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DEVON & CORNWALL AREA – REVIEW 2013/14 SEASON

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

REPORT: MODBURY HARRIERS’ POINT-TO-POINT AT FLETE PARK SATURDAY 3rd MAY 2014

MISTER MOONAX may be 14-years-old but proved that age is no barrier when outstaying his three rivals in the featured four miles Ladies’ Open on near perfect going at Flete Park.

Jopero and Hannah Welch took the quartet along until the final ditch, before giving way to Sunken Secret (Pippa Glanville). Mister Moonax had been stalking the leaders however and Hannah Hawkins sent him to the front between the last two fences to score convincingly.

Mister Moonax, wearing his customary cheek pieces and tongue tie, is owned and trained by Hannah’s father Andrew Hawkins on Exmoor. “He loved this undulating course which kept him interested. He likes faster ground, but had Lymphangitis before Christmas which delayed his re-appearance until Easter Monday,” reported Andrew.

Hannah, who will celebrate her 21st birthday in two weeks time, is studying at Exeter University and rides out for Leslie Jefford.

Will Biddick and Robbie Henderson continued their National jockeys title battle with one winner each. Biddick rode his 32nd winner of the season when The Doom Bar easily landed the odds in the Open Maiden. “He jumps and stays,” said the rider, who also trains the five-year-old, who was bought for 9,500 euros at Fairyhouse last August. “He should have won at Kingston (St Mary) but I rode him the wrong way,” confessed the champion jockey, who could soon be tempted by offers for his promising jumper whose dam won a Tramore bumper.

Robbie Henderson is enjoying his best season and reached the 23 winner mark with a comfortable success on Before The War in the Confined. Owned by Stuart Jarrett and trained by Ed Walker, this eight-year-old is, “better in the spring,” thought the rider. The gelding followed up his recent course win at the expense of front running Notus de la Tour.

It was certainly a case of horses for courses at Flete Park on Saturday since Ambitious Pursuit and Right Enough also repeated their Easter course successes

Ivybridge school girl Pippa Glanville had ridden her first winner on Ambitious Pursuit at Easter, and the combination followed up in impressive style when defeating their 11 rivals in the Restricted. Owned and trained by Pippa’s mother Lee, six-year-old Ambitious Pursuit sailed into the lead down the hill and went on to win unchallenged.

The useful looking grey Right Enough was similarly untroubled in landing the Men’s Open, giving jockey Tom Chanin his fourth winner of the season. Robert Chanin trains the nine-year-old for Reg and Mandy Hand and said, “I was worried about the step up in class but he stayed well.”

Sava Bridge had plenty of “P’s” in his previous form figures, but had caught a few eyes when pulled up three fences out at Upcott Cross in his last run three weeks ago. Early 20-1 soon evaporated and 5-1 was being called at the off in the two and a half miles Maiden. Jimmy Cole showed plenty of faith in his seven-year-old and soon had him jumping boldly out in front. He came home untroubled in the end to score by nine lengths. Sava Bridge, who is by the Irish Derby winner Zagreb, had run in Ireland as recently as 9th March.

MONEY TALKS

There was very little value to be had in several of the races at Flete Park where small fields and a Bank Holiday “social” crowd resulted in tight odds

The Doom Bar evoked little interest in the Open Maiden at 1-2 and 4-9 and he duly landed the odds.

Johny No Cash was a surprising 3-1 favourite in the 12-runner Restricted after showing at 4’s. He never looked like winning and the race went to the improving Ambitious Pursuit (4-1)

Nobody got rich on winners Mister Moonax (evens) and Before The War (4-5), but somebody knew something about the two and a half miles Maiden winner Sava Bridge. He couldn’t get his pedigree correct in the race card, but his odds contracted considerably from early 20’s to as low as 5-1 before he ran out a comfortable winner. He had been pulled up at Upcott Cross three weeks ago.

RESULTS

Results of the Modbury Harriers meeting

VIDEO

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2pm, Sunday 1th May, Four Burrow Point-To-Point, Trebudannon (near Newquay)

RESULTS: Modbury Harriers Point-To-Point, Flete Park, 3 May 2014

Going: Good, Good to Soft in places

 

Open Maiden (W Daniels Plant Hire Ltd)

1 The Doom bar (Will Biddick) 4-9 fav

2 My Rosie B (Ed Barrett) 6-1

3 Justin Morgan (Lucy Gardner) 15-2

8 ran; 10l; 15l;  6m 58s

Trainer: Will Biddick

 

Restricted (Stanley Carpets)

1 Ambitious Pursuit (Pippa Glanville) 4-1

2 Gontdevon (Tom Chanin) 4-1

3 It’s All Or Nothing (Michael Heard) 5-1

12 ran; 9l; 2 1/2l;  6m 46s

Trainer: Lee Glanville

 

Ladies’ Open four miles George Baskerville Memorial – Sponsor Pinsent Family)

1 Mister Moonax (Hannah Hawkins) evens fav

2 Sunken Secret (Pippa Glanville) 4-1

3 Jopero (Hannah Welch) 5-2

4 ran; 8l; 12l;  8m 18s

Trainer; Andrew Hawkins

 

Open Maiden 4 to 7-year olds 2m 4f  (Friary Mill Bakery)

1 Sava Bridge (Jimmy Cole) 5-1

2 Paper Lady (Bryony Frost) 8-1

3 High Priority (Will Biddick) 8-1

10 ran; 9l; 5l;  5m 38s

Trainer: Jimmy Cole

 

Men’s Open (Kitsons)

1 Right Enough (Tom Chanin) 2-1

2 Swansbrook (Michael Legg) 1-2 fav

3 Vintage Class (Jamie Thomas) 5-1

3 ran; 8l; 4l;  6m 51s

Trainer: Robert Chanin

 

Confined (Meadowside & St Francis Care Centre)

1 Before The War (Robbie Henderson) 4-5 fav

2 Notus de lla Tour (Lizzie Kelly ) 5-1

3 Gershwinner (Merv Woodward) 6-1

8 ran; 2 1/2l; 4l;  6m 49s

Trainer: Ed Walker

 

 

 

 

Modbury Harriers entries and form

 

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

FORM GUIDE

Key:

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

Abbreviations:

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

An up to date form guide and synopsis of the horses entered at this meeting. Form figures for up to 6 outings appear. A dash(-) is used to separate 2013/14

form from 2012/13 form. Figures preceded by an oblique (/) represents 2011/12 form or earlier. Horses marked with an asterisk (*) indicates National Hunt

form. The higher the rating the better the form.

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

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Eggesford Point-To-Point entries and form

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Race Start time Link to entries and form for race
1st 13:00 Members Race
2nd 13:35 Intermediate Race
3rd 14:10 Confined Race
4th 14:45 Devon National Mixed Open Race
5th 15:20 Restricted Race
6th 15:55 4-7 year old Open Maiden Race
7th 16:30 8 years + Open Maiden Race

FORM GUIDE

Key:

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

Abbreviations:

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

An up to date form guide and synopsis of the horses entered at this meeting. Form figures for up to 6 outings appear. A dash(-) is used to separate 2013/14

form from 2012/13 form. Figures preceded by an oblique (/) represents 2011/12 form or earlier. Horses marked with an asterisk (*) indicates National Hunt

form. The higher the rating the better the form.

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

Produced by Jeff Guyett of Westcountry Videos.

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Exmoor, Bratton Down, Sunday 2nd June 2013 Report

BRATTON DOWN was seen at its best on Sunday with a massive crowd enjoying the picturesque backcloth of Exmoor on a crystal clear, sunny day.

It was a day to remember for 16-year-old Kieran Buckley who rode his first winner as Vertige Dore just snatched the Men’s Open with a head victory over the favourite Flanshan, with Pastek breathing down their necks in third.

Eight-year-old Vertige Dore is owned and trained by the young jockey’s father Eddie Buckley, the long standing head lad to the Pipe yard at Nicholashayne. A winner four times under rules when in the care of Paul Nicholls and latterly David Pipe, Vertige Dore was a gift horse from the Pipe’s after losing his form last autumn. The winner was never the easiest of rides under rules, but certainly ran kindly for his young rider. “He jumped like a stag but I didn’t want to hit the front too soon and took a pull two out,” explained Kieran, adding, “I am still at Uffculme school but have been riding out at the Pipe’s since I was 11. I have done show jumping and cross country and this was my sixth ride in point-to-points.

The 2011 ladies’ champion Gina Andrews was paying her first visit to Bratton Down. There is a saying when a horse wins easily that he could have gone round again – well Gina’s comfortable Ladies’ Open winner Start Royal did just that. “I had so much trouble pulling him up and couldn’t stop him until we got to the starting area at the other end of the course”, smiled Gina as her mount regally completed a lap of honour. Start Royal had a wind operation before this season and was winning his third Open of the campaign which started when runner-up at Wadebridge last December . He is trained by Alan Hill who jointly owns the gelding in partnership with Mike Avery and Stewart and Hilda Nash.

Josh Guerriero, who has a new role lined up as assistant trainer to Dan Skelton this summer, is enjoying his best season in the saddle, and is assured of his first Devon & Cornwall Area jockeys’ title with 23 winners already under his belt. Josh rode his second double of the week thanks to Bernshaw and Tresor De La Vie.

Bernshaw jumped well to make all in the opening Hunt race. The well backed eight-year-old is trained locally by Claire Hitch for her father Mike Wright. “We bought him at Ascot sales but he got a leg and missed last year. The clerk of the course Phil Rawle has done a good job for me riding him out recently,” said Claire.

Josh Guerriero’s double was completed in the concluding Maiden with an impressive performance from Tresor De La Vie. This six-year-old has a lot to live up to since he was sourced in France by former jockey and now successful bloodstock agent Richard Hobson, whose purchases include Hurricane Fly and Sir Des Champs. Owned by Jean Browning, Tresor De La Vie was also completing a double for his trainer Izzy Dartnall.

Izzy had earlier saddled only the second winner of her career when Letmespeak and Robbie Henderson just got the better of Josh Guerriero’s mount Tallanstown Boy in the first leg of the maiden. Letmespeak is owned by Izzy’s father Victor Dartnall who had bought the eight-year-old locally from Debbie Cole. “We thought he had a chance because he had worked well with Ambion Wood who won for us at Worcester yesterday,” said Victor, who is likely to send his winner summer jumping.

Lilac Wine was a worthy winner of a decent Intermediate, staying on gamely to pip the luckless Ladfromhighworth and Point West in a tight finish. Lilac Wine was ridden by Danny Burton for his father Gerald who is based at Calne, Wiltshire. The 10-year-old mare had been runner up twice this season and was allowed to start at 33-1. “She had a virus last year but seems to have come to herself now,” reported the trainer.

There was almost a 33-1 surprise in the 13-runner Restricted as the unconsidered Bathwick Scanno and Jamie Bargary went into a three lengths lead round the final bend. Darren Edwards was steadily closing on Bradley Brook however and the Nicky Martin trained gelding took command on the brow of the hill to score going away. “We bought him in Ireland as a three-year-old and he has taken time to mature,” said the trainer.

RESULTS

Hunt race (Burges Salmon)
1 Bernshaw (J Guerriero) 2-1; 2 Mister Moonax (Hannah Hawkins) 11-10fav; 3 Johny No Cash (Suzy Berry) 12-1; 6 ran; 4 1/2l; 1/2l; 6m 6s

Restricted (Rosettes Direct)
1 Bradley Brook (Darren Edwards) 5-2; 2 Bathwick Scanno (Jamie Bargary) 33-1; 3 Young Jim (Jamie Thomas 25-1; 13 ran; 3l; 15l; 5m 55s

Ladies’ Open (Bray Leino)
1 Start Royal (Gina Andrews); 7-4 fav; 2 Yufo (Vicky Wade) 13-2; 3 How’s My Friend (Amanda Bush)) 4-1; 9 ran; 4l; 2 1/2l; 5m 51s

Men’s Open (Moore Scarrott)
1 Vertige Dore (Kieran Buckley) 5-1; 2 Flanshan (Martin McIntyre) 2-1 fav; 3 Pastek (Martin Peaty) 14-1; 9 ran; head; 1/2l; 6m 1s

Intermediate (Ashley Farrant & the Kingdon family)
1 Lilac Wine (Danny Burton) 33-1; 2 Ladfromhighworth (Vicky Wade) 3-1; 3 Point West (Martin Cooney) 5-2; 9 ran; 1/2l; 1l; 5m 57s

Open Maiden
Division 1 (The Old Station House Inn)
1 Letmespeak (Robbie Henderson) 4-1; 2 Tallanstown Boy (Josh Guerriero) 4-1; 3 Harry’s Kap (Ed Barrett) 9-2; 12 ran; neck; 1/2l; 6m 9s

Division 2 (Slee Blackwell Solicitors)
1 Tresor De La Vie (Josh Guerriero) 3-1 fav; 2 William Percival (Mike Heard) 7-2; 3 Grey Dream (Jamie Bargary) 12-1; 12 ran; 3/4l; 2 1/2l; 6m 1s

Exmoor, Bratton Down Preview

Another bumper entry of over one hundred and twenty entries have been received for this weekend’s Point-to-Point fixture at Bratton Down on Exmoor this Sunday June 2nd, where two pony races starts the action at 1pm. The main seven race card includes prolific winners Shernally and Start Royal both entered in the Ladies Open.

Burges Salmon Solicitors sponsor the Hunt Members race in which the Charlotte Tizzard-trained Little Cornham should go close after season wins at Badbury Rings and Cothelstone and recent five length second to Bay To Go at Larkhill. Mister Moonax has a good record as this course with two wins and a second for the Hawkins family and won at Kingston St Mary staying on well to beat Just Amazing by a neck.

In the David Wallace sponsored Restricted Bradley Brook was an easy winner of a 15 runner Maiden at Little Windsor beating Lord Samson by eight lengths under jockey Darren Edwards. Rokshi from the Caroline Hobbs yard won her Maiden in a strong field at Chaddesly Corbett last month beating Glamorous GG by two lengths, and Ladfromhighworth was unlucky when disqualified after his win at Cothelstone when his jockey Vicky Wade was unable to weigh in and cannot be dismissed here for trainer Camilla Scott.

Bray Leino sponsor the Ladies Open in which Shernally under current leading AGA lady jockey Jane Williams could add to the mare’s tally of 13 Point wins. She is a previous course winner here but her recent third behind It Was Me at Dingley in May could leave the door open to challengers, of which Start Royal from the Alan Hill yard is another with Point wins in double figures and he may be excused when fifth behind Broughton Green at Charing may have cost his the race. Jopero from the inform Kayley Jones yard could be another to challenge after his recent win at Trebudannon.

In the Men Open the Kayley Jones yard is well represented with Checkerboard, Deb’s Dasher, Jopero and Parkam Jack all have creditable wins this season. Parkam Jack won the Mens Open at Upcott Cross last weekend ahead of only other finisher Swansbrook. The lightly raced Flanshan for the Barber/Biddick combination won the Mixed Open at Stafford Cross beating Checkerboard by six lengths and looks the likely favourite here with Ashclyst having run at Newton Abbot this week.

The family of the late Donna Kingdon sponsor the Intermediate, Stalbridgeswangsong under Will Biddick made virtually all at Holnicote before being headed two out and had to settle for second two lengths behind Roisini Bay, Ladfromhighworth and Little Cornham have claims if not running in the earlier races.

Two divisions of the Open Maiden conclude the day’s events; these have been sponsored by The Old Station Inn, Blackmoor Gate and Slee Blackwell Solicitors.

The course offers excellent viewing and views of Exmoor, bar, bookmakers, trade stands and hot refreshments. Entrance £20 per car and passenger’s, £10 car and driver.

Location 9m NE of Barnstaple on A399, 11m N of South Molton – EX31 4SG.

DULVERTON FARMERS ACTION – 11 MARCH 2012

GRANVILLE TAYLOR REVIEWS

It was a memorable day for two promising young lady jockeys at Treborough Hill with Bryony Frost and Natalie Parker each achieving their first winners. Richard Woollacott has over 200 winners in his CV, but his four-timer would have been just as important to him after a wretched start to this season through injury. The racing surface drew much praise and wall to wall sunshine replaced the early mist.

Mixed Open, 4 miles; (Dunster Heat Ltd)

Eleven faced the starter for the first four miles staying test in the area this season. King’s Wood was the punters choice with his proven stamina , but there was good support for King of the Road who ran a personal best over an extended four miles at Cheltenham last May. Matt Hampton soon had King of the Road in front with Cowboyboots and Ice Tea prominent. Richard Woollacott eased Thirtytwo Red into the lead racing into the home straight, and never looked like being caught despite a late flourish from Mister Moonax who ran on strongly under young Hannah Hawkins. Now 11-years-old, Thirtytwo Red is the only pointer in training with Guy Weatherley at Tiverton and started at 20-1. Guy rode this gelding to his first three pointing victories but gave up race riding four years ago. The dice has not rolled in favour of Thirtytwo Red for the past couple of seasons and it was good to see him return to form in a race which took nearly ten minutes.

Confined (Fallen Stock Company)

Richard Woollacott made the worst possible start to the season with his fall at Black Forest Lodge which left him sidelined for nearly three months. His comeback to the saddle at Buckfastleigh last month was a prelude to three blank weeks, but he hit sparkling form at Treborough Hill on Sunday (March 11th) by riding four winners and training three of them. His winner here was the progressive Deb’s Dasher who is steadily climbing the ladder and defied his 6lbs penalty with ease. Dandooley stayed on late to finish second with long time leader Tallow Bridge in third. “Some of our horses have been coughing a bit,” said Richard, adding: “this horse would be better with firmer ground.” In my book he is potentially an open horse.

Intermediate (Exeter Racecourse)

Kirkleigh was a shade of odds-on to complete his seasonal hat trick after wins at Chipley and Great Trethew. In the end he was just touched off by Richard Woollacott’s mount Allerford Jack. Kirkleigh (Tom Chanin) went on five out but had pulled hard and did not jump fluently in the home straight. He had to give best to Allerford Jack on the run-in. “Allerford Jack needs to be switched off to make sure he stays,” said Woollacott of his winner. He also trains the gelding for a small syndicate.

Open Maiden (Winston Pincombe LandRovers)

Richard Woollacott capped a memorable day by riding his fourth winner of the day here on the previously unraced Midnight Whisper. The six-year-old showed in front rounding the final bend and stayed on strongly over the line of four fences in the straight. “I didn’t really want to be in front so early but he jumped magic and will stay forever,” said the elated rider/trainer. The strong topped gelding by Midnight Legend is out of Spread The Word, who won four point-to-points and a handicap chase for Pam Pengelly.

Open Maiden 4 to 7-year-olds only, 2m 4f (Great Bradley Estate, Withypool)

Bryony Frost is just embarking on her career and the former pony racing champion partnered her first winner over jumps on Top Green, who ran on well to beat Palfrey Boy and Ellvis. The Frost family need little introduction, and Bryony, who turns 17 next month looks like upholding the family tradition. “He was always going well and I didn’t want to get there too early,” said the delighted youngster. Five-year-old Top Green was placed in cross country races in France before joining the Nikki Frost yard. “Jamie Thomas did a good job with him in his first two points and he will be better on good ground,” said owner Jimmy Frost.

Restricted (A1 Gates & Securities)

It was a good day for youth as well as experience and Dashing John provided 19-year-old Natalie Parker with her first winner in quite a competitive looking event. Mister Trigger held the advantage down the back straight, but was overhauled by Dashing John approaching four out. The winner kept up a relentless gallop up the home straight and extended his advantage to 10 lengths on reaching the judge. This was another family success since Dashing John is owned by the rider’s mother Tracy and trained by her father Kevin at Bilbrook, just three miles from the course. “I work for Philip Hobbs and originally rode out there when I was 13,” said Natalie, who does Colour Squadron at the Hobbs yard and was looking forward to accompanying him to the festival.

Hunt race (Yeo Barton Bloodstock)

Delta Borget was always travelling well and got the better of Prince De Bersy after jumping the third last to win comfortably. Leanda Tickle was riding her fourth winner of the season on the Leslie Jefford trained gelding which gave her the lead for the National Novice Riders’title. Leslie described his winner as, “very genuine and very uncomplicated,”