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Exeter Racecourse Intermediate Hunter Steeple Chase series final qualifiers

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

South Pool Harriers Point-To-Point entries & form guide, Buckfastleigh, Sunday 15 February 2015

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Race Start time Link to entries and form for race
1st 12 noon Confined Race
2nd 12:35 Intermediate Race
3rd 13:10 The Westcountry Champion Chase Mixed Open Race
4th 13:45 Confined Maiden Race for Horses and Geldings
5th 14:20 Open Maiden Race for Mares & Fillies only
6th 14:55 Restricted 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

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 2013/14

form from 2012/13 form. Figures preceded by an oblique (/) represents 2011/12 form or earlier. Horses marked with an asterisk (*) indicates National Hunt

form. The higher the rating the better the form.

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

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Preview: South Pool Point to Point, Buckfastleigh, Sunday 15 February 2015

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On Sunday February 15, The South Pool Harriers will be hosting their meeting at the Buckfastleigh track.  Pony racing kicks of the action at 11am, with the main race card commencing at 12 noon. Over 130 entries have been received.

This meeting includes the Devon & Cornwall classic race known as “The Westcountry Champion Chase” with a total prize fund of £1000 up for grabs, sponsored by Totnes and Bridgetown Races Company Ltd. Entries in this race include Hameldown Tor from the Ed Walker team, connections will hoping that he can improve on his recent second to Raffa at Wadebridge. Steeltown from the Kayley Woollacott team has been in the first two on his last five outings, and ran well at Black Forest Lodge under jockey Jamie Thomas in the Mixed Open, only just being denied a win by a neck to Coombe Hill. Blazing Whale‘s recent third under Robbie Henderson at Chipley Park, could well see him in the mix. Lucette Annie, winner of the 2013 Westcountry Champion Chase is destined for stud, but connections will be hoping that she adds to her impressive tally of eleven Point wins so far, and looks sure to have Darren Edwards on board.

Co-Op Funeral Care sponsor the opening confined race, in which the two Robert Chanin-trained entries Sweet My Lord and Kirkleigh must be respected. Also entered is Indianna Bay from the Jill Dennis team, who was unlucky to fall at the last fence here last season, but could be a danger being a previous course winner. Mic’s Delight was eye catching when finishing a short head second to Welstondruid at Black Forest Lodge, and may give his owner/trainer/ jockey vet Jennifer Davenport her first career success.

The Intermediate is sponsored by Exeter Racecourse, in which Roseyroo is the highest rated but has not yet had the benefit of a run this season. Soul Native under Will Biddick, ran a good second behind Jepeck, with Canshetrain also entered, back in third. Goodnight Vienna is another who could be fancied after his second at Larkhill in January, as could Impact Area after a win at Milborne St Andrew when sent off favourite there.

The Farriers of South Devon sponsor the Confined race for Horses and Geldings. Catching the eye is the Jackie du Plessis-trained Kit Hill, who was travelling well under jockey Jo Buck, before unseating his rider at Larkhill last month. Greendale Rocket from the Nikki Frost team showed promise when coming home third recently at Black Forest Lodge, and Peterbrown had hinted at ability under rules last season when in training with Nick Gifford, and is now trained by Karyn Heard.

In the Maiden race for Mares and Fillies only, Miss Gotaway could be fancied after being placed at this track last season, and was a close half length second in a Maiden at Upcott. Brids Classic ran three lengths-second at Barbury in December and could go close. Follow The Paint is another to have been knocking on the door for a win for the John Heard team. This race is sponsored by The Jockey Club.

Wray & Co Jewellers sponsor the Restricted race, which wraps up the weekends events. Jack Barber has been regularly sending out the winners, and he could well have another here with Ask The Weather Man, who under Will Biddick was denied a win at Larkhill only by a neck to winner Native Pride in a notably quick time. Carheney River could run well for the Karyn Heard team, having progressed quickly last season. Diamond Eclipse is another who could go close, being a previous course winner last year and may go well fresh on his seasonal debut.

The track at Buckfastleigh is easily accessed off the A38  and offers fabulous viewing. There will be plenty of bookies, trade stands and hot refreshments, including a bar.

Entrance to the Buckfastleigh track is £10 per person max £25 per car, under 16s free. Post code TQ11 OLT

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RHYS WILLIAMS’S TIVERTON POINT-TO-POINT COMMENTARY, CHIPLEY PARK, SUNDAY 25TH JANUARY 2015

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Much drier ground than last year at this meeting when the betting ring turned into a mudbath after a few races. Ground mainly good to soft with soft patches halfway down the back straight and in the home straight from the bottom of the hill to the last, and a few good patches. There was a fairly big crowd on a pleasant winter day.

Hunt Members

6 runners went to post for the hunt members including Weston Lodge with 52 year old Alex Muirhead having his first ride in a race. Donpierre still had a fair lead with half a circuit to go but the gap was gradually closed by the pursuers and Robin Will and Blinding Light looked the dangers turning in. Robin Will looked to be going best after 2 out but didn’t find as much as looked likely and it was Blinding Light who stayed on best to win at 5-2 (touched 4-1). Robin Will (evens into 10-11) and Donpierre (4-1 out to 9-1) 2nd and 3rd respectively.

Restricted

Only 2 of the 17 entries didn’t line up and there was a gamble on Bien Connu, absent from the track since winning a Tweseldown maiden in 2011. Backed from 6-1 into 5-2, he was one of five in contention turning in and fitness proved to be no issue for him as he stayed on well to win. Mangans Turn had to be pushed along at various stages and finished 2nd, with Definitely Rosie in 3rd. Vilja, a faller at Black Forest Lodge, ran a promising race just in behind.

Mens Open

There seemed to be some confusion initially over the entries for this race as Parkam Jack was only added to the bookmakers’ boards after all of the others had been written up. Ridden by John Mathias, there was no confusion over the result as he found more under pressure than Certain Flight to win at 12-1. Certain Flight, sent off the 1-2 favourite, just held on to 2nd from Blazing Whale.

Intermediate

Jepeck racked up a 3rd win of the season in the Intermediate. King Kash had the field stretched out behind him going down the back for the final time and still had a fair margin over the chasing pack turning in. Soul Native went to the front over 2 out but Jepeck started to run on well under Jamie Thomas and went on to win at 11-4.

PPORA Club Members Novice Riders

A bright prospect to come through the pony racing ranks, Harry Cobden registered a first success in the pointing sphere when guiding Silver Token to victory at 2-1. He gradually got closer on the final circuit and delivered the 10yo with a perfectly timed run to beat Ladyvie, with Talab back in 3rd.

TBA Club Members for Fillies and Mares

Lucette Annie drifted slightly from 1-3 to 2-5 but she was never in much danger here, leading throughout to win with a fair bit in hand. Darren Edwards controlled a slow pace from the front and gradually wound it up with half a circuit to go. Romney Marsh tried to challenge after 3 out but Lucette Annie had more left to offer and pulled away again before being eased close home. Romney Marsh ran well in 2nd at 16-1 with Knight Blaze in 3rd at 7-2.

Open Maiden Div 1

Casino Boy was a well backed outsider from 20-1 into 8-1 in div 1 of the maiden but he wasn’t one of the three in with a realistic chance turning out of the back straight. General Girling (2-1 out to 11-4) had a gap over Just Imagine It (6-4 into 10-11) after the latter pitched badly on landing after 6 out and Will Biddick did well to survive the error. It soon became a duel between the two as they dropped Ziggerson Hill turning in, with each taking turns to just edge ahead of the other. Just Imagine It had edged ahead shortly after the last before General Girling rallied with a strong run on the inside to get back up in a very tight finish. Ziggerson Hill (20-1) showed some promise back in 3rd.

Open Maiden Div 2

Porlock Bay was backed from 6-4 into 4-5 in the closing race but had to settle for 2nd behind Midnights’Mischief under James Jeavons. Ballyhilty Bridge had taken them along for much of the race and there were five in with a chance turning into the straight. Midnights’Mischief got to the front over 2 out but made a mistake at the last and handed Porlock Bay another chance. However, he soon picked up again for driving on the run in to win at 8-1 from Porlock Bay, with Follow The Paint (7-4) in 3rd.

Rhys Williams

RESULTS

Results of the Tiverton meeting

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RESULTS – TIVERTON POINT-TO-POINT, CHIPLEY PARK 25 JAN 2015

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Hunt race (Sponsor – Stags)

1 Blinding Lights (Matt Hampton) 3-1 effort 14, challd 2 out, drew clr flat

2 Robin Will (John Mathias) 10-11 fav held up, led 2 out, mstk last, no extra flat

3 Donpierre (Ben Robarts) 9-1 led 7 til 3 out, kept on

6 ran; 6l; 1 3/4l;  6m 27s

Owner: Mrs Mary Sanderson; Trainer: Mrs Mary Sanderson

 

Restricted (Agrii & Hartnoll Hotel)

1 Bien Connu (Will Biddick) 5-2 jt fav handy, left in lead 14, dvn out

2 Mangans Turn (Josh Newman) 5-1 hdwy 13, stayed on well near finish

3 Definitely Rosie (Sarah Bowen) 33-1 prom til 6, rear 13, good late hdwy

15 ran; 1l; short head;  6m 28s

Owner; The Peckmoor Partnership; Trainer Jack Barber

 

Mixed Open (Matford Land Rover & John Pearcey Memorial)

1 Parkam Jack (John Mathias) 12-1 held up, hdwy 13, led 2 out, held on well

2 Certain Flight (Will Biddick) 1-2 fav hdwy 12, effort 2 out, ev chance, no extra flat

3 Blazing Whale (Robbie Henderson) 3-1 chased ldrs 14, fin well

9 ran; 1l; 1/2l;  6m 26s

Owner: John & Floss Symes; Trainer Kayley Woollacott

 

Intermediate (Exeter Racecourse)

1 Jepeck (Jamie Thomas) 5-2 fav hdwy 14, strong chall to lead last, rdn clr flat

2 Soul Native (Will Biddick) 7-1 imprvd 14, effort 2 out, no extra flat

3 Canshetrain (John Mathias) 6-1 rear, good hdwy 15, ev ch 3 out, no extra next

13 ran; 5l; 4l;  6m 38s

Owner John Pike; Trainer Kayley Woollacott

 

PPORA Club Novice Riders’ (Dodson & Horrell)

1 Silver Token (Harry Cobden) 2-1 fav hdwy 14, cl up 3 out, disp last, ro well flat

2 Ladyvie (Hannah Welch) 4-1 prom, led 15, clr next, kept on well when headed flat

3 Talab (Nick Lawton) 9-1 midfield, good late hdwy

13 ran; 1/2l; 5l;  6m 32s

Owner Rachael Green; Trainer Rachael Green

 

Club Members Mares & Fillies (TBA & Countryside Alliance)

1 Lucette Annie (Darren Edwards) 4-9 fav made all, clr apprg last, comfortably

2 Romney Marsh (Hannah Welch) 16-1 tracked ldrs, went 2nd 3 out, kept on

3 Knight Blaze (Matt Hampton) 7-2 with ldrs, effort 15 , kept on

5 ran; 2 1/2l; 2 1/2l;  6m 45s

 

Open Maiden Division 1 (Mount Pleasant Inn)

1 General Girling (Philip Thomas) 5-2 led 12, joined 3 out, stayed on gamely flat

2 Just Imagine It (Will Biddick) evens fav prom, bad mstk 13, disp 3 out, just held

3 Ziggerson Hill (Olivia Hutchings) 20-1 alwys prom, 3rd from 14, not trbl ldrs

12 ran; neck; 6l;  6m 36s

Owner Caroline Keevil; Trainer Pat Bryant

Open Maiden Division 2 (Robin Barwell Memorial)

1 Midnights’mischief (James Jeavons) 8-1 tk ld 3 out, held on gamely

2 Porlock Bay (Darren Edwards) 4-5 fav in touch, challd 3 out, no extra apprg last

3 Follow The Paint (Robbie Henderson) 7-4 chased ldrs, ev ch 3 out, kept on

9 ran; 3l; 3/4l;  6m 47s

Owner Mrs Julie Batho; Trainer Alastair Ralph

 

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

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Tiverton Point-To-Point, Chipley Park, 25 Jan 2015 – entries and form

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Race Start time Link to entries and form for race
1st 12:00 Members Race
2nd 12:35 Restricted Race
3rd 13:05 Mixed Open Race
4th 13:40 Intermediate Race
5th 14:15 Club Members Race for Novice Riders
6th 14:50 Club Members Race for Mares
7th 15:25 Open Maiden Race, Division 1
8th 16:00 Open Maiden Race, Division 2

FORM GUIDE

Key:

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

Abbreviations:

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

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

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

form. The higher the rating the better the form.

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

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Preview Tiverton Point-To-Point – Chipley Park Sunday 25 Jan 2015

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A total prize fund of £550 is on offer in the Mixed Open race at this weekends Point-to-Point, to be held at the majestic course of Chipley Park, between Wellington & Milverton. The winner last year was the Keith Cumings trained Certain Flight under reigning National Champion male jockey Will Biddick. The stylish jockey is already stamping his authority on the leader board this season, having notched up a treble at Larkhill last Saturday, and is hopeful of the ride again on Certain Flight to repeat their success. Blazing Whale from the Ed Walker team is also entered, and won his Intermediate race here last season under Robbie Henderson. Triptico ran well in the Mens Open at Chaddesley Corbett last month, and could be in the mix for trainer Angela Rucker. This race is sponsored by Matford Landrover & John Pearce Memorial.

The action kicks off at 12 noon, with eight races on offer and a total of 120 entries. First up is the Stags of Tiverton-sponsored Members race, in which the Kayley Woollacott-trained Robin Will catches the eye. Having impressively won his Maiden race at this course two seasons ago, he followed that up with a win at Black Forest Lodge, and two Hunter Chase wins, his connections are hoping that he can reproduce that form again. Also entered is the Mary Sanderson-trained Blinding Lights, another course winner, and he has had the benefit of an early season run, when fourth at Black Forest Lodge.

In the Agronomy sponsored Restricted race, Blazing Memory for owner Sue Trump, is now in training with Robert Chanin, having previously shown some good form when with Les Jefford could be a likely favourite here. Mangans Turn from the in form Jack Barber team, ran well here last year when second in his maiden race. Cecile De Volanges was well fancied last season clocking up a win at Lower Machen and a second at Larkhill.

King’s Scout is a suggestion in the Exeter Racecourse sponsored Intermediate race, the gelding having ended his season with a six length win at Bratton Down for the Marie McGuiness team. Jepeck looks to be on a roll for the Kayley Woollacott camp, having already clocked up two wins this season under Jamie Thomas, having followed up their maiden win at Black Forest Lodge with a battle at Larkhill ending in a dead heat with ICTHEC. Another suggestion could be Soul Native, who came close to winning the Intermediate at Vauterhill when one and a half lengths behind Whenharrymetsally.

In the Dodson & Horrell PPORA Club Members race for Novice Riders, Ladyvie has been running well for young novice jockey Hannah Welch, clocking up two seconds, but this looks to be a stiffer task. The ten year old Ski Sunday is among the entries and had shown some good form under rules when in training with Tim Vaughan. Ned The Post is another to note having run well at Wadebridge until being hampered and unseating his rider on the bend. Be Definate could also be in the mix after his second at Chaddesley Corbett.

The eleven-year-old prolific winning mare Lucette Annie from the Simon Partridge team is entered in the Thoroughbred Breeders Association Club Mares race, and jockey Darren Edwards will be looking forward to defending their win of this race last year. The main opposition looks to be the Keith Cumings-trained Whenharrymetsally, connections will be looking to follow up on her win at Black Forest Lodge, after which she was unlucky to slip up on the bend when competing at the Wadebridge meeting.

Two divisions of the Open Maiden conclude the days event, in the first division General Girling has been knocking at the door of maiden races with three consecutive seconds and deserves a win soon, and the Kayf Tara sired gelding Just Imagine It, could put up a good performance for the Jack Barber team. This race is sponsored by the Mount Pleasant Inn.

The second division sponsored by Robert Barwell Memorial, could see Porlock Bay follow up on his second at Larkhill under jockey Darren Edwards, and Follow The Paint from the John Heard team, is another looking to improve on his second at Wadebridge under jockey Bryony Frost.

Offering a great location for picnics, this course also attracts many trade stands, together with hot food, refreshments and bar, giving a great party atmosphere. Bookies will be out in force to offer punters the chance to try their luck and win some money on their favoured selections.

Entrance to the course is £25 per car load or £10 car and driver. Pedestrians £7 each.

Course is located off B3187, Wellington 3m, Milverton 1m – TA21 0QU

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Report: Stevenstone Point-To-Point, Vauterhill, Bank Holiday Monday 5 May 2014

JOCKEY Rob Hawker celebrated his 21st birthday at the end of last week and rounded it off in memorable style with a first and last race double at Vauterhill, North Devon, where the rain held off until the fourth race.

Whispering Wild, trained by Michael Watson for a small syndicate, set the ball rolling for the young jockey in the Hunt race. This promising eight-year-old was always holding runner-up Justforthebuzz in the closing stages.

Carheney River rounded off a good day for the rider by giving him his fifth winner of the season in the Open Maiden. Owned jointly by trainer Karyn Heard and Mick Evans, this good looking Flemensfirth gelding was never out of the first two.

“He is lucky to be here because he got himself trapped in the horse box at Trebudannon on Easter Monday and had to be cut out by the fire brigade,” reported Karyn Heard. The nine-year-old showed no ill effects anyway, coming home 30 lengths clear of his 11 rivals.

Steeltown found the Mixed Open easier than his recent Cheltenham hunter chase assignment. He had finished a creditable third in that event, and made virtually all here in the hands of Jamie Thomas. “We bought him at Ascot sales out of Tom Taaffe’s yard and he is a careful jumper,” said John Symes, who owns the former hurdles winner with his wife Floss.

Kayley Woollacott trains Steeltown, and spent a busy afternoon saddling a total of six horses in all. Her yard provided second and third in the Restricted which saw a very easy winner in Harry’s Kap. Jockey Ed Barrett was partnering his fifth winner of the season on this lightly raced gelding who readily followed up his recent success at Upcott Cross. “He knows his job and stays well,” commented owner/ trainer Ray Alford.

The Confined provided a tight finish with front running Ned White gamely holding off the late challenges of Print the Money and Cottage Acre. “He is honest but has not had his ground,” said in-form trainer Robert Chanin, whose son Tom was the successful rider.

Whenharrymetsally was sent clear by Matt Hampton four out in the Intermediate and had enough in reserve to hold the late efforts of Soul Native and My Rebel. The King’s Theatre mare was bought at Fairyhouse as a four-year-old and runs in the colours of Andrew and Hannah Broggio. “She has improved from her last run but really needs softer ground. We will look for a Confined next,” remarked her Bishops Nympton based trainer Keith Cumings.

MONEY TALKS

BankHoliday fare at this North Devon venue with favourites successful in the first three races.

It was difficult to look beyond Whispering Wild  in a weak hunt race (5-4 to evens).

The two market leaders in the second opened very short. The eventual winner Harry’s Kap drifted from 4-6 to evens and runner-up King Kash went out from 6-4 to 2-1

Steeltown’s recent Cheltenham third would have justified long odds-on in the Open against this modest opposition, but a seemingly generous 10-11 was available when the tape went up. He won easily.

Nothing lasts forever and form students were just wide of the mark in the next two races. Print the Money (6-4fav) did his best work when it was too late in the Confined won by Ned White (solid 5-2).

The strong finishing duo Soul Native (2-1 fav) and My Rebel (5-2) were each preferred in the market in the Intermediate, but failed to peg back the game winner Whenharrymetsally (5-2 out to 3’s).

There was little or no value in the closing 12-runner Open Maiden when plenty of no hopers were quoted at less than 100-8 (or 12-1 in today’s parlance) . The gamble on Way Before Dawn from 3-1 into evens looked very optimistic, and he trailed in over 30 lengths behind the winner Carheney River (4-1).

RESULTS

Results of the Stevenstone 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

PHOTOGRAPHERS

The following photographers were at the meeting: Baths photographic (Marcus Bath), David Strange, Helen Stoneman & Horse Events UK

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Sunday 11th May, Four Burrow Point-To-Point, Trebudannon, St Colomb Major (near Newquay)

RESULTS: Stevenstone Point-To-Point, Vauterhill, 5th May 2014

Going: Good becoming good to soft with soft patches

Hunt race – Stevenstone & Torrington Farmers joint (Sponsor Brian Adams)

1 Whispering Wild (Rob Hawker) evens fav
2 Justforthebuzz (Chester Williams) 9-1
4 ran – only two finished; 2l; 6m 40s
Trainer: Michael Watson

 

Restricted (TT Buildings Ltd)

1 Harry’s Kap (Ed Barrett) evens fav
2 King Kash (Jamie Thomas) 2-1
3 Pasternak Jack (Jake Bament) 7-1
5 ran; 25l; 5l; 6m 27s
Trainer: Ray Alford

 

Mixed Open (holidaycottages.co.uk)

1 Steeltown (Jamie Thomas) 10-11 fav
2 Googoobarabajagal (Michael Heard) 8-1
3 Numide (Ciaran Gethings) 8-1
5 ran: 15l; 10l; 6m 13s
Trainer: Kayley Woollacott

 

Confined (Kivells)

1 Ned White (Tom Chanin) 5-2
2 Print the Money (Sarah Dennis) 6-4 fav
3 Cottage Acre (Rob Hawker) 7-4
4 ran; 1l; 1l; 6m 18s
Trainer: Robert Chanin

 

Intermediate (EJ Wade & Son, Bradworthy)

1 Whenharrymetsally (Matthew Hampson) 3-1
2 Soul Native (Vicky Wade) 2-1 fav
3 My Rebel (Leanda Tickle) 5-2
8 ran; 1l; 1l; 6m 23s
Trainer: Keith Cumings

 

Open Maiden (ProCam)

1 Carheney River (Rob Hawker) 4-1
2 O’Flo (Bryony Frost) 16-1
3 Way Before Dawn (Leanda Tickle) evens fav
12 ran: 30l; 2l; 6m 23s
Trainer: Karyn Heard

Stevenstone entries and form

 

Race Start time Link to entries and form for race
1st 14:00 Members Race
2nd 14:35 Restricted Race
3rd 15:10 Mixed Open Race
4th 15:45 Confined 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

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 2013/14

form from 2012/13 form. Figures preceded by an oblique (/) represents 2011/12 form or earlier. Horses marked with an asterisk (*) indicates National Hunt

form. The higher the rating the better the form.

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

Produced by Jeff Guyett of Westcountry Videos.

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