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THE TORRINGTON FARMERS POINT-TO-POINT RACES TAKES PLACE AT CHAPELTON BARTON, NEAR UMBERLEIGH, NORTH DEVON ON SATURDAY 14TH JUNE 2014

THE grand finale of this year’s British point-to-point season takes place on Saturday (June 14th) at Chapelton Barton, near Umberleigh, North Devon.

The Torrington Farmers have the honour of bringing down the curtain in their traditional festive atmosphere after six and a half action packed months. A total of 93 entries have been received for the six races and the course will be agrivated as necessary to provide the best possible jumping ground.

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

Following the concluding point-to-point race at 5.20pm are the Devon & Cornwall Area Finals for ponies under 138cm and under 148cm. These races are sponsored byHatchmoor Veterinary Practice. Pony racing has already revealed dozens of future professional jockeys and spotting them is all part of the fun. This is not quite all because the announcements of the local and National champions take place after racing – usually under a shower of champagne.

This meeting always presents a real party farewell to the season. For those without picnics, quality hot and cold refreshments are available on course, together with a licenced bar and trade stands.

Entrance costs £10 for pedestrians; £10 for a car and driver; £20 for a car, driver and one passenger, and £30 above that. The post code is EX37 9EB, and the course is located 5 miles south east of Barnstaple, just off the A377.

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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Preview: Torrington Farmers Point-To-Point, Chapelton Barton, Near Umberleigh, North Devon, Saturday 14th June 2014

PREVIEW OF THE FINAL POINT-TO-POINT MEETING OF THE SEASON: THE TORRINGTON FARMERS POINT-TO-POINT RACES TAKES PLACE AT CHAPELTON BARTON, NEAR UMBERLEIGH, NORTH DEVON ON SATURDAY 14TH JUNE 2014

THE grand finale of this year’s British point-to-point season takes place on Saturday (June 14th) at Chapelton Barton, near Umberleigh, North Devon.

The Torrington Farmers have the honour of bringing down the curtain in their traditional festive atmosphere after six and a half action packed months. A total of 93 entries have been received for the six races and the course will be agrivated as necessary to provide the best possible jumping ground.

Point-to-point action starts at 2 pm with the Confined race sponsored by Devonshire Motors of Barnstaple. An innovation this year is that £100 (sponsored by the Profitable Farming Company) has been offered to encourage more runners in this event. Punters might also need some encouragement in this trappy looking opening contest.

Right Enough followed up his Flete Park double with two sound efforts at Bratton Down. Nicto De Beauchene now escapes a penalty and could go close if regaining the form of his hunter chase success at Taunton last year. It might be worth taking a chance with the locally trained Meilyr, who has run quite well in his hunter chase efforts this year and may appreciate these easier fences.

The neck and neck battle for the National Ladies’ Championship will be decided on the day with defending title holder Jacqueline Coward likely to bring a strong team from Yorkshire. Bridget Andrews enters the final day just one winner ahead of Jacqueline (25 to 24) in a quest to emulate her sister Gina, who won the title three years ago from their Hertfordshire base.

Jacqueline Coward wins best riding performance of the day at Bratton Down last Sunday
Jacqueline Coward wins best riding performance of the day at Bratton Down last Sunday

Their first clash of the day could come in the Restricted, sponsored by Kivells. The Yorkshire challenge could be spearheaded by Apassionforfashion, an improving mare who went down narrowly at Bratton Down last Sunday. The Ketchup Kid also figures amongst the 16 entries and scored earlier in the season for Jacqueline Coward at Brocklesby Park. Hill Forts Gloria and Ashton Magic are possible mounts for Bridget Andrews, but leading owner David Brace could hold the key to this race with the Welsh challenger Nurse Brace. Her recent form looks solid and she should appreciate this course.

Jacqueline Coward could hold the advantage in the Ladies’ Open sponsored by EJ Snell & Sons Ltd and attracting 16 entries. Her possibilities here are Bratton Down runner up Bitter Blue, and Pevensey, a speedy sort who once graced the Royal Ascot winner’s enclosure. The tough Welsh gelding Findlay’s Find could prove a stumbling block if this is his chosen engagement, but this course is made for the headstrong Bay Central from the Luke Price yard, who will have the services of Jodi Hughes.

Apassionforfashion and The Ketchup Kid pop up again amongst the 10 nominations for the Intermediate which is sponsored by Claire Howarth, The Barum Stud. This time Bridget Andrews could hold the aces with the Essex gelding Excitable Island, whose easy wins at Parham and Northaw came with her in the saddle. Mark Wall’s mount Rainbow Trout continued her upward curve by beating The Ketchup Kid at Chaddesley, and The Alan Hill trained Viel Gluck could be a danger on his best form.

Robbie Henderson is about to clinch his first Devon & Cornwall riders’ title and mounted a late challenge on Will Biddick for the National title with his treble at Bratton Down last Sunday. His 32 winners still leave him four behind the reigning champion however and his best opportunity on the final day appears to rest with Before The War in the Men’s Open sponsored by Davisons, South Molton. .This track will suit the Matthew Barber trained Gallaflynn, who reserves his best form for late season and will take some catching. Findlay’s Find and Cock Of The Rock also feature amongst the 19 entries.

Spendajennie would be the choice if turning out for the Smallridge Bos Ltd Open Maiden which brings down the curtain on the 2014 season. (26 entries). This young mare is improving steadily and ran well behind the useful Whataknight at Bratton. The chief danger could be Wivannie, the mount of Bryony Frost, whose name is on the area ladies’ title for the second successive year.

Following the concluding point-to-point race at 5.20pm are the Devon & Cornwall Area Finals for ponies under 138cm and under 148cm. These races are sponsored by Hatchmoor Veterinary Practice. Pony racing has already revealed dozens of future professional jockeys and spotting them is all part of the fun. This is not quite all because the announcements of the local and National champions take place after racing – usually under a shower of champagne.

This meeting always presents a real party farewell to the season. For those without picnics, quality hot and cold refreshments are available on course, together with a licenced bar and trade stands.

Entrance costs £10 for pedestrians; £10 for a car and driver; £20 for a car, driver and one passenger, and £30 above that. The post code is EX37 9EB, and the course is located 5 miles south east of Barnstaple, just off the A377.

 

Useful Information

Met Office 5 day forecast: Hiscott (2.2 miles)

BBC Travel News: DevonCornwallSomerset;

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PREVIEW ISSUED ON BEHALF OF THE DEVON & CORNWALL AREA POINT-TO-POINT ASSOCIATION, WRITTEN BY GRANVILLE TAYLOR

Exmoor Point-To-Point entries and form

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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 Men’s Open Race
5th 16:20 Intermediate Race
6th 16:55 Open Maiden Race, Division 1
7th 17:30 Open Maiden Race, Division 2

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

THE second Point-to-Point meeting to be held at the picturesque course of Bratton Down overlooking Exmoor, takes place this weekend on Sunday June 1st. With the championships hotting up, there promises to be some great action in store. Pony racing heads up the day at 1pm with the main six race card starting at 2pm. A massive 144 entries have been received.

Bray Leino sponsor the Ladies Open, which looks to be one of the feature races. Current leading lady jockey and outside raider Bridget Andrews could increase her lead on either Latest Trend or Quedillac. Latest Trend also holds an entry to Stratford this week, as do Start Royal, and How’s My Friend. Challengers could be River Indus after his three lengths second behind Round Tom at Kingston St Mary. Another entry Ned White, will look to set the pace, and was unlucky at the previous meeting when caught in the home straight, finishing a creditable third. Current Event and Join Together won last weekend at Upcott Cross under Megan Nicholls and could be a danger if either turns out again.

In the Moore Scarrot Accountant-sponsored Mens Open, entries include the David Brace OBE- trained Cock Of The Rock currently on six wins for the season, and Dbobe already on his seasons hat-trick. But this could be a straight battle between the two leading male jockeys Will Biddick, who may get the leg-up on Round Tom from the Richard Barber team, and Robbie Henderson on Before The War or Level Spirit from the current area leading trainer, Ed Walker‘s team. Certain Flight is another holding a Stratford entry, and would be the likely favourite if by passing that event, having been unbeaten so far this season for trainer Keith Cumings. Reliable Richie for jockey Darren Edwards are another combination which could play a major part, when stamina led them to a win here two weeks ago over the longer trip.

In the Members race, Bernshaw won this race last season for local trainer Claire Hitch. Elsin Bridge, and Father Owen will be looking to improve on their thirds here at the last meeting. Lightening Jack and Johnny No Cash are entries for owner John Pearn, either could pose a threat if finding their best form and ground to suit. This race is sponsored by RSM Beares & B Thorne & Son Agricultural Engineers.

Rosettes Direct sponsor the Restricted race which has attracted 30 entries, and may well be divided on the day. Golden Squirell had a comfortable maiden win at Cothelstone, Champion Versions from the Alan Hill team ran a good second at Whitfield. Carheney River, Nurse Brace, Last Edition and The Mexican Bandit are just some of the entrants looking capable of winning a restricted before the season’s finished.

Dancing Olga looks to be one of the favourites to take the Intermediate race which is sponsored by Ashley Farrant & the Kingdon family in memory of Donna Kingdon. Dancing Olga ran second here two weeks ago, one and a half lengths behind Gorteenwood who broke the course record that day. Ambitious Pursuit could be looking for his hat-trick here after his two Flete Park wins, and Minella Web from the Kayley Woollacott team won here two weeks ago under Robbie Henderson, could be a danger.

Two divisions of the Open Maiden follow. Suggestions in the first would be Beaujolais Bob, O’flo and Miss Weld. The second division could go to either My Rosie B or Whataknight. These divisions have been sponsored by Old Station Inn at Blackmore Gate and Slee Blackwell Solicitors.

On course facilities include hot food, bar, bookies and trade stands.

Course is located at Bratton Fleming, 9m NE of Barnstaple on A399, 11m N of South Molton – EX31 4SG

Entrance £10 car & driver, £20 car and passengers.

Useful Information

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SOUTH POOL HARRIERS AT BUCKFASTLEIGH SUNDAY 16th FEBRUARY

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.

MIXED OPEN

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.

CONFINED

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.

INTERMEDIATE

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.

MARES & FILLIES MAIDEN

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.”

RESTRICTED

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.

HORSES & GELDINGS CONFINED MAIDEN

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

Results of the South Pool Harriers meeting

VIDEO

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PHOTOGRAPHERS

The following photographers were at the meeting: Turfpix (Tracy Roberts), Brian Armstrong and David Strange

NEXT FIXTURES

SOUTH POOL HARRIERS AT BUCKFASTLEIGH 16 FEB 2014 – RESULTS

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

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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