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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


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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.

Spooners & West Dartmoor, Cherrybrook Preview

Spooners & West Dartmoor hosts this weekend’s Point-to-Point meeting at Cherrybrook on Sunday April 7. With seven races on the card attracting more than one hundred entries this course offers ideal viewing for racegoers with a pretty backdrop of Dartmoor giving a great location.

The Hunt Members sponsored by Condy Mathias is the first race up at 1pm and of those entered Diamond Brook for trainer Emma Loosemore ran a good second by three and a half lengths to Swansbrook at Blackforest Lodge, and was then unlucky at Buckfastleigh when falling having led the race until three fences from home.

Tyre Marks of Tavistock sponsor the Restricted which is full of progressive talent. The Camilla Scott trained Ladfromhighworth ran well when four lengths second behind Hunter Chase winner Robin Will at Buckfastleigh in February, this front runner had made virtually all when winning his Maiden at Blackforest Lodge and should prefer the drier going. Kostaquarta from the Richard Barber yard is another to consider after his Maiden win at Larkhill for jockey Jack Barber.

In the Mixed Open Checkerboard from the inform Kayley Jones yard won the Mens Open at Wadebridge in March four lengths ahead of Osric. Indiana Bay is a previous course winner here and Sericina has found her form again having beaten Uncle Keef on good ground in February for trainer Chloe Roddick. This race is sponsored by Synergy Chartered Accountants.

The Confined entries could see Hameldown Tor a previous course winner here turn out again after his second at Cotley last weekend to John Daniell, another entry to win last weekend is King of Alcatraz when taking the Confined at Trebudannon for trainer Roy Smith if they are absent then the connections of Diamond Brook may choose this race over the Members and cannot be ruled out.

Exeter Racecourse sponsor the Intermediate and of those entered The Wealerdealer won at Larkhill in March when sent off odds-on favourite for jockey Will Biddick beating Gort Na Lea by a head. Blazing Whale for trainer Ed Walker ran second to Raupehu at Buckfastleigh and previous wins are on good going, and Searree for Pauling Geering prefers drier ground and could be in the mix if turning out again after his second to Fiulin at Trebudannon.

The Open Maiden race has already been divided with 20 and 19 entries in each division.

Course location is 2 miles north of Tavistock signed from A386 PL19 0LA. Entrance is £10 car & driver £5 additional adults.

All on course facilities bar, bookmakers, hot refreshments and trade stands.

Dulverton Farmers, Treborough Hill Preview

Treborough Hill set on Exmoor overlooking the Bristol Channel is the location for this weekend’s Point-to-Point meeting on Sunday March 10. With seven races on the card it is sure to be a great way for all the family to spend Mothers Day, and to add to the stunning scenery the organisers have again hired a large screen for racegoers to enjoy a close view of the racing.

Course specialist Deb’s Dasher lines up in the Hunt Members which kicks off the action at 12.30pm. The gelding took the Confined here last season and went on to take the Mixed Open at Kilworthy for Richard Woollacott two weeks later. His main opponent looks to be the Leslie Jefford trained Delta Borget, who won this race last season and recently scored a second to Hameldown Tor at Badbury Rings.

Next up is the Great Bradley Open Maiden for four to seven-year-olds and of the 19 entered Kudu Shine from the in-form Kayley Jones yard ran a good second to Devon Mead at Bishops Court last season, another from the same yard Miss Tinks is gradually making headway and could go close.

The Fallen Stock Company sponsor the Confined in which Dashing John goes well for jockey Natalie Parker the combination having won the Restricted here last season and could improve for this seasons debut when fourth to Barneys Mate at Milborn St Andrew. The consistent John Daniell owned by the Hussey’s Hustlers Club is another to consider having kept on well to take third in a Members race behind Hameldown Tor and Delta Borget at Badbury Rings.

The Dunsters Heat Limited Mixed Open could see the prolific winning mare Sericina add to her tally having found her old form at Great Trethew for trainer/jockey Chloe Roddick, Dear Villez another from the Chloe Roddick yard could be the one to challenge having recently run second behind Lucette Annie in the £1,000 Mixed Open at Buckfastleigh for Josh Guerriero.

Blazing Whale looks set to take the Intermediate which is sponsored by Exeter racecourse, the Ed Walker trained gelding ran third behind Double Bank and Doctor Tom at Black Forest Lodge leaving Delta Borget eight lengths in fourth.

The Mary Sanderson trained Blinding Lights was only just denied a win by a neck to Turthen at Chipley Park and could take the Restricted race here, Ladfromhighworth is another to consider after his second to Robin Will at Buckfastleigh.

The final race of the day is the Open Maiden sponsored by Winston Pincombe Land Rover with 18 entered, Letmespeak showed recent promise when third at Chipley Park.

Course is located on B3224 on the Wheddon Cross to Raleighs Cross road. Post Code TA23 OQW. All on course facilities available. Entry £20 car load £10 car & driver.



The Royal Cornwall Showground hosted some excellent point-to-point racing last Sunday but the weather was a bit unkind. The massive barn proved the best refuge between races. Not many courses can house the bookmakers, trade stands, refreshments area, and jockeys accommodation under cover. Lashing rain was of the horizontal kind when facing the elements, driven by a gusty wind. It was enough to test even the most ardent enthusiast, and the Wadebridge going became softer as the afternoon wore on.

Men’s Open (Sponsor Moores St Wenn Ltd)

A good quality field of eight lined up with the prolific Southwestern odds on to make a winning start to the season. Fitness had to be judged quickly in the preliminaries as the rugs came off, but most of the runners looked forward enough at this stage of the season. Welsh challenger Ask The Thatcher (Evan David) disputed the lead with Ballydub (Josh Newman) for the first circuit, with Ellies Horse and Mioche D’Estruval close up. Southwestern and Roll On Rose were content to stalk the pack, but coming off the top bend the favourite made his move and was soon at the head of affairs. It was a two horse contest from the third last and it was heartening to see 12-year-old Southwestern battle up the hill in the gamest fashion to hold off the sustained challenge of his younger rival. Ballydub ran on strongly to finish a creditable third, ahead of Roll On Rose and Ellies Horse. The winner has given his group of owners called the Exmoor Partners so much pleasure over the years and this was his 22nd success. “That was amazing, I thought he was three weeks off full fitness,” said trainer Camilla Scott. “The plan is to follow a similar programme to last year”. If that comes to fruition he could be bidding for a fourth big Stratford prize to add to two Horse and Hound cups plus a John Corbet Cup. Regular jockey Neil Harris was obviously impressed. “I tried to settle him at the back but he was too keen really and a bit closer up than normal. I did not want to be there until the last.” Whatever the tactics the gelding has already proved himself to be a Westcountry legend.

Club Novice Riders’ (Home Furnishings (Wadebridge) Ltd

Monkerty Tunkerty was a convincing winner, coming home 15 lengths ahead of Perouse and Light Touch to repeat last years win in this race. The eight-year-old was always up with the pace and strolled clear down the hill for the final time. He is trained at Exford by 20-year-old Jess Westwood, and jointly owned by Jess and her parents Andrew and Sharon. “Jess had done a lot of work on him but we were not quite sure how fit he was,” said Andrew Westwood. The young jockey, who was riding the third winner of her career and retains her novice status this season said: “We may go hunter chasing later on and it would be nice to get to Stratford but that is a long way off”

Ladies’ Open (Peninsula Renewable Energy)

Sericina was long odds-on to record her fourth course victory and did so without much fuss at the expense of Wee Fly and Bucket Awl. Chloe Roddick was content to track Jasmine Hosgood on Bucket Awl until after half way, but soon had the race in safe keeping, drawing away from her rivals down the hill to score by an easy seven lengths. “I was very happy with that, she was fit enough,” said the rider who also trains the mare. “We will probably give the (Cheltenham) Foxhunter a miss unless it comes up soft. I am thinking of a couple of hunter chases and then the Punchestown festival in the spring,” she added.

Intermediate (The Point-to-Point Authority)

28-year-old Chloe Roddick completed her first riding double on a gelding with the dubious name of The Slug, who is also stabled with her at Wellow in the Mendips. The Slug is no slouch but would have had more to do if Gypsy Jack (Will Biddick) had not slipped badly and lost his momentum on the bottom bend. “The Slug is very speedy and would make a super Ladies’ horse,” she said, adding with a grin, “he works all over Sericina at home”.

Restricted (The Nare Hotel)

The Neil Harris ridden Lynx For Now was a well backed favourite but dropped out of contention after the final ditch. Total Containment took up the running at that stage but down the hill on the far side the race became a duel between Hilda Wild and Tamatown. This pair battled stride for stride from the last fence with Jo Buck’s mount Tamatown momentarily edging ahead, but Hilda Wild stuck her head in front where it mattered to gain a short head verdict. Her mud splattered jockey Suzy Berry remarked: “She is a real game mare and was a bit green, especially jumping the third last.” Five-year-old Hilda Wild won her Maiden for a syndicate from the yard of Marie McGuinness last season, but changed hands at Doncaster sales in May and now runs in the colours of Sara Biggins from Marie’s yard.

Open Maiden (South West Loos)

Division 1

A good performance from Brackenwood who made all the running under Jamie Thomas in a 13-runner field. Welsh challenger Knight Blaze looked a big danger at the second last, but 10-1 chance Brackenwood kept on dourly up the hill to score by three lengths with the remainder well beaten off. The winner is owned by Jimmy Frost and trained by his wife Nikki who also handles third placed Sweet Willow. “He is home bred by our stallion Morpeth and his dam won four times,” said Jimmy.

Division 2

The Spaxton yard of Marie McGuinness struck again when Not Many Know That came home 12 lengths ahead of Festive Present. Last years National champion novice rider Micheal Nolan was getting off the mark for the new season on board the fiveyear-old Winged Love gelding. Nolan said: “This horse is very immature and we ride him round the car park before racing. He is a bit above average though.”