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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Results of the Cornwall Club meeting


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Going: Good to soft, soft in places


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

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

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

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

8 ran; 1 1/2l; 4l;  6mins 16secs

Trainer: Dr Charles Levinson


Men’s Open (Moore’s St Wenn Ltd)

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

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

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

8 ran; 15l; 4l;  6m 12s

Trainer: Sam Drinkwater


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

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

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

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

6 ran; 8l; 8l;  6m 16s

Trainer: Jackie du Plessis


Restricted (Subaru)

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

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

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

7 ran; 2l; 2l;  6m 25s

Trainer; Richard Mitford-Slade


Intermediate (Millerson, Estate Agents)

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

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

4 ran; 2l;  only two finished; 6m 19s

Trainer; David Brace


Open Maiden (Mather & Co, Independent Estate Agents)

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

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

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

14 ran; 2l; 2l;  6m 29s

Trainer; Dean Summersby

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Results: Western Point-To-Point, Wadebridge, 14 February 2015


Going: Soft, tacky

Confined (The Green Waste Company)

1 Sweet My Lord (Tom Chanin) 4-7 fav prom, led 3 out, pushed clear
2 Swansbrook (Leanda Tickle) 7-4 hdwy 14, ev ch 3 out, not pace wnr
3 Archie Rice (Bryony Frost) 20-1 late hdwy, nearest at finish
7 ran; 4l; 1l; 6m 19s
Owner; Mr T & Mrs E M Worth; Trainer: Robert Chanin

Ladies’ Open (Savills Cornwall)

1 Beuvron (Hannah Welch) 1-3 fav made all, easily
2 Iron Chancellor (Bryony Frost) 2-1 chased wnr, well held from 3 out
2 ran; 12l; 6m 10s
Owner: Mr C Stanley; Trainer Sam Holdsworth

Intermediate (Exeter Racecourse)

1 Supreme Danehill (Darren Edwards) 11-1 hdwy 11, led 4 out, stayed on well
2 Little Cornham (Will Biddick) evens fav gd hdwy 12, effort 4 out, alwys held
3 Tolatetobeearly (Taylor Pook) 12-1 made most til 4 out, held from next
8 ran; 5l; 6l; 6m 14s
Owner;Mr G F Edwards; Trainer: Gordon Edwards

Open Maiden

Division 1 (Stimson & Tieken)

1 Lucius Fabeo (Olivia Hutchings) 7-2 alwys prom, led after 4 out, held on well
2 Only Gorgeous (Jo Buck) 12-1 slt ld 4 out, ev ch til no extra flat
3 The Mystro (Will Biddick) 5-4 fav made most til 14, no extra from next
9 ran; 1 1/4l; 14l; 6m 19s
Owner Miss O Hutchings; Trainer Olivia Hutchings

Division 2 (Rosevean Veterinary Practice)

1 Racey Lacey (Will Biddick) 4-5 fav made all, pushed out flat, comf
2 Follow The Paint (Robbie Henderson) 7-4 effort 3 out, cl up blnd next, not recvr
3 Bertie’s Way (Darren Edwards) 14-1 kept on clsg stages
11 ran; 9l; 1l; 6m 23s
Owner The Racey Club (Jo Metherall); Trainer Pauline Geering

Men’s Open (Mr & Mrs Peter George)

1 Before The War (Robbie Henderson) 6-1 good prog 4 out, led after last, ran on
2 Working Title (Sam Drinkwater) 10-11 fav made most til hdd & no extra after last
3 Bellflower Boy (Ben Robarts) 16-1 with ldrs, wknd 4 out
6 ran; 5l; 12l; 6m 15s
Owner Mr Stuart Jarrett; Trainer Ed Walker

Restricted (Trelawny Subaru, Penzance)

1 According To Harry (Darren Edwards) 7-4 led 4 out, slt ld 3 out, asserted flat
2 Le Clo De La Londe (Jamie Thomas) 11-8 fav challd from 4 out, ev ch til no ex flat
3 Genermouse (Josh Newman) 7-1 with ldrs til outpaced 4 out
Owner The Bradley Partnership; Trainer Nicola Martin

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

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Going; Soft

Hunt race (Moores St Wenn Ltd)

1 Benny’s Quest (Ryan Chapman) 1-5 fav made all, easily
2 Tall Storie (Jake Launchbury) 9-2 chased winner throughout
3 Senera (Alice Mills) 9-2 soon bhd, to
3 ran; 12l; 20l; 6mins 46 secs
Owner: R Chapman, Trainer Reuben Chapman

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

1 Working Title (Joe Drinkwater), 5-4 fav made all, comf
2 Sobre Tresor (Taylor Pook) 6-1 2nd from 12th, stayed on well
3 Vertige Dore (Hannah Welch) 33-1 in touch til 4 out
11 ran; 8l; 4l; 6m 11s
Owner: P Drinkwater; Trainer S Drinkwater

Ladies’ Open (Cornish Mutual)

1 Byerley Bear (Leanda Tickle) 2-5 fav made all, ran on strongly
2 Dan Breen (Jo Buck) 5-2 strong chall 3 out, no extra flat
3 Ghizao (Chloe Newton) 8-1 hdwy 12th, wknd 3 out
5 ran; 4l; 6l; 6m 5s
Owner R Knowles; Trainer R Chanin

Restricted (Ray Davies Foods Ltd)

1 Desert Queen (Michael Legg) 4-1 led from 5th, clear 14th, easily
2 Ballanrahan (David Noonan) 8-1 hdwy 14th, stayed on well
3 Railway Benefit (Nick Williams) 11-10 fav went 2nd 14th, no extra from 3 out
10 ran; 12l; 8l; 6m 10s
Owner M Legg, R Clarke, D Jones; Trainer Ben Clarke

Men’s Open (Kivells)

1 Raffa (John Mathias) 5-1 led 14th, ran on well
2 Hameldown Tor (Robbie Henderson) 7-2 4th at 14th, stayed on clsg stgs
3 Minella Fifty (Will Biddick) 5-2 led til 14th, every chance til no extra flat
6 ran; 2l; 2l; 6m 9s
Owner L Fielding-Johnson & R Mitford- Slade. Trainer: R Mitford-Slade

Open Maiden (Stephens Scown Solicitors) Div 1

1 Le Clo De La Monde (Jamie Thomas) 5-1 led 4 out, soon clear
2 Follow The Paint (Bryony Frost) 3-1 fav led 13th til 4 out, held from next
3 Racey Lacey (Will Biddick) 10-1 went 3rd 3 out, not trbl ldrs
11 ran; 12l; 2l; 6m 27s

Div 2

1 Sonoftheking (Darren Edwards) 7-1 led from 7th, pushed clr flat
2 Sisterbrooke (Robbie Henderson) 7-4fav prom, every chance 2 out, no extra
3 Spendajennie (Jamie Thomas) 4-1 cl 2nd & every chance 2 out, no extra flat
13 ran; 3l; 2l; 6m 25s
Owner The Bradley Partnership; Trainer Nicky Martin

Confined (Three Cornish Farriers, R Chapman, A Daniels, C Brandon)

1 Sweet My Lord (Tom Chanin) 4-5 fav led 14th, clr 3 out, v easily
2 Ladyvie (Hannah Welch) 9-2 stayed on to 2nd 2 out, not reach wnr
3 Sir Watty (Darren Edwards) 9-1 led til 14th, wknd 3 out
4 ran; 7l; 14l; 6m 17s
Owner T & Mrs E M Worth ; Trainer; R Chanin

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Results of the Cornwall Club meeting


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


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


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

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Going; Good to Soft

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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AT last this season we were able to enjoy sunshine from a clear blue sky at ChipleyPark. However it was not all plain sailing with lashings of mud around the bookies and paddock which made wellington boots the essential fashion accessory.  

A total of 108 runners contested the 10 races with soft going putting a premium on stamina. All credit to the organisers in defeating the endless wet spell to provide quality racing on soft going which attracted several long distance travellers.“We even had to drain the bottom bend with six inch pipes after it rained again on Saturday night,” said secretary Keith Granger.

The Mixed Open attracted 17 runners which saw champion jockey Will Biddick displaying his artistry with a smooth success on Certain Flight. Backed from 7’s to 4’s, Biddick saved every inch of ground on the rails until edging his mount ahead of the game front running All Great N Theory in the home straight. Keith Cumings trains Certain Flight for owners Richard and Tina Dunsford, and was quick to pay tribute to the rider. “He was given a lovely ride. I was not sure how he would cope with the ground. He has got to go hunter chasing now.” said the trainer, whose daughter Nicky is credited with doing all the work at home and, “won’t let anybody else ride him,” according to the Bishops Nympton trainer.

The Devon mare Lucette Annie revelled in the conditions to score on her seasonal debut in the Mares race. Despite drifting in the betting, the consistent 10-year-old made virtually all and drew away from Popaway and Champagne Rosie over the last two fences to win decisively.” I didn’t really want to make the running,” said winning jockey Darren Edwards. The mare looked really on song and now heads to the valuable Buckfastleigh Mixed Open she won last year. “Our gallops on the farm at Poundsgate have been waterlogged and we missed Wadebridge this year. She is a lot stronger and has done a lot of hill work” remarked Simon Partridge who trains the tough chestnut on behalf of owners Chris and Janet Humphrey.

Ottery St Mary based Ed Walker sent out his first runner of the season, Blazing Whale, to beat the heavily backed favourite Babeny Bridge in the 16-runner Intermediate in the hands of Robbie Henderson. “We have only just started because they all came in fat. Blazing Whale was a bit unlucky last year. He is a proper old fashioned chaser,” commented the trainer, who shares ownership in the Classic Cliché gelding with Francis Read.

Classic Cliché was also responsible for siring the Novice Riders’ winner Justabout, who is out of Cheltenham Gold Cup runner-up Dubacilla. The winner was ridden by Ciaran Gethings who forced his mount up to beat Tamatown and Barneys Mate in a blanket finish. Justabout won five times under rules but had been in the wilderness a bit since his last victory for Colin Tizzard over two years ago. “Colin told me he had no chance on soft ground,” laughed owner /trainer Gerald Greenway. “Ciaran works for Philip Hobbs and schooled him there the other day, but I ride him out at home,” proclaimed the 74-year-old trainer.

Thorverton trainer Robert Chanin saddled a remarkable seventh consecutive winner in the space of five weeks when For The Staff , owned by Roger Knowles and Annie Argyrides, stayed on well under Ian Chanin to win the Hunt Race. “We wanted to give him an easy race to start him off because he had a few hard races last year,” said the trainer, who has hunter chases in mind with a possible run at Buckfastleigh before t

The first division of the Restricted produced the closest finish of the day as Romassor and Un Ami fought out a neck and neck battle all the way up the final climb. It was the recent Wadebridge winner Romassor who was awarded the verdict by a short head under Tom David. “He is a big horse with an enormous stride who will keep on improving. He is the nearest horse I have had to Sericina,” said trainer Chloe Roddick, who went on to reveal that the progressive six-year-old is likely to return to France where he will run over fences for owners Steven Kemble and Patrick Atkinson.

Illicit Illusion initiated a double for jockey Sam Drinkwater and trainer Tom Lacey in the other Restricted division. The HeronIsland six-year-old, owned by the jockey’s father Paul, just held the sustained challenge of Whenharrymetsally to follow up his Barbury Castle Maiden victory. “This is a lovely course, it’s the first time I have ridden here,” said Sam who went on to complete the double on five-year-old Thedrinkymeister in the first Open Maiden which had to be divided on the day. “This horse is still a bit novicey,” remarked Alice Campbell, representing Tom Lacey who was away on a skiing holiday. Thedrinkymeister is another produce of HeronIsland out of a mare called Keel Row who won a couple of hurdle races for the Queen Mother.

Only two finished in the other division which went to the previously unraced Master Hooper, ridden by Matt Hampton. Julie Purdie owns and trains this sturdy home bred Kayf Tara six-year-old at Butterleigh, Devon. “He is still a bit burly and is the fourth winner out of Rempstone who won a point-to-point for us,” said Julie’s husband Sax.

The 15 runners for the concluding Maiden were despatched at 4.40 in gathering gloom. Big Georgie saw out the trip best under James Ridley to step up on his promising effort at Chaddesley Corbett. This strong gelding is trained by the jockey’s mother Heather for owner Alastair McLeish at Newent, Gloucestershire. “We do plenty of work and jumping over an old cross country course at home,” said the rider.


APPLAUSE FOR AMY was the subject of a minor gamble in the Hunt race (8-1 to 5-1). She hails from Mary Sanderson’s yard which sent out Jabiru to win this race five times, but there was little applause from her supporters as she made a bad mistake on the far side and trailed in a moderate fourth

UN AMI was backed from 9-4 into 7-4 in the first Restricted to follow up his Larkhill success. The French bred grey was touched off by a short head but looks sure to atone soon. His young rider Chester Williams shows considerable promise.

There was money for the winner CERTAIN FLIGHT ( 7’s into 4’s) and third placed HAMELDOWN TOR (10’s to 6’s) in the Mixed Open. Will Biddick gave Certain Flight the perfect ride and the gelding looks ready to follow up. Hameldown Tor stays extremely well and can pick up an Open this season.

BABENY BRIDGE was backed from 7-2 to 5-2 to maintain his unbeaten record in the Intermediate. I thought that the winner Blazing Whale got first run on him but he kept on and was far from disgraced in finishing runner up


Results of the Tiverton meeting


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


The following photographers were at the meeting: Bath Photographic (Marcus Bath), Brian Armstrong, David Strange, Equus Prints (Stephen Wensley),John BeasleyPhil BrittSimon BurgessSporting Prints (Alun Sedgemore), Tim Holt and Turfpix (Tracy Roberts)


Sunday 2nd February, Mid Devon Point-To-Point, Black Forest Lodge. Entries for the Mid Devon close at 12 noon, Monday 27th January for the Point-To-Point and this Saturday for the pony racing.


Members race (Sponsor – Stags)

1 For The Staff (Ian Chanin) 4-7 fav

2 Lord Samson (Josh Guerriero) 5-2

3 Edeiff’s Lad (Josh Newman) 25-1

5 ran; 3l; 6l;  6m 45s

Trainer: Robert Chanin

Restricted Division 1 (Agrii)

1 Romassor (Tom David) 9-4

2 Un Ami (Chester Williams) 7-4 fav

3 Gosser Time (Joe Ponting) 50-1

10 ran; short head – 10l;  6m 50s

Trainer; Chloe Roddick

Restricted Division 2 (Pennymoor Timber)

1 Illicit Illusion (Sam Drinkwater) 9-4 fav

2 Whenharrymetsally (Will Biddick( 16-1

3 Boardwalk Empire (Tom Ellis) 7-2

11 ran; 3/4l; 6l;  6m 45s

Trainer: Tom Lacey

Mixed Open (Matford Land Rover & family of the late John Pearcey)

1 Certain Flight (Will Biddick)

2 All Great N Theory (David Renney) 18-1

3 Hameldown Tor (Robbie Henderson) 6-1

17 ran; 2l; 6l;  6m 41s

Trainer: Keith Cumings

PPORA Club Novice Riders’ (Dodson & Horrell)

1 Justabout (Ciaran Gethings) 16-1

2 Tamatown (Alastair Harvey) 5-1

3 Barneys Mate (Christopher Barber) 9-4 fav

10 ran; 1 1/4l; 1l;  6m 56s

Trainer: Gerald Greenway

Intermediate (Exeter Racecourse)

1 Blazing Whale (Robbie Henderson) 8-1

2 Babeny Bridge (Lizzie Kelly 5-2 fav

3 Paddycards (Claire Hart) 8-1

16 ran; 1 1/2l; 6l;  6m 43s

Trainer: Edward Walker

Club Members Mares & Fillies (Hartnoll Hotel & The Thoroughbred Breeders Association Countryside Alliance)

1 Lucette Annie (Darren Edwards) 6-5 fav

2 Popaway (Joe Docker) 5-1

3 Champagne Rosie (Will Biddick) 11-8

6 ran; 5l; 7l;  6m 53s

Trainer: Simon Partridge

Open Maiden Division 1 (Mount Pleasant Inn)

 Part 1

1 Master Hooper (Matt Hampton) 7-2

2 Desert Sting (Ed Glassonbury) 7-2

9 ran won by a distance – only two finished; 7m 2s

Trainer: Julie Purdie

Part 2

1 Thedrinkymeister (Sam Drinkwater) 5-4 fav

2 Mangans Turn (Jack Barber) 6-1

3 Driftwood Haze (Evan David) 8-1

9 ran; 1 1/2l; distance;  6m 52s

Trainer: Tom Lacey

Open Maiden Division 2 (Steve Marsh & friends of the late Robin Barwell)

1 Big Georgie (James Ridley)

2 Bamboleo (Will Telfer) 5-2 fav

3 Corton Ridge (WillBiddick) 8-1

15 ran; 2 1/2l; 6l;  6m 52s

Trainer: Heather Ridley

Preview: Tiverton Foxhounds – Chipley Park, Tiverton Sunday January 19

A Bumper entry of over 170 horses have been received for this weekends Point to Point meeting at Chipley Park, Tiverton, Sunday 19th January. With the Restricted race having already been divided, the organizers have gone for an earlier start time of 11.30am, to pack in what promises to be an action packed day.

Stags sponsor the Hunt Members race which heads up the action, For The Staff is now with the inform Robert Chanin yard, having previously won the Mixed Open here in 2012, that day making virtually all coming home three lengths ahead of Ned The Post, he should enjoy the ground and looks the one to beat, having only been denied once in three Point outings, and the trainer is firing out plenty of winners. The Mary Sanderson-trained Blinding Lights could also feature being a previous course winner here, and was only denied a second course win when beaten a neck by Turthen in this race last year.

Un Ami is a major contender in the first division of the Restricted race. Having won his Maiden at Larkhill for young jockey Chester Williams the partnership must be respected. The Chloe Roddick-trained rangy built Romassor should find this course more to his liking than the tighter corners at Wadebridge where he won his Maiden in December. He is an improving sort and is justifying his 38.000 euro price tag out of Fairyhouse, and surely one to follow.

The second division of the Restricted could see the Welsh raider/trainer David Brace take the spoils back to Wales with Dbobe, but the horse is far from a straight forward ride, having dumped his jockey Bradley Gibbs twice. Another entry, Glenwood Present from the Tanya Taylor team looks to be a safer bet, having only been headed in the final 50 yards at Wadebridge in December, finishing a length third to winner Lightening Jack.

Family of the late John Pearcey & Matford Landrover sponsor the Mixed Open, in which Cheltenham bound Kirkleigh, could start his seasons campaign for owner Sue Trump. Kirkleigh finished last seasons Pointing with a win at Little Windsor in a Men’s Open a neck ahead of Bellsinni Ron. Special Occasion out of the Sarah Gould yard could be a challenger here after his second last season at the course, prefers a right-handed track and five Open wins to his credit including getting the better of Certain Flight (also entered) by a neck at Kingston St Mary.

Of the 26 entered in the Exeter Racecourse sponsored Intermediate, Credit Crunched impressed at Black Forest Lodge when coming home 12 lengths ahead of the field at Black Forest Lodge in December, Theatre Queen was sent off odds- on favourite at Wadebridge and had punters counting their winnings before being headed two out, finishing third behind Champagne Rosie and Sobre Tresor. This could go to one of the Welsh raiders Waddington Hero from the Lee Power yard, a dual Irish Point winner finished second behind Tachbury at Black Forest Lodge when well fancied, and looks sure to take an Intermediate home soon.

In the Dodson & Horrell PPORA Club Members Race Barneys Mate trained by Richard Barber has 21 wins to his credit, and although now 14 years of age is a true schoolmaster, this season could see Barber’s grandson Christopher get the leg up. Working Title for the Drinkwater family obliged at Wadebridge winning the Novice Riders race by 15-lengths for young Joe Drinkwater, and followed that up with a third behind Googoobarabajagal in a Mens Open.

The Fillies and Mares race is sponsored by The Hartnell Hotel, Bolham and The Thoroughbred Breeders Association.The prolific winning mare Lucette Annie could start her seasons campaign, and would look sure to go favourite with ten wins to her credit including seven Opens, including the £1000 winners only race at Buckfastleigh for owner Janet Humphrey.

In the first division of the Open Maiden, sponsored by The Mount Pleasant Inn, Normansland, a suggestion would be The Drinkmeister who ran well under Sam Drinkwater, finishing two lengths second behind Mr McGregor on heavy ground at Chaddesley Corbett in December.

Friends of the Late Robin Barwell sponsor the second division of the Open Maiden in which Go On Henry under jockey Josh Guerriero and out of the Keith Cumings yard could follow up on his second to Flan The Man at Larkhill earlier this month.

The course offers excellent viewing, bar, bookies, hot refreshments and numerous trade stands.

Entrance is £20 per car, £10 car and single occupant.

The course is situated three miles NE of Wellington on B3187. Postcode TA21 OQU


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There is always a convivial atmosphere at the pre-Christmas point-to-point on the Royal Cornwall Showground and this year’s renewal maintained the usual high standard.

The bookmakers, festive trade stands and food and drink all fit into the huge barn. Father Christmas was all at sea because there was no snow – just rain, wind, and more rain. Anyway the bookies brought a few generous gifts……

LADIES’ OPEN  (Sponsor R J Trevarthen)

The seven runners had to contend with dreadful conditions. Heavy rain driven by a strong wind which faced the field in the home straight saw the ground softening by the minute. From what could be seen in the parade ring with the runners well rugged up, Byerley Bear looked sharp for his seasonal debut on a track he loves. The classy Gwanako eased out to 9-4 with the responsibility of giving 16-year-old Megan Nicholls her first ride over jumps as her family looked on. Money came for Vicky Wade’s mount King of Alcatraz who was sent off 5-4 favourite.

Jo Buck sent Byerley Bear to the front at the seventh fence and it was left to Gwanako to chase him home. The winner had scored twice at the showground in the early part of last season and is likely to re-appear at this venue at the North Cornwall meeting in January. “We might try hunter chasing later at a trip short of three miles,” said owner Roger Knowles.

RESTRICTED (Tony Ashworth of The Nare Hotel)

Robert Chanin had saddled Byerley Bear and went on to complete a stable double when five-year-old Welstonedruid stayed on gamely to win the Restricted under Ian Chanin for owners Andrew and Sue Knox. “Soft going is the key to him as he stays and stays. He was tapped for toe when fourth at Black Forest Lodge,” reported the trainer who will be seeking out more early- season races for the Weld gelding  I recall his dam winning at Flete Park a few years ago. The runner-up Minella Fifty (Will Biddick) has an interesting background. Now with Claire Hitch, the King’s Theatre gelding had changed hands in the past for £150,000 to a client of Jonjo O’Neill’s. He should win a Restricted….

INTERMEDIATE (Hutchinsons of Truro)

Will Biddick opened his account for the season on the progressive mare Champagne Rosie in the Intermediate. The task of this likeable seven-year-old was made easier when odds-on favourite Theatre Queen (Mark Wall) gave away 30 lengths with a tardy start. Despite this, Theatre Queen showed in front entering the final circuit, but looked well held by the winner when blundering three fences from home. Sobre Tresor stayed on to snatch second place. Charlotte Davis trains Champagne Rosie at Sutton Montis, Somerset for her owner/breeder John Meaden who has his eyes on the TBA / Countryside Alliance mares race at Chipley Park. “She is genuine and tough and goes a relentless gallop,” enthused Will Biddick. “She came in bigger and stronger and works really hard,” according to her trainer. Definitely one for the note book.

MEN’S OPEN (Moore’s of St Wenn Ltd)

Cock of the Rock was a well backed favourite to follow up his recent win at Black Forest. Bradley Gibbs was content to bide his time on the Welsh challenger before setting him alight four out. Former Coral Cup winner Spirit River looked a big threat crossing the next, but Cock of the Rock battled on gamely up the final climb to score by three lengths. The winner’s owner David Brace had missed his gelding’s success on the opening day of the season, and the pull of holidaying in Barbados also kept him away from Wadebridge. Assistant trainer Robbie Llewellyn confirmed that the winner, “had not done a lot since Black Forest. He spends a lot of time in the field and has been in the sea,” said Robbie.

CLUB MEMBERS FOR NOVICE RIDERS’ (Home Furnishings (Wadebridge) Ltd)

Working Title had finished a promising third behind Cock of the Rock at Black Forest and gave his 17-year-old rider Joe Drinkwater his first winner here. This was a family success since the former Nicky Henderson trained gelding is now handled by the young jockey’s brother Sam, who was celebrating his 23rd birthday. “It is a family effort and our mother Karen deserves a lot of credit. She rides out and does a lot of the work in the yard,” said Sam who rode 11 pointing winners last season but is currently sidelined with a broken foot.


DIV 1 (Paul & Craig Osborne)

The winner Romassor could have a big future. Bought for 38,000 euros at Fairyhouse as a three-year-old, this rangy five-year-old dictated the pace from the seventh fence and was not hard pressed to hold King Killer, also a promising type. Chloe Roddick trains Romassor, whose previous two racecourse appearances had resulted in finishing last over hurdles in France and second in his first point-to-point at Chaddesley Corbett in April.. “He has a lovely big stride but Tom (David) said he didn’t handle the sharp bends round here. It was a rush to get him fit for the Chaddesley race when he came from France in the spring and he is a nice prospect,” added Chloe.

DIV 2 (Tim Osborne)

This concluding 11 runner Maiden was run in gathering gloom and produced a surprise winner in 20-1 outsider My Friend Riquet. Owned and trained by Dave Roberts near Shrewsbury, the six-year-old Laveron gelding fought off Sutton Storm and The Copper Jug under Alex Edwards. “I got him at Ascot sales 18 months ago and he works well at home,” said the Shropshire trainer.


59 of the 75 entries (78%) ran. No point in wasting entry fees nowadays.

Betting on the Novice Riders’ race centred on only two runners, The winner Working Title varied between 7-4 and 5-2 with former high class chaser Rebel Du Maquis easing slightly to 4-7 and 4-6 from early 2-1 on.

The favourite Cock of the Rock obliged in the Men’s Open after being backed from 7-4 into 5-4. The gamble in this event went astray as Googoobarabajagal (14-1 into 7-2) faded to finish fourth.

There was good money for Upto Ollie at around 4-1 and Tiger Wild (5-1 to 5-2) in the first section of the maiden won by the favourite Romassor. Jo Buck’s mount Coombeshead Lass was also a springer in this race from 20’s into 7’s but could only finish sixth.

Bookmaker David Phillips asserts that the layers generally had a losing day but got some respite in the last race as the virtually unbacked My Friend Riquet came to their rescue at fancy odds. A few “faces” nibbled at The Copper Jug from the in- form Chloe Roddick yard (7’s into 4’s). This Milan gelding could be a winner in waiting.


Results of the Cornwall Club meeting


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The following photographers were at the meeting: Bath Photographic, Brian Armstrong, Equus Prints (Coming soon), Hamish MitchellJohn Beasley and Tim Holt.


REMEMBER the entries deadline for the next Point-To-Point in the Devon & Cornwall area, the North Cornwall fixture, is 12 noon Monday 30th December 2013.