eye for fixture list on www.horseraces-dc.com

RESULTS

Results of the Tiverton Staghounds 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 professional and amatuer photographers were at the meeting: Baths photographic (Marcus Bath), Brian Armstrong, David Strange, John Beasley (Big Green Annual), Helen Stoneman, Tim Holt & Turfpix (Tracy Roberts)

TORRINGTON FARMERS RESULTS 14 June 2014

Going: Good, good to firm in places

Confined; (Devonshire Motors of Barnstaple)

1 Checkerboard (Bridget Andrews) 16-1
2 Nict de Beauchene (Josh Guerriero) 7-4
3 Gershwinner (Merv Woodward) 12-1

5 ran; short head; 4l; 6m 29s

Restricted (Tim Forster Memorial sponsored by Kivells)

1 Kawana Cove (Jamie Thomas) 2-1
2 Pasternak Jack (Heidi Lewis) 5-1
3 Suesacomin (Michael Heard) 20-1

8 ran; 4l; distance; 6m 27s

Men’s Open (Davisons)

1 Findlay’s Find (Dave Mansell) 11-8fav
2 Gallaflynn (Matthew Barber) 5-2
3 Sangfroid (Kristian Hanmer)  20-1

11 ran; 10l; 5l; 6m 19s

Ladies’ Open (E J Snell & Sons Ltd)

1 Templer (Bryony Frost) 12-1
2 Rock of Fife (Chloe Swaffield) 33-1
3 Quadillac (Bridget Andrews) 100-30

7 ran; 7l; 10l; 6m 28s

Intermediate (Claire Howarth, The Barum Stud)

1 Bathwick Scanno (David Noonan) 7-4
2 Rainbow Trout (Mark Wall) 10-11 fav

4 ran; 16l;;only two finished 6m 20s

Open Maiden (Smallridge Bros Ltd)

1 Redbridge Rebel (Matthew Barber) 10-1
2 Grey Dream (David Noonan)  4-1
3 Kilcolman Wizard (Michael Heard) 4-1

15 ran; 3l; 4l; 6m 35s

DEVON & CORNWALL JOCKEYS STANDINGS 2014 – FINAL PLACINGS

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

MEN’S TITLE

Robbie Henderson 102 points
Darren Edwards​ 74 points
Will Biddick 63 points
Jamie Thomas​ 51 points
Michael Heard ​39 points
Tom Chanin ​ 37 points

LADIES’ TITLE

Bryony Frost ​64 points
Leanda Tickle​ 50 points
Vicky Wade​ 27 points
Megan Nicholls​ 22 points
Jo Buck​​ 14 points
Hannah Welch​ 14 points

MEN’S NOVICES TITLE

Chester Williams​ 22 points
David Noonan​​ 21 points
Ciaran Gethings​​ 11 points
Jake Bament​​ 7 points

LADIES’ NOVICES TITLE

Megan Nicholls​ 22 points
Hannah Welch​ 14 points
Natalie Parker​ 12 points​
Pippa Glanville ​ 10 points
Taylor Pook ​8 points
Harriett Skinner​ 8 points

DEVON & CORNWALL JOCKEYS STANDINGS 2014 – UP TO & INCL TIVERTON STAGHOUND 8th JUNE 2014 (one meeting left)

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

 

MEN’S TITLE

Robbie Henderson      102 points

Darren Edwards          74 points

Will Biddick                63 points

Jamie Thomas              47 points

Michael Heard             37 points

Tom Chanin                37 points

 

LADIES’ TITLE

Bryony Frost               60 points

Leanda Tickle              50 points

Vicky Wade                 27 points

Megan Nicholls           22 points

Jo Buck                        14 points

Hannah Welch             14 points

 

MEN’S NOVICES TITLE

Chester Williams         22 points

David Noonan             15 points

Ciaran Gethings          11 points

Jake Bament                7 points

 

 

LADIES’ NOVICES TITLE

Megan Nicholls           22 points

Hannah Welch             14 points

Natalie Parker              12 points

Pippa Glanville           10 points

Taylor Pook                8 points

Harriett Skinner          8 points

Results : Exmoor Point-To-Point, Bratton Down, Sunday 1st June 2014

Going: Good

Hunt race (RSM Beares & Brian Thorne & Son)
1 Bernshaw (Josh Guerriero) 2-1 jt fav
2 Johny No Cash (Emily McMahon 3-1
3 Eslin Bridge (George Hiscock) 2-1 jt fav
5 ran; 4l; 12l; 5m 55s
Trainer: Claire Hitch

Restricted (Rosettes Direct)
Div 1
1 Fourstar River (Josh Guerriero) 2-1 fav
2 Kings Scout (Conor Smith) 10-1
3 Tandoori (Darren Andrews) 7-1
9 ran; 2l; neck; 5m 59s
Trainer: Stewart Reddaway

Div 2
1 The Mexican Bandit (Josh Guerriero) 2-1 fav
2 On Your Max (Robbie Henderson) 5-2
3 The cat’s Away (Will Biddick) 5-2
8 ran; 1/2l; neck; 5m 57s
Trainer: Keith Cumings

Ladies’ Open (Bray Leino)
1 Join Togwether (Megan Nicholls) 4-7 fav
2 Ned White (Leanda Tickle) 9-1
3 Print The Money (Sarah Dennis) 9-1
12 ran; 4l; 4l; 5m 44s
Trainer: Rose Loxton

Men’s Open (Moore Scarrott)
1 Coombe Hill (Darren Edwards) 3-1
2 Round Tom (Will Biddick) 6-4 fav
3 Cottage Acre (Michael Heard) 14-1
14 ran; 1l; 2l; 5m 50s
Trainer Charlotte Fear

Intermediate (Ashley Farrant & the Kingdon family)
1 Glenwood Present (Joshua Newman) 16-1
2 Devon General (Jake Bament) 4-1
3 Colley Row (James Tudor) 3-1 co fav
12 ran; 1l; 1/2l; 5m 58s
Trainer; Tanya Taylor

Open Maiden
Division 1(The Old Station House Inn)
1 O’Flo (Bryony Frost) 7-4 jt fav
2 Crackacan (Darren Edwards) 7-4 jt fav
3 Grey Dream (David Noonan) 15-2
11 ran; 3l; 3l; 6m 1s
Trainer: Carol Lawrence

Division 2 (Slee Blackwell Solicitors)
1 Whataknight (Will Biddick) 7-4 fav
2 Spendajennie (Michael Legg) 14-1
3 Special Boru (Cieran Gethings) 11-2
12 ran; 3l; 1l; 6m 6s
Trainer: Richard Barber

Devon & Cornwall Point-To-Point Area Jockeys Standings 2014

DEVON & CORNWALL JOCKEYS STANDINGS 2014 – UP TO & INCL SOUTH TETCOTT 26 MAY 2014 (three meetings left)

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

MEN’S TITLE

Robbie Henderson      88 points

Darren Edwards           68 points

Will Biddick               56 points

Jamie Thomas              47 points

Michael Heard             36 points

Tom Chanin                 35 points

 

LADIES’ TITLE

Bryony Frost                56 points

Leanda Tickle              47 points

Vicky Wade                 27 points

Jo Buck                         14 points

Megan Nicholls           14 points

Hannah Welch             14 points

 

MEN’S NOVICES TITLE

Chester Williams         22 points

Ciaran Gethings           10 points

David Noonan              10 points

Joe Drinkwater             6 points

 

LADIES’ NOVICES TITLE

Megan Nicholls           14 points

Hannah Welch             14 points

Natalie Parker              12 points

Pippa Glanville            10 points

Taylor Pook                 8 points

Report: Dulverton West Point-To-Point, Bratton Down, Sunday 18th May 2014

THE Westcountry point-to-point season entered its final few weeks on Sunday (May 18th) when the Dulverton West fixture became the first of three meetings to be held in late May and June at Bratton Down.

The scenic views across Exmoor are worth the trip alone, and this time there was the bonus of warm weather. The continuing dry spell also proved a bonus for horses with a preference for fast ground.

This was certainly the case in the 12-runner Restricted with five-year-old Minella Web finishing best of all up the final climb to snatch the race from Carheney River. The winner is a useful looking gelding, trained for Withypool based owner Rhoddy Harvey-Bailey by Kayley Woollacott, who said, “We bought him privately in Ireland where he had run a few times last year and gave him a break. He won at Badbury in February but disappointed since in the soft and he definitely needs this better ground.”

Robbie Henderson had cut the deficit in the race for the Men’s National Championship to five when winning on Minella Web, but title holder Will Biddick was soon in full stride. He restored his lead to six with a hard fought success on Sandra Maltby’s Willow Bird in the Open Maiden which attracted 14 runners. Biddick was content to wait on the Richard Barber trained mare before galvanising his mount for a strong run up the final hill to catch the unlucky O’Flo in the dying strides. A sturdy mare by Midnight Legend whose dam won four chases, Willow Bird was bought at Doncaster sales last May for £6,000 and was having only her third outing.

Gorteenwood was another to relish the drying ground, and was well backed before making virtually all the running to beat his 11 rivals in the Intermediate. His owners Tim and Sue Winzer were given the news as they landed back from holiday at Heathrow airport. “He must have top of the ground,” emphasised the gelding’s trainer Gordon Chambers. Michael Heard gave the winner a positive ride and just had enough in reserve to hold the strong finishing Dancing Olga. Gorteenwood is a tough sort. “He had a suspicion of a leg and missed last year,” reported the trainer.

Reliable Richie is developing into a useful stayer, and the six-year-old followed up his Cornish National win when just outstaying Right Enough in the Mixed Open over the extended four miles. “He could have gone round again. All he does is gallop,” reported jockey Darren Edwards to the winner’s owner/trainer Reuben Chapman.

Aiteen Thirtythree retained his unbeaten record this season with his fourth consecutive success under his young jockey Natalie Parker in the Bob Pittard Memorial PPORA Conditions race. The winner was chased home by another classy performer in Gone to Lunch (Laura Scott) – an excellent advert for keeping former National Hunt horses going in a second career. Owner Tracey Parker has obvious pride in her gift horse Aiteen Thirtythree. “He has been in training since last June and will have his shoes off and go in the field now,” she reported.

Another young rider to shine was Chester Williams, who strengthened his hand for the Devon & Cornwall area novice riders’ title when getting Babeny Bridge home in the Confined. The winner had stalked leader Ned White until the last and had to be ridden out to hold the late flourish of What Er Say (Josh Guerriero). “I am in the middle of my A/S exams at West Buckland School and have another exam tomorrow,” said the 16-year-old who certainly passed his race riding test here on Babeny Bridge.

RESULTS

Results of the Dulverton West 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 (professional and amateur) photographers were at the meeting: Baths Photographic (Marcus Bath), Brian Armstrong, David Strange, Fox Photography, Helen Stoneman, Sportography (Mark Johnson), Tim Holt, Turfpix (Tracy Roberts)

NEXT FIXTURE

Monday 26th March, South Tetcott Point-To-Point, Upcott Cross (Halwill Junction).

Results: Dulverton West Point-To- Point, Bratton Down, Sunday 18 May 2014

Going: Good to Firm

Restricted (Sponsor – UK Garden Powers)

1 Minella Web (Robbie Henderson) 16-1
2 Carheney River (Rob Hawker) 13-8 fav
3 Last Edition (Ed Barrett) 6-1
12 ran; 1 1/2l; 3l; 5mins 47secs
Trainer: Kayley Woollacott

Open Maiden (Brewer Harding & Rowe – solicitors)

1 Willow Bird (Will Biddick) 9-2
2 O’Flo (Matt Hampton) 6-1
3 Fountains Cider (David Noonan) 15-2
14 ran; 1/2l; 8l; 5m 49s
Trainer: Richard Barber

Mixed Open 4 m 1f (Brend Hotel Group)

1 Reliable Richie (Darren Edwards) 8-1
2 Right Enough (Tom Chanin) 2-1
3 Father Owen (Scott Turner) 33-1
7 ran; 4l; 6l; 8m 15s
Trainer Reuben Chapman

Intermediate (Connolly’s Red Mills)

1 Gorteenwood (Michael Heard)
2 Dancing Olga (Ed Barrett) 10-1
3 Turtle Boys (Ben Clarke) 9-2
12 ran; 1 1/2l; 5l; 5m 42s
Trainer: Gordon Chambers

PPORA Club Conditions – Bob Pittard Memorial (The Pittard family)

1 Aiteen Thirtythree (Natalie Parker) 4-5 fav
2 Gone to Lunch (Laura Scott) 9-4
3 Eslin Bridge (George Hiscox) 14-1
6 ran; 2 1/2l; 10l; 5m 53s
Trainer: Kevin Parker

Confined (James Pryce Tractors)

1 Babeny Bridge (Chester Williams) 7-4 fav
2 Whar Er say (Josh Guerriero) 6-1
3 Ned White (Tom Chanin) 6-1
8 ran; 1/2l; 8l; 5m 43s
Trainer: Jane Williams