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GRANVILLE’S BETTING GOSSIP: Torrington Farmers Point-to-Point, Chapleton Barton, near Umberleigh, Saturday June 13 2015

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Well that is that then. We try to stretch the season out with nearly 30 meetings from November to June in Devon & Cornwall, but high summer has its way eventually.

The good thing about Umberleigh is that you can’t see where your cash went astray. Punters (and onlookers) have to circle round and round the top of the hill to get a fleeting glimpse of the horses (a bit like wagon trains circling to defend themselves in the old cowboy films).

The three-runner opener (Confined) provided a bit of a shock, although I thought that the winner Lucys Girl looked the pick of the paddock. No, I didn’t avail myself of the 12’s and 10’s available. Just Seven (7-4 to 6-4) led until falling at the 8th and looked to have gifted the race to the odds-on favourite Robin Will (1-2 to 4-7). Robin Will became Robin Won’t as they climbed the steep hill after three out and Lucys Girl swept past under Jake Bament to win by 30 lengths.

Everything seemed to be going well for 8-13 favourite Rosies Peacock after the Welsh star went on after half way. He still led at the final ditch but by the time they had gone behind the hedge he had swopped places with Findlay’s Find. That game winner of over 20 races was not going to relinquish his lead and he battled on well to repeat last year’s success as Threapwood (5’s to 9-2) mounted a late challenge.

Florence Mary (5-2 to 7-4) got favourite backers back on track in the Ladies’ Open. The mare looked to be struggling in fourth place jumping the fences along the valley as Skating Home (11-2 out to 7’s) quickened clear. Once again the stiff climb behind the hedge sorted them out and Florence emerged out in front. Lucy Mager is a decent novice rider and she kept her mount (who relishes fast ground) going to hold the challenges of Bay to Go (easy to back at 5’s) and Tiger D’Oust (7-2)

The well backed Part and Parcel (5-4 / 6-4) unseated Alex Edwards at half way in the Intermediate which seemed to leave the door open
for marginal favourite Sedgemoor Top Bid (11-8). This time the tongue tied Kawana Cove (4-1) was the one relishing the ground and took command at the second last to deny the favourite under a fine ride from Heidi Lewis. Horses for courses again.

The concluding Open Maiden sent the bookies home laughing when the Cheshire challenger Come On Louis stayed on strongly under Ollie Greenall to score unfancied at 12-1 ( 100 to 8 when I was at school). His previous form was uninspiring to say the least, but he was galvanised by Greenall, who was having his last ride before retirement, to collar Kilcolman Wizard after the latter had been 25 lengths clear at one stage.

The secretary Gillian Underhill said the The Injured Jockeys Fund bucket collection at the meeting made £1499.54 cash, plus a £1000 gift cheque

RESULTS

Results of the Torrington Farmers meeting

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

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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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Torrington Farmers Point-To-Point entries and form, Chapleton Barton, Umberleigh, Saturday 13th June 2015

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

FORM GUIDE

Key:

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

Abbreviations:

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

An up to date form guide and synopsis of the horses entered at this meeting. Form figures for up to 6 outings appear. A dash(-) is used to separate 2014/15

form from 2013/14 form. Figures preceded by an oblique (/) represents 2012/13 form or earlier. Horses marked with an asterisk (*) indicates National Hunt

form. The higher the rating the better the form.

No responsibility can be accepted for any errors which may be considered to have occurred.

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Tiverton Staghounds Point-To-Point entries and form, Bratton Down, Sunday 7th June 2015

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

Going (Thurs 4th): Good to soft with good in places

FORM GUIDE

Key:

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

Abbreviations:

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

An up to date form guide and synopsis of the horses entered at this meeting. Form figures for up to 6 outings appear. A dash(-) is used to separate 2014/15

form from 2013/14 form. Figures preceded by an oblique (/) represents 2012/13 form or earlier. Horses marked with an asterisk (*) indicates National Hunt

form. The higher the rating the better the form.

No responsibility can be accepted for any errors which may be considered to have occurred.

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Dulverton West, Bratton Down, Sunday 19th May 2013 Report

A total of 76 runners in seven races made for competitive racing with going described by jockeys as “near perfect” at Bratton Down.

The afternoon featured a first and last race training double for Ed Walker’s Ottery St Mary stable, and a treble for leading trainer Richard Barber, who had sent five runners from his Dorset yard.

Punter Friendly showed a clean pair of hooves to his fourteen opponents when living up to his name in the opening Restricted. Backed from 7-1 to 5-1, Ed Barretts ‘s mount surged clear of front running Bernshaw after jumping the last to score by four lengths.
“We bought him at Doncaster sales last August and he has grown up a lot. He had been wound up a bit in Ireland,” commented Sylvia Francome, who shares ownership with her husband Richard. The five-year-old looks a useful stayer in the making and was following up his recent Flete Park victory.

Thinkaboutthat just got the better of a prolonged battle with Supreme Duke to complete the Walker stable double in the Confined. This time Robbie Henderson was in the plate and just snatched a neck verdict over Supreme Duke with a late thrust. A progressive seven-year-old who was scoring his fourth successive win, the rangy gelding was acquired from his previous owner Mike Daniell last autumn on behalf of retired farmer Raymond Targett and his wife Evelyn (each into their 80’s if they don’t mind me saying).

Richard Barber saddled an exciting newcomer called V Neck to win his division of the Open Maiden before following up with Bellsinni Ron in the Mixed Open and Barneys Mate in the Novice Riders.
“A bit green,” was how winning jockey Will Biddick described V Neck, who sprinted clear up the hill after coming from well off the pace. The four-year-old, from the family of Hennessy Gold Cup winner Diamond Harry, cost owners Paul Nicholls and Ian Fogg €28,000 at the Tattersalls Ireland Derby sale last June.

Bellsinni Ron cost a lot less than that when offered at Brightwells Cheltenham sales last month, but turned in a convincing staying performance in Richard Barber’s own colours to beat the useful Lucette Annie in the Mixed Open run over the extended four miles. Phine Banks was still in the lead on Horsham Lad when he ran out at the last, leaving Lucette Annie ahead. Jack Barber had been creeping ever closer however on his grandfather’s Dr Massini gelding who headed Lucette Annie on the brow of the hill to win by three lengths.

Barneys Mate, running for the Axe Valley Racing Club, completed the stable treble in the PPORA Novice Riders race run in memory of much missed bookmaker Bob Pittard. 23-year-old Martin McIntyre, who works in the Seaborough yard, maintained his lead for the National Novice Riders title and the Harley Racing Novice Riders award with a patient ride on Barneys Mate.
“The only danger was if he slipped round the bends,” remarked the jockey who now has nine successes to his credit this season. Thirteen-year-old Barneys Mate has now won 18 Point-to- Points plus three under rules and enjoys being turned out in a small paddock for a bit of relaxation.

17-year-old Joe Ponting combines riding with training and took the Intermediate on Robin Butterworth’s well backed Skating Home. “He was never really travelling but gave his all,” remarked Joe, based at Hillsley near Badminton.

In contrast the first division Maiden winner My Rebel travelled like a dream under Leanda Tickle who was partnering her fifth winner of the season. This six-year-old Milan gelding had caught the eye at Trebudannon on Easter Monday and produced a powerful staying performance to win unchallenged. He is trained by Becky Kennen for joint owners Tessa Lake and Alison Schwalm, and had been sourced from Jim Culloty in Ireland.

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