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Dulverton West Point-To-Point entries, ratings and form guide, Bratton Down, 17th May 2015

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The first of three Point-to-Points to be held at the stunning location of Bratton Down, Bratton Fleming, will be held next weekend by the Dulverton West on Sunday 17th May.

With a back drop view of Exmoor, this course is another of the popular picnic party tracks for all the family to enjoy. Gerald and Victor Dartnall sponsor the Pony racing, which heads up the action at 11.45am, with the main eight race card commencing at 1pm, over 130 entries have been received.

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

Entrance to the course is £25 car load or £10 car and driver. There will be a bucket collection in aid of Injured Jockey’s Fund and Devon Air Ambulance.

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

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 2014/15

form from 2013/14 form. Figures preceded by an oblique (/) represents 2012/13 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.

1st Race – The restricted race

Form Name Rating TRAINERS
0-2p415 ANNWYL 33 Ed Walker
50545-64 BENDARE DUNDAT (IRE 34 Alexander Hutter
1/pp1-p BERNSHAW 36 Claire Hitch
*60-2125 DOYEN DYNAMO 36? Ed Walker
p1p4p-6R GO ON HENRY (IRE) 32? Keith Cumings
2-pp3352 GOLDEN SQUIRELL 37 Charlotte Budd
-p624622 JOHNNY NO CASH 35 Nikki Frost
3p0-65pp JUST HATTIE 32? Dennis Branton
61u-p321 JUST SEVEN (IRE) 37+ Roy Smith
4-p24441 MANGANS TURN 38 Jack Barber
44-64414 NUDGE THE NUGGET 34 Maria Lewis
8f53-212 STEEL BRUSH (IRE) 36 Keith Cumings
f2u-p4pu TALLAND BAY 35 Marcella Bayliss
-955f12 TEMPESTATEFLORESCO 38+ Joe Tickle
/p15-2p3 TEMPLETON (IRE) 37 Kayley Woollacott
pp86-7p4 THE GREAT IAM(IRE) 25? Rebecca Smale
pp8-4r61 THE PERSUADER 34+ Caroline Prouse
43216-p3 TIKKECHE 34 Chloe Newman
p8pp-u73 WELL TRAVELLED 34? Martin Sweetland
/p8p-31 WINTER GARDEN (IRE) 35+ Reuben Chapman

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The James Hayes Garden Macinery-sponsored Restricted race heads up the up the main race card, with entry Doyen Dynamo the likely favourite after his one length second at Kingston St Mary. Golden Squirrel was third that day, but could figure after his second to Cracking Habit at Holnicote and would look to appreciate the drying ground. Mangans Turn stayed on well to win at Littlewindsor and could well score for the Jack Barber team.

2nd Race – The Open Maiden Race, Division 1

Form Name Rating TRAINERS
2b45-332 AAH BLESS 34 Carol Lawrence
-23 COME ON MOTHER 33+ Robert Chanin
/pff/p-p CRACKON POP 12? Michael Sweetland
p/09/-fp DANCE WITH ME (IRE) 00? Graham Laity
/50-253 DARKGESTURE (IRE) 25 Keith Cumings
DRIFT WOOD Jack Barber
p6-ppppp HIGHLAND THISTLE 00? Julie Pocock
-p HOICK HOLLOA (IRE) 00 Marilyn Burrough
LOOKING FOR MICK Andrew Hawkins
-4 MASTER BAKER 30+ Lisa Jefford
*0-5r MASTER MAX 24? Camilla Scott
pup//-pp MASTER SIDNEY 00 Roy Smith
-ppp25 REGULAR GUY (IRE) 30? Jane Western
u452-335 SPENDAJENNIE (IRE) 30? Kayley Woollacott
-2pfRp48 TALL STORIE 00 David Bryant
-f33 TELL TONY (IRE) 30+ Jill Dennis
-fppp72 THIRTYFIRST DANSAR 29 Joe Tickle
3p-Rp33R UPTO OLLIE 31? Sarah Pidsley
pf-pp325 VILLAGE WHISPERS 25 Julie Bright
pu/p98-p WELL NIGH (IRE) 23? Anna Bucknall

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Two divisions of the Open Maiden follow, and of the 20 entered in the first, the Carol Lawrence-trained Aah Bless could follow up on his eight length second to Just Seven at Vauterhill. Come On Mother from the Robert Chanin team is another to have scored a second and third at the Great Trethew meetings. The Jack Barber-trained Driftwood could be interesting on his debut run, with any market support worth noting. This race is sponsored by the Pittard family in memory of Bob Pittard.

3rd Race – The Open Maiden Race, Division 2

Form Name Rating TRAINERS
/p4-pp ARDANGLASS 00 Gordon Chambers
/4-256 ARNY 24? Ed Walker
4p6-6pp2 ASKERS LAD 30 Graham Foot
-ppp ASTRAL STAR 00 Karyn Heard
-5 BOOTSTRAP MILL 17 Lisa Jefford
BUGSIE MALONE (IRE) Jack Barber
2u27-463 DERNIERE DANCE (FR) 31? Caroline Prouse
73u54344 DON’T DOITTOME (IRE 21 Michael Felton
*9p-fu22 FORRARDON XMOOR 31+ Jilly Baskerville
p/2pp-25 FOXES BRIDGE 30 Douglas Proctor
-pp HARRY PARTRIDGE 00 Carol Lawrence
3-46u2d2 HIGH PRIORITY 31+ Keith Cumings
/fp-p9 ITS CRABBIE’S TIME 19 David Stephens
5/p3-ppp JAM TOMORROW 24? Marily Burrough
25-p2p33 MY ROSIE B (IRE) 26? Stuart Sampson
pppp-pp6 SEENIGORA 00 Angela Davis
/-ppfu3u STRONG HURRICANE 27+ Lizzie Luxton
p-33fu24 THE MYSTRO (IRE) 31 Keith Cumings
/34/-sRp TREVAYLOR BOY (IRE) 00? Kim Tripp

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In the second division of the Open Maiden, Askers Lad and Forrardon Xmoor are just two of the entries having come close in maiden races and look sure to progress soon. Bugsie Malone could run well for the Barber team This division is sponsored by Brewer Harding & Rowe Solicitors.

4th Race – The Club Members Race

Form Name Rating TRAINERS
1/pp1-p BERNSHAW 36 Claire Hitch
-p CHEEKY BLINDER 00 Helen Bament
p3p-p3p3 DANDOOLEY 30? Julie Pocock
2-322241 FIULIN 42 Ed Walker
416-34p1 GARSTIN 40 Sally Alner
/3-111p7 IMPACT AREA 41 Harriet Besent
59bu-7pp JOPERO 34 Sam Holdsworth
2p6-p612 KOSTAQUARTA (IRE) 41 Jack Barber
2-538611 PASTERNAK JACK 40+ Kayley Woollacott
6pp-2953 ROBIN WILL (FR) 40 Kayley Woollacott
4p5-4168 SPECIAL OCCASION 36? Sarah Gould
2571237p SUPREME DANEHILL 40 Gordon Edwards
2-622372 SWANSBROOK (IRE) 39 Sue Popham
/upp63-5 TERI D TRIXTER (IRE 35? Nicola Martin
23-c1311 WAK A TURTLE (IRE) 40+ Kayley Woollacott
451-11 WHATAKNIGHT 41+ Richard Barber

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In the Bratton Down Club Members Conditions race, which is sponsored by Sandhill Racing Phillip & Sarah Hobbs, Whataknight, already on a seasons hat-trick of wins, and Kostaquarta both hold entries in the mid-week Cothelstone meeting, but if the Barber team choose to run here, either horse must be respected. Impact Area from the Harriet Besent team, is on a seasons hat-trick and may have found the ground too lively when pulling up recently at Larkhill.

5th Race – The PPORA Club Members Race

Form Name Rating TRAINERS
231-p735 A NEW RISING (IRE) 37? Jill Dennis
2-224433 BARNEYS MATE 39 Jack Barber
p6-p7353 FALCON ISLAND 40 Peter Doggrell
pu-4467f LIGHTENING JACK 34? Dominic Harvey
056-ppf3 LUCY’S GIRL (IRE) 25? Dan Farr
-3231221 MIC’S DELIGHT (IRE) 43 Jennifer Davenport
5-4u6063 OVERCLEAR 33 Leslie Jefford
-ppppp RAAPETI 00 Bronwyn Buttery
6-5p5p42 TOP CHIEF 36 Stuart Sampson
6-3p3434 VERTIGER DORE (FR) 33 Rebecca Welch

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The ultra consistent Mic’s Delight has given owner/trainer/jockey Jennifer Davenport a peach of a season and is likely to be sent off favourite here in the PPORA club Members race, which is sponsored by Andrew & Vanessa Maddox.

6th Race – The 4m1f Mixed Open Race

Form Name Rating TRAINERS
543pp321 BELLFLOWER BOY 41 Stuart Sampson
124-34p3 BELLSINNI RON (IRE) 41? Jack Barber
5-7uu572 BEST BIDE QUIET 40? Lisa Jefford
316-23u BRIZE NORTON (IRE) 39 Natasha Seely
4fu21141 CECILE DE VOLANGES 42+ Michael Hawker
3-588p5u FATHER OWEN 35 Janette Branton
416-34p1 GARSTIN 40 Sally Alner
63-pp666 GYPSY JACK (IRE) 34 Jane Western
-22111b5 HAMELDOWN TOR 43 Ed Walker
4-p24441 MANGANS TURN 38 Jack Barber
1-64312p RELIABLE RICHIE 41 Reuben Chapman
122f-352 RIGHT ENOUGH 39 Robert Chanin
3326-p03 RIVER INDUS 41 Harriet Tucker
4p3//-93 RUPERTS VISION 30? Marcella Bayliss
26-32483 TALAB 40 Gerald Greenway
p-41p212 WELSTONEDRUID 42 Robert Chanin

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The feature race of the day will be the Brend’s Hotel- sponsored Mixed Open four mile-one furlong race. Entry Bellsinni Ron from the Jack Barber team, could give jockey Will Biddick the win he is looking for which could take him into the record books. Hameldown Tor is also entered and could put up a bold show for owners The Otter Club and jockey Robbie Henderson. Cecile De Volanges is another entry to consider, from the Michael Hawker team, he is already on a seasons hat-trick, including a win earlier this month at Cold Harbour.

7th Race – The Intermediate Race

Form Name Rating TRAINERS
73f112f2 ACCORDING TO HARRY 40+ Nicola Martin
86p-p4pp BETH’S STAR 32? Joanne Sleep
p464p-5p CIDER ‘N’ BLACK 32? Michael Sweetland
424/-011 CRACKING HABIT 38+ Sarah Prouse
p49pf/-8 FIRMOUNT BEECH 30? Elizabeth Scott
p371-32p FOURSTAR RIVER 38 Stewart Reddaway
2221p149 GENERAL GIRLING 36 Patrick Bryant
63-pp666 GYPSY JACK (IRE) 34 Jane Western
2/213/-2 HALLO DOLLY 38+ Sarah Prouse
1-pp2fp3 KAWANA COVE 38? Maria  Lewis
pu-4467f LIGHTENING JACK 34? Dominic Harvey
p7p5f3R1 MARLPIT OAK 35 James Young
103-04pf MISS CUPCAKE 36? Lisa Jefford
12-p22p1 ON YOUR MAX 36 Ed Walker
/3414-74 OTIS TARDA (IRE) 37 Anthony Berry
p3p-21p1 PETERBROWN (IRE) 39+ Karyn Heard
5/-fu441 REDLYNCH ROCK (IRE) 36+ Teresa Clark
4p3//-93 RUPERTS VISION 30? Marcella Bayliss
-344fp11 SEDGEMOOR TOP BID 36+ Joe Tickle
-p945385 SUNKEN SECRET (IRE) 33? Lee Glanville
581u2222 TURTLE BOYS (IRE) 38+ Harriet Brown
p8pp-u73 WELL TRAVELLED 34? Martin Sweetland

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According To Harry is from a team bang in form, with Nicola Martin sending out winners most weekends. He has claims in the James Pryce Tractors-sponsored Intermediate race having run a head second to Jepeck at the Upcott meeting. Hallo Dolly made a pleasing start to her seasons campaign under Darren Edwards, when coming home five lengths second to Pasternak Jack at Vauterhill, the mare had been off the track for two years and looks likely to improve for the run.

8th Race – The TBA Club Members Mares Race

Form Name Rating TRAINERS
4p/332-4 ALYSIA’S FLAME 35? Katie Bellamy
-p CHEEKY BLINDER 00 Helen Bament
2/213/-2 HALLO DOLLY 38+ Sarah Pouse
*8744-41 KATIE’S MASSINI 32+ Elizabeth Scott
056-ppf3 LUCY’S GIRL (IRE) 25? Dan Farr
p7p5f3R1 MARLPIT OAK 35 James Young
103-04pf MISS CUPCAKE 36? Lisa Jefford
22-111p MISS GOTAWAY 40 Kayley Woollacott
*45/3p- QUEEN’S BAY Jack Barber
43216-p3 TIKKECHE 34 Chloe Newman
-1s1pb23 WHENHARRYMETSALLY 40? Keith Cumings

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There is an extra race this season, which is a mares only club race put on by the Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association Club Members race for Mares & Fillies only, which will close the days event, suggestions would be Miss Gotaway from the Kayley Woollacott team, and Whenharrymetsally from the Keith Cumings yard.

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REPORT ON THE EAST DEVON POINT-TO-POINT AT BISHOPS COURT, OTTERY ST MARY. SATURDAY 28th FEBRUARY 2015

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WILL BIDDICK continued in top form at the East Devon fixture at Ottery St Mary on Saturday (Feb 28), where the rain softened ground rode heavy in places. The Cornish rider followed up his four-timer at Badbury Rings last weekend with a treble which keeps him well ahead of his rivals as he seeks a fourth consecutive National jockeys’ title.

Biddick teamed up with leading trainer Jack Barber to steer Roger Penny’s Earthpower home to a narrow success in a section of the Open Maiden for four to seven-year-olds. Pippa Glanville’s bold front running efforts on Miss Weld looked like paying off, but Biddick brought Earthpower through to challenge at the last, and drove his mount ahead on the run in. “This is the first winner I have trained for Mr Penny. He is a nice type by Milan and was lightly raced last year. He had a wind op in the summer,” said the young handler, who took over the promising gelding when his grandfather Richard Barber retired at the end of last season.

The Barber / Biddick combination struck again when Bien Connu made all the running to take the Exeter Racecourse Intermediate qualifier. This nine-year-old is quickly making up for lost time after a three-years absence, having scored on his comeback run at Chipley Park last month. “This was the plan today to qualify him for the Exeter final,” stated the Henley, Crewkerne trainer. “We had to virtually re-break him when he came in after his long absence. He can be a bit of a monkey and Josh Newman rides him every day,” added Jack.

Will Biddick achieved his hat trick and did what A P McCoy failed to do on Downtown Manhattan in the eight-year-olds and over Open Maiden. The soon to retire champion McCoy failed to reach the frame twice on Downtown Manhattan when the eight-year-old was in training with Jonjo O’Neill, but the well backed Presenting gelding relished the very soft underfoot conditions here under Biddick to beat the John Mathias ridden It’s My Island in the 10-runner field.

Claire Hitch sent out Downtown Manhattan to score from her Exmoor yard, and almost secured a four-timer for Biddick as another of her charges, I’m All Set, just went under in a driving finish in a section of the Open Maiden. This event went to the Welsh challenger Good Grammar who prevailed by a length under a powerful ride by Nick Williams.

Two Devon based jockeys rode their first winners on an action packed afternoon. Delphi Mountain gave 26-year-old Emma Watson her initial success in the well supported Hunt race. Emma did not panic when Robbie Henderson delivered his challenge on odds-on favourite Level Spirit rounding the final bend, and still held a slight lead when the challenger came down at the last. “We bought Delphi Mountain out of Richard Woollacott’s yard and he is owned by my boyfriend Christopher Pike. I work at Culmstock for Stuart Sampson and train the horse myself,” said Emma who was having only her fifth race ride.

Jennifer Davenport opened her account on Mic’s Delight, a horse she also owns and trains in the Novice Riders’ contest. “He came from Victor Dartnall and this horse is a gentleman, an absolute delight and he looks after me,” enthused Jennifer, 33, who is a vet with the South Moor Veterinary practice at Modbury.

It was good to see Jo Buck back in the winner’s enclosure as the strapping grey Dicky Bob, owned and trained by Verity Nicholls was given a positive ride by Jo to open her account for the season when beating Molly Oscar by 10 lengths in the Restricted. “He stays really well and has thrived since he won at Buckfastleigh,” said Verity.

Sue Trump’s useful 10-year-old Kirkleigh defied his 7lbs penalty to take the Mixed Open. The popular Silverton qualified gelding had also been successful at Buckfastleigh two weeks previously (today’s winners Mic’s Delight and Delphi Mountain were behind him on that occasion). Once again forcing the pace and jumping soundly, Kirkleigh (Tom Chanin) shrugged off the challenge of Fiulin and drew away after jumping the last. “We will look at a hunter chase at Chepstow next where he will probably get his favoured soft ground,” remarked trainer Robert Chanin.

RESULTS

Results of the East Devon meeting

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Sunday 8th March 2015, the rescheduled East Cornwall (Feb) Point-To-Point, Great Trethew, nr Liskeard. The entries for the fixture stand from the original 22nd February date.

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East Devon Point-To-Point entries and form, Bishops Court, 28th February 2015

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Race Start time Link to entries and form for race
1st 12:00 Members Race
2nd 12:35 Open Maiden (4-7 yr old) Race, Division 1
3rd 13:10 Open Maiden (4-7 yr old) Race, Division 2
4th 13:45 Mixed Open Race
5th 14:20 Intermediate Race
6th 14:55 Novice Riders Race
7th 15:30 Restricted Race
8th 16:05 Open Maiden Race

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Point to Point racing resumes in the Devon & Cornwall Area next weekend where the East Devon host their meeting at Bishops Court, Ottery St Mary on Saturday 28th February. With over 130 entries received, this day promises to be full of action.

On course facilities include hot refreshments, bar, bookies and many trade stands. Entrance Car & driver £10, Car and passenger £20, Car plus occupants £30, Pedestrians £5.

Course is located at Bishops Court, Ottery St Mary. Post code EX11 1RJ

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 2014/15

form from 2013/14 form. Figures preceded by an oblique (/) represents 2012/13 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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REPORT ON THE TIVERTON POINT-TO-POINT AT CHIPLEY PARK, SUNDAY 25TH JANUARY 2015

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It was a dry, overcast afternoon at Chipley Park, where panoramic views of the Quantock and Blackdown Hills provide a scenic backcloth.

A total of 82 runners contested the eight races on good to soft going for the Tiverton Foxhouds point-to-point at Chipley Park on Sunday (25 Jan).

The former hunter chase winner Parkam Jack had been off the course for 18 months, but that did not stop the nine-year-old from getting the better of odds-on favourite Certain Flight in the featured Mixed Open. Welsh jockey John Mathias was partnering his sixth winner of the season on Parkam Jack, who is owned by John and Floss Symes and trained by Kayley Woollacott at Rose Ash near Tiverton.

The Woollacott yard quickly went on to score a double as six-year-old Jepeck landed the Exeter Racecourse Intermediate under a confident ride from Jamie Thomas. Owned by John Pike, this progressive gelding was scoring for the third time this season having won on the opening day at Black Forest Lodge before dead heating in the Larkhill Racing Club Restricted earlier this month. “He will have a little break now. He really needs a right handed track and a bit of give in the ground,” reported the trainer.

It was almost a hat trick for Kayley Woollacott, but odds-on favourite Robin Will found Blinding Lights (Matt Hampton) just too good in the Hunt race. Calverleigh based owner/trainer Mary Sanderson has now won this race eight times over the years. She described her ten-year-old as a “lovely genuine horse who wasn’t right last year, mainly with pulled muscles .He is fine now and I thought I had him back to his best. I nearly sold him as a schoolmaster but he didn’t pass the vet so I was quite relieved in a way,” said Mary

Champion point to point rider Will Biddick is already setting the pace for this campaign and notched up his eighth winner of the season when Bien Connu got home in a tight finish from stable companion Mangans Turn (Josh Newman) for the 15 runner Restricted.  This was also a fine training performance from Jack Barber since the nine-year-old winner had been off the track for three years. “He had a leg and has had plenty of rest. He was scanned before last season but we decided to give him more time and he came in last September.” reported Jack, who is following in the footsteps of his grandfather Richard Barber who retired at the end of last season. He has 40 point-to-pointers in his care at Henley near Crewkerne, and currently heads the trainers championship having saddled eight winners so far.

Jockey Darren Edwards is also in top form and followed up his four winners last weekend with a comfortable success on board that game mare Lucette Annie who repeated last year’s success in the Club Members’ Mares race. The mare is the star of the three horse Poundsgate yard of Simon Partridge and runs in the colours of joint owners Janet Humphrey and Clare West. “She needs cut in the ground and will probably go to Buckfastleigh in three weeks time,” said Simon.

It was a first ever taste of success for 16-year-old rider Harry Cobden who steered Silver Token home just ahead of Ladyvie (Hannah Welch) in the Novice Riders’ event. “This was my third point to point ride. I had 33 pony race wins and now ride out each day for Anthony Honeyball,” said the young jockey.

General Girling and Just Imagine It battled all the way up the home straight in the first Maiden. Will Biddick’s strength on the latter looked like settling it, but Philip Thomas squeezed General Girling through on the rails after the last to win by a neck. The 30-year-old rider works for the Caroline Keevil yard and was partnering his third career winner.

Luke Harvey’s Porlock Bay (Darren Edwards) was sent off odds-on for the concluding Maiden, but just failed to cope with the game Ludlow qualified mare Midnights’mischief. Owned by Julie Batho and trained by Alastair Ralph on the Downton estate, Shropshire, the winner was providing 24-year-old James Jeavons with his second career success.

RESULTS

Results of the Tiverton meeting

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PHOTOGRAPHERS

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Sunday 1st February 2015, Mid Devon Point-To-Point, Black Forest Lodge.

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Gwanako’s retirement

Point-to-Point trainer Rose Loxton announces the retirement of the prolific winning gelding Gwanako. The 11 year old, owned by The Stewart family, had won a total of over £240,00 in prize money in National Hunt. After a short spell with Richard Barber Point-to-Pointing, he joined Rose Loxton’s yard,  and soon took to the change of environment. Giving young jockey Megan Nicholls six Point wins and two seconds, also helped her gain the title of National Novice Lady, leading Wessex Area Lady, and the combination also won the Hunter Chase final at Wincanton in May this year. Gwanako also helped Rose Loxton win the National trainers title, for trainers with eight horses or less.

Rose quoted from her yard in Bruton, “I was unhappy with some heat in his leg, and it was confirmed that he had damaged a ligament in the back of his knee. He had damaged a ligament, when pulling up sore at Kingston Blount last season. The owners were consulted and agreed to retire him, he will now be laid off for the winter, he is going to Gemma Groves home, the groom who looked after him during his National Hunt days when he was at Paul Nicholls yard. The plan is that she can hopefully bring him back into work in the spring for maybe some team chasing.”

It was a double blow for Rose, as within a week, one of her other Pointers in training, Join Together sustained a leg injury whilst working at home. ” It was a freak accident.” Explained Rose. ” He just slipped when turning to canter up the field, he will be out for the rest of the season. One minute we were planning for the Foxhunter at Cheltenham, It just brings you back to earth, makes you approach everything differently.

Needing a companion for Current Event, who is trained at the yard, it was decided that the Sadler’s Wells sired gelding, Prospect Wells, would be transferred from Jack Barber’s yard. “This nine year old gelding has been off the track for 18 months with leg problems. He had run really well in National Hunt winning a Novice Chase. We are really excited to see what he can bring to Pointing.” quoted Rose.

With Megan Nicholls now turning to Flat racing, it looks highly likely that two young male jockey’s working at Ditcheat, Stan Sheppard who has come through the pony racing ranks, and James King who won his first Point-to-Point on Presentandcorrect at Lockinge in 2013, will have the opportunity to take on the rides.

Point-to-Point Racing Company: RICHARD BARBER RETIRES

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25 September 2014 RICHARD BARBER RETIRES

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Richard Barber, one of the two most successful trainers in the history of Point-to-Pointing and Hunter Chasing – the other being the late Joe Turner – has decided to call it a day. “I didn’t want to compete against Jack [his grandson, who made such a fine start to his own training career last season],” he explained solemnly, adding “I might have come off second best!”

His initial winner was Gerry Doyle, who scored under Jacqui Thorne at Nedge in 1986, and he signed off with Whataknight (Will Biddick) at Bratton Down in June.
Rimpton Boy and the evergreen Barneys Mate rank among his most prolific winners, while the innumerable young horses which have begun their racing days under his tutelage before switching to Paul Nicholls and making their name under Rules include See More Business, the Cheltenham Gold Cup hero of 1999.

Multiple victories in a day have been commonplace, the most notable being when he saddled seven winners at Castle Of Comfort in 1998.

He won the Cheltenham Foxhunter Chase four times with Fantus (twice), Rushing Wild and Earthmover, and he sent out Trust Fund to take the Aintree equivalent in 2009.

The many jockeys who have enjoyed a fruitful time through their connection to the Barber stable include Justin Fathing and Tim Mitchell, plus champions Polly Curling, Rachael Green and Will Biddick, while eight times champion Polly Gundry got her foot on the ladder to success at the Seaborough yard.

The other retirement in the Barber family is that of Jack, who has hung up his racing saddle at the age of just 23 to concentrate on training, having booted home over 60 winners since opening his account on Thisthatandtother on his debut in 2009.

The majority of his grandfather’s horses have transferred to his own neighbouring yard, and he is taking on the responsibility for the Nicholls youngsters. He currently has over 30 in, with more to come. Will Biddick and Josh Newman will share the riding duties.

Richard will not be idle, as twice a day he will be tending to the gallops which are utilised not only by his and Jack’s Pointers but by the strings of Harry Fry and Anthony Honeyball. He has also awarded himself a new title, announcing “I’m now Chief Criticiser!”

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Report: Torrington Farmers Point-to-Point, Chapleton Barton, near Umberleigh, Saturday June 14 2014

ANOTHER thrilling Point-to-Point season came to a close last weekend, when the Torrington Farmers hosted their meeting at Umberleigh on Saturday.

Sizzling sunshine welcomed the large crowd, who were treated to some first class horse racing action. The drying conditions had favoured the horses who relished the faster going.

The Devonshire Motors of Barnstaple-sponsored Confined race headed up the action, with all eyes watching the two leading ladies, Bridget Andrews and Jacqueline Coward who was just one race behind in the National table. Bridget Andrews had taken up the ride on Checkerboard , from the Devon based Kayley Woollacott’s yard, and set the pace early on. Right Enough had been sent off odds-on favourite, but a mistake at the ditch under jockey Tom Chanin took them out of the race. Jacqueline Cowards mount Meilyr was unable to challenge, and a heavy fall on the final circuit, resulted in Jacqueline heading off to hospital with a suspect dislocated and fractured collar bone, and out of the title race. In the final circuit Nicto De Beauchene under Josh Guerriero, chased the leader over the second last, but Checkerboard loving the going, was pushed out to the line to win by a short head, to give jockey Bridget Andrews the National leading lady title.

Delighted Bridget Andrews quoted ” I had an easy lead, I was given a tip to be in front at bottom of hill.” Bridget only had confirmation of her ride on Checkerboard the day before, from regular yard jockey Jamie Thomas. “One day Jamie might get the favour back,”  Bridget said beaming.

Checkerboards trainer Kayley Woollacott said “He is a different horse this week, he hates the rain, it is the first time this year he has had sunshine on his back and the ground he likes.” She added “He is now up for sale, an ideal novice ride, he even got me around safely early on in the season!.”

There was a delay before the Capt.Tim Forster Memorial Restricted race sponsored by Kivells, whilst awaiting a replacement ambulance to arrive, and the injured Jacqueline Coward to be ferried to hospital. It was a disappointing day for her team, having traveled three of her own horses down from Yorkshire. Once the Restricted race started the well fancied Zakopany from the Luke Price team was sent off favourite, but soon struggled. As the race unfolded, the Maria Lewis-trained Kawana Cove was making eye catching progress under Jamie Thomas, having survived a mistake at the ditch, he took up the running two out. His nearest pursuer Pasternak Jack was ridden by Heidi Lewis, who normally has the ride on her family owned horse Kawana Cove, but had stayed loyal to Pasternak Jack’s connections. A brilliant jump at the last saw Jamie Thomas take the race on Kawana Cove four lengths ahead of the Heidi Lewis-ridden Pasternak Jack.

“Heidi does all the work at home”, stated father David Lewis, “We bought him as a schoolmaster from Richard Barber, we cant believe he was 66-1 last weekend, and has won this as 2-1 second favourite”, Mum Maria had been watching up in the video tower, and was thrilled to see her horse Kawana Cove come home first, but was also willing on the second place Pasternak Jack under daughter Heidi.

Findlay’s Find justified favourtism under jockey David Mansell, in taking the Men’s Open race by ten lengths with a comfortable win, leaving Gallaflynn heading the chasing pack, taking second place under jockey Matthew Barber. Findlay’s Find owner, Paul Miles stated ” We had bought him for £450 and a pony, we turned down an offer of £50,000 when he was five after he won a three and a half miler at MerthyrTidfil, we are considering race options for the future.”

Leading area lady jockey Bryony Frost took the Ladies’ Open race, sponsored by E.J.Snell & Sons, on Templer. This race involved a pile up, seeing two of the challenging horses taken out of the race on the final circuit, by a loose horse. Bryony had ridden a patient race and had managed to avoid the crash, getting Templer, trained by mum Nikki at Buckfastleigh, home seven lengths ahead of  Rock Of Fife ridden by Chloe Swaffield. Jopero under Hannah Welch and Florence Mary under Lucy Mager were the two which were hampered by the loose horse bringing them both down and out of the race.

Jockey Bryony Frost stated ” I was able to miss most of the trouble, I was pushed out into corn field, but just growled at Templer and he picked up again,” she added “I was confident coming up the hill and we were ready to challenge.” Bryony’s father Jim said “Templer won the Isle of Wight Grand National with Haddon, he had previously won eleven National Hunt races, he fell out of love with racing, and a change of yard cheered him up. He now deserves retirement, and will go team chasing for new owner Mike Smith”.

Claire Howarth of The Barum Stud-sponsored the Intermediate race. Of the four runners, Rainbow Trout under Mark Wall was sent off odds-on favourite, but was no match for Bathwick Scanno under jockey David Noonan. Seeing the Novice Men’s title within reach, Noonan kicked on up the final hill, and was eight lengths clear two out, finishing to win by 16 lengths, with Rainbow Trout in second. This put David Noonan needing a win in the Maiden race to snatch the Novice Men’s title from leader Chester Williams.

Bathwick Scanno is owned by the Rising Sun Partnership based near Taunton. Joint owner Norman Cossey stated “We bought the horse through Gerry Supple, he is a very kind horse, very small, only a pony, but loves the firmer ground, all credit to Teresa Clark our trainer.”

All was set with the final Point race of the season, The Smallridge Bro-sponsored Open Maiden race. David Noonan got the leg-up on Grey Dream, another trained by Teresa Clark, and was in with a real chance to follow-up on his second at Bratton the weekend before. All was going Noonan’s way leading the fifteen runner field on the final circuit, but then came the challenge of Redbridge Rebel under Matthew Barber, taking over at the last to win by three lengths, with the gallant Grey Dream in second, and a good run by Kilcolman Wizard under Michael Heard third.

Jockey Matthew Barber quoted ” It was a bit of a tactical race, Redbridge Rebel just took me there, I was a passenger, I thought at the last it was fly or die.”

Trainer Marc Barber said “We plan to give him a couple of weeks off and then may bring him out in July if we can find a Handicap Chase for him.”

Two pony races finished the day’s events. The 138cm went to Cornwalls young Tyler Heard on the five year old The Jobs Not Straight. The 148cm race going to sixteen year old Theo Gillard on Hawksfield Flyer, a talented young jockey who would be well worth following if progressing onto horses next season.

After the summer break, Point-to-Point action for the 2014-2015 looks to start again at the end of November, keep an eye for fixture list on www.horseraces-dc.com

RESULTS

Results of the Tiverton Staghounds 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 professional and amatuer photographers were at the meeting: Baths photographic (Marcus Bath), Brian Armstrong, David Strange, John Beasley (Big Green Annual), Helen Stoneman, Tim Holt & Turfpix (Tracy Roberts)

Report: Tiverton Staghounds Point-to-Point – Bratton Down Sunday June 8 2014

Robbie Henderson scored a hat-trick of wins at Bratton Down Point-to-Point on Sunday, extending his lead at the top of the area mens jockey leaderboard. Whenharrymetsally gave Henderson his first win of the day in the opening Winston Pincombe Landrovers-sponsored Members race, pleasing the favourite backers who had backed him into odds on. Henderson was stalking Right Enough, ridden by Tom Chanin, over the last and took over on the run in, coming home two lengths ahead. Whenharrymetsally is trained by Keith Cumings who commented “She is a tough mare and lovely to do, stays well, will be a nice breeding prospect in a couple of years time.” Owner Andrew Broggio was delighted, and stated “She won the members race here last year, she does anything we ask of her, and will now get a well deserved summer off.”

Hameldown Tor trained at Ottery St Mary by Ed Walker, gave Henderson his second win of the day in the Men’s Open race,sponsored by The Poltimore Inn, North Molton. A good crowd had turned up at the Bratton meeting, but for this race many had to dive for cover during a torrential down pour. Those who stayed by the rail witnessed a class performance, with Henderson playing a waiting game, leading over the last and stretching ahead up the run in, leaving the favourite, Findlays Find back in third, behind the Jack Barber ridden Posh Totty, who snatched second. Owned by The Otter Club, Ken Edwards claimed “He has given us so much fun this summer, having been in the frame on all of his starts this season, and also won at Trebudannon.” Ken added “I had a winner at Royal Cornwall show yesterday and this is a bonus.” Hameldown Tor’s win puts Devon trainer Ed Walker, equal second in the National Trainers championship for yards with eight horses or over.

Henderson’s treble came when Kings Scout from the Marie McGuinness yard took the Seddons Farms Department-sponsored Restricted race. Robbie Henderson rode another patiently ridden race, which saw the rest of the field fade in the rain softened ground. Kings Scout  won by four lengths ahead of Golden Squirell and Apassionforfashion, who had stayed on under Jacqueline Coward a neck behind in third. “Kings Scout had suffered a foot problem last season which had taken a long time to come right, then also had a back problem in his sacro-illiac joint, but thanks to the hard work of farrier Toby Wheeler and our vet Phil Browne, he came right.” stated trainer Marie McGuinness.

Megan Nicholls has broken a Pointing record, when driving home Current Event to win the Ladies’ Open, sponsored by Greenslade Taylor Hunt. She has won 17 races as a 16 year old, giving her 17 wins out of 20 runs this season. Current Events trainer Rose Loxton is the National leading trainer for seven horses or less, she herself had a tough season last year, loosing one of her best horses and nearly gave up training. When asked what her methods of training are, she stated ” I think turn out is important, keeping things as natural as possible, riding around fields, we go to gallops once a week, no special feeds, just plenty of carrots.” She added “We had one with stomach ulcers and treated that.”

Jacqueline Coward had brought four horses down from Yorkshire the night before and stabled them with Richard Barber at Seaborough. Billing gave her a win in the Saul Kidston, Exmoor Hay & Straw sponsored Intermediate race, having led from flag fall with outsider Bathwick Scanno chasing her all the way to the line, finishing a length down in second. Coward is now just one race behind Bridget Andrews in the National Ladies table, and this race saw her collect the Harold Scott Memorial Cup for the best riding performance of the day.

The Open Maiden race started with a slow pace, with none of the 15 runners keen to take the lead. Will Biddick then set off on Nudge The Nugget but was soon overtaken by the favorite Grey Dream under David Noonan, however this was a race for Kylemore Lough under jockey/trainer Nick Williams who timed his move to perfection leading two out and going on to score by one and a half lengths with Grey Dream in second. Owner Mick McMahon stated “it’s his third run and everything has gone to plan so far, he is only five and the last one I have bred, he will come home now for a rest, and the plan maybe to run him under rules or carry on Pointing next season.” This race was sponsored by Stags.

The stage is set for next weekends grande finale at Umberleigh Saturday 14th June.

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Punters had the better of the exchanges in a strong betting market at Bratton Down.WHENHARRYMETSALLY was nicely backed from 5-4 into 4-5 in the opener and gamely held off his market rival RIGHT ENOUGH (13-8)GREY DREAM was a late springer in the 15-runner Open Maiden and was being called 2-1 fav at the off. He reached a place for the sixth time this season, just failing to cope with Welsh raider KYLEMORE LOUGH who had drifted from 2-1 out to 7-2Only two of the five runners in the Intermediate were seriously backed. MINELLA WEB was sent off a solid evens fav, but this was not his day. National champion lady jockey Jacqueline Coward was in determined mood on BILLING (5-2 to 7-4) and duly made all the running despite a brave effort from 20-1 outsider BATHWICK SCANNO who chased the winner all the way to the line.

HAMELDOWN TOR has figured in this column previously this season, but extensive support for FINDLAY’S FIND saw the consistent Welsh pointer a firm 4-5 fav. This time HAMELDOWN TOR came out best despite being easy to back (2-1 out to 5-2).
There was money for Will Biddick’s mount NICTO DE BEAUCHENE from 20’s to 14’s. He ran quite well to finish fourth.

CURRENT EVENT was rock solid at 4-5 to win the Ladies’ Open and the former Paul Nicholls gelding gave his daughter Megan her 17th winning ride of the season. Jacqueline Coward was not going to give up without a fight on BITTER BLUE (5-2 – 9-4) and the pair were literally locked in combat on the final climb. LATEST TREND was backed significantly from 7’s into 7-2 under Bridget Andrews but was well held in third at the line.

Punters latched on to KING’S SCOUT in the concluding Restricted. He had just gone under in last week’s Exmoor Restricted and was backed from 3-1 into 2-1 fav to complete a treble for Robbie Henderson.

RESULTS

Results of the Tiverton Staghounds 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 professional and amatuer photographers were at the meeting: Baths photographic (Marcus Bath), Brian Armstrong, David Strange, Horse Events UK, John Beasley (Big Green Annual), Helen Stoneman, & Tim Holt

Report: Exmoor Point-To-Point, Bratton Down, Sunday 1st June

POINT-TO-POINTING was seen at its best at Bratton Down on Sunday with good ground, quite favourable Exmoor weather, a total of 83 runners and some exciting finishes.

The reigning Devon & Cornwall champion jockey Josh Guerriero will be handing over his title this year, but his new job as assistant trainer to Midlands based Dan Skelton has meant fewer opportunities in the saddle this time

25–year-old Josh showed that he had lost none of his dash with a treble in the first three races. Bernshaw set the ball rolling with a repeat of last year’s win in the Hunt race. Trained locally at Stoke Rivers for her parents Mike and Mella, the blinkered Bernshaw made virtually all the running. “He had not really been firing recently. He can be lazy and a bit artful and had to work hard for this,” commented the trainer

The Restricted had to be divided on the day. Fourstar River was well backed in the first section and came from off the pace to sweep past his rivals on the brow of the hill. “I have been trying to win a race here since 1975 and had several near misses,” said the winner’s owner/trainer Stewart Reddaway, who confessed to having a big bet on his nine-year-old. “He is a high class horse but not easy to train. Charlotte Rowe does a lot of the work and we have to look after his joints and his back,” he added.

Josh Guerriero produced another fine ride to lift the other division with The Mexican Bandit. Once again there was a blanket finish with The Mexican Bandit grimly holding off a five strong posse charging up the hill. “We have only had him for six weeks and he was a 70th birthday present for his owner Diana Scott. He was originally with Ollie Greenall and he came to us via Josh Guerriero and Ed Glassonbury,” said trainer Keith Cumings.

Open races often attract small fields at this time of the season, but they were well filled here. Join Together has been a classy recruit to pointing this year and the former Paul Nicholls chaser took his unbeaten record to six in the space of just 12 weeks when outclassing his 11 opponents in the Ladies’ Open.

Rose Loxton now trains this tough gelding, who has kept his 16-year-old rider Megan Nicholls in pole position for the National Novice Riders’ title. Leanda Tickle set a good pace on the bold jumping Ned White, but had no answer to the winner’s finishing burst. “My instructions were to follow the pace and be patient,” explained the winning rider, who was partnering her 16th winner of the season and could find herself with some good hunter chase rides next year. “Join Together is the sort who could go for the Foxhunter at Cheltenham.” was the long term thought expressed by proud father Paul Nicholls.

Round Tom has been successful in the hunter chase field in the past and the Richard Barber trained gelding started favourite in the 14-runner Men’s Open under Will Biddick. This time the nine-year-old could not quite cope with the wonderful veteran Coombe Hill who stayed on strongly in the hands of Darren Edwards. “He did not run well at Newton Abbot recently and we were thinking of retiring him after this race, but might have second thoughts now,” mused trainer Charlotte Fear (nee Tizzard) who handles the 13-year-old for owner Geoff Thompson.

Fancied horses put the punters in a good mood on Sunday, but Glenwood Present proved a lively outsider when chalked up at 16’s and 20’s before landing the 12-runner Intermediate under Josh Newman. “He had been gurgling and has got his confidence back now with the tongue tie and better ground”, said Nick Taylor, whose wife Tanya trains the sturdy ex-Bob Buckler gelding at Woolminstone for owner Nick Elliott. Glenwood Present was described by his trainer as “Such a sweetie in the yard – we can even lead our daughter’s pony off him.”

O’Flo had run really well at Bratton two weeks ago and the five-year-old grey stepped up to win the first division of the Open Maiden when outstaying the clumsy jumping Crackacan and Grey Dream to give Bryony Frost her 11th winner of the season. “That was a lovely run and she can go into the field now for the summer. Her dam O’Ech won here 10 years ago,” said the winner’s owner/trainer Carol Lawrence who bred her winner from the Vauterhill stallion With The Flow.

Whataknight won the concluding Maiden in good style to give Will Biddick his 36th winner of the season and put him well within sight of his third successive National jockeys’ title. “He was a bit green but jumped well and found a gear or two up the hill,” reported Biddick. Richard Barber saddled the winner for owners Terry Hamlin, Martin Dare and John Snook. “He was a late foal and has come on a lot in the last few weeks,” said the Seaborough, Dorset trainer. West Country pointing enthusiasts will recall Whataknight’s dam What A Mover, who won several points, and by co-incidence had won on the same Bratton Down card as O’Flo’s dam ten years ago.

MONEY TALKS

PUNTERS 6: BOOKIES 2

Not exactly a blood bath for the layers, but punters certainly had the best of the exchanges with six of the eight favourites or joint favourites obliging.

FOURSTAR RIVER was snapped up at early 4’s in the first Restricted before settling at 2-1 favourite. The lightly raced gelding had delivered the goods only once before at Lower Machen last year, and was played late by Josh Guerriero to land a nicely planned gamble here.

The booking of Gina Andrews may have contributed to ASHTON MAGIC contracting from 14-1 into 10-1 in the same race. The seven-year-old almost fell when leading at the 10th fence and eventually finished last of the nine runners

COOMBE HILL was a worthy winner of the Men’s Open. This veteran pointer had won a hunter chase at Wincanton earlier this season but seemed to be on the downgrade when well beaten at Newton Abbot last month. He gained friends here at 7-2 and 3-1 and gamely overcame the 6-4 favourite ROUND TOM .

GLENWOOD PRESENT ‘S recent Holnicote win seemed to be overlooked as the sturdy gelding was easy to back at 20-1 and 16-1 in a competitive Intermediate. Josh Newman worked his mount into the lead before the final bend before brushing aside his challengers up the final climb.

The bookies were lying in wait in each division of the concluding Maidens. The bonny grey mare O’FLO (2’s to 7-4) shared favouritism with CRACKACAN, who was cut from 5-2 into 7-4. They finished first and second in that order.

The dogs had evidently been barking before the Richard Barber five-year-old WHATAKNIGHT teamed up with champion Will Biddick in the last event. No chances were taken by the layers and just scraps of 6-4 and 7-4 were offered. Once again the chaps with the satchels were proved right and this promising youngster did his job in taking fashion.

RESULTS

Point-To-Point and Pony racing results of the Exmoor 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 professional & amateur photographers were at the meeting: Baths photographic (Marcus Bath), Brian Armstrong, Clayton Jane, David Strange, John Beasley (Big Green Annual), Helen Stoneman, North Devon Journal, Tim Holt and Turfpix (Tracy Roberts)

NEXT FIXTURE

Sunday 8th June, Tiverton Staghounds Point-To-Point, Bratton Down (near Bratton Fleming)