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

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WRITTEN BY GRANVILLE TAYLOR

WELSH challengers mounted yet another successful foray at the North Cornwall point-to-point held at the Royal Cornwall Showground..

Jockeys described the going as soft, heavy in places on an afternoon punctuated by blustery rain and hail showers.

The early season Devon & Cornwall fixtures have provided rich pickings for Welsh stables, especially the Pyle, near Bridgend yard of David Brace and his jockey Byron Moorcroft, Bob The Butcher (Restricted race) and Doctor Braveheart (Men’s Open) completed a double for the pair on Sunday, taking Byron Moorcroft to the six-winner mark for the season. Seven-year-old Bob The Butcher, making his first appearance for 13 months, stayed on gamely up the final climb to repel the late thrust of Annwyl. “I think he has a bit more to give yet,” said owner/trainer David Brace, who bred the gelding at his Dunraven Stud. “I had his sire Needle Gun and his dam Brydferth Ddu, who was jet black, and whose name is Welsh for Black Beauty,”

Doctor Braveheart achieved his seasonal hat trick for the same combination in the Men’s Open. Byron Moorcroft dictated the pace against his sole opponent Big Fella Thanks (Noel George), and held on dourly up the hill to score by a length and a half before surviving a stewards’ enquiry for drifting across his rival near the finish. “We didn’t go much of a gallop and my mount hung a bit approaching the last fence,” commented the winning rider.

The aptly named Doctor Braveheart was stepping up to Open class for the first time having won his Intermediate at the showground last month. The horses for courses theory was further emphasised when Premier Portrait proved too strong for his 11 rivals in the Novice Riders Race, and when Ray Diamond took the Ladies’ Open.

The ex-Kim Bailey chaser Premier Portrait had followed up his Black Forest win in November by beating Kirkleigh on this course last month, and the pair provided an action replay of that result this time. Radley schoolboy Gus Levinson has now ridden Premier Portrait to his three victories this season in his father’s colours. “He is more of a stayer and didn’t hang this time. We may run next at Cocklebarrow in two weeks time,” reported the young rider whose busy life style includes fitting in A level studies.

The huge barn at this course is a real asset in bad weather, housing all the facilities, including trade stands and live coverage of the racing on a wide screen. It is a useful refuge for spectators and keeps the bookies in comfort. Hail stones were peppering the barn roof like bullets as the five runners paraded for the ladies’ race. The rain, wind and hail however failed to stop the likeable Ray Diamond from charging up the hill to defeat Rebel Du Maquis by seven lengths in a repeat of the Cornwall Hunt Club Ladies’ run here exactly one month ago. “He didn’t really enjoy it until he was in front,” reported winning jockey Olivia Hutchings, who has struck up a good partnership with this 11-year-old. Olivia works in the yard of Ray Diamond’s owner/trainer Jackie Du Plessis at Saltash. “We will probably stay in Ladies races and he can give Olivia plenty of experience,” said the trainer.

Iron Chancellor won the Confined comfortably under Sean Houlihan to repeat his success in this same race two years ago. Trainer Sue Popham reported, “We have only got two horses in training now. This one may be aimed at a Newton Abbot hunter chase later in the season and his stable mate Swansbrook will go to Black Forest next week.”

Sutton Storm seemed to relish the soft conditions to win the first division of the Maiden. Michael Legg pushed his mount clear round the final bend before going on to score by 12 lengths. The 11-year-old was enjoying a welcome change of luck having been runner up in a better race here last month. The gelding was home bred by his Sparkford, Somerset owner/trainer Angela Davis, who reported, “He suffered a broken rib when brought down in a Wincanton hurdle race which led to complications and major surgery. He is a different horse now and jumps brilliant. He is qualified for the Stratford Subaru Final.”

The other Maiden division saw the mare Follow The Paint turn her bridesmaid status into that of a bride. The six-year-old had been runner up in five maidens last season, and finally came good in the hands of Jo Buck when drawing away from the tiring favourite Looking Glass to score by 15 lengths. This was a first training success for Lydia Svensson, who has taken over three of the horses in John Heard’s yard near Okehampton. “I have worked for John for three seasons and he has given me the opportunity to train this year. Follow The Paint is such a nightmare at home,” she smiled, but Lydia will probably forgive the mare for her memorable success

Joe Tickle trained Sedgemoor Top Bid to win the two runner Members’ race in the colours of Paul Mann. Jamie Thomas made all the running to beat Miller of Glanmire by the length of the run in. “He could be aimed at the Intermediate final at Exeter. He needs better ground and would prefer a right hand course,” reported the trainer.

RESULTS

Results of the North Cornwall meeting

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PHOTOGRAPHERS

The following photographers were at the meeting: Tim Holt, Marcus Bath, John Beasley, Adele Stevens (Cornish Equine Media), Roger Peaple, Shayoleigh Dabbs Photography, and Athwenna Irons (Western Morning News).

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

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Going; Soft, heavy in places

Hunt race (Moores St Wenn Ltd)

1 Sedgemoor Top Bid (Jamie Thomas) 1-3 fav made all ,clear two out, easily

2 Miller Of Glanmire (Darren Edwards) 2-1 chased winner,in touch til faded two out

2 ran; won by a distance; 7m 14s

Owner; Paul Mann; Trainer; Joe Tickle

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

1 Premier Portrait (Gus Levinson) 7-4 fav handy, strong run two out, led last, rdn out

2 Kirkleigh (Alastair Harvey) 2-1 tracked leader final circuit, every chance last, no extra cl home

3 Sobre Tresor (Tom Hawke) 8-1 led 11th til headed last, kept on well

12 ran; 2l; 1/2l; 6m 24s

Owner; Dr Charles Levinson; Trainer; Dr Charles Levinson

Ladies’ Open (3 Cornish Farmers, R Chapman, A Daniels, A Prout)

1 Ray Diamond (Olivia Hutchings) 1-2 fav prom, disputed 14, drew clear flat

2 Rebel Du Maquis (Chloe Roddick) 7-2 disputed 14, every chance til no extra flat

3 Good Egg (Sarah Rippon) 16-1 in touch til wknd five out

5 ran; 7l; 3 1/2l; 6m 32s

Owner; Jackie Du Plessis; Trainer; Jackie Du Plessis

Restricted (Ray Davies Foods)

1 Bob The Butcher (Byron Moorcroft) 1-3 fav close up, led three out, stayed on strongly

2 Annwyl (Will Gordon) 13-2 prom, outpaced three out, stayed on well flat

3 Shannon Smacker (Josh Pearce) 3-1 lost touch 14th

3 ran; 1 1/2l; 20l; 6m 56s

Owner; David Brace; Trainer; David Brace

Men’s Open (Kivells)

1 Doctor Braveheart (Byron Moorcroft) 11-8 made all, in command from three out, stayed on strongly

2 Big Fella Thanks (Noel George) 4-9 fav chased leader, kept on under pressure flat

2 ran; 1 1/2l; 6m 55s

Owner; David Brace; Trainer; David Brace

Open Maiden

Div 1 (Stephens Scown Solicitors)

1 Sutton Storm (Michael Legg) 11-10 fav handy, led four out, drew clear next, comfortably

2 Bertie’s Way (Darren Edwards) 4-1 headway four out, not reach winner

3 Miss Weld (Pippa Glanville) 8-1 led til four out, kept on flat

8 ran; 12l; short head;

Owner; Mrs Angela Davies; Trainer; Mrs Angela Davies

Div 2 (The Old Inn, St Breward)

1 Follow The Paint (Jo Buck) 3-1 in touch, led four out, ran on strongly

2 Looking Glass (Michael Legg) 5-2 fav keen hold, made most til four out, soon no extra, fin tired

3 Troubleshot (Tom Chanin) 8-1 left third three out, not reach leaders

9 ran; 15l; 12l; 6m 40s

Owner; The Beefeater Partnership (K Heard); Trainer; Lydia Svensson

Confined (Cornish Mutual)

1 Iron Chancellor (Sean Houlihan) 6-4 fav took lead 13th, stayed on strongly

2 Ladyvie (Hannah Welch) 5-1 chased winner from 13th, stayed on one pace

3 Reliable Richie (Darren Edwards) 4-1 chased leaders, no extra from two out

5 ran; 6l; 5l; 6m 34s

Owner: Scott, Meyrick, Bugler Partnership; Trainer; Sue Popham

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

REPORT & RESULTS

Report from the Cornwall Club meeting

Results of the Cornwall Club meeting

Cornwall Club entries

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

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WRITTEN BY GRANVILLE TAYLOR

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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CORNWALL HUNT CLUB 13 DECEMBER 2015 – RESULTS

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Going: Good to soft, soft in places

 

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

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

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

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

8 ran; 1 1/2l; 4l;  6mins 16secs

Trainer: Dr Charles Levinson

 

Men’s Open (Moore’s St Wenn Ltd)

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

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

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

8 ran; 15l; 4l;  6m 12s

Trainer: Sam Drinkwater

 

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

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

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

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

6 ran; 8l; 8l;  6m 16s

Trainer: Jackie du Plessis

 

Restricted (Subaru)

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

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

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

7 ran; 2l; 2l;  6m 25s

Trainer; Richard Mitford-Slade

 

Intermediate (Millerson, Estate Agents)

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

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

4 ran; 2l;  only two finished; 6m 19s

Trainer; David Brace

 

Open Maiden (Mather & Co, Independent Estate Agents)

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

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

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

14 ran; 2l; 2l;  6m 29s

Trainer; Dean Summersby

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Devon & Cornwall point-to-point area award 2015 and final standings

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4 POINTS WIN;  2 POINTS 2ND;  1 POINT 3RD.

Leading male rider: Peter Pearn Memorial Cup

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Leading male rider Darren Edwards receiving the Peter Pearn Memorial Cup at the Devon & Cornwall Point to Point end of season Dinner and Dance

MEN’S TITLE

Darren Edwards 123 points
Will Biddick 112  points
Jamie Thomas 85 points
Robbie Henderson 64 points
Matt Hampton 55 points
John Mathias 46 points
Tom Chanin 45 points
David Noonan 43 points
Sean Houlihan 33 points
Jake Bament 24 points

Leading lady rider: JG Kellock Memorial Cup

Leading lady rider Leanda Tickle receiving the JG Kellock Memorial Cup at the Devon & Cornwall Point to Point end of season Dinner and Dance

LADIES’TITLE

Leanda Tickle 67 points
Jo Buck 47 points
Hannah Welch 39 points
Vicky Wade 35 points
Bryony Frost 34 points
Pippa Glanville 20 points
Heidi Lewis 20 points
Jennifer Davenport 16 points
Oliva Hutchins 13 points

Leading male novice rider:  

Leading male novice rider David Noonan receiving his award at the Devon & Cornwall area dinner and dance

NOVICE MEN’S TITLE (5 winners or less at start of season)

David Noonan 43 points
Sean Houlihan 33 points
Harry Cobden 21 points
Jake Bament 24 points
Ryan Chapman 14 points
Hedley Webb 11 points
Joe Drinkwater 8 points
Paul Thomas 6 points

Leading lady novice rider:

Leading lady novice rider Hannah Welch receiving her award at the Devon & Cornwall area dinner and dance

NOVICE LADIES’ TITLE (5 winners or less at start of season)

Hannah Welch 39 points
Pippa Glanville 20 points
Heidi Lewis 20 points
Jennifer Davenport 16 points
Olivia Hutchings 13 points
Emma Watson 8 points
Charlotte Prichard 8 points
Lucy Mager 7 points
Taylor Pook 7 points
Harriet Skinner 4 points

Leading owner: GK Probert Perpetual Challenge Cup :  

The Bradley Partnership (Miss Nicola Martin)  55 points

Owner/rider most points on one horse: Silver Ransome Perpetual Challenge Cup:

Jennifer Davenport received the Owner/rider most points on one horse award and Leading owner/rider/trainer award at the Devon & Cornwall Point to Point end of season Dinner and Dance

Jennifer Davenport – Mic’s Delight – 16 points

Leading veteran rider: Orchard Perpetual Challenge Cup;  

Leading veteran rider Alex Muirhead receiving his Orchard Perpetual Challenge Cup award at the Devon & Cornwall area dinner and dance

VETERAN TITLE

Alex Muirhead    3 points
Kim Courtauld    1 point

Leading horse:  Axminster Carpets Perpetual Challenge Cup

Dicky Bob – Miss Verity Nicholls – 20 points

Leading novice horse: Little Vanity Perpetual Challenge Cup:

Dicky Bob –Miss Verity Nicholls- 20 points

Leading mare ; Cornish Princess Perpetrual Challenge Cup;

Whenharrymetsally  – Mrs Hannah Broggio – 15 points

Leading veteran horse –  Anjubi Perpetual Challenge Trophy:

Bellflower Boy – Ben Robarts – 12  points

Owner/breeder: Seal Marine Perpetual Challenge Trophy

Ziggerson Hill –Miss Jackie Du Plessis – 9 points

Leading owner/rider/trainer: HJ Widdicombe Memorial Perpetual Challenge Trophy:

Jennifer Davenport – Mic’s Delight – 16 points

Rider gaining most points at single meeting: Prideaux Horse Perpetual ChallengeTrophy:  

Will Biddick receiving his Rider gaining most points at single meeting award at the Devon & Cornwall area dinner and dance

Will Biddick – 5 winners and a third = 21 points Dulverton West

Devon & Cornwall Bookmakers Perpetual Challenge Trophy – Rider longest official SP;

Mervyn Woodward – Highland Thistle 66-1 at Dulverton West

Western Morning News Trophy 2015 – best individual performance

Ryan Chapman receiving his award the Western Morning News silver salver from Frank Yeo at the Devon & Cornwall Point to Point Dinner and Dance. He also appeared on the sports page of The Western Morning News following the awards ceremony.

Ryan Chapman:

Ryan and his family are the essence of a pointing family having supported the sport locally for generations. Ryan himself rode as a 16-year-old but had a long break to further his career as a farrier. He shed 5 stones in order to continue riding in point-to-points in the last couple of years.

Riding pointers prepared by the family, and with only a handful of rides, he rode his first winner at Wadebridge in January, and rode a double on Easter Monday at his local Trebudannon track.

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Report: Torrington Farmers Point-to-Point, Chapleton Barton, near Umberleigh, Saturday June 13 2015

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THE British point-to-point season drew to a close at Umberleigh last Saturday against the background of the traditional end of season party atmosphere. The Torrington Farmers’ meeting ended the six and a half months Devon & Cornwall area campaign stretching back to last November’s opener at Black Forest Lodge.

The prolific Welsh pointer Findlay’s Find has been a great servant to Paul and Myfanwy Miles and showed his liking for the track by repeating last year’s Men’s Open win under David Mansell. The sturdy nine-year-old was scoring for only the second time this season, but his illustrious career CV now shows 22 pointing wins plus a hunter chase.

“We nearly didn’t come after it rained on Friday because he needs fast ground and the firmer the better for him. Dave kept him to the outside for better ground and he really appreciates a test of stamina,” said Paul Miles. Jockey David Mansell is of course vastly experienced but has had a lean year by his standards. “This is my first pointing winner since Barbury Castle last December so I have doubled my score,” joked the rider.

The South Pembrokeshire qualified Rosies Peacock (John Mathias), bidding for his eighth success of the season, started favourite and was prominent until weakening up the final climb to finish last of the four runners. It was left to the Cheshire trained Threapwood (Oliver Greenall) to chase home the winner, with the only West country representative Bathwick Scanno a creditable third…

Florence Mary is another fast ground specialist and found conditions to her liking when taking the Ladies’ Open. The ten-year-old looked in trouble down the back straight but was sent past leader Skating Home after the final ditch to score readily in the colours of Jeff Fear, who described his mare as, “a late season horse.”

The winner was a third pointing success for 17-year-old jockey Lucy Mager, a recruit from pony racing, who has just completed her first year of A levels at King’s Wessex. Florence Mary’s Wedmore based trainer Emma Mellor, due to give birth in two months time, has done well to rejuvenate her charge “She has always been a monkey and was not a great eater. I have changed her diet and her therapist and she lives a bit like a mountain goat. She checks the cows and sometimes goes to the beach at Burnham,” smiled the trainer.

The Confined field was reduced to two when Just Seven crashed out after a circuit, leaving odds-on favourite Robin Will well clear. 10-1 outsider Lucys Girl looked a forlorn hope until the favourite’s stride shortened dramatically after the last ditch, allowing Lucys Girl and young rider Jake Bament to sweep past. The winner, bought cheaply at Ascot sales last July, is owned and trained by Dan Farr just two miles from the course at Atherington.

Carry On Nando finished alone in the Restricted to give Irish born jockey Sean Houlihan his fifth career winner. His mount was well clear when sole opponent Gouranga Society unseated Paul Sheard at the final fence. Owned by Jenny Luscombe and Richard Candy and trained by Gordon Chambers, the winner was also sourced from Ascot sales last July. “He needs top of the ground and would make a super schoolmaster. We gave Sean (Houlihan) his first winner in March,” reported the trainer.

Heidi Lewis is another pony racing recruit and steered Kawana Cove home in the Intermediate. Nine-year-old Kawana Cove is jointly owned by the rider and her father David, and is trained by her mother Maria. The gelding had undergone a lean spell this season after taking the Restricted on this card last June. “He doesn’t like it soft and hates tacky ground,” commented the 18-year-old jockey who works for Kayley and Richard Woollacott and was partnering her fourth career winner.

After finishing runner up on his only other mount of the day, Oliver Greenall celebrated his retirement from the saddle by winning the final race of the season on 12-1 outsider Come On Louis, a horse he also trains near Malpas, Cheshire. The rider has happy memories of Umberleigh having set the then record total of 56 winners in a season with a double there in 2008 (since equalled by his brother Tom in 2009 and recently considerably upped by Will Biddick this year). Sitting in the changing tent afterwards with some relief showing, 28-year-old Oliver with over 200 career winners to his name explained, “This horse is owned by my box driver Andrew Ralphs who couldn’t be here today. My brother Jake bought him as a four-year-old and he has had all sorts of problems. This is the first season we have had a clear run with him. My plan is to concentrate on training pointers next season and to take out a full trainers licence after that.

2014-15 area and national champions (left to right) Leanda Tickle, Darren Edwards, Will Biddick, Gina Andrews and David Noonan.  Photo courtesy of David Simpson of AGA
2014-15 area and national champions (left to right) Leanda Tickle, Darren Edwards, Will Biddick, Gina Andrews and David Noonan. Photo courtesy of David Simpson of AGA

RESULTS

Results of the Tiverton Staghounds meeting

VIDEO

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

PHOTOGRAPHERS

The following professional and amatuer photographers were at the meeting:  Tim Holt, Western Morning News (Athwenna Irons), Go Pointing, Baths Photographic (Marcus Bath), Brian Armstrong, Big Green Annual (John Beasley), David Simpson (AGA) and Roger Peaple P2P and Ponies

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RESULTS: TORRINGTON FARMERS POINT-TO-POINT AND DEVON & CORNWALL PONY RACING FINALS – CHAPLETON BARTON, UMBERLEIGH – 13th JUNE 2015

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Point-To-Point Races

Going: Good; Good to Firm & Soft in places

Confined; (Devonshire Motors of Barnstaple)

1 Lucys Girl (Jake Bament) 10-1 Chased leader 8th til led after three out, soon clear
2 Robin Will (Jamie Thomas) 4-7 fav left in lead 8th, wknd quickly & headed after three out, no chance from next
3 ran; only two finished; 30l
Owner; Dan Farr; Trainer; Dan Farr

Restricted (Tim Forster Memorial sponsored by Kivells)

1 Carry On Nando (Sean Houlihan) 8-13 fav made most , drew away three out, left alone last
2 ran; Finished Alone
Owner; Mrs J Luscombe & R Candy; Trainer; Gordon Chambers

Men’s Open (Davisons)

1 Findlay’s Find (David Mansell) 5-2 disputed lead 11th til went clear after three out, stayed on strongly
2 Threapwood (Oliver Greenall) 9-2 held up in touch, good hdwy after three out, kept on but not reach winner
3 Bathwick Scanno (Rob Hawker) 5-1 led til 10th, outpaced four out, rallied to 3rd flat
4 ran; 4l; 10l; 6m 42s
Owner; Paul Miles; Trainer; Myfanwy Miles

Ladies’ Open (E J Snell & Sons Ltd)

1 Florence Mary (Lucy Mager) 7-4 fav in touch, prog to lead three out, stayed on well
2 Bay To Go (Hannah Watson) 5-1 chased leaders, went 2nd five out, one pace from two out
3 Tiger D’Oust (Vicky Wade) 7-2 midfield, took 3rd apprg last, not reach leaders
7 ran; 2l; 4l; 6m 41s
Owner; Jeff Fear; Trainer; Emma Mellor

Intermediate (Claire Howarth, The Barum Stud)

1 Kawana Cove (Heidi Lewis) 4-1 disputed lead 11th , led after three out, drew clear next
2 Sedgemoor Top Bid (Jamie Thomas) 11-8 disputed lead 11th til three out, gradually faded
3 Delta Borget (Vicky Wade) 11-2 chased leaders til no extra after three out
4 ran; 8l; 7l; 6m 38s
Owner; David & Heidi Lewis; Trainer; Maria Lewis

Open Maiden (Smallridge Bros Ltd)

1 Come On Louis (Oliver Greenall) 10-1 chased clear leader, lost place four out, rallied two out, ran on well
2 Kilcolman Wizard (Darren Edwards) 4-1 soon well clear, weakened quickly two out
3 Derniere Dance (David Noonan) 13-2 tacked leaders, every chance three out, one pace
10 ran; 4l; 4l; 6m 39s
Owner; Andrew Ralphs; Trainer; Oliver Greenall

National Champions Will Biddick and Gina Andrews, with outgoing secretary Gillian Underhill following the conclusion to the 2014-15 season at the Torrington Farmers Point-To-Point, at Umberleigh.
National Champions Will Biddick and Gina Andrews, with outgoing secretary Gillian Underhill following the conclusion to the 2014-15 season at the Torrington Farmers Point-To-Point, at Umberleigh. Photo courtesy of Tim Holt

Pony Racing

Point to Point Pony Racing CONFIRMED RESULTS FOR THE TORRINGTON FARMERS AT UMBERLEIGH ON SATURDAY, 13TH JUNE 2015:

138cm & Under

1. CHURCHILL – Tamby Welch 
2. THE JOBS NOT STRAIGHT – Tyler Heard
3. HONKY TONK GIRL – Brad Kent
4. MOCKING BIRD – Alfie Godfrey
5. GINGER WIZARD – Chad Bament 
6. BECCA WALK O’ THE WILD SIDE – Molly Landau 
7. HELSINGTON VANETTA – Lewis McDonald
8. MAGIC – Honor Weatherlake
9. PARKHILL PLAYBOY – Joshua Brown
10. MENEDH JUMPING JACK FLASH – Otis Morgan

Video of the finish: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Point-to-Point-Pony-Racing/308495205966944/videos/486411528175310/

148cms & under

1. HAWKSFIELD FLYER – Fergus Gillard
2. CALYPSO – Ben Godfrey 
3. BARBOZA – Isabel Hunt 
3. GOODNIGHT – Bruce Young 
5. SHOTGUN MINNIE – Tyler Heard 
6. SPRINGS – Thomasina Eyston

NR DONT TELL DAI – Connor Brace 
NR IGO ZUMINOV – James Armstrong

Video of the finish: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Point-to-Point-Pony-Racing/308495205966944/videos/486412174841912/

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DEVON & CORNWALL AREA – JOCKEYS’ TITLES 2014/15 LATEST STANDINGS AS OF 7th JUNE 2015


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The latest standings for the area jockeys’ awards up to & including the Tiverton Staghounds  meeting (7th June 2015) are:-

MEN’S TITLE
Darren Edwards 121 points
Will Biddick 112  points
Jamie Thomas 82 points
Robbie Henderson 64 points
Matt Hampton 55 points
John Mathias 46 points
Tom Chanin 45 points

 

LADIES’ TITLE
Leanda Tickle 67 points
Jo Buck 47 points
Hannah Welch 39 points
Bryony Frost 34 points
Vicky Wade 33 points
Pippa Glanville 20 points
Jennifer Davenport 16 points
Heidi Lewis 16 points

 

NOVICE MEN’S TITLE
(5 winners or less at start of season) 
David Noonan 42 points
Sean Houlihan 29 points
Harry Cobden 21 points
Jake Bament 20 points
Ryan Chapman 14 points
Hedley Webb 11 points

 

NOVICE LADIES’ TITLE
(5 winners or less at start of season)
Hannah Welch 39 points
Pippa Glanville 20 points
Jennifer Davenport 16 points
Heidi Lewis 16 points
Olivia Hutchings 13 points
Emma Watson    8 points
Charlotte Prichard    8 points
Taylor Pook    7 points

This years End of Season DO!! will be on Saturday 27th June at The New Continental Plymouth.
Tickets available now for the END of Season Awards (15th Apr). Tickets £45 each

To order tickets:
– Facebook message Katie Squire
– Phone 01805 603129
– or email katiesquire980@btinternet.com

Please ask for Bobbie at the New Continental, Plymouth when you call to book a room. Her direct number is 01752 276797.

Anyone with any trophies from last year’s awards or from previous years please let Katie Squire know, and bring them to Chapleton Barton, Umberleigh She will be VERY happy !!!!!!! thanks !!!

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RESULTS: EXMOOR POINT-TO-POINT AND PONY RACES– BRATTON DOWN – 31st MAY 2015

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Point-To-Point Races

Going: Good / Good to soft

Hunt race (RSM Beares & Brian Thorne & Son)

1 The Mystro (Lee Drowne)  led three out, stayed on strongly

2 Father Owen (Scott Turner) 10-1 steady hdwy from 15th, went 2nd flat

3 Bernshaw (Darren Edwards) 1-2 fav led til three out, weakend

4 ran; won by distance; 1l; 6m 10s

Owner; Duckers & Divers Club; Trainer; Keith Cumings

Restricted (Rosettes Direct)

1The Flying Doc (Robbie Henderson) 4-1  good hdwy three out, took lead flat, v. easily

2 Winter Garden (Sean Houlihan) 9-2 chased leaders, outpaced after two out, stayed on late

3 A Real Cliché (Will Biddick) 5-2 fav  led 15th til headed 150 yards out

10 ran; 1 1/2l; neck;  6m 13s

Owner; Cow Boys; Trainer; Ed Walker

Ladies’ Open (Bray Leino)

1 Minella Fifty (Charlotte Prichard) 7-4 fav led from 14th, stayed on well

2 Presentandcorrect (Laura Scott) 11-4 led/ disputed 5th til 13th, pressed leader til no extra flat

3 Fiulin (Leanda Tickle) 5-1 went third two out, not reach leaders

8 ran; 6l; 10l;  6m 11s

Owner; E & Mrs C Hitch; Trainer; Claire Hitch

Men’s Open (Moore Scarrott)

1 Whataknight (Will Biddick) 4-6 fav held up, hdwy three out, led 250 yards out, soon clear

2 Parkam Jack (Jamie Thomas) 5-2 held up, hdwy to lead after three out til headed flat

3 Right Enough (Tom Chanin) 16-1 prom, led 15th til three out, weakened

5 ran; 5l; 20l;  6m 9s

Owner; T Hamlin; M dare; J Snook; Trainer; Jack Barber

Intermediate (Ashley Farrant & the Kingdon family)

1 What About Will (Vicky Wade) 3-1 led from 14th, drew clear flat, comf

2 Way Before dawn (Leanda Tickle) 5-1 went 2nd 16th, pressed ldr, every chance til wknd flat

3 Redlynch Rock (Rob Hawker) 4-1 hdwy three out, stayed on to take 3rd close home

9 ran; 12l; 3l;  6m 11s

Owner; Keith wade; Trainer; Neil Harris

Open Maiden

Division 1(The Old Station House Inn)

1 Spendajennie (Matt Hampton) 6-1 tracked ldr from 13th, led last, drew clear flat

2 Master Max (Will Biddick) evens fav progress12th, effort & every ch two out, no extra flat

3 Derniere Dance (David Noonan) 10-1 headway three out, stayed on steadily

9 ran; 6l; 6l;  6m 19s

Owner; Andrew & Hannah Broggio; Trainer; Kayley Woollacott

Division 2 (Slee Blackwell Solicitors)

1 Brandevin (Will Biddick) 11-8 fav held up, hdwy three out, quickened to lead 200 yards out

2 The Conjurer (Rob Hawker) 10-1 alwys prom, disputed lead three out til 200 yards out

3 Regular Guy (Darren Andrews) 14-1 chased leaders, 3rd at last, kept on close home

8 ran; 5l; 5l;  6m 23s

Owner; C Donlon; Trainer; Jack Barber

Pony Racing

Point to Point Pony Racing CONFIRMED RESULTS FOR THE EXMOOR HUNT AT BRATTON DOWN ON SUNDAY, 31ST MAY 2015:

138cms & Under Race at 1.00pm

1. CHURCHILL – Tamby Welch
2. MOCKING BIRD – Alfie Godfrey
3. GINGER WIZARD – Chad Bament
4. BECCA WALK O’ THE WILD SIDE – Molly Landau
5. MAGIC – Honor Weatherlake
6. TALPONCIAU PERFECT PRINT – Hamish Clarke
7. JOBANKER MORNING MIST – Finn Muirhead
8. PARKHILL PLAYBOY – Joshua Brown
9. KISSY – Emily Handel
UR HELSINGTON VANETTA – Lewis McDonald

NR TOBY – Josh Craddock

148cms & under at 1.20pm

1. VADLAWALKOVER – Tamby Welch
2. CALYPSO – Ben Godfrey
3. IGO ZUMINOV – James Armstrong
4. COOL RUNNER – Thomas Doggrell
5. PICKMERE BOND STREET – Hamish Clarke

NR SHOTGUN MINNIE- Tyler Heard
NR SPRINGS – Thomasina Eyston
NR TARKA – Michael Treneer
NR TOTAL ECLIPSE – William Cox

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