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Entries: Dart Vale & Haldon Harriers Point-To-Point at Buckfastleigh on Sunday 17th March 2019

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PR 12:00 Pony Racing
1st 13:00 Restricted Race
2nd 13:35 Mens Open Race
3rd 14:10 Intermediate Race
4th 14:45 Ladies Open Race
5th 15:20 Open Maiden Race, Division One
6th 15:55 Open Maiden Race, Division Two
7th 16:30 Members Race

Course Updates:

Sunday, 17 March at 12:00

The going at Buckfastleigh remains SOFT

Saturday, 16 March at 21:44

Pony Racing 12 noon, 1st PtP Race 1.00pm.

Today’s very high winds, with occasional blustery showers, sure challenged our volunteers preparing for Sunday’s Buckfastleigh meeting. But it takes a lot to deter real “pointing” folk and although heavy rain was expected later in the day, with the prospect of a much improved forecast for Sunday they battled on with good humour, vowing to be up early Sunday to finish off the “cosmetics”, bins, banners and bogs, not forgetting the flags for the finish line!

As forecast, the wind and rain has already abated this evening (9pm), so rest assured we intend to be all ready to welcome you to our Course tomorrow, be it to race a pony or pointer, or just to enjoy the spectacle and a flutter, but tip for the day, do wear stout footwear – it is March after all!

I will post an up to date Buckfastleigh Going Report as soon as one is available to me tomorrow and I look forward to seeing you all there.

Thursday, 14 March at 21:54

Local BHA Course Inspector, Claire Wonnacott , walked the course with our Clerk of the Course, John Bond this afternoon and declared the Going at Buckfastleigh to be soft. Rain and strong winds are forecast for Saturday, quietening on Sunday to a moderate breeze.

Please note: On race day arrival, Horse boxes to be parked up in the lorry park but horses must remain boxed until the Horse’s Passport and Health Declaration documents have been presented to the Declarations Desk for inspection before authorisation to unload can be given.

Thursday, 14 March

At 6pm yesterday, The Clerk of the Course reported the Going at Buckfastleigh was Soft. Now we are into March the ground is drying much quicker than in February and the Course walked very well, with a good covering of grass and the fences all moved to fresh ground, as have been the bends. Today, heavy morning rain early on has been replaced by more showery weather and strong winds, with similar forecast for Friday. A further report on the Going and outlook for race day will follow tomorrow afternoon.

Tuesday, 12th March

Buckfastleigh – This afternoon the Clerk of the Course reported the Going to be Soft but it has been a sunny, windy day and preparations for racing are progressing well.

Friday 8th March

The Buckfastleigh Clerk of the Course reported this morning, Friday 8th March, that the Preliminary Going at Buckfastleigh is Good to Soft, Soft in Places. More posts to follow regularly from mid week on. DVSPH PtP Secretary.

Preview extract:

Racegoers are in for a treat next weekend where the Dart Vale & Haldon Harriers host their meeting at Buckfastleigh on Sunday 17th March. Having enjoyed Cheltenham festival race week, those attending this meeting will be treated to some competitive racing here, where seven races are on offer, which have attracted over 80 entries. Pony racing, which is sponsored by Salcombe Dairy Ice Cream precedes the main race card with two pony races commencing at 12 noon.

The course at Buckfastleigh offers fantastic viewing, it is easily located off the A38. There will be plenty of trade stands, hot food tent, bar, bookies and a great atmosphere for all the family to enjoy. Entrance to the course is £10 per person with children 16 and under free. Dogs on leads welcome. Post code TQ11 OLT.

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
© = 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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Pony Racing

Race 1 138cm (m 6f ) OPEN

Race 2 148cm (m 8f ) OPEN

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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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Entries: Dart Vale & Haldon Harriers Point-To-Point at Buckfastleigh on Sunday 19th March 2017

Race Start time Link to entries and form for race
1st 13:00 Open Maiden Race, Division 1
2nd 13:35 Open Maiden Race, Division 2
3rd 14:10 Open Maiden Race, Division 3
4th 14:45 Mens Open Race
5th 15:30 Intermediate Race
6th 16:05 Ladies Open Race
7th 16:40 Restricted Race
8th 17:15 Members Race

Course Updates:

Thursday 16th March 2017

Thursday, 16 March: Nice dry day again and the work parties have been busy on the course again and it’s looking really good for racing on Sunday. No change today to Wednesday’s Going report;will post again tomorrow. Eileen Ashby, PtP Secretary for Buckfastleigh

Thursday 16th March 2017

Preview extract:

A trip back to the historic racecourse at Buckfastleigh is on offer, where the Dart Vale & South Pool Harriers will be hosting next weekends Point-to-Point fixture on Sunday 19th March.

Pony racing starts the day with two pony races commencing at 12 noon, followed by the main eight race card, with the open maiden race having already been divided before the day, commencing at 1pm. 105 entries have been received.

The course offers fantastic viewing, with on course facilities hot food and refreshments, bar, bookies and a host of trade stands. Entry to the course is £10 car and driver, £10 per passenger up to a maximum of £30 per car. Children under 16 free. Dogs on leads welcome.

Course is located at Lower Dean, 1m SW of Buckfastleigh adjacent to A38 Postcode TQ11 0LT

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
© = 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 2015/16 form from 2014/15 form. Figures preceded by an oblique (/) represents 2013/14 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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GRANVILLE’S BETTING GOSSIP – EGGESFORD AT UPCOTT CROSS 12TH APRIL 2015

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THE line of 14 bookies formed a strong betting market at Upcott Cross. It was good to see the Devon & Cornwall layers offering as much as 50’s. 66’s and even 100-1 in some of the races.

Having noted that – it was the much shorter priced horses who took money out of the satchels. Favourites took four of the first five races before the Maiden races started to redress the balance.

The Barber / Biddick combination provided two of the odds-on winners. Ask The Weatherman (evens – 10-11 fav) stepped up to Intermediate class after three fairly hollow successes. He won easily enough after fluffing the last. The mare Roseyroo (3’s – 11-4) ran her usual game race to finish runner up and is sure to win in this class.

Their double was secured when the promising five-year-old Boa Island took a decent Restricted in emphatic style. The bookies were lying in wait for the winner after his 20 lengths Maiden success and early 4-5 soon became 1-2 before the off. Winter Soldier (5’s – 6’s) was the only other runner to finish in the same field as the winner and has plenty of potential.

Bradley Brook was the other odds-on favourite to score in the four miles Devon National. A little 11-10 was available but 4-5 ruled at the off. He came off best in a barging match at the last fence with the admirable Reliable Richie (7-2 out to 5’s).

Darren Edwards looked like winning the Confined when According To Harry (3’s – 11-4) came with a strong run from three out to cross the last fence in a narrow lead. Jepeck (5-2 into evens fav) fought like a tiger however on the run in to get up in the last stride under Jamie Thomas.

Southfield Fairy’s good debut third at Ston Easton meant that the four–year-old was a short order (4-5 to evens fav) in a modest looking Mares and Fillies maiden. She was quickly pulled up entering the final circuit by Alice Mills indicating that all was not well. Annwyl (7’s – 6’s) had been found wanting with her jumping on occasions but did well here and scored readily after forging clear approaching the last.

The first Open Maiden, sponsored by bookmaker David Phillips, went to Beetle Jack whose SP of 8-1 looked a bit skinny based on his previous efforts this year. At least David must have recouped his sponsorship cash as the two market leaders Tell Tony (2’s from 4’s) and Turnstone (4‘s to 3’s) both fell.

Clues to the last race winner were in abundance. The winner’s owner sponsored the race, her photo riding the winner of the Eggesford Ladies’ Open in 1964 was featured in the race card on the page opposite, and she was celebrating her 70th birthday. What more do punters want? Her eight-year-old Cracking Habit (5-2 fav from 3’s) , a half brother to Beetle Jack, rose to the occasion under in-form jockey Darren Edwards and saw favourite backers going home happy.

RESULTS

Results of the Eggesford meeting

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PHOTOGRAPHERS

The following photographers were at the meeting: Marcus BathWestern Morning News (Athwenna Irons), and Roger Peaple

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Saturday, 18th April 2015, the Dartmoor Point-To-Point, Flete Park, nr Ermington.

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Exeter Racecourse Intermediate Hunter Steeple Chase series final qualifiers

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The following horses have qualified for the final of the Exeter Racecourse Intermediate Hunter Steeple Chase series final after the first two rounds of the series, in accordance with page 362 of the Planner. The final is to be held at Exeter Racecourse on the 5th May 2015 (Entries must be made by noon on April 29th and declarations to run by 10am on May 4th)

Qualified Horses (62):  ACCORDING TO HARRY (IRE), AMBITIOUS PURSUIT (IRE), ARGENTATO, ASK THE WEATHERMAN, BIEN CONNU (IRE), BLINDING LIGHTS (IRE), CANADA COOMBE, CANSHETRAIN (IRE), CARRY ON NANDO (IRE), CHERRY VINE, COLLEY ROW (IRE), DANCING OLGA, DEVON GENERAL, DEVON MEAD, FATHER OWEN, FOUNTAINS CLOUD (IRE), FOURSTAR RIVER (IRE), FOXY DOLLY (IRE), GALE FORCE LUCEY (IRE), GENERAL GIRLING, GET READY TO GO (IRE), GETAWAY DRIVER (IRE), GREAT CAMANOE, GYPSY JACK (IRE), HARRYS KAP (FR), HORATIO CAINE (FR), IMPACT AREA (IRE), INFAMOUS GROUSE (IRE), JEPECK (IRE), KAWANA COVE, KIMORA (IRE), KING KASH (IRE), KING’S SCOUT (IRE), LIGHTENING JACK (IRE), LITTLE CORNHAM (IRE), LUCIUS FABEO, MAUSEFALLE, MAUSEFALLE (IRE), MILLED (IRE), MINELLA WEB (IRE), MISS CUPCAKE, MISS GOTAWAY, MISTER TEDDY, OUR CRUSADE, ROSEYROO (IRE), RUPERTS VISION, SAVA BRIDGE (IRE), SOUL NATIVE, SUNKEN SECRET (IRE), SUPREME DANEHILL (IRE), TAKAMARU (FR), THE DAPPER FOX, THE MEXICAN BANDIT, THE MYTHOLOGIST (IRE), THE WEALERDEALER (IRE), THIRD CHANCE (IRE), TOLATETOBEEARLY (IRE), TUCUMCARI (IRE), TURTLE BOYS (IRE), UPPERTOWN HAWK (IRE), WAY BEFORE DAWN, WHAT ABOUT WILL (IRE)

Round 1 Black Forest Club. Black Forest Lodge
AMBITIOUS PURSUIT (IRE)
BLINDING LIGHTS (IRE)
DEVON MEAD
GET READY TO GO (IRE)
GETAWAY DRIVER (IRE)
MISTER TEDDY
SUPREME DANEHILL (IRE)
THE MYTHOLOGIST (IRE)
TURTLE BOYS (IRE)
UPPERTOWN HAWK (IRE)

 

Round 2: Tiverton, Chipley Park
AMBITIOUS PURSUIT (IRE)
CANADA COOMBE
CANSHETRAIN (IRE)
FOUNTAINS CLOUD (IRE)
JEPECK (IRE)
KIMORA (IRE)
KING KASH (IRE)
KING’S SCOUT (IRE)
OUR CRUSADE
SOUL NATIVE
TAKAMARU (FR)
TUCUMCARI (IRE)
TURTLE BOYS (IRE)

 

Round 3: Western, Wadebridge
KING KASH (IRE)
LIGHTENING JACK (IRE)
LITTLE CORNHAM (IRE)
MILLED (IRE)
SUPREME DANEHILL (IRE)
TOLATETOBEEARLY (IRE)
WHAT ABOUT WILL (IRE)

 

Round 4: South Pool Harriers, Buckfastleigh
AMBITIOUS PURSUIT (IRE)
ARGENTATO
BLINDING LIGHTS (IRE)
CANSHETRAIN (IRE)
FOXY DOLLY (IRE)
GYPSY JACK (IRE)
HORATIO CAINE (FR)
IMPACT AREA (IRE)
KAWANA COVE
KING’S SCOUT (IRE)
MAUSEFALLE (IRE)
MISS CUPCAKE
ROSEYROO (IRE)
SOUL NATIVE
TAKAMARU (FR)
THE MEXICAN BANDIT
THE WEALERDEALER (IRE)
THIRD CHANCE (IRE)

 

Round 5: East Devon, Bishops Court
BIEN CONNU (IRE)
COLLEY ROW (IRE)
GALE FORCE LUCEY (IRE)
KING KASH (IRE)
TAKAMARU (FR)
TURTLE BOYS (IRE)

 

Round 6: Dulverton Farmers, Treborough Hill
Abandonned before entries taken

 

Round 7: Lamerton, Kilworthy
ACCORDING TO HARRY (IRE)
CARRY ON NANDO (IRE)
DEVON GENERAL
FATHER OWEN
FOURSTAR RIVER (IRE)
GETAWAY DRIVER (IRE)
HARRYS KAP (FR)
MINELLA WEB (IRE)
RUPERTS VISION
SAVA BRIDGE (IRE)
SUNKEN SECRET (IRE)
THE DAPPER FOX

 

Round 8: Second East Cornwall, Great Trethew
BLINDING LIGHTS (IRE)
INFAMOUS GROUSE (IRE)
WAY BEFORE DAWN

 

Round 9: Spooners & West Dartmoor, Cherrybrook
ACCORDING TO HARRY (IRE)
MISS GOTAWAY
SAVA BRIDGE (IRE)
SUNKEN SECRET (IRE)

 

Round 10: Eggesford, Upcott Cross
ASK THE WEATHERMAN
DANCING OLGA
GENERAL GIRLING
GETAWAY DRIVER (IRE)
GREAT CAMANOE
HARRYS KAP (FR)
INFAMOUS GROUSE (IRE)
KAWANA COVE
LUCIUS FABEO (IRE)
MAUSEFALLE (IRE)
MISS CUPCAKE
ROSEYROO (IRE)

RESULTS: EGGESFORD POINT-TO-POINT AT UPCOTT CROSS – 12TH APRIL 2015

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Going: Good to Soft, Soft in places

Hunt race (Nigel Cant Planning)

1 Cinevator (Harriet Skinner) 2-1 made all, easily
2 Fourstar River (Ian Chanin) 2-5 fav chased winner, no impression from three out

3 ran;15l; only two finished; 6m 56s
Owner: R. Skinner; Trainer; Kayley Woollacott

Intermediate (Exeter Racecourse)

1 Ask The Weatherman (Will Biddick) 10-11 fav led from 9th, stayed on well
2 Roseyroo (Harry Cobden) 11-4 effort three out, every chance next, no extra
3 Dancing Olga (Sean Houlihan) 25-1 improved four out, not trouble leaders

12 ran; 10l; 4l; 6m 46s
Owner; D Martin & P Barber; Trainer; Jack Barber

Confined (Chris Hodgson Engineering)

1 Jepeck (Jamie Thomas) evens fav hdwy 12th, disputed four out, headed flat, rallied to lead near finish
2 According To Harry (Darren Edwards) 11-4 progress four out, sustained effort from two out, hard rdn & headed near finish
3 Delphi Mountain (Emma Watson) 12-1 led 13th, disp lead four out til wknd apprg last

11 ran; neck; 5l; 6m 57s
Owner; J Pike; Trainer; Kayley Woollacott

Mixed Open 4 miles – The Devon National (Simpkins Edwards)

1 Bradley Brook (Darren Edwards) 4-5 fav held up, disp lead three out til pushed ahead near finish
2 Reliable Richie (Sean Houlihan) 5-1 led 15th, joined three out, no extra near finish
3 Uncle Keef (Hannah Welch) 25-1 hdwy 19th, went 4th three out, finished well

9 ran; 1l; 1/2l; 8m 39s
Owner; The Bradley Partnership; Trainer; Nicola Martin

Restricted (T.T. Buildings Ltd)

1 Boa Island (Will Biddick) 1-2 fav led from 10th, soon clear, unchallenged
2 Winter Soldier (John Mathias) 6-1 hdwy 13th, chased winner from four out, no impression
3 Tourist Board (Leanda Tickle) 100-1 rear, went moderate 3rd three out

13 ran; 30l; 20l; 6m 54s
Owner: I Fogg, P Nicholls & R Webb; Trainer; Jack Barber

Open Maiden Mares & Fillies only (David Pipe)

1 Annwyl (Robbie Henderson) 6-1 led three out, drew clear apprg last
2 Onwegoagain (Vicky Wade) 13-2 led 11th til four out, 3rd two out, rallied flat
3 Queen’s Law (Darren Edwards) 3-1 imprvd 13th, every chance three out, lost 2nd flat

6 ran; 10l; 1l; 7m 10s
Owner: Mr & Mrs R Kemp & Mr M Milne: trainer; Ed Walker

Open Maiden Horses & Geldings

Division 1 (David Phillips, Bookmaker)

1 Beetle Jack (David Noonan) 8-1 hdwy four out, led two out, all out
2 Face To face (John Mathias) 6-1 chased leaders, effort two out, took 2nd near finish
3 Strong Hurricane (Jo Buck) 25-1 led 8th, hit 12th, left in lead again three out, every chance last, wknd flat

11 ran; 1 1/2l; 1 1/2l; 7m 24s
Owner: Sarah Prouse; Trainer; Sarah Prouse

Division 2 (The Prouse Family)

1 Cracking Habit (Darren Edwards) 5-2 fav led three out, soon clear, eased flat
2 Forrardon Exmoor (Vicky Wade) 12-1 made most til three out, gradually wknd
3 Don’t Wait For Me (Matt Hampton) 11-4 lost touch 13th, tailed off

9 ran; 6l; distance; 7m 12s
Owner: Sarah Prouse; Trainer; Sarah Prouse

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Eggesford Point-To-Point entries and form, Upcott Cross, Sunday 12th April 2015

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Race Start time Link to entries and form for race
1st 13:00 Members Race
2nd 13:35 Intermediate Race
3rd 14:10 Confined Race
4th 14:45 Devon National, 4m Mixed Open Race
5th 15:20 Restricted Race
6th 15:55 Open Maiden Race, for Mares & Fillies
7th 16:30 Open Maiden Race, for Horses & Geldings, Division 1
8th 17:05 Open Maiden Race, for Horses & Geldings, Division 2

FORM GUIDE

Key:

f = fell u = unseated rider
p = pulled up k = knocked over
b = brought down c = carried out
d = disqualified ? = unreliable form
s = slipped up + = improving rating
r = refused blkd = baulked
ro = ran out t = took no part
(c) = course winner

Abbreviations:

NH = National Hunt
L = Length
Rest – Restricted
Nov = Novice
RT – Rating
PTP – Point to Point

An up to date form guide and synopsis of the horses entered at this meeting. Form figures for up to 6 outings appear. A dash(-) is used to separate 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.

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Preview: Eggesford Point-to-Point at Upcott Cross Sunday 12 April 2015

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Written by: Donna Harris
Horse racing enthusiasts will still be buzzing after the Grand National, and flock to Upcott Cross, where the Eggesford will be staging their Point-to-Point, which features their own four mile Devon National Mixed Open race, this weekend Sunday April 12. With a start time of 1pm, there are eight races on offer and a bumper entry of over 130 horses.

The Nigel Cant Planning-sponsored Members races heads up the days events, in which the Stuart Reddaway-trained Fourstar River could improve on his recent third at Kilworthy. Also entered is Hallo Dolly, having not been seen on the track for two years, her previous form of two Point wins and a third at this track could make her a leading contender.

There follows the Exeter Racecourse-sponsored Intermediate race, in which Roseyroo from the Louise Caddle team, could follow up on her second at Ston Easton last month, under Harry Cobden the combination were only denied by a neck. With the Jack Barber team sending out winners each weekend, his entry Ask The Weatherman has to be respected following his wins at Badbury Rings, Charlton Hawthorne and Cotley. Dancing Olga is a previous course winner here, and ran second in an Intermediate at Bratton Down on good to firm.

The Confined race is sponsored by Chris Hodgeson Engineering, this could go the way of According To Harry, he ran three lengths second to Minella Web at Kilworthy, having previously clocked up wins at Black Forest Lodge and Wadebridge. Jepeck for the Kayley Woollacott team won his Restricted at Larkhill and an Intermediate at Chipley Park, he pulled up on good to firm on his latest outing at Larkhill, but may run well here if any rain softens the ground.

The Devon National Mixed Open looks very competitive, Bellsinni Ron was second here last season, and could score under Will Biddick for the Barber team, Dashing John could improve on his third in a Ladies Open last month under Natalie Parker. Bradley Brook is another to consider, having won here last season and follow up on his recent win at Great Trethew. This race is sponsored by Simpkins Edwards.

In the Restricted race sponsored by TT Buildings, Boa Island catches the eye after his 20 length win of a maiden race at Charlton Hawthorne under National leading jockey Will Biddick last month. Peterbrown could go well for Karyn Heard, having taken the maiden race at Kilworthy, when making virtually all of the running to win by five lengths.

David Pipe sponsors the Open Maiden race for mares and fillies, in which Southfield Fairy ran promisingly at Ston Easton when third under jockey Alice Mills, and should be in the mix. Queens Law had hinted at ability last season when finishing second on both of her starts and may go well fresh.

The Open Maiden race for horses and geldings has already been divided. In the first division San Satiro could be a horse for the future, making his debut run here, out of the Jack Barber yard for owner Paul Nicholls. Both Turnstone and Master Max have had the benefit of a run this season, with any market support worth noting. The second division of the open maiden could see the Jill Dennis-trained Mount Prospex go one better than his head second at the recent Kilworthy meeting. Derniere Dance could be worth an each way bet. These races have been sponsored by David Phillips Bookmakers and Sarah Prouse Birthday Celebrations.

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

The course is located 2 miles South of Halwill junction, off A3079. Postcode EX21 5AE

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

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GRANVILLE’S BETTING GOSSIP SOUTH POOL HARRIERS AT BUCKFASTLEIGH 15 FEB 2015

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It was just like the old days at Buckfastleigh racecourse, but nowadays the background is the old rundown stand looking like a deserted ghost ship gazing on us forlornly on the hill.

I doubt whether any of the massive modern day crowd on Sunday noticed this. They certainly couldn’t have missed the long row of bookmakers on a day blessed with perfect February weather. The going was very testing.

14 runners in the first race sent us straight into battle. Leading fancies KIRKLEIGH (11-4 from 3’) and INDIANA BAY (5-2 fav from 3’s) fought out the finish with Kirkleigh coming out on top. Both will win more races. COCKNEY TRUCKER was rated 142 at his best for the McManus / Hobbs team but is in the veteran stage now and came off a long break to run at Larkhill last month. He had his backers here (16’s to 12’s) and was not disgraced in finishing fourth

The Intermediate featured the biggest field (19) in a British point-to-point this season. I was very taken with the winner IMPACT AREA (a solid 3-1 fav). The sturdy grey was always going well and ran on well to hold the strong finishing ROSEYROO ( 5-1 from 7-2).

STEELTOWN‘S narrow defeat by subsequent hunter chase winner Coombe Hill at the Silverton made him a popular choice in the featured West Country Champion Chase. Kayley Woollacott’s charge was backed from 5-2 to 13-8 fav, but he was back pedalling from three out behind BLAZING WHALE (2-1 out to 7-2)

DICKY BOB’S Maiden success owed much to his rider Tom Chanin’s acrobatic recovery at the penultimate fence. Backed from 4-1 to 5-2, the combination finished with reins and stirrups dangling after that blunder and just had enough in reserve to hold the favourite PETERBROWN (5-2 to 9-4).

Favourites obliged in each division of the Mares and Fillies Maiden (divided on the day). MISS GOTAWAY (evens – 4-5) looked a promising stayer in winning  her section in 7 minutes 32 seconds. ZIGGERSON HILL (3’s into 2’s) was following in the hoof prints of her half sister Miss Ziggerson, who had won this same event in 2005.

IT’S ALL OR NOTHING had the layers wiping off his 10’s. 8’s and 6’s in quick succession in the concluding Restricted. Having settled at 5-1, the grey ran well for a long way until getting tired, leaving INFAMOUS GROUSE (6’s to 5’s) to fight off CARHENEY RIVER (7-4 to 2-1 fav) and survive an objection in a spirited battle to the line.

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A total of 91 runners contested the seven races on the popular old racecourse at Buckfastleigh which looked in great shape. The card featured The West Country Champion chase with £1000 in prize money.

The big race winner Blazing Whale was given a typically patient ride by Robbie Henderson, making steady progress and staying on tenaciously in the testing conditions to hold the sustained challenge of Rye Cross (Jeremy Mahot). “He definitely needs soft ground. He is an improved horse and is jumping better now,” remarked Ottery St Mary trainer Ed Walker who shares ownership with Francis Read.

A field of 19 went to post for the Exeter Racecourse Intermediate, but as the pace quickened just two shades of grey dominated their rivals down the final hill. Long time leader Argentato looked like pulling off a 33-1 surprise, but he was collared by another imposing grey in the shape of Impact Area running down the hill after the second last. Argentato lost second place to the fast finishing Roseyroo on the run-in.

The winner is nine-years-old, but was having only his fourth race. He is owned and trained on Salisbury Plain by Harriet Besent and was ridden by Louis Muspratt. The delighted young owner said, “I bought him off the internet as a hunter. He finished four fences behind in his Hunt race last year so I didn’t think he was a racehorse. He has now won all three races this season which is astounding.”

Tom Chanin followed up his Wadebridge win on Saturday with a double. The Devon rider took the opener on Sue Trump’s Kirkleigh, who returned to his best form on the soft ground, and just held the favourite Indiana Bay (Josh Guerriero) in a driving finish. Trainer Robert Chanin said, “Kirkleigh had a virus last year and had a wind operation in the summer. He pulled some muscles when he slipped on the bend at Wadebridge before Christmas and his back was wrong.”

Dicky Bob proved more of a test for the same rider when winning the Confined Maiden. Chanin sent his mount clear round the top bend, but a jolting mistake at the second last meant that the reins went right over the horses head and the rider lost his irons. This is where his hunting experience paid off. Chanin somehow retained the partnership and steered his gallant mount home in a style I recall from an old cowboy film. Yelverton based Verity Nicholls owns and trains Dicky Bob (not to be confused with her father’s former superb pointer Dicky Blob). “ Dicky Bob was bred by Jethro and was a gift horse as a yearling, We call him Bob at home and it is nice to keep the old name in mind,” said Verity who trains him on the moor.

Darren Edwards continued his good form at the weekend when Infamous Grouse survived an objection and stewards’ enquiry for possible interference on the run in to take the Restricted at the expense of the well backed Carheney River (John Mathias).

It was a weekend to remember for 17-year-old Olivia Hutchings. Fresh from riding her first ever winner on the previous day, the Saltash jockey denied Darren Edwards a double when Ziggerson Hill took advantage of some wayward antics of runner-up She’s Dapper in one of the divisions of the mares and fillies maiden. Olivia works for Ziggerson Hill’s owner/trainer Jackie du Plessis, who bred her winner.

Another home bred mare took the other section in the shape of Audrey Goodwin’s consistent Miss Gotaway. Trainer Kayley Woollacott remarked, “She is a strong mare but was like a baby last year. She stays well and likes the mud,”

RESULTS

Results of the South Pool Harriers 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: The official Photographer was Tracy Roberts, also in attendance were John Beasley, Brian Armstrong and David Strange

NEXT FIXTURE

Sunday 22nd February 2015, East Cornwall (Feb) Point-To-Point, Great Trethew, nr Liskeard.

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