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Preview; The Western Point-to-Point Wadebridge Sunday 7th February 2016

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Written by: Donna Harris

It is the turn of the Western Hunt to host their Point-to-Point meeting at the Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge this coming Sunday February 7th. 60 entries have received for the six race card, with the Green Waste Co-sponsored Confined race heading up the action at 12 noon. The  Sue Popham trained Iron Chancellor won here in January, ten lengths ahead of the field under jockey Sean Houlihan, connections will be looking to score a hat-trick at this course by winning the Confined race, adding to his previous Hunter Chase win at Newton Abbot. Kings Bench from the Marie McGuinness yard could figure if finding some old form, but may be in need of the run.

The Savills-sponsored Ladies Open will attract much attention on the day, with Olympic gold medal cyclist Victoria Pendleton seeking her first winner in a point-to-point, she holds an entry here with previous course winner Working Title who has won four times in the past three years at this track. Victoria came within a head of her first ever win at last weekends meeting at Milborne St Andrew, on her planned Cheltenham mount Pacha Du Polder. The Jackie du Plessis-trained Ray Diamond may be the one to deny her a win here. Partnered by jockey Olivia Hutchings, Ray Diamond has won twice here this season, leaving the Chloe Roddick-trained and ridden Rebel du Maquis having to settle for second on both occasions. They too are entered and will be seeking to improve on that form.

Exeter Racecourse sponsor the Intermediate race in which Robin de Souza stands out having quickly progressed this season. The 6 year-old is trained in Lifton by Dean Summersby, and won his maiden at this track followed quickly by his Restricted win at Black Forest Lodge both under jockey Darren Edwards. Applesolutely from the Richard Mitford-Slade team in Pontispool, also catches the eye having won her restricted here in December, making the most of her mares weight allowance under jockey Sean Houlihan. The Flying Doc is another which could go well, coming from the in form Ed Walker team.

The Open Maiden race is sponsored by Stimson & Tieken with Berties Way being a suggestion having scored a second behind Sutton Storm at this track last month.  Driving Well out of the Francis Daniels yard is another to consider, having also run well here when two and a half lengths second behind Robin de Souza at the December meeting. With 17 entries received and a safety factor of 14 this race could well be divided on the day. If divided the second division will be sponsored by the Old Inn, St Breward.

In the Men’s Open race Doctor Braveheart has become something of a course specialist. Travelling down from the David Brace yard in Wales, and ridden by jockey Byron Moorcroft the combination have won twice here this season. This looks a stiffer task with entries such as Blazing Whale from the in form Ed Walker yard entered. Blazing Whale took the winners only Mixed Open race at Buckfastleigh last season on soft going and could be dangerous. Previous Hunter Chase winner Double Bank trained by Emma Oliver is the highest rated, he is a previous course winner here and won a Hunter Chase at Taunton last February. His only outing so far this season was when he pulled up at Chipley Park when carrying top weight, he may have needed the run and could be in the mix if defying his weight penalty.

The Hutchinsons-sponsored Restricted race looks equally competitive, entry Creative Inerta won his maiden at the second time of asking 30 lengths ahead of Whatastormnorm at Black Forest Lodge. Entry North George won his maiden for trainer Jonathan Tudor in November at Black Forest Lodge and followed up with a third in a Restricted race here in December. Polo The Mumm caught the eye at Chipley Park when second under jockey Hannah Welch, behind winner Stony Road in a competitive 13 runner race. Follow The Paint won her Maiden here impressively by 20 lengths in January and goes well for jockey Jo Buck who looks to have the ride again. Sutton Storm is another to have clocked up a Maiden win at this course, looks a really genuine type who would relish soft going.

There is a huge covered barn containing on course facilities such as hot food, refreshments, bar, bookies, trade stands, and a big screen which is sponsored by Reg Hamble & Cole and Rayment & White for those wishing to watch the racing close up. With pre-parade paddock and great track side viewing only a few yards away for fresh air fans. There are excellent disabled facilities.

Entrance to the course is £10 per adult up to a maximum of £30 per car. Children under 16 free.

The course is located off A39 West of Wadebridge. Post code PL27 7JE. For entries and form check out the Devon & Cornwall Point-to-Point website

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REPORT ON THE NORTH CORNWALL POINT-TO-POINT AT THE ROYAL CORNWALL SHOWGROUND, WADEBRIDGE, SUNDAY 10TH JANUARY 2016

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WRITTEN BY GRANVILLE TAYLOR

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.

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Results of the North Cornwall meeting

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RESULTS: NORTH CORNWALL POINT-TO-POINT AT WADEBRIDGE 10 JAN 2016

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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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GRANVILLE’S BETTING GOSSIP – CORNWALL HUNT CLUB 13 DEC 2015

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With only seven bookmakers in attendance the market was naturally weak, but fair play to the seven stalwarts who laid pretty fair odds throughout the card.

Premier Portrait (9-4 into 7-4 fav) followed up his Black Forest victory in the Novice Riders’ contest under his first season jockey Gus Levinson. The young rider looked to have a lot to do entering the home straight but his experienced mount wore down Kirkleigh (Alastair Harvey) who seemed to be tiring when blundering at the last. Kirkleigh, looking in need of this race, drifted out to 3’s without much support and is worth keeping in mind for an early success on soft ground.. I also made a note of Beuvron, who made a favourable impression after coming over from France earlier this year. Easy to back at 5-2, he looked in need of the race and finished third without being pushed too much. He will improve for this.

The former Cheltenham festival winner Crack Away Jack looked the ticket in the Men’s Open (6-4 into evens fav). He had every chance entering the final circuit but found nothing when push came to shove and could only finish a moderate fourth behind course specialist Working Title (7-4 out to 9-4). This grand campaigner set off in front and stayed there, and is a great credit to the Cotswold based Drinkwater family. The feature of the betting was a plunge on Supreme Danehill who was noted at 14-1 early before closing in to 5-1 at the off.  He was given every chance by Darren Edwards but got tired from the bottom bend and was well held by the winner.  The other eye catcher was third placed Welstonedruid  (7-2 out to 5’s) who stormed up the final climb and is sure to atone on a staying track.

Robert Chanin trains Welstonedruid, and the stable went on to occupy third spot in the Ladies’ Open with Sweet My Lord, who had shown a liking for the showground in the past. Despite being backed from 9-4 into a shade of odds-on (I returned 4-5 fav for the official SP), this ex-Irish gelding never looked like getting to grips with the winner Ray Diamond (2’s out to 5-2) and runner up Rebel Du Maquis (5=2 out to 4’s). Ray Diamond’s jockey Olivia Hutchings took a brave route to squeeze up the inner on the final bend, but her mount put plenty of daylight between himself and the runner up after jumping the last.

I must commend the placing of the four-year-old filly Applesolutely to win the Restricted. This Flete Park winner received weight from all her rivals and was always travelling like a winner under Sean Houlihan. The Apple Tree filly touched 9- 4 before settling at 2’s and upset the odds laid on Welsh Challenger Northgeorge  (5-4 to 10-11).

Doctor Braveheart is a likeable youngster in the care of Welsh wizard David Brace. The Dr Massini six-year-old (5-4 jt fav) stayed on resolutely to beat the other joint favourite Sonoftheking (op evens) to win the Intermediate. Takamaru was backed from 9’s to 4’s here but seemed to go wrong entering the bottom bend and was promptly pulled up.

The closing Open Maiden produced a maximum field of 14, but there was little activity in the ring (I should say in the barn). The bookies are spoilt by operating in the cosy barn, but everyone seemed to have spent their money on the superb Christmas stalls operating in the same barn. The useful looking winner Robin De Souza boasted decent Irish Maiden form and duly obliged under Darren Edwards (5-2 into 5-4). He should be able to follow up in a Restricted.

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Results of the Cornwall Club meeting

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REPORT OF THE CORNWALL HUNT CLUB POINT-TO-POINT AT WADEBRIDGE – SUNDAY DECEMBER 13TH 2015

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WRITTEN BY GRANVILLE TAYLOR

REGULAR visitors to the Wadebridge showground point-to-point track would have been pleasantly amazed. There was no rain, the wind turbines on the overlooking hill top were in lazy mode, very mild weather for December,plus the benefit of a big screen in the cosy barn. In addition the course was in great shape

Some of us had to work outside – it was a pleasure

The theory of “horses for courses” once again proved its worth when the ultra consistent veteran Working Title landed his fourth course success at Wadebridge on Sunday (Dec 13) in the Men’s Open clocking the fastest time of the day.

Soon showing a clean pair of hooves to his seven rivals, the Cotswold gelding strode well clear from the second last under his regular partner Joe Drinkwater. The 13-year-old started life by winning a bumper for Nicky Henderson, and has now won nine times between the flags.

“He gave me my first winner at Wadebridge in 2013 and loves it round here. He just pricks his ears and likes to set his own pace,” reported the 19-year-old rider of the family horse trained by Joe’s brother Sam for their father Paul.

The useful former chaser Ray Diamond shrugged off Rebel Du Maquis and Sweet My Lord in the closing stages to take the Ladies’ Open. Owned and trained by Jackie Du Plessis at Saltash, the ten-year-old carries plenty of condition and was nicely handled by Olivia Hutchings, who works in the yard and was riding the fourth winner of her career. “He is such a pet and a great hunter but he may revert to National Hunt as I have Ziggerson Hill for Ladies’ races,” commented the owner/trainer.

Yet another young rider to shine was 16-year-old Gus Levinson who followed up his initial success at Black Forest last month by getting Premier Portrait home in a good finish to the Novice Riders’ contest. The winner drew away from runner-up Kirkleigh half way up the run. “He hung a bit today and may be better going right handed,” reported the winning jockey who has honed his jumping skills with lessons with Yogi Breisner.

Black Forest Lodge form was also upheld by Doctor Braveheart, who followed up his Restricted win on the Devon track by taking the Intermediate at the expense of Sonoftheking. The latter was left in front when Le Clo De La Londe fell at the 13th fence, but Doctor Braveheart made relentless progress to wear down his rival in a slogging match up the final climb. “He is a strong finisher and jumps well,” said jockey Byron Moorcroft who was partnering his third winner of the season. Doctor Braveheart is by the leading British sire Dr Massini who stands at the Dunraven Stud operated by the winner’s owner/trainer David Brace. “It took us about four hours to get here,” said the enthusiastic owner who added, “He will have a little break now and it would be nice to aim for the Dunraven Bowl hunter chase which is a race I sponsor at Chepstow,”

Darren Edwards rode runner-up Sonoftheking in the Intermediate and went one better by winning the Open Maiden on five-year-old Robin De Souza in a maximum field of 14. This promising youngster is trained at Lifton by Dean Summersby for owners Tony and Eileen Worth. “He had good placed form in Irish points and we bought him privately during the summer. He works well and is an out and out stayer.” commented the trainer.

Four-year-old filly Applesolutely took good advantage of her allowances to win the Restricted under a patient ride from Sean Houlihan. Odds-on favourite Northgeorge led from the seventh fence, but Applesolutely was always travelling sweetly and stayed on strongly up the final hill to score convincingly. The home bred winner, by Apple Tree, out of an un-raced Oscar mare, is trained by “Ces” Mitford-Slade on behalf of himself and joint owner Lucy Fielding-Johnson at Pontispool near Taunton. “She has grown a lot during the summer. She won over a shorter distance at Flete Park in April and this was her first run at three miles. There are no big plans for her, although she could be aimed at one of the Intermediate finals next year,” reported the trainer.

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CORNWALL HUNT CLUB 13 DECEMBER 2015 – RESULTS

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Going: Good to soft, soft in places

 

Club Members’ Novice Riders (Sponsor Home Furnishings (Wadebridge) Ltd

1 Premier Portrait (Gus Levinson) 7-4 fav  soon ldrs, lkd held til strong run to ld last 50yds

2 Kirkleigh (Alastair Harvey) 3-1 prom, led 14th til headed last 50 yds

3 Beuvron (Hannah Welch) 5-2 cl 2nd 4 out, no extra from 2 out

8 ran; 1 1/2l; 4l;  6mins 16secs

Trainer: Dr Charles Levinson

 

Men’s Open (Moore’s St Wenn Ltd)

1 Working Title (Joe Drinkwater) 9-4 made virtually all, drew clr 4 out, easily

2 Supreme Danehill (Darren Edwards) 5-1 prom, challd & mstk four out, soon held

3 Welstonedruid (Ian Chanin) 5-1 lost touch ldrs 4 out, stayed on well flat

8 ran; 15l; 4l;  6m 12s

Trainer: Sam Drinkwater

 

Ladies’Open (RJ Trevarthen, Wholesale Butcher & Livestock Hauliers)

1 Ray Diamond (Olivia Hutchings) 5-2 with ldrs, cl 3rd 3 out, led flat, stayed on well

2 Rebel Du Maquis (Chloe Roddick) 4-1 took lead after 3 out, hdd flat, no extra

3 Sweet My Lord (Leanda Tickle) 4-5 fav  disputed or slt ld til 3 out, wknd next

6 ran; 8l; 8l;  6m 16s

Trainer: Jackie du Plessis

 

Restricted (Subaru)

1 Applesolutely (Sean Houlihan) 2-1 tracked ldr half way, took lead last, ran on well

2 Sutton Storm (Michael Legg) 12-1 chased ldrs, mstk 3 out, kept on flat

3 Northgeorge (Byron Moorcroft) 10-11 fav led 6th til hdd last, wknd

7 ran; 2l; 2l;  6m 25s

Trainer; Richard Mitford-Slade

 

Intermediate (Millerson, Estate Agents)

1 Doctor Braveheart (Byron Moorcroft) 5-4 jt fav  hdwy 12th, challd 2 out, led cl home

2 Sonoftheking (Darren Edwards) 5-4 jt fav made most til headed cl home

4 ran; 2l;  only two finished; 6m 19s

Trainer; David Brace

 

Open Maiden (Mather & Co, Independent Estate Agents)

1 Robin De Souza (Darren Edwards) 5-4 fav tracked ldrs, slt lead 2 out, stayed on well

2 Driving Well (James Cole) 12-1 led 14th, joined 3 out, ev ch til no extra cl home

3 Looking Glass (Joshua Newman) 10-1 chased ldrs, kept on well from 2 out

14 ran; 2l; 2l;  6m 29s

Trainer; Dean Summersby

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Point-to-Point Preview: Cornwall Club – Wadebridge, Sunday December 13

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Written by: Donna Harris

The first of three Point-to-Point fixtures to be held at the Royal Cornwall Showground in Wadebridge takes place this coming Sunday 13th December. with six races on the card which include the Moores of St Wenn Ltd Mens Open race. Entries in this race include the previous Cheltenham Festival hurdle winner Crack Away Jack. The 11 year old gelding, now trained by Chloe Roddick in Somerset, was once highly rated and looks an exciting prospect for the pointing season. Having run second in a hunter chase at Southwell last June, he will be well fancied to take this race. His opposition could come in the way of Working Title, trained by Samuel Drinkwater, the gelding has clocked up a total of eight point-to-point wins, including a win at this course last season for jockey Joe Drinkwater.

Home Furnishings of Wadebridge sponsor The Cornwall Club race for Novice riders which heads up the action at 12 noon. With horses such as prolific winning Kirkleigh entered, a winner of nine of his pointing starts and three Hunter Chases, the Robert Chanin-trained gelding finished last season with a Mens Open win at Trebudannon under jockey Tom Chanin, it will be a ride in this race for novice jockey Alistair Harvey. Recent Black Forest Lodge winner Premier Portrait, under jockey Gus Levinson will be looking to repeat that success. Also entered are last seasons winners Beuvron for Hannah Welsh, Ambitious Pursuit for Pippa Glanville and course specialist Sobre Tresor.

The Ladies race is sponsored by Robert Trevarthen, and could go the way of the Jackie Du Plessis-trained Ray Diamond, which would be a popular win for the Cornwall supporters. The horse is another to have been switched from racing under rules, and looks one to follow this season. His main rival could be the Robert Chanin-trained Sweet My Lord, having won at this track last season and looks to be one who could handle conditions if going is on the soft side. Rebel Du Maquis was disappointing last season for owner/trainer and rider Chloe Roddick, but could go well if finding his old form.

Subaru have sponsored the Restricted race, with a series prize at the end of the season being a years loan of a Subaru Forrester vehicle. Entries include recent winner Northgeorge for Welsh trainer Johnathan Tudor and jockey Byron Moorcroft who rode a double at the Black Forest Lodge meeting. Stainless Steel is another outside raider who could figure having graduated when winning his maiden last season for trainer Simon Jones. Another to consider is The Mystro trained by Keith Cumings for the Duckers & Divers club, having also graduated from maiden company last season when winning at Bratton Down and previously run well when third at this track.

Doctor Braveheart is another possible ride for jockey Byron Moorcroft in the Millerson sponsored Intermediate race. They could be the ones to catch having battled to win by a neck at Black Forest Lodge ahead of Champion jockey Will Biddick who was on board Templestatforesco. Sonoftheking could go well if improving after his recent second under jockey Darren Edwards, who looks to have the ride again for the Nicola Martin team.

The Open Maiden race sponsored by The Mather Partnership closes the days events, and of the 20 entries Gold Relief, Miss Weld and Thirtyfirst Dansar are a few to note with place form last season. This race could be divided on the day with sponsors The Old Inn, St Breward stepping up to cover the extra division.

The course at Wadebridge offers a great day out for all the family with a large covered barn which contains bookies, bar, hot refreshments, and a host of trade stands from clothing to gifts and accessories ideal for Christmas shopping. This year will have the addition of a large screen for optimum race viewing. One of the race sponsors, Subaru will also have a display of their vehicles on offer.

The course is located off the A39 W of Wadebridge – PL27 7JE. Entrance is £10 per person up to a max of £30 per car. Children under 16 free. For racegoers intending to travel via A30 to Bodmin, it might be prudent to allow an extra 5 – 10 minuets of journey time, as there is a speed restriction of 40mph along a stretch of road due to road works over Bodmin Moor. Alternatively, turn off at Kennards House after Launceston and go through Camelford.

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REPORT: CORNWALL HUNT CLUB POINT-TO-POINT AT WADEBRIDGE SUNDAY 14TH DECEMBER 2014

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COURSE specialist Byerley Bear dominated the Ladies’ Open under Leanda Tickle. The nine-year-old had mopped up all three Ladies’ races run on the Royal Cornwall Showground last season and again showed his liking for the track with another emphatic victory.

Chloe Roddick’s mount Rebel Du Maquis threatened briefly on the bottom bend, but 4-7 favourite Byerley Bear strode clear of the ex-Paul Nicholls chaser up the final hill. The winner’s trainer Robert Chanin said, “He is stronger than ever this year and has enjoyed his hunting. There are no firm plans but he may go for a hunter chase at Taunton in January.”  Leanda Tickle was equally enthusiastic. “He was at his best and switched on when challenged,” reported Leanda who rides out for Victor Dartnall as well as Robert Chanin and Leslie Jefford.

Double Bank is one of the most genuine pointers in the west country and kept up a relentless gallop to defy a penalty in the Men’s Open at the expense of Kirkleigh and Champagne Rosie. “He jumped his way into the lead and I let him bowl on,” explained regular rider Merv Woodward. The winner is trained for owner Jonathan Cole by Emma Oliver at Teign Valley. “Double Bank has won over trips from two miles 5 furlongs to three and a quarter miles and all types of ground,” explained Emma, who also has an eye on the Taunton hunter chase next month.

“The finishing hill here is like Cheltenham,” quipped John Mathias who came from Wales for one ride. This was the game Raffa who duly followed up his recent Black Forest win with a hard fought success over Supreme Danehill in the Intermediate. Joint owner Lucy Fielding-Johnson said of her home bred seven-year-old, “He loves going up hills but is a bit small and may struggle in Opens”.

It was a good training performance from Spaxton based Teresa Clarke to send out Takamaru to win the Restricted. The eight-year-old had been off the course for 18 months but stripped fit and well to defy the favourite Theatre Goer and Ratline Rosie. Takamaru was bought for the Four 4 Fun Partnership last summer from Ashley Farrant, and spokesman Phil Browne commented, “The partnership was formed over a few drinks at the Blue Ball pub in Triscombe near Taunton and I think there is more to come from this horse.” Successful jockey, 19-year-old  David Noonan hails from Kilbrin, County Cork, and works for David Pipe. “This is my fifth winner and I still qualify as a novice rider,” said the jockey.

The novice rider race on this card went to Working Title, who was a fourth winner for 18-year-old Joe Drinkwater. who works for Tom Lacey. The same horse had provided Joe with his first winner in the corresponding race last season. “He will come back here for an Open in January,” said the jockey’s brother Sam who trains the family owned 12-year-old.

Persistent drizzle descended into gloom for the closing Maiden events which attracted fields of 13 and 12 respectively. Rookie trainer Ben Clarke saddled his first winner with only his second runner when Desert Queen won the first Maiden division. A grand daughter of Dubacilla, Desert Queen pulled hard under Michael Legg but had enough in hand to repel the game effort of Wilde At Heart.

The unlucky departure of Westbrooke at the third last left five-year-old The Sweetener ( Jamie Thomas) clear in the closing Maiden where runner up Sisterbrooke caught the eye. Kayley Woollacott saddled the winner, who is from the family of Grand National winner Comply or Die, for owners Paul Govier and Geoffrey Brown. “Jamie has done a fantastic job with him. He had disappointed for Richard (Woollacott) under rules but has had a wind operation,” stated the Rose Ash trainer.

RESULTS

Results of the Cornwall Club meeting

VIDEO

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

PHOTOGRAPHERS

The following photographers were at the meeting: Wild Westcountry Cornwall (Proceeds go to the Western Hunt), Marcus Bath, and Tim Holt

NEXT FIXTURE

Sunday 11th January 2015, North Cornwall Point-To-Point, Royal Cornwall Showground.

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RESULTS – CORNWALL HUNT CLUB AT WADEBRIDGE 14 DEC 2014

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Going; Good to Soft

Members Race Novice Riders (Sponsor Home Furnishings (Wadebridge) Ltd)
1 Working Title (Joe Drinkwater) 6-4 fav led from 2nd, drew clear flat
2 Ladyvie (Hannah Welch) 6-1 good late progress, took 2nd flat
3 Weston Lodge (Sean Houlihan) 14-1 hdwy 12th, chased wnr from 14th, wknd flat

9 ran; 15l; 1l; 6mins 17secs
Owner: Mr P Drinkwater; Trainer: Sam Drinkwater

Men’s Open (Moores St. Wenn Ltd)
1 Double Bank (Merv Woodward) 7-2 led from 6th, drew clear 3 out
2 Kirkleigh (Tom Chanin) 2-1 chased wnr from 4 out, no extra from 2 out
3 Champagne Rosie (Michael Legg) 7-2 tracked ldrs, went 3rd apprg last

6 ran; 12l; 1 1/2l; 6m 21s
Owner: Mr JD Cole; Trainer: Emma Oliver

Ladies’ Open (RJ Trevarthen)
1 Byerley Bear (Leanda Tickle) 4-7 fav made all, drew away 2 out, easily
2 Rebel Du Maquis (Chloe Roddick) 7-2 cl 2nd 14th, ev ch til outpaced from 3 out
3 Romney Marsh (Hannah Welch) 25-1 prom til no extra from 4 out
5 ran; 10l; 8l; 6m 12s
Owner; Mr R Knowles; Trainer : Robert Chanin

Restricted (The Nare Hotel)
1 Takamaru (David Noonan) 11-4 took lead 3 out, rdn clr last
2 Theatre Goer (Ian Chanin) 7-4 fav with ldrs, 3rd 3 out, took 2nd flat
3 Ratline Rosie (Jamie Thomas) 2-1 led 8th til after 4 out, no extra 2 out
5 ran; 4l; 2l; 6m 26s
Owner: The Fun 4 Four Partnership; Trainer: Teresa Clark

Intermediate (Hutchinsons- Crop Production Specialists)
1 Raffa (John Mathias) 4-5 fav made virtually all, ran on strongly when pressed flat
2 Supreme Danehill (Darren Edwards) 9-4 went 2nd 4 out, pressed wnr til no extra close home
3 Pasternak Jack (Heidi Lewis) 33-1 with wnr 12th til wknd 4 out
5 ran; 2l; 20l; 6m 18s
Owner: Mr R Mitford-Slade & Mrs L Fielding –Johnson

Open Maiden Div 1 (Miller & Son)
1 Desert Queen (Michael Legg) 10-1 led 4 out, rdn clr flat
2 Wilde At Heart (Chelsea Jennings) 40-1 led 7th til 4 out, kept on well
3 According To Harry (Darren Edwards) 33-1 rear, stayed on clsg stages
13 ran; 2l; 1l; 6m 22s
Owner: Mrs R Clarke; Trainer: Ben Clarke

Open Maiden Div 2 (Harris Begley)
1 The Sweetener (Jamie Thomas) 11-1 left clear 3 out, rdn out
2 Sisterbrooke (Robbie Henderson) 12-1 tracked ldrs, went 2nd 2 out
3 Miss Weld (Pippa Glanville) 14-1 led 6th til 4 out
12 ran; 1 1/2l; 2l; 6m 30s
Owner: P Govier & G Brown; Trainer: Kayley Woollacott

 

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

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