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Rhys Williams’s Silverton Point-To-Point commentary, Black Forest Lodge, Sunday 18th January 2015

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A sunny and dry day resulted in a decent sized crowd. Some good racing with a few class performances and exciting finishes. The ground was sticky soft ground.

Confined

14 runners lined up for the opening race on the card. Welstonedruid went off 11-4 favourite and prevailed in a very tight finish with Mic’s Delight. Welstonedruid looked to have settled it shortly after the last but seemed to idle on the run in and almost got beat. Bradley Brook (2-1 out to 5-1) ran quite well in 3rd considering he was carrying a 10lb penalty.

Restricted Div 1

The Restricted was split on the day. Division 1 went to What About Will at 9-1, who was the only runner still galloping in the closing stages and some very weary horses clambered over the last. Kerry Mganga finished 2nd and Bamboleo 3rd, after Gentle Duke stopped to a walk on the run in after jumping the last in a clear 3rd. Larkhill winner Themanfromcork was a disappointing 4-6 favourite.

Restricted Div 2

The favourites flip-flopped in div 2 as Soixante Six was backed into 6-4 favourite while Full Trottle drifted from evens out to 9-4. These two fought out the finish with Full Trottle getting a crucial advantage of a couple of lengths after 2 out and held Soixante Six after the last. They pulled well clear of the 3rd, Sparkling Miss, who shaped with some promise.

Ladies Open

A warm contest for the Ladies Open with the 6 runners including multiple winner Byerley Bear, hunter chase 2nd Catspan and the Steve Flook trained pair Foundry Square and Rumbury Grey. Having led, Byerley Bear was headed on the run to 3 out and looked in a bit of trouble but he rallied well under pressure and got the crucial inside line on the final bend as Catspan and Foundry Square challenged. Foundry Square tried to challenge after turning in but couldn’t get to Byerley Bear who won at 4-5. Foundry Square came 2nd (6-4 out to 2-1) and Catspan 3rd.

Mens Open

A very competitive Mens Open and those at the head of the market came to the fore. Steeltown was sent clear of the field early on the final circuit but the gap was gradually closed by a few and Coombe Hill was the one who closed strongly after 2 out. He got to the front with a good jump at the last and the 14yo went on to win from Steeltown. Rosies Peacock, the 2-1 fav, ran well back in 3rd.

Open Maiden Div 1 Part 1

Div 1 of the maiden was split on the day. Part 1 looked a competitive race and produced a very tight finish between According To Harry and Swingbridge. The former, sent off at 4-1, just got the verdict from the 3-1 fav. The Mystro showed some promise in 3rd and should pick up a maiden.

Open Maiden Div 1 Part 2

Nortonthorpelegend’s price fluctuated around evens in Part 2 but he was in trouble early on the final circuit and could never get into the race. Victory went to Genermouse at 25-1 from Stony Road, who ran a promising race in 2nd, and Wivannie in 3rd.

Open Maiden Div 2

Carnage in Div 2 of the maiden. The favourite Loves Blind unseated early on. High Hatton (6-4 out to 4-1) had cruised into the lead when getting rid of James Tudor at the open ditch and the horse that followed him, Thegreendalerocket, unseated too. Very few of the 14 that set off were still going at the finish and it was Infamous Grouse that won to complete a treble for Darren Edwards. Morebutwhen and Gold Relief followed him home.

Intermediate

Visually the most impressive performance came in the last. Repeat Business (4s very early, then 5-2 into 7-4) travelled smoothly throughout and took up the running going across the top of the course. Little Cornham was the only danger at 2 out but Repeat Business quickly pulled clear, putting up a smart performance. Little Cornham was no match for the winner but ran well in 2nd and Argentato ran well in 3rd at 50-1. Supreme Danehill was the 6-4 favourite but could never get into a challenging position and ran below his best.

Good to see plenty of familiar local faces among the crowd and a few rare visitors to these parts.

Rhys Williams

 

RESULTS: SILVERTON AT BLACK FOREST LODGE, 18 JANUARY 2015

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Going: Soft

Confined (Sponsor Best Western Tiverton Hotel)

1 Welstonedruid (Ian Chanin) 5-2 fav prom. led 14, ran on strongly, just held on
2 Mic’s Delight (Jennifer Davenport) 9-1 in touch, chased winner from 14. ro well flat, just failed
3 Bradley Brook (Darren Edwards) 5-1 held up, stayed on from 3 out
14 ran; short head; 1 1/2l; 6 mins 26 secs
Owner Andrew & Sue Knox; Trainer: Robert Chanin

Restricted (Simpkins Edwards)

Division 1

1 What About Will (Vicky Wade) 8-1 made all, jumped left. drew clr 2 out
2 Kerry Mganga (Nick Williams) 7-1 chased ldrs, effort 3 out, no extra apprg last
3 Bamboleo (Will Telfer) 33-1 lost place 12, ran on agn clsg stgs, took 3rd close home
10 ran; 15l’; 20l; 6m 41s
Owner Keith Wade; Trainer Neil Harris

Division 2

1 Full Throttle (Sam Painting) 9-4 led 12, asserted 2 out, kept on
2 Soixante Six (Tom Weston) 13-8 fav held up, hdwy 14, cl 2nd 3 out – next, not quicken flat
3 Sparkling Miss (Michael Legg) 12-1 improved 14, effort 3 out, wknd next
11 ran; 1 1/2l; 15l; 6m 31s
Owner Norman Thomas Trainer Laura Thomas

Ladies’ Open (In support of Injured Jockeys & Hunt Servants fund)

1 Byerley Bear (Leanda Tickle) 8-11 fav led til hdd briefly 3 out, led agn next, ran on strongly
2 Foundry Square (Gina Andrews) 2-1 effort 4 out, every chance 2 out, no extra last
3 Catspan (Hannah Lewis) 14-1 tracked ldr, slt ld 3 out, outpaced after next
6 ran; 3l; 2l; 6m 37s
Owner Roger Knowles; Trainer Robert Chanin

Men’s Open (Bonhams)

1 Coombe Hill (Darren Edwards) 7-2 hdwy 4 out, cl 3rd 2 out, led apprg last, held on well
2 Steeltown (Jamie Thomas) 7-2 led 12, clear til pressed 3 out, hdd apprg last, rallied flat, just held
3 Rosie’s Peacock (John Mathias) 2-1 fav went 2nd 12, close up & every chance til hampered & wknd apprg last
11 ran; head; 4l; 6m 35s
Owner Geoff Thompson; Trainer Chris Honour

Open Maiden (Wilkinson Grant & Co)

Division 1 Part 1

1 According To Harry (Darren Edwards) 4-1 held up & bhd, gd hdwy 4 out, chall 2 out, led last, all out
2 Swingbridge (Sam Painting) 3-1 fav took ld 4 out, slt ld 2 out, hdd last, rallied nr post
3 The Mystro (Will Biddick) 7-2 midfield, some hdwy 3 out, not reach ldrs
10 ran; short head; 20l; 6m 45s
Owner The Bradley Partnership; Trainer Nicky Martin

Division 1 Part 2

1 Genermouse (Josh Newman) 33-1 led 9, jumped well, stayed on gamely when pressed from 3 out
2 Stony Road (Charlotte Prichard) 5-1 rear, hdwy to chall 4 out, sustained chall from 2 out, no ex flat
3 Wivannie (Bryony Frost) 3-1 led til 8, lost place, ran on agn clsg stgs
9 ran; 2l; 15l; 6m 46s
Owner: Michael dare; Trainer Chloe Newman

Open Maiden Division 2 (Devon Fuels)

1 Infamous Grouse (Darren Edwards) 12-1 held up midfield, led after 15, slt ld last, dvn out
2 Morebutwhen (Claire Hart) 10-1 prog 4 out, effort next, cl 2nd 2 out til last, just held
3 Gold Relief (David Noonan) 50-1 soon rear, gd hdwy 15, ev ch 2 out, no extra flat
14 ran; 1/2l; 3l; 6m 51s
Owner The Bradley Partnership; Trainer Nicky Martin

Intermediate (The Farriers)

1 Repeat Business (James Tudor) 7-4 held up, hdwy 10, led 4 out, drew clr last, comf
2 Little Cornham (Will Biddick) 9-2 held up, prog 14, went 2nd 4 out, ev chance 2 out, wknd apprg last
3 Argentato (Jordan Nailor) 33-1 made most til after 15, kept on one pace
8 ran; 10l; 20l; 6m 39s
Owner Mrs J Bird : Trainer James Tudor

The full results including all finishers are available on www.pointtopoint.co.uk

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1st 12:00 Confined Race
2nd 12:35 Restricted Race
3rd 13:10 Ladies Open Race
4th 13:45 Mens Open Race
5th 14:20 Open Maiden Race, Division 1
6th 14:55 Open Maiden Race, Division 2
7th 15:30 Intermediate Race

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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

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

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