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WELSH challengers mounted yet another successful foray at the North Cornwall point-to-point held at the Royal Cornwall Showground..

Jockeys described the going as soft, heavy in places on an afternoon punctuated by blustery rain and hail showers.

The early season Devon & Cornwall fixtures have provided rich pickings for Welsh stables, especially the Pyle, near Bridgend yard of David Brace and his jockey Byron Moorcroft, Bob The Butcher (Restricted race) and Doctor Braveheart (Men’s Open) completed a double for the pair on Sunday, taking Byron Moorcroft to the six-winner mark for the season. Seven-year-old Bob The Butcher, making his first appearance for 13 months, stayed on gamely up the final climb to repel the late thrust of Annwyl. “I think he has a bit more to give yet,” said owner/trainer David Brace, who bred the gelding at his Dunraven Stud. “I had his sire Needle Gun and his dam Brydferth Ddu, who was jet black, and whose name is Welsh for Black Beauty,”

Doctor Braveheart achieved his seasonal hat trick for the same combination in the Men’s Open. Byron Moorcroft dictated the pace against his sole opponent Big Fella Thanks (Noel George), and held on dourly up the hill to score by a length and a half before surviving a stewards’ enquiry for drifting across his rival near the finish. “We didn’t go much of a gallop and my mount hung a bit approaching the last fence,” commented the winning rider.

The aptly named Doctor Braveheart was stepping up to Open class for the first time having won his Intermediate at the showground last month. The horses for courses theory was further emphasised when Premier Portrait proved too strong for his 11 rivals in the Novice Riders Race, and when Ray Diamond took the Ladies’ Open.

The ex-Kim Bailey chaser Premier Portrait had followed up his Black Forest win in November by beating Kirkleigh on this course last month, and the pair provided an action replay of that result this time. Radley schoolboy Gus Levinson has now ridden Premier Portrait to his three victories this season in his father’s colours. “He is more of a stayer and didn’t hang this time. We may run next at Cocklebarrow in two weeks time,” reported the young rider whose busy life style includes fitting in A level studies.

The huge barn at this course is a real asset in bad weather, housing all the facilities, including trade stands and live coverage of the racing on a wide screen. It is a useful refuge for spectators and keeps the bookies in comfort. Hail stones were peppering the barn roof like bullets as the five runners paraded for the ladies’ race. The rain, wind and hail however failed to stop the likeable Ray Diamond from charging up the hill to defeat Rebel Du Maquis by seven lengths in a repeat of the Cornwall Hunt Club Ladies’ run here exactly one month ago. “He didn’t really enjoy it until he was in front,” reported winning jockey Olivia Hutchings, who has struck up a good partnership with this 11-year-old. Olivia works in the yard of Ray Diamond’s owner/trainer Jackie Du Plessis at Saltash. “We will probably stay in Ladies races and he can give Olivia plenty of experience,” said the trainer.

Iron Chancellor won the Confined comfortably under Sean Houlihan to repeat his success in this same race two years ago. Trainer Sue Popham reported, “We have only got two horses in training now. This one may be aimed at a Newton Abbot hunter chase later in the season and his stable mate Swansbrook will go to Black Forest next week.”

Sutton Storm seemed to relish the soft conditions to win the first division of the Maiden. Michael Legg pushed his mount clear round the final bend before going on to score by 12 lengths. The 11-year-old was enjoying a welcome change of luck having been runner up in a better race here last month. The gelding was home bred by his Sparkford, Somerset owner/trainer Angela Davis, who reported, “He suffered a broken rib when brought down in a Wincanton hurdle race which led to complications and major surgery. He is a different horse now and jumps brilliant. He is qualified for the Stratford Subaru Final.”

The other Maiden division saw the mare Follow The Paint turn her bridesmaid status into that of a bride. The six-year-old had been runner up in five maidens last season, and finally came good in the hands of Jo Buck when drawing away from the tiring favourite Looking Glass to score by 15 lengths. This was a first training success for Lydia Svensson, who has taken over three of the horses in John Heard’s yard near Okehampton. “I have worked for John for three seasons and he has given me the opportunity to train this year. Follow The Paint is such a nightmare at home,” she smiled, but Lydia will probably forgive the mare for her memorable success

Joe Tickle trained Sedgemoor Top Bid to win the two runner Members’ race in the colours of Paul Mann. Jamie Thomas made all the running to beat Miller of Glanmire by the length of the run in. “He could be aimed at the Intermediate final at Exeter. He needs better ground and would prefer a right hand course,” reported the trainer.


Results of the North Cornwall meeting


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Going; Soft, heavy in places

Hunt race (Moores St Wenn Ltd)

1 Sedgemoor Top Bid (Jamie Thomas) 1-3 fav made all ,clear two out, easily

2 Miller Of Glanmire (Darren Edwards) 2-1 chased winner,in touch til faded two out

2 ran; won by a distance; 7m 14s

Owner; Paul Mann; Trainer; Joe Tickle

PPORA Club Members’ Novice Riders’ (Hop Oils Ltd)

1 Premier Portrait (Gus Levinson) 7-4 fav handy, strong run two out, led last, rdn out

2 Kirkleigh (Alastair Harvey) 2-1 tracked leader final circuit, every chance last, no extra cl home

3 Sobre Tresor (Tom Hawke) 8-1 led 11th til headed last, kept on well

12 ran; 2l; 1/2l; 6m 24s

Owner; Dr Charles Levinson; Trainer; Dr Charles Levinson

Ladies’ Open (3 Cornish Farmers, R Chapman, A Daniels, A Prout)

1 Ray Diamond (Olivia Hutchings) 1-2 fav prom, disputed 14, drew clear flat

2 Rebel Du Maquis (Chloe Roddick) 7-2 disputed 14, every chance til no extra flat

3 Good Egg (Sarah Rippon) 16-1 in touch til wknd five out

5 ran; 7l; 3 1/2l; 6m 32s

Owner; Jackie Du Plessis; Trainer; Jackie Du Plessis

Restricted (Ray Davies Foods)

1 Bob The Butcher (Byron Moorcroft) 1-3 fav close up, led three out, stayed on strongly

2 Annwyl (Will Gordon) 13-2 prom, outpaced three out, stayed on well flat

3 Shannon Smacker (Josh Pearce) 3-1 lost touch 14th

3 ran; 1 1/2l; 20l; 6m 56s

Owner; David Brace; Trainer; David Brace

Men’s Open (Kivells)

1 Doctor Braveheart (Byron Moorcroft) 11-8 made all, in command from three out, stayed on strongly

2 Big Fella Thanks (Noel George) 4-9 fav chased leader, kept on under pressure flat

2 ran; 1 1/2l; 6m 55s

Owner; David Brace; Trainer; David Brace

Open Maiden

Div 1 (Stephens Scown Solicitors)

1 Sutton Storm (Michael Legg) 11-10 fav handy, led four out, drew clear next, comfortably

2 Bertie’s Way (Darren Edwards) 4-1 headway four out, not reach winner

3 Miss Weld (Pippa Glanville) 8-1 led til four out, kept on flat

8 ran; 12l; short head;

Owner; Mrs Angela Davies; Trainer; Mrs Angela Davies

Div 2 (The Old Inn, St Breward)

1 Follow The Paint (Jo Buck) 3-1 in touch, led four out, ran on strongly

2 Looking Glass (Michael Legg) 5-2 fav keen hold, made most til four out, soon no extra, fin tired

3 Troubleshot (Tom Chanin) 8-1 left third three out, not reach leaders

9 ran; 15l; 12l; 6m 40s

Owner; The Beefeater Partnership (K Heard); Trainer; Lydia Svensson

Confined (Cornish Mutual)

1 Iron Chancellor (Sean Houlihan) 6-4 fav took lead 13th, stayed on strongly

2 Ladyvie (Hannah Welch) 5-1 chased winner from 13th, stayed on one pace

3 Reliable Richie (Darren Edwards) 4-1 chased leaders, no extra from two out

5 ran; 6l; 5l; 6m 34s

Owner: Scott, Meyrick, Bugler Partnership; Trainer; Sue Popham

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WILL BIDDICK is marching on towards his half century for the season in his quest for a fourth consecutive National jockeys’ title, and put three more winners in the bag at the Axe Vale meeting. Considering the recent dry spell, the organisers produced remarkably good ground thanks to extensive watering.

Subtle Sovereign was untroubled under the champion’s guidance in beating his two opponents to in win his first Open, easing clear in the home straight. “This was his eighth win in his last nine runs. We will probably wait another year before going hunter chasing,” said Jeremy Barber, whose son Jack was saddling his 38th winner of the season.

The progressive Whataknight soon made it 39 for the Dorset trainer, drawing right away from his rivals at the second last to win the Intermediate, “He is an out and out galloper and just keeps going,” commented Jack, who trains the six-year-old for owners Terry Hamlin, Martin Dare and John Snook.

The Barber/Biddick treble was completed when five-year-old Royalzaro beat 12 opponents to win the Restricted. “He was a cheap buy in France and is going the right way,” reported the young trainer.

Kostaquarta almost made if four winners for the yard but came off second best after a protracted battle with Fiulin in the Confined. Now with Ed Walker, the winner is owned by the Carstairs Clan which consists of Guy and Alex Carstairs and their young children Zak, Oliver and Euan. “He was losing ground over his fences in a hunter chase at Newton Abbot the other day and we will stick to pointing for a while now,” said the trainer. Fiulin has a remarkable CV. By Galileo, he fetched 280,000 guineas as a four-year-old. AP McCoy couldn’t win on him, but apart from his pointing wins for previous owner Ross Oliver, the sturdy 10-year-old has won on the flat and over hurdles, and competed at the Cheltenham festival and Royal Ascot. Phew !

Fiulin’s successful jockey Robbie Henderson was out of luck in the Hunt race when 1-4 favourite Hameldown Tor tumbled out of the race when caught by the flailing legs of Miss Cupcake at the 13th fence. This event went to former hurdles winner Moyne Nineoseven who was partnered by Vicky Wade for the Nineoseven Partnership. “I bought him at Ascot last October, He has a few quirks and we have waited for better ground,” said trainer Sarah Pidsley who has four pointers in her yard at Payhembury near Honiton.

Silver Token was a warm favourite for the Novice Riders’ race but gave Harry Cobden a nasty fall when crashing through the wing of the 14th fence. Loose Preformer (Hedley Webb) was left clear but failed to withstand the well timed challenge of Maxi Chop (James King) after jumping the last. Despite an expensive price tag, the seven-year-old did not reach the winner’s enclosure for Paul Nicholls, but is proving a good novice ride and was following up his Hackwood Park win on Easter Monday. “James King and Stan Sheppard are sharing the rides and it was the turn of James today. This horse has bled before and could finish distressed, but has got his confidence back now,” reported trainer Rose Loxton.

It is not always plain sailing, even for champions, and after receiving his trainer’s trophy on a euphoric day at Sandown, it was down to earth, literally, the next day in a field at Stafford Cross. Four-year-old San Satiro carried the champion trainer’s colours in the concluding Maiden. The raw youngster, trained by Jack Barber, only got as far as the fourth fence before virtually stopping and depositing Will Biddick on the Devon turf..

Boymann went on to win the event under Leanda Tickle. The seven-year-old was home bred by owner Paul Mann. “He was unlucky not to win last year when he threw away a race at Trebudannon. He needs good ground and is now my third winner with my last three runners,” exclaimed delighted trainer Joe Tickle.


Results of the Axe Vale meeting


Westcountry Videos filmed the meeting, order on 01884 840403 or through the website later in the week at www.westcountryvideos.co.uk


The following photographers were at the meeting: John Beasley (Big Green Annual), and Athwenna Irons (Western Morning News)


Saturday,2nd May 2015, Modbury Point-To-Point, Flete Park, nr Ermington, Ivybridge, Plymouth.

Bank Holiday Monday, 4th May 2015, Stevenstone Point-To-Point, Vauterhill, nr High Bickington, Barnstaple.

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