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Axe Vale Point-To-Point, Stafford Cross entries and form – 24th April 2016

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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 5, 6, 7 & 8 year olds Open Maiden Race – Division 1
8th 17:40 5, 6, 7 & 8 year olds Open Maiden Race – Division 2

Going Update from Shirley Cork

24th April – Race Day

No rain overnight at the course so the ground is perfect for a good days racing. The going will be GOOD

22nd April 2016

Friday p.m. After a mornings rain the going at Stafford Cross is GOOD TO SOFT

19 April 2016

Going is now GOOD at Stafford Cross and looking hopeful for excellent racing on Sunday

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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Entries: Dartmoor Point-To-Point, Flete Park – Saturday 16th April 2016

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Race Start time Link to entries and form for race
1st 14:00 Members Race
2nd 14:35 Restricted Race
3rd 15:10 Mixed Open Race
4th 15:55 4-6 year old 2m4f Open Maiden Race
5th 16:30 Club Members Race
6th 17:05 Confined Race
7th 17:35 Open Maiden Race

Going Update

Friday 15th April 2016

Following considerable overnight rain the going is now Heavy, soft in places.

Wednesday 13th April 2016

As at Wednesday 13th April 2pm, Dartmoor Clerk of the course Sam Holdsworth reported the going at Flete Park as Good to Soft, Good in Places after three lovely, sunny days.

FORM GUIDE

Key:

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

Abbreviations:

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

An up to date form guide and synopsis of the horses entered at this meeting. Form figures for up to 6 outings appear. A dash(-) is used to separate 2015/16 form from 2014/15 form. Figures preceded by an oblique (/) represents 2013/14 form or earlier. Horses marked with an asterisk (*) indicates National Hunt form. The higher the rating the better the form. No responsibility can be accepted for any errors which may be considered to have occurred.

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Exmoor Point-To-Point entries and form, Bratton Down, Sunday 31st May 2015

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

FORM GUIDE

Key:

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

Abbreviations:

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

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

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

form. The higher the rating the better the form.

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

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GRANVILLE’S BETTING GOSSIP – MODBURY HARRIERS POINT-TO-POINT, FLETE PARK, 2ND MAY 2015

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The opening Maiden race produced a lively betting market. The most surprising move was for the Mike Weir owned and trained A Real Cliché who was seen at 14-1 before dropping in spectacular fashion to his SP of 4-1. A half brother to a winning hurdler, his Irish point to point form was quite moderate and he was bought very cheaply at Ascot in July 2013. Maybe the booking of Will Biddick inspired the gamble. This was his English pointing debut and he was well there until fading from the second last. He can be given another chance. Poor Follow The Paint is the perpetual bridesmaid. She looked sure to break her duck when jumping clear over the last, but was mugged near the post by the fast finishing Bollin Spark (6-1) who came with a storming run under novice rider Hedley Webb.

The majority of the nine runners in the featured four miles Ladies’ Open drifted in the market. Despite a losing run of eight, Bellflower Boy started favourite (7-4 touched 2’s) presumably on the strength of his good effort behind Hameldown Tor over course and distance two weeks ago Bryony Frost sent the favourite to the front after the third last and had the race won by the last jump. Best Bide Quiet had been beaten eleven times since his Maiden win but kept on best of the rest here under young Pippa Glanville to chase the winner home at 50-1

The 5-2 joint favourites rose at the last fence in unison in the two and a half miles Maiden. Whatastormnorm was in the process of throwing down a strong challenge but crashed out, leaving the six-year-old Frost trained mare Milan of Crystal well clear.

After Level Spirit (4-11fav) enjoyed a walk in the park literally in winning the Men’s Open under Robbie Henderson, the last race of the day turned into a thriller. Tamatown has proved difficult to win with for the past couple of years but attracted support from 10’s into 13-2 to win the Confined. He was found wanting again as course specialist Ambitious Pursuit (7-4) held on grimly as Mic’s Delight (4-6 to 4-5 fav) threw down a determined challenge on the run in. The pair were inseparable at the post and a dead heat seemed absolutely the correct result.

RESULTS

Results of the Modbury Harriers meeting

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Modbury Harriers Point-To-Point entries and form, Flete Park, Saturday, 2nd May 2015

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Race Start time Link to entries and form for race
1st 14:00 Open Maiden Race
2nd 14:35 Restricted Race
3rd 15:10 4m Ladies Open Race
4th 15:55 2m4f Open Maiden Race
5th 16:30 Mens Open Race
6th 17:05 Confined Race

Going: Good to Firm. Watering and raining. (Friday 1st May 2015)

Preview extract

Another bumper weekend of Point-to-Point horse racing is in store this weekend in the Devon & Cornwall Area, where the Modbury Harriers host their meeting at Flete Park on Saturday 2nd May. The Stevenstone  then stage their meeting on Bank Holiday Monday May 4th, at High Bickington.

Pony racing will head up the action at Flete Park, with two pony races commencing at 1pm, followed by the main six race card which starts at 2pm. Picnics will be brimming again, and this course offers fabulous hill park viewing, with the racetrack below, enclosing on course facilities such as bar, bookies, hot refreshments and a host of trade stands.

The course is located at Ermington, nr Ivybridge. Postcode PL21 9NX. Entrance is £10 car & driver, £20 per car and passengers.

FORM GUIDE

Key:

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

Abbreviations:

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

An up to date form guide and synopsis of the horses entered at this meeting. Form figures for up to 6 outings appear. A dash(-) is used to separate 2014/15 form from 2013/14 form. Figures preceded by an oblique (/) represents 2012/13 form or earlier. Horses marked with an asterisk (*) indicates National Hunt form. The higher the rating the better the form.

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

Produced by Jeff Guyett of Westcountry Videos.

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REPORT: THE DARTMOOR HUNT POINT-TO-POINT – 21 APRIL 2012

GRANVILLE TAYLOR GIVES HIS RACE-BY-RACE ANALYSIS

Plenty of rain during the week meant ground on the soft side at Flete Park, and the times got slower as the going became holding for the latter races. A typically huge Flete Park crowd braved the showers to see a total of 62 runners contest the seven races at this lovely parkland setting.

Mixed Open – Lord Mildmay Memorial – 4 miles (Totnes & Bridgetown Races Co Ltd)

Wee Fly is something of a standing dish ar Flete Park and won for the fourth time at this track under a first class ride from Jo Buck. Wee Fly looked very fit in the preliminaries and started 2-1 joint favourite with the Cothelstone winner Teri D Trixter (Neil Harris). Jo was content to sit off the early pace as Gershwinner (Merv Woodward) made the running, but eased her mount into contention at the top of the hill for the final time. Gershwinner, The Patriarch Game and Teri D Trixter all held chances at the second last where the latter blundered away his chance, but Jo Buck timed her challenge to perfection and hit the front on the game Cornish mare inside the final 100 yards. “I would like to help Jo win the title (National Ladies’) and Wee Fly will come back here for the Modbury four-miler in a fortnight,” reported Wee Fly’s owner/trainer Ross Oliver, who does some of the work with his little star in the saddle on Mawgan Porth beach.

Restricted (Gillard Motors Ltd, Loddiswell, Kingsbridge)

Searree was made favourite on the strength of recent wins at Wadebridge and Trebudannon, where he had Direct Flight and Wee Fly behind him. He seemed to find it hard work here on the more testing ground and had little chance from the top of the hill. The best backed horse was Shanann Star who was backed at all rates into 7-2 after being laid early to one regular West Country “face” at 10-1. Darren Edwards stuck to the inside rails like glue, and pushed the Anshan mare clear from the second last .to beat Before The War convincingly. Darren was partnering his 19th winner of the season and his father Gordon commented, “She is an honest mare who jumps well and has gradually improved. She may run under rules in the summer,” Shanann Star is very much a family mare, but had to seek forgiveness during the week from Darren’s mother Angela. “She was feeling well and bucked me off in the field and I ended with cracked ribs,” said Angela trying to raise a smile.

Intermediate – Elizabeth May Memorial (Full Circle Motors, Ivybridge)

Certain Flight (Will Biddick) led from the second fence and ran on strongly when pressed in the closing stages by Googoobarabajagal (Michael Heard) to whom he was conceding 5lbs. The winner is trained by Keith Cumings for owners Richard and Tina Dunsford. “This is not really his ground or track,” said the trainer. His jockey added: “He coped with the ground but did not enjoy it.” He is already qualified for the Intermediate hunter chase final at Exeter and that is likely to be his next objective.

Confined: (Rodgers of Plymouth Ltd)

Direct Flight might be at the veteran stage but proved that he retains plenty of ability with a hard fought success over the useful Brook Castle. Vicky Wade was riding her fourth winner of the season on the tall 14-year-old, who she also trains for owners Roger Grose, Ronald and Jackie Bunney and her father Keith. Direct Flight was a useful hurdler and chaser in his day, latterly for Jeremy Scott. “He lost his way a bit under rules and came to me at Christmas,” said Vicky.

Open Maiden 4 to 7 year olds, 2m 4f: (Francis Clark)

The newcomer Devon Fare was sent off 4-1 favourite in a wide open market but this half sister to Devon Mead showed lots of greenness and was pulled up before the 12th fence. Cloudlass and Palfrey Boy did the early donkey work, but King’s Scout jumped into the lead at the third last under Micheal Nolan. Driftwood Pride (Richard Woollacott) loomed up as the danger down the hill, but despite running down the final fence, King’s Scout had enough in reserve to hold the promising Driftwood Pride. “That’s a relief,” commented the winner’s trainer Ashley Farrant, adding, “we have had a bug in the yard and he is one of only three with a decent blood count at the moment. He has lots of ability, tons of speed and stays well.” King’s Scout was bought at the Derby sales in Ireland as a three-year-old on behalf of owner Laura Claydon. His half brother called Wilton Milan changed hands for £85,000 at last week’s Cheltenham sales and is joining Paul Nicholls.

Open Maiden (Bartons Solicitors)

The ground had become holding when this race was run, resulting in a time in excess of seven minutes. The winner Sparkbridge did it the hard way, slogging it out with nearest rival Gontdevon to pass the judge with two lengths to spare, having survived a last fence blunder. James Legg had the mount on nine-year-old Sparkbridge, bought by his parents Roger and Jenny out of Simon Burroughs’ yard 18 months ago. This Cotley qualified gelding began his career almost seven years ago when narrowly beaten in a two-year-old flat contest at Ayr on his debut. The Legg family have done very well to keep Sparkbridge sweet latterly, and his breeding suggests a distinct lack of stamina. His sire Mull of Kintyre was a six furlongs performer whose progeny have no pretensions to staying three miles in a horse box – until now.

Hunt Race – Bill Goodman Memorial – (Mrs Sally Goodman)

Bryony Frost set a decent pace on Whatcanisay who jumped well out in front. The race changed shape in the final stages however as Barney Again sailed past at the second last with the Irish Maiden winner Sunken Secret left to chase him home. Barney Again has taken well to pointing and was following up his Kilworthy win. He was taking on a huge task on his last appearance when runner up to Buck’s Bond at Trebudannon, and certainly looked the form pick here. “I might have run him in the Restricted but it was soft enough and he probably needs good ground,” commented the winner’s owner/trainer Mike Weir who is appropriately Master of the Dartmoor hounds.

Lamerton, Kilworthy, Sunday 25th March 2012 Report

THE car park was packed to capacity in the warm sunshine at Kilworthy, where a total of 75 runners contested the seven races on perfect going.

Deb’s Dasher and Jopero gave Richard Woollacott a riding and training double. Course winner Deb’s Dasher has never stopped improving and took the rise to Open class in his stride. Robbie Henderson brought Massimo with a well timed challenge at the last, but Woollacott’s mount responded gamely to settle the issue inside the final 50 yards. “He has been big and backward and we have taken him gently,” reported the Rose Ash rider, who is making up for lost ground after his early season injury..

Jopero’s win was an even closer affair as Woollacott’s mount flashed past the post locked together with Brook Castle (Josh Guerriero). The judge decided that Jopero had prevailed by a short head with the pair finishing clear of Gunpark (Darren Edwards).

The Open Maiden divisions were well filled with 15 and 14 runners respectively. Rush’n’roll was a convincing winner of the faster of the two divisions, drawing clear of the favourite Goodtimesarealgone up the hill. This was a family success since the winner is trained on behalf of his family by Nigel Legg, and ridden by his son Michael. “He is a very straightforward horse who jumps well,” said the trainer, whose family have long associations with the Cotley hunt.

There was a blanket finish to the other Maiden division with five or six in with a chance approaching the last. It was six-year-old Barney Again who stayed on best up the final climb to deny Ladfromhighworth and Five For Silver. Josh Guerriero had the mount on the winner who is owned and trained by Dartmoor Master Mike Weir. “He has done about 30 days hunting this winter,” said Mike.

Gorteenwood was allowed to start at 20-1 in the 16-runner Restricted, but made virtually all the running given an inspired ride by Micheal Nolan. Trainer Gordon Chambers said, “He has been unlucky and deserved this. He slipped up when leading at Ottery and his saddle slipped early on last week” The ex-Irish nine-year-old runs for a group from the Sun Inn pub at Buckfastleigh.

Sue Trump’s home bred Kirkleigh won for the third time this season in the Intermediate. This promising stayer was hard pressed by Googoobarabajagal all the way up the home straight, but battled on in determined fashion under Tom Chanin. “He appreciated the faster pace. We may look for a novice hunter chase at Exeter next month depending on the ground,” said Tom’s father Robert who trains the gelding.

Bathwick Breeze landed the hunt race in a tight finish, just ahead of Theicecreamfellow and Deimne. “We bought him out of David Pipe’s yard but he got a leg last year at Chipley,” said owner/rider Dean Summersby, who paid tribute to his partner Emma Boon for much of the gelding’s preparation.

RESULTS:

Hunt race:

1 Bathwick Breeze (D Summersby); 2 Theicecreamfellow (M Heard); 3 Deimne (Miss J Buck); 4 ran; 3/4l; 1 1/2l;  6mins 18 secs

Open Maiden Div 1

1 Rush N’ Roll (M Legg); 2 Goodtimesarealgone (E Barrett); 3 Barney’s Niece (W Biddick); 15 ran; 10l; 1l;  6m 19s

Open Maiden Div 2

1 Barney Again (J Guerriero); 2 Ladfromhighworth (M Hampton); 3 Five For Silver (T Chanin); 14 ran; 2l; 2l;  6m 27s

Mixed Open

1 Deb’s Dasher (R Woollacott); 2 Massimo (R Henderson); 3 Dennis The Legend (J Guerriero); 6 ran; 1l; 5l;  6m 17s

Confined

1 Jopero (R Woollacott); 2 Brook Castle (J Guerriero)’ 3 Gunpark c(D Edwards); 11 ran; short head; 4l;  6m 18s

Restricted

1 Gorteenwood (M Nolan); 2 Double bank (M Woodward); The Boogeyman (W Biddick); 16 ran; 5l; 6l;  6m 7s

Intermediate

1 Kirkleigh (T Chanin); 2 Googoobarabajagal (M Heard); 3 Blazing Whale (E Barrett); 9 ran; 2 1/2l; 8l;  6m 13s

REPORT: THE DARTMOOR MEETING – 23 APRIL 2011

GRANVILLE TAYLOR REPORTS

A massive crowd flocked to hot and sunny Flete Park near Ivybridge for the Dartmoor meeting on Saturday. Overflow car parks had to be pressed into use to accommodate a record attendance for the track. Clerk of the course Mike Weir and his team had produced a good racing surface thanks to ample watering in the face of the current dry spell. “The ground is brilliant with no jar,” remarked Ladies’ Open winning jockey Suzy Berry.

Lord Mildmay of Flete Memorial Men’s Open-four miles. (Luscombe Maye & Bartons Solicitors)

The veteran Paddy the Piper started odds-on to defy his penalty and did so in fine style to initiate a double for his young rider Michael Heard. Dare Too Dream matched strides with the favourite until after half way, but Paddy galloped on relentlessly from the top of the hill to leave Wee Bertie and Karinga Coin fighting for the places.14-year-old Paddy The Piper is in great form and has now won three of his last four races.

Intermediate – Elizabeth May Memotrial (Full Circle Motors)

Only three went to the post with Roll on Rose and Turtle Tim fighting it out in the closing stages. Although she took her usual keen hold, 18-year-old Michael Heard got Rose jumping really well and she saw out the trip in fine style to hold Turtle Tim after out jumping him at the last. Michael was partnering his fifth winner of the season.

Confined (Rodgers of Plymouth)

Bryony Frost made a bold bid to gain her first pointing winner on the Frosts’ former selling hurdler Silver Sister in this four runner contest. The wily Woollacott was having none of it and eased the blinkered Turning Tide to the front just after the final ditch before putting the issue beyond doubt down the final hill. “He has ridden this horse to win three times for me this season and never left the inner,” exclaimed trainer Sam Holdsworth, based just four miles from the course at Modbury.

Confined Maiden (Francis Clark)

Richard Woollacott completed his double on Mike Tozer’s Moonberry to keep himself within striking distance of holding on to his Men’s National title. Josiah Bay and Award Winning shared the lead until the latter departed at the final ditch. Moonberry crept closer but found the loose Award Winning blocking her path on the run to the last. A quick side-step avoided trouble and the mare put in a fine leap at the last to seal the issue over the luckless Josiah Bay.

Restricted (Gillard Motors, Loddiswell)

Six-year-old mare Best Bette had created a favourable impression when winning her Maiden at Great Trethew, and followed up here under Ian Chanin, who was putting himself into double figures for the season. “I dropped my whip at the final ditch otherwise I would have won by 30 lengths,” reported the winning rider half in jest. Ansa The Question ran easily her best race of the season and was right in contention until the last. Prudent George was just delivering his challenge when blundering at the second last which saw an acrobatic recovery by Bryony Frost who was having her first point-to-point ride. Unfortunately she came adrift at the last as she struggled to regain an iron.

Ladies’ Open (Totnes & Bridgetown Races Co Ltd)

Punters opted for Miss Midnight (Jenny Carr) who had won her last three Ladies’ Opens and was backed into 11-8 on. Outsider Lisheen Storm made the running under Zoe Gray until Deloughtane took over at half way. Dr Cerullo had been stalking the leaders and joined Deloughtane at the penultimate. This pair fought it out as Miss Midnight faded. Deloughtane’s leap at the last looked to have settled it, but Suzy Berry got a renewed effort out of Dr Cerullo who secured the race on the line by the minimum distance. “He is as genuine as the day is long and really stuck his head out”, said trainer Ed Walker, who reported that the ten-year-old had been off colour with a virus earlier in the season.

Hunt Race (Mrs Sally Goodman)

Global Party was always holding the upper hand in a very slowly run affair. Tom Chanin pushed the nine-year-old clear after the third last to beat his solitary opponent Flora Springs by 12 lengths. A very proficient jumper, nine-year-old Global Party has now won three times between the flags for Dennis and Marion Turner.