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Entries: Tiverton Staghounds Point-To-Point, Bratton Down, Sunday 10th June 2018

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

Going

Friday 8th June 9.00pm

The going at Bratton Down is now firm. The fences have been moved. Plus the aggrivator will be used on the course prior to racing.

Tuesday 5th June 8.30am

The going at Bratton Down is good to firm, firm in places. The aggrivator is booked to use if we don’t have rain.

Saturday 2nd June at 16:00

The going at Bratton Down remains good to firm. The aggrivator has NOT been needed.

Friday 1st June at 9.00am

Having had an inch of rain over the last couple of days the going is now good to firm at Bratton Down.

Wednesday 30th May at 10.00 am

Bratton Down is firm, although it is raining at present.  Fences have been moved. The aggrivator is booked for Saturday afternoon to ensure safe racing.

Friday 25th May 2018 8.30pm

The going at Bratton Down is good to firm, good in places. The course had 6mm of rain by 8am Friday and it has continued to be damp throughout the day. The fences will all be moved as necessary. Hugh Thomas, Clerk Of Course

Saturday 19th May at 09:19

The going at Bratton Down is now Good to Firm with a really good covering of grass. – Hugh Thomas.

Thursday 17th May 9.30am

The going at Bratton Down is Good – Hugh Thomas

Friday 11th May 2018 at 19:00

The going for Bratton Down on evening of Friday 11th May was the soft side of good with a lovely covering of grass – Hugh Thomas


Early bird tickets are available for all three Bratton Down fixtures from: https://www.futureticketing.ie/client/brattondown/

Preview Extract:

The penultimate Point-to-Point of the season takes place at the stunning location of Bratton Down, Bratton Fleming this coming Sunday 10th June where the Tiverton Staghounds host their meeting. There are six races on offer with a start time of 2pm. 77 entries have been received.

There is still much at stake with both area and national championships to be decided as the season draws to a close, many outside raiders have entered here and could well turn up to battle out the finishes.

This course offers a fantastic view of Exmoor, together with some thrilling race action. There is hot and cold food and refreshments, a lively bar, bookies and plenty of room for picnicking and shopping among the various trade stands. Entrance to the course is £10 per person capped to £30 per car. Children under 16 free. Dogs only on leads welcome. Location of the course is Bratton Down, Bratton Fleming 9m NE of Barnstaple on A399, 11m N of South Molton – EX31 4SG. For further information contact the Secretary Jenny Hayes on 01769540894 or 07979307549 email sheepwashfarm@gmail.com or look on the website http://www.pointingdc.co.uk together with Devon & Cornwall Point-to-Point FB page for up to date information.

Early bird tickets can be purchased from https://www.futureicticketing.ie/client/brattondown.

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 2017/18 form from 2016/17 form. Figures preceded by an oblique (/) represents 2015/16 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.

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Entries: Exmoor Point-To-Point and National Pony Racing Finals, Bratton Down, Sunday 3rd June 2018

Race Start time Link to entries and form for race
PR 12:00 Pony Racing Finals
1st 14:00 Members Race
2nd 14:35 Restricted Race
3rd 15:10 Ladies Open Race
4th 15:45 Mens Open Race
5th 16:20 Conditions Race
6th 16:55 Open Maiden Race

Going

Saturday 2nd June at 16:00

The going at Bratton Down remains good to firm. The aggrivator has NOT been needed.

Friday 1st June at 9.00am

Having had an inch of rain over the last couple of days the going is now good to firm at Bratton Down.

Wednesday 30th May at 10.00 am

Bratton Down is firm, although it is raining at present.  Fences have been moved. The aggrivator is booked for Saturday afternoon to ensure safe racing.

Friday 25th May 2018 8.30pm

The going at Bratton Down is good to firm, good in places. The course had 6mm of rain by 8am Friday and it has continued to be damp throughout the day. The fences will all be moved as necessary. Hugh Thomas, Clerk Of Course

Saturday 19th May at 09:19

The going at Bratton Down is now Good to Firm with a really good covering of grass. – Hugh Thomas.

Thursday 17th May 9.30am

The going at Bratton Down is Good – Hugh Thomas

Friday 11th May 2018 at 19:00

The going for Bratton Down on evening of Friday 11th May was the soft side of good with a lovely covering of grass – Hugh Thomas


Early bird tickets are available for all three Bratton Down fixtures from: https://www.futureticketing.ie/client/brattondown/

Preview Extract:

It’s the turn of The Exmoor Foxhounds to host the second of three fixtures to take place at the popular course known as Bratton Down, Bratton Fleming next Sunday 3rd June. Pony racing heads up the action at 12 noon, with five pony races including National Championship races. Then follows the main six race card commencing at 2pm. Over 90 entries have been received.

The course is located at Bratton Down, Bratton Fleming 9m NE of Barnstaple on A399, 11m North of South Molton- EX31 4SG. Entrance is £10 per person to a maximum of £30 per car, children under 16 free. Dogs welcome on leads only.

A reminder that the re-arranged meeting at Upcott Cross, Halwill Junction takes place on Wednesday 6th June, Seven races are on offer with the first up at 5pm. Entrance to the course is £10 per person, children under 16 free. Early bird tickets can be purchased from https://www.futureicticketing.ie/client/brattondown. Location is 2m South of Halwill junction, off A3079 – EX21 5AE.

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 2017/18 form from 2016/17 form. Figures preceded by an oblique (/) represents 2015/16 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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Entries and form guide: Dulverton West Point-To-Point, Bratton Down, Sunday 20th May 2018

Race Start time Link to entries and form for race
1st 14:00 Open Maiden 4. 5. & 6 year olds Race
2nd 14:35 Restricted Race
3rd 15:10 Open Maiden Race
4th 15:45 Conditions Race
5th 16:20 Mixed Open Race
6th 16:55 Novice Riders Race
7th 17:30 Intermediate Race

Going

Saturday 19th May at 09:19

The going at Bratton Down is now Good to Firm with a really good covering of grass. – Hugh Thomas.

Thursday 17th May 9.30am

The going at Bratton Down is Good – Hugh Thomas

Friday 11th May 2018

The going for Bratton Down on evening of Friday 11th May was the soft side of good with a lovely covering of grass – Hugh Thomas

Early bird tickets are available for all three Bratton Down fixtures from: https://www.futureticketing.ie/client/brattondown/

Preview Extract:

The first of three point-to-points scheduled to take place at the stunning location of Bratton Down is this coming Sunday May 20th. Pony racing which is sponsored by Gerald and Victor Dartnall, heads up the action at 12.45 with the main seven race card following at 2pm. 112 entries have been received. With championships hotting up in this the last month of the season, the racing will be even more competitive.

This promises to be a lovely family day out set in a great location with a view of Exmoor across the valley. Entrance to the course is £10 per person to max of £30 a car load, with children under 16 free. Dogs welcome but must be on leads at all times. On course facilities include hot and cold refreshments, bar, bookies and a number of trade stands. Location is at Bratton Fleming 9m NE of Barnstaple on A399, 11m North of South Molton – EX31 4SG Early bird tickets can be purchased from https://www.futureicticketing.ie/client/brattondown .

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 2017/18 form from 2016/17 form. Figures preceded by an oblique (/) represents 2015/16 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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Entries and form guide: Axe Vale Point-To-Point, Stafford Cross, Sunday 29th April 2018

Race Start time Link to entries and form for race
1st 13:30 Members Race
2nd 14:10 Confined Race
3rd 14:45 Mixed Open Race
4th 15:20 Intermediate Race
5th 15:55 Conditions Race
6th 16:30 Restricted Race
7th 17:05 Open Maiden 4, 5, 6 & 7 year olds Race, Division 1
8th 17:40 Open Maiden 4, 5, 6 & 7 year olds Race, Division 2

Going Update

Thursday 26th April 2018 at 20:00

The Stafford Cross course is looking very good and the going is Good tonight.

Thursday 19th April 2018 at 06:30

The Stafford Cross going is soft heavy in places. With just over a week to go its looking good for the Axe Vale. The course has been slightly altered and now has only 1 down hill jump and now With 19 jumps.

Preview extract:

The Axe Vale meeting on Sunday 29th April will be held at Stafford Cross, Seaton and has attracted 120 entries for their now eight race card with the Open Maiden race already divided. Pony racing which is sponsored by Bruckland Livery heads up the action at 12 noon. Followed by the main card at 1.30pm.

The flat track at Stafford Cross offers good trackside viewing, hot food and refreshments, bar, bookies and many trade stands. Entrance to the course is £10 per person to a max of £30 per car with children under 16 free. Location is off A3052 20mins from M5 junction 30 – EX24 6HZ.

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 2017/18 form from 2016/17 form. Figures preceded by an oblique (/) represents 2015/16 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.

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Preview: South Tetcott Point-to-Point, Upcott Cross, Bank Holiday Monday, May 25th 2015

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Written by: Donna Harris

The popular Point-to-Point horse racing course at Upcott Cross, Halwill junction is the area venue for this weekend Bank Holiday Monday May 25th. With only a few weeks left until the season finishes in June, this track will again attract the top horses and jockey’s to battle out the finishes with much at stake with the championship tables.

Pony racing will head up the action at 12 noon, before the main six race card commences at 1pm. Over 100 entries have been received. Penbode Vet Group sponsor the opening Confined race, in which area leading trainer Kayley Woollacott holds three of the entries including Cinevator who could follow up on his 15 length win at Holnicote. Stable mate Devon General ran well at Trebudannon, when three lengths second behind I’m All Set.

The Woollacott team also hold strong entries in the Mr T L Rowe, Park Homes sponsored Men’s Open, including Parkham Jack and Jepeck as possibles for Jamie Thomas to ride. Outside raider Boyfromnowhere looks an interesting entry after a 15 length easy win at Llwyn DDU earlier this month, and is a previous winner under Rules when in training with Rebecca Curtis. Posh Totty from the Jack Barber team could be a likely favourite if connections choose to run here.

In the Codes Solicitors-sponsored Restricted race, recent maiden winners HMS Intrepid having stayed on well to win at Holnicote, and Roy’s Gallery after his win in a hotly contested maiden at Didmartin catch the eye, and could be progressive.

Watch The Birdie could go well in the Simpkin Edwards-sponsored Ladies Open race, having won impressively under Hannah Lewis at Lower Machen for trainer Gareth Moore. Way Before Dawn could go well under Leanda Tickle for the Sarah Tickle team, having previous wins at Great Trethew and Black Forest Lodge.

Cock Of The Rock is unbeaten in his last six outings for novice jockey Harry Cobden, they could take the Club Members race for Novice riders here, which is sponsored by PRJ Engineering. Maxi Chop is another to have been in the winners enclosure with rides shared by James King and Stan Sheppard for Burford-based trainer Rose Loxton. Top Chief was on top form last weekend when winning at Bratton Down under Jake Bament, the combination could well be back for more, as could The Mangherally Man if coming out fresh from his win under Lara Mahon at Dingley.

Two divisions of the Open Maiden race follow, with suggestion is the first being Captain Camelot and Follow The Paint. Overland Flyer looks to stand out among the entries in the second division after his three and a half length second at Holnicote. The two Maiden races have been sponsored by FC Cleaning Systems and The Dawn West Devon.

On course facilities include hot refreshments, bar, bookies and a number of trade stands. The course is located 2 miles South of Halwill junction off A3079 – Postcode EX21 5AE.

Entrance is £10 car & driver, £10 per passenger up to a maximum of £30 per car, children under 16 free, pedestrians £10.

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REPORT: AXE VALE HARRIERS POINT-TO-POINT AT STAFFORD CROSS SUNDAY 26TH APRIL 2015

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WRITTEN BY GRANVILLE TAYLOR

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

Results of the Axe Vale 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: John Beasley (Big Green Annual), and Athwenna Irons (Western Morning News)

NEXT FIXTURES

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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RESULTS: AXE VALE HARRIERS POINT-TO-POINT, STAFFORD CROSS – 26 APRIL 2015

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Going: Good, Good to soft in home straight (watered)

Hunt race (Sponsor; Beviss & Beckingsale Solicitors)

1 Moyne Nineoseven (Vicky Wade) 5-1 2nd from 13th til took lead last, kept on well

2 Miss Weld (Pippa Glanville) 14-1 left 3rd 13th, finished well

3 Well Travelled (David Turner) 10-1 left in lead 13th, headed last, no extra flat

5 ran; 2l; 1 1/2l;  6m 19s

Owner; The Nineoseven Partnership; Trainer; Sarah Pidsley

Confined (J & FJ Baker & Co Ltd) – Harry Parr Memorial Cup)

1 Fiulin (Robbie Henderson) 7-4 led/ disp 9th til drew clear flat

2 Kostaquarta (Will Biddick) 6-4 fav disp lead 9th til last, wknd flat

3 Gunner Be Quick (Josh Newman) 16-1 chased leaders throughout, outpaced three out

10 ran; 5l; 25l;  6m 0s

Owner; The Carstairs Clan; Trainer: Ed Walker

Mixed Open (Lee Clifford Engineering) – Graham Hollingworth Memorial Cup)

1 Subtle Sovereign (Will Biddick) 2-7 fav prom til led two out, soon clear

2 Rush ‘N’ Roll (Michael Legg) 5-2 led 13th til three out, no extra

3 Ruperts Vision (Sean Houlihan) 11-1 in touch til wknd three out

3 ran; 15l; 15l;  6m 2s

Owner; Jack Barber; David Bennett; Leonard Vickery; Trainer; Jack Barber

Intermediate (Martin Diplock Chartered Surveyors) – PF Penny Memorial Cup)

1 Whataknight (Will Biddick) 10-11 fav prom til drew clear two out, comf

2 Sonoftheking (Darren Edwards) 2-1 close 4th three out, one pace under pressure two out

3 Devon General (Matt Hampton) 7-2  hdwy 13th, stayed on closing stages

5 ran; 15l; 3/4l;  6m 8s

Owner; T Hamlin; J M Dare; J W Snook; Trainer; Jack Barber

Novice Riders’ (Lentells Chartered Accountants) – Graham Stuart Memorial Trophy)

1 Maxi Chop (James King) 6-1 hdwy three out, led flat, ran on well

2 Loose Preformer (Hedley Webb) 6-4 led 13th til headed flat, kept on

3 Brackenwood (Liam Trott) 14-1hdwy three out kept on well

9 ran; neck; 3l;  6m 6s

Owner; Mr & Mrs S Loxton; Trainer: Rose Loxton

Restricted  (Subaru)  – Ruth Wilmington Memorial Cup)

1 Royalzaro (Will Biddick) 5-2 took lead two out, soon clear

2 Morbihan (Sean Houlihan) 12-1 led 14th til two out, no extra

3 Myladtommy (Matt Hampton) 9-1 effort three out, no extra under pressure next

13 ran; 15l; 6l;  6m 4s

Owner; J Barber; Trainer; Jack Barber

Open Maiden (Scott Rowe Solicitors) – Stan Sweetland Memorial Cup)

1 Boymann (Leanda Tickle) 9-1 led 12th, stayed on well

2 Forrardon Xmoor (Vicky Wade) 6-1 led 4th to 11th, every chance til no extra two out

3 Tell Tony (David Noonan) 4-1 chased leaders, wknd two out

10 ran; 6l; 3l;  6m 11s

Owner; P Mann; Trainer; Joe Tickle

Point to Point Pony Racing CONFIRMED RESULTS FOR THE AXE VALE PONY RACES

148cms & under
1. GOLDWELLS’S GUCCI – Harriet Godfrey
2. SHOTGUN MINNIE – Tyler Heard
3. VADLAWALKOVER – Tamby Welch
4. IGO ZUMINOV – James Armstrong
5. BARBOZA – Isabel Hunt
6. GOODNIGHT – Bruce Young
7. SPRINGS – Thomasina Eyston
8. SONGBIRD – Finley Marsh
9. TWO THE MANOR BARN – William Cox

138cms & under
1. THE JOBS NOT STRAIGHT – Tyler Heard
2. GINGER WIZARD – Chad Bament
3. BECCA WALK O’ THE WILD SIDE – Molly Landau
4. MINKY – Zoe Stanbury
5. PARK HILL PLAYBOY – Joshua Brown
6. BROOMSDOWN HEAVENLY GIFT – Kelsie Beilby
7. CLONAMULLY DANNY BOY – Archie Woollacott
SU CHURCHILL – Tamby Welch
BD HELSINGTON VANETTA – Lewis McDonald

NR ANGELIC – Olive Nicholls

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: John Beasley (Big Green Annual), and Athwenna Irons (Western Morning News)

NEXT FIXTURES

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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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.

Megan Nicholls tweets about Join Together and Gwanako

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14/10/2014 17:33
Gutted to announce that Join Together will be out for the season having had a set back & also Gwanako has been retired at the age of 11 Having been a legend to so many people. Huge thank you to The Stewart Family & looking forward to the season with the rest of the team.

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Trainer Feature: Rose Loxton

Rose Loxton, who finished the season as the National Connolly’s Red Mills Trainer Champion (training seven horses or less) with a total of 17 wins, is based deep in the heart of Somerset at Whaddon Farm in the village of Bruton, writes Donna Harris.

She also has a full time job as assistant head lass for Paul Nicholls, whose Ditcheat yard is six miles away and, with her husband Sam, also runs a beef suckler herd, on 130 acres of hilly land, ideal for training racehorses.

Loxton originated from the west coast of Ireland, by the sea in County Galway, where she rode as a child and hunted with the Galway Blazers and the North Galway hounds. She said: “I worked at a flat racing yard on the Curragh, some 30 years ago. That’s where I met an English guy called Sam, came over to the UK on holiday and never returned. We were soon married. Sam used to ride point to point and rode a couple of winners. In the early days we had a dairy farm and milked cows.”

The couple now have three children, Martina, 28, Freddie, 26 and Polly, 24. Rose has a granddaughter, Millie Rose, and is delighted that her son Freddie is also due to give her another grandchild soon.

While her children did not really take to riding, Loxton had a hunter, Oslot, which she trained to have two seconds and a win at Bratton in 2012 under Leanda Tickle, after he had won a hunter chase. But the horse sadly fractured his shoulder in a hunting accident. “I was all set to give up training,” Loxton explained. “I just couldn’t face it, but then Paul Nicholls offered me a horse called Gwanako, who had lost his way in the National Hunt races, having previously won eight chases and five hurdle races. Paul was looking for a schoolmaster for his daughter Megan to graduate from pony racing onto point to point and I agreed to give him a go.”

“Sam helps me feed and muck out at 6.15am. I travel over to Ditcheat, help out there and come back to ride out at lunchtime. Gemma Groves rides Gwanako out every day come rain, hail or snow. I couldn’t do it without her or Sam. I would also like to thank all the owners for giving me the opportunity, and especially Paul who has also taught me the knack of how to keep a fit horse ticking over and staying fit.”

The Loxton’s farmland is an ideal location for training horses in a quiet environment, with more than 100 acres to ride around, plenty of hills to work up, and regular daily turn out, Gwanako soon started to enjoy his work again. Loxton was able to use Paul’s gallops to gauge how well he was coming on. She said: “I would think he would be blowing a bit up the hills, but when I took him to the gallops, he started to fly up them.”

Gwanako gave Megan her first point to point ride at the Cornwall Hunt Club meeting at Wadebridge in December. The pre-Christmas meeting always has a buzzy atmosphere, with an indoor market and plenty of spectators enjoying the fresh winter air. Loxton said: “We could hardly watch. We were really worried, as the conditions became a bit slippery after a shower of rain. I hadn’t wanted Gwanako to be too fit for Megan’s first ride, I just wanted him not to over jump and for them both to get around safely. Paul was there and we were both worried that if Gwanako and Megan had a fall, it could put them both off racing.” But they were delighted with the result, four lengths second to the prolific winning Byerley Bear. Megan had ridden a steady race in the sticky conditions, and had made an effort to catch Byerley Bear over the last.

Gwanako, owned by the Stewart family, went on to clock up six consecutive wins in Ladies’ Opens, and the combination were unlucky to finish second at Kingston Blount to Ravethebrave, having led until two out, which ended their winning streak.

The Loxton string is completed by two other horses – Join Together owned by Wendy Fogg, and the youngest on the yard and Current Event jointly owned by J Gane. I Fogg and Paul Nicholls.
Join Together, a nine year old gelding, is previous winner of two novice chases at Cheltenham in 2011, and a hurdle race. He had lost his form but was, this season, unbeaten in six points, three in the Devon and Cornwall Area. “His Bratton Down win was one of my favourite moments this season,” Loxton claimed proudly. “Megan led over the last, and drew clear up the hill to win by six lengths.” The horse could be targeted at the Cheltenham Foxhunters next year.

Current Event also had good form behind him, with five chase wins and a hurdle victory but seemed to have lost his confidence after running over Aintree fences. On his first outing pointing with Megan, he fell at the seventh fence at Paxford. But with much TLC from Rose, he was back jumping well again, with a win two weeks later at Little Windsor, in the Novice Riders’ race. The combination went on to win five consecutive races, which included two D&C Area meetings, Upcott Cross and Bratton Down.

The three horses saw Megan Nicholls win the National Ladies’ Novice Riders’ title, the Princess Royal Trophy (national lady novice riders U21), the Devon & Cornwall Ladies’ title, the Wessex Area Ladies’ title, the Wessex Novice title and a third place in the National Ladies’ title – not bad for a first season! Rose intends to continue to support and travel to the Devon & Cornwall Area meetings

Megan’s aspirations for the coming season are to bid for the national ladies’ point to point title. She said: “Rose has done a fabulous job with the horses. They looked great and ran amazingly last season. I will have, hopefully, two extra runners next season, based with Jack Barber – Aerial and Prospect Wells.”

Thank you to Tracy Roberts of www.turfpix.com for the photograph of Join Together and Tim Holt for the photograph of Current Event.