Previous winners of the Devon & Cornwall area classic race, The Westcountry Champion Chase at Buckfastleigh

TOTNES & BRIDGETOWN RACES COMPANY Totnes & Bridgetown Races, which dated from 1783, ceased to exist following the closure and requisition of their course at Totnes in 1939 but through the continued existence of the Company, they are able to assist both Point-to-Point Racing and Hunter Chasing.

The Company is pleased to continue its support of the Dart Vale & South Pool Harriers’ Point-to-Points at Buckfastleigh and at February 15th’s meeting is proud to sponsor “The Westcountry Champion Chase”, the Devon & Cornwall Area Classic Race which carries total prize money of £1000, with £700 to the Winner.

This race was first run at Buckfastleigh in 2002  as an Area Feature Race but achieved Devon & Cornwall Area Classic Race status in 2006 when the prize money was raised to £1000.

Winners to date include:

(£500 race)

Year Horse Owned by Ridden by
2002 Rimpton Boy Mrs E Hutchinson Miss Polly Gundry
2003 Mister Benjamin Mr P Nicholls Miss Chloe Roddick
2004 Hobbycyr Mr R Kelvin Hughes Miss Polly Gundry
2005 Sandy Duff Miss M McCarthy The Owner

 (£1000 race)

Year Horse Owned by Ridden by
2006 Finewood Mr R Woollacott, Mr L Chilcot & Mr C Elliott Mr Richard Woollacott
2007 Jalons Star Mr B Robarts The Owner
2008 Dare to Dream Mrs A Baker Mr Neil Harris
2009 Rockwithacaveman Mr R Pike Miss Polly Gundry
2010 Bishy Barnaby Mr C Firminger Mr Richard Woollacott
2011 Vintage Class Mr CWW Dupont Mr Michael Miller
2012 For the Stars Mrs E Worth & Ms A Argyrides Miss Jo Buck
2013 Lucette Annie Mr & Mrs C Humphrey Mr Darren Edwards
2014 Minella Stars Mr G & Mrs S Henderson Mr Robbie Henderson
2015 Blazing Whale Mr F Read & Mr E Walker Mr Robbie Henderson
2016 Kirkleigh Mrs Sue Trump; Tom Chanin
2017 Jepeck Mr Jon Pike Mr Jamie Thomas
2018 Rye Cross Mr Clive Bennett Mr Sam Jukes

Preview: Lamerton Hunt, Kilworthy Sunday March 23rd

THE Condy Mathias sponsored Mixed Open has attracted a class field at this weekends Lamerton meeting, Kilworthy, Tavistock March 23rd. Aiteen Thirtythree is entered, having won his maiden at Larkhill in 2009, then going onto win a bumper,a novice hurdle and two chases when trained by Paul Nicholls. He lost his form in the autumn and was bought by Tracey Parker, now trained by Kevin Parker, and could well see daughter Natalie get the leg up. Also entered is Hunter Chase winner Kirkleigh, who was just denied a win by Minella Stars at Buckfastleigh, and again had to settle for second at Cothelstone. Another entry, Lucette Annie was a recent Cheltenham contender, and Double Bank could line up, having also entered in the Cheltenham Foxhunter Chase only to unseat his rider at the first fence.

Over 100 entries have been received for the now seven race card which starts at 1pm with the Pannell Commercials sponsored Members race, Dean Summersby holds three of the entries of which Mausefalle, under Darren Edwards ran second behind Twyford at Cothelstone, having clocked-up two seconds on good going in Ireland he could appreciate the drying ground. Tres Bien is another to consider for jockey Heidi Lewis, the combination having travelled well at Buckfastleigh last weekend before weakening three out.

Two divisions of the Open Maiden follow. The first division is the Yvonne Watson Memorial race in which Wood Park under Will Biddick has hinted ability, when two lengths second at Bishops Court last season. Grey Dreams trained by Teresa Clark could also have claims, having travelled well at the recent Treborough Hill meeting before weakening three out.

In the second division of the Open Maiden, which is sponsored by Langdon Transport Ltd, Nudge The Nugget could follow up after his two seconds this season at Cothelstone and Treborough. Harrys Kap trained by Ray Alford also gets a vote after his eye catching third less than a half a length behind winner Let Me Speak at Bratton on good going in June.

The Confined race sponsored by Dawn West Devon, could see the Emma Loosemore-trained Diamond Brook improve on his third at Buckfastleigh in February, and the Katherine Northcott-trained Almail is an interesting entry, having run third in a group three race at Chantilly and won a listed race for Freddy Head at Toulouse in 2010 his new career in Pointing could be worth following, and he may make amends for his fall at Wadebridge last weekend.

Tinhay Building Supplies sponsor the Restricted, in which the two entries from Camilla Scott’s yard hold good claims, with Ladfromhighworth’s recent second at Treborough Hill having been caught near the line by Level Spirit, and stable mates Honours Insite length second to Master Hooper at Cothelstone.

The Exeter Racecourse sponsored Intermediate, is the final race of the day, this could see Minella Fifty for trainer Claire Hitch, follow up on his impressive win at Charleton Horethorne under Will Biddick. The Keith Cumings-trained Thetalkinghorse is another exciting prospect who could follow up on recent wins at Black Forest Lodge and Treborough Hill.

On course facilities include bar, hot refreshments, bookies and trade stands. Entrance is £10 per car & driver, £5 per passenger and children free.

Course is located at Kilworthy near Brentor, Tavistock. Postcode PL19 OJX.

Useful Information

Met Office 5 day forecast: Tavistock

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Dart Vale & Haldon Harriers entries and form


Race Start time Link to entries and form for race
1st 13:00 Members Race
2nd 13:35 Open Maiden Race, Division 1
3rd 14:10 Open Maiden Race, Division 2
4th 14:55 Mixed Open Race
5th 15:30 Intermediate Race
6th 16:05 Novice Riders Race
7th 16:40 Restricted Race



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


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 : Dart Vale & Haldon Harriers Point-To-Point, Buckfastleigh, Sunday 16 March

The historic course at Buckfastleigh is the venue for Sundays Dart Vale & Haldon Harriers fixture March 16. Over 100 entries for the now seven race card, promises to offer an exciting day out for all the family. Pony racing heads up the action at 12 noon, with two pony races followed by the Kath Bond Memorial Members race at 1 pm. Team Chanin have entered Gontdevon, having strong claims after his second behind Reliable Richie at Cothelstone. Local jockeys, Hannah Welch on Jopero and Jennifer Davenport on Chase Gate could battle out for placings.

There are two divisions of the Open Maiden race, in the first division sponsored by Winston Pincombe, The Cat’s Away was just denied a win at Cothelstone under Will Biddick earlier this month, and Raffa ran a good second behind Minella Web at Badbury Rings. Local jockey Bryony Frost will be on board Wivannie and is another to consider after their third at Cothelstone. In the second division, sponsored by Bartons Solicitors, Dicky Bob trained by Verity Nicholls, could go one better than his second here in February, and Tigeralley stayed on well when finishing two lengths second when staying on at Higham in January.

The Totnes & Bridgetown Races Co-sponsored Mixed Open race could see jockey Robbie Henderson on Minella Stars follow up on his treble last Sunday, but may be denied a win by Following Dreams, who under Will Biddick gave the champion jockey his 200th win when coming home in front at Barbury.

The Connolly’s Red Mills Intermediate race may see Shanann Star, for trainer Gordon Edwards, go one better than his second here in February behind Babeny Bridge. Both Un Ami and Reliable Richie are stepping up into Intermediate company and should be respected on their recent wins at Badbury Rings and Cothelstone.

Countryside Alliance Club Members Race for Novice Riders sponsored by Luscombe Maye is next up, Jive Master from Patricia Pollington yard ran well in second here at the February meeting, and Keel Road has been consistently placed this season and may go one better.

Wrapping up the days events is the Restricted race sponsored by WBW Solicitors. Five journeys under Tom Chanin made all to win his maiden at Cothelstone, and the Camilla Scott-trained Honors Insight was unlucky when denied a win at the same meeting when caught in the final 100 yards finishing a length behind Master Hooper.

The course offers excellent viewing and is located off the A38 at Lower Dean. Post code TQ11 0LT. All on course facilities, bar, bookies, hot refreshments and a host of trade stands. Entrance £20 car up to five occupants, £10 car & driver.


THE organisers of the South Pool Harriers deserve enormous credit for enabling this meeting to go ahead.

Thanks to the dedication and hard work of the land owners, surplus water had been pumped off the course throughout the week to defeat the recent deluge. There were no problems in getting on and off the course car park.

The going was officially soft with heavy patches, but the jockeys I spoke with reported that the track rode extremely well.


This is the Devon & Cornwall Area classic race for previous winners only with a purse of £1,000. Punters backed last year’s winner Lucette Annie into warm favouritism , but the local mare faced stiff opposition from 11 opponents, which included three times hunter chase winner Kirkleigh, and the in form Iron Chancellor.

Lucette Annie and Googoobarabajagal disputed the lead until Kirkleigh took over after the final ditch. Lucette Annie was a spent force two out, but Minella Stars emerged as the challenger and held a fractional lead when Kirkleigh blundered at the last. Despite his regular habit of idling on the run in, Minella Stars (Robbie Henderson) held off the rallying Kirkleigh (Tom Chanin)  with Lucette Annie (Darren Edwards)  finishing a tired third.

Owned by Robbie’s parents Guy and Sophie Henderson, nine-year-old Minella Stars was having his fifth race of the season having already won at Chaddesley Corbett and Larkhill. “He has won almost as much money as a hunter chase here,” smiled Guy, who trains the ex-Paul Nicholls gelding at Shaftesbury, Dorset. “He enjoys passing horses and will have an entry for the Cheltenham Foxhunter. He has hunted 15 times this season,” added the trainer who has four pointers in his yard this season.


Robbie Henderson, who will surely be to the fore in the Devon & Cornwall area championship this year, had initiated his double on Blazing Whale in the Confined. This Classic Cliché gelding, trained by Ed Walker on behalf of himself and Francis Read, had struck winning form at ChipleyPark and relished the testing ground to score convincingly here. “He may go for a maiden hunter chase at Leicester and is qualified for the Exeter Racecourse Intermediate,” said the trainer. Runner up Jive Master had some good bumper form on his CV and was given a fine ride by 20-year-old Callum Curtis, well tutored by his boss Nigel Hawke.


BabenyBridge had finished a close runner up to Blazing Whale at Chipley, and that clue was sufficient to see him backed into 11-10 favourite for this Exeter Racecourse Intermediate qualifier. The five-year-old made no mistake and readily held off the challenge of Shanann Star to score by six lengths. Named after a clapper bridge near Dartmeet, Devon, the winner is owned jointly by his trainer Jane Williams and Roger Stark, BabenyBridge was giving his 16-year-old rider Chester Williams his second winning ride out of only four attempts. “We got the horse at Doncaster sales for £5,000. He is a horse for the future and is better on soft going,” enthused the trainer who is also the young rider’s mother. Course winner Shanann Star missed the whole of last season and made an encouraging come back.


Another young jockey to shine was 18-year-old Bryony Frost, who followed up her Larkhill winner last Saturday (February 8th) by winning the final two races, saddled by her mother Nikki. Red Penny initiated the double, staying on well to take the Mares and Fillies Maiden at the expense of the Welsh challenger Nurse Brace. Red Penny’s owner Margaret Sherrington had travelled from Staffordshire and said,” I bought her privately as a brood mare because the family goes back to Dawn Run.”


The Zara Phillips trained Devils Boys proved an expensive failure in the Restricted, the 11-8 favourite fading out of contention after looking the likely winner coming off the top bend. This gave Bryony the opportunity to complete her double on the home bred family gelding Brackenwood . “He is a real stayer and would go four miles but we nearly missed this race because he had an over reach on Thursday,” explained Nikki Frost.


The Confined Maiden for horses and geldings went to Diamond Eclipse in the capable hands of Lucy Gardner. Newcomer Dicky Bob caught the eye in finishing second, but the winner’s experience won the day. The winner is stabled with Emma Loosemore near Crediton. “I have Nick Williams’ resting horses and we bought this one for only £500. He likes soft ground,” reported Emma.


Results of the South Pool Harriers meeting


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CONFINED  (Sponsor: Co-op Funeral Care)

1 Blazing Whale (Robbie Henderson) 4-7 fav;

2 Jive Master (Callum Curtis) 12-1;

3 Diamond Brook (Lucy Gardner) 12-1;

10 ran; 4l; 8l;  7mins 4 secs

Trainer: Edward Walker


INTERMEDIATE (Exeter Racecourse)

1 BabenyBridge (Chester Williams) 11-10 fav

2 Shanann Star (Darren Edwards) 12-1

3 Direct Line (Bradley Gibbs) 8-1

12 ran; 6l; 4l;  7m 7s

Trainer: Jane Williams


MIXED OPEN – WEST COUNTRY CHAMPION CHASE (Totnes and Bridgetown Races Company)

1 Minella Stars (Robbie Henderson) 7-1

2 Kirkleigh (Tom Chanin)7-2

3 Lucette Annie (Darren Edwards) evens fav

12 ran; 1 3/4l; 12l;  7m 4s

Trainer: Guy Henderson


CONFINED MAIDEN – HORSES & GELDINGS  (Farriers of South Devon)

1 Diamond Eclipse (Lucy Gardner) 13-8 fav

2 Dicky Bob (Jo Buck) 8-1

3 Tallanstown Boy (Jamie Bargary) 3-1

1 1/4l; 3l;  7m 19s

Trainer: Emma Loosemore


MAIDEN – MARES & FILLIES (The Jockey Club)

1 Red Penny (Bryony Frost) 4-1

2 Nurse Brace (Bradley Gibbs) 7-2 fav

3 Miss Gotaway (Tom David) 13-2

10 ran; 8l; 5l;  7m 23s

Trainer: Nikki Frost


RESTRICTED (Wray & Co  Jewellers)

1 Brackenwood (Bryony Frost) 6-1

2 Reliable Richie (Darren Edwards) 4-1

3 Lord Samson (Jamie Bargary) 15-2

10 ran;  5l; 7l;  7m 12s

Trainer: Nikki Frost

South Pool Harriers, Buckfastleigh, Entries and Form


Race Start time Link to entries and form for race
1st 12 noon Confined Race
2nd 12:35 Intermediate Race
3rd 13:10 Mixed Open Race – Westcountry Champion Chase
4th 13:45 Confined Maiden for Horses and Geldings Race
5th 14:20 Open Maiden for Mares ad Fillies Race
6th 14:55 Restricted Race



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


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: South Pool Harriers – Buckfastleigh Sunday February 16

THE historical racecourse at Buckfastleigh is the location for this weekends Point to Point fixture, where the South Pool Harriers host their meeting on Sunday 16th February.

This popular course offers a super day out for all the family, with two pony races heading up the action starting at 11am. The main six race card has attracted nearly 120 entries and starts at 12 noon. The prestigious Devon & Cornwall Area Classic Race, the £1000 ” Westcountry Champion Chase” Mixed Open, sponsored by Totnes & Bridgetown Races Co is the feature of the day. Being a winners only race entries include the Simon Partridge-trained Lucette Annie, she is unbeaten in her last three visits to Buckfastleigh, and won this race last year under jockey Darren Edwards, coming home twenty lengths ahead of Indiana Bay. Also in the line up could be the Sue Trump-owned Hunter Chase winner Kirkleigh from the bang in-form current leading trainer Robert Chanin. Minella Stars under Robbie Henderson cannot be left out of the equation if following up on his win at Larkhill in January.

Co-Op Funeral Care sponsor the opening Confined race, in which the Edward Walker-trained Blazing Whale could improve on his second here last season and , having recently won at Chipley Park. Also entered is the Sue Popham trained Iron Chancellor, he has strong claims having romped home a thirty length winner at Wadebridge, and then an impressive ten length win at Black Forest Lodge two weeks ago.

The Intermediate race is sponsored by Exeter Racecourse and is a qualifying race for their Hunter Chase final at Exeter Racecourse in May. The Kayley Woollacott-trained Ailanthus ran well under jockey Robbie Henderson at Little Windsor last year, but may have a stiffer task here stepping up into Intermediate company. Babeny Bridge under jockey Lizzie Kelly recently clocked up a good second one and a half lengths behind Blazing Whale at Chipley Park. Romassor from the Chloe Roddick team won his Restricted at Chipley Park by a short head and will be looking for his hat-trick of wins this season.

A group of Farriers from South Devon have sponsored the Confined Maiden race for horses and geldings, in which Diamond Eclipse trained by Emma Loosemore, ran well first time out this season when third at Black Forest Lodge. The six year-old Templeton had clocked up a third in a Chase in Ireland last September, now with the Kayley Woollacott team, looks a worthy each way bet.

The Jockey Club sponsor the Open Maiden race for Mares and Fillies, in which, Anadama has shown some form when clocking up two seconds last season, but this could be a race for a newcomer like the Richard Barber-trained Dancing Solo, who looks an interesting entry being a half sister to winning hurdler Dancingtilmidnight.

Concluding the days events is the Restricted race in which Zara Phillips holds two entries with Calusa Comet and more interestingly Devils Boys, who won a 17-runner Point to Point in Ireland. Ratline Rose having recently won at Wadebridge and the front running Lord Samson are two other suggestions. This has been sponsored by Wrays the Jewellers of Kingsbridge & Plymouth

The course offers great viewing, hot food, bar (real ale), bookies and numerous trade stands. Accessed from A38 at Lower Dean. Post Code TQ11 OLT

Entrance £20 carload (up to five occupants)  £10 car and driver.

Useful Information

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Wessex Preview

Pointing Wessex have published their 2013 season preview to their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pointingwessex

Compiled by Brian Armstrong

Part 1 Somerset & Devon border

Part 2 Dorset & the rest of the area

The AGA Dual Control National Open Horse Championship – update

AGA Pointing have confirmed on their blog the points for the placings in the The AGA Dual Control National Open Horse Championship – update. For horses that ran at Black Forest Lodge on Sunday, I have confirmed with David Simpon, the AGA Man that the following points have been scored towards the championship.

HORSE OWNER AGA Dual Control National Open Horse
PENMORE MILL Mr Ken Hutsby 10
Mr Andrew Campbell 6
JAYO Mr Richard Hawker 1
Guy and Sophie Henderson 1
NOBLE CHIC Mrs G. Welch 1
Mr Tom Malone 1

via The AGA Dual Control National Open Horse Championship – update.