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Preview: South Tetcott Point-to-Point, Upcott Cross, Bank Holiday Monday, May 25th 2015

Written by: Donna Harris

The popular Point-to-Point horse racing course at Upcott Cross, Halwill junction is the area venue for this weekend Bank Holiday Monday May 25th. With only a few weeks left until the season finishes in June, this track will again attract the top horses and jockey’s to battle out the finishes with much at stake with the championship tables.

Pony racing will head up the action at 12 noon, before the main six race card commences at 1pm. Over 100 entries have been received. Penbode Vet Group sponsor the opening Confined race, in which area leading trainer Kayley Woollacott holds three of the entries including Cinevator who could follow up on his 15 length win at Holnicote. Stable mate Devon General ran well at Trebudannon, when three lengths second behind I’m All Set.

The Woollacott team also hold strong entries in the Mr T L Rowe, Park Homes sponsored Men’s Open, including Parkham Jack and Jepeck as possibles for Jamie Thomas to ride. Outside raider Boyfromnowhere looks an interesting entry after a 15 length easy win at Llwyn DDU earlier this month, and is a previous winner under Rules when in training with Rebecca Curtis. Posh Totty from the Jack Barber team could be a likely favourite if connections choose to run here.

In the Codes Solicitors-sponsored Restricted race, recent maiden winners HMS Intrepid having stayed on well to win at Holnicote, and Roy’s Gallery after his win in a hotly contested maiden at Didmartin catch the eye, and could be progressive.

Watch The Birdie could go well in the Simpkin Edwards-sponsored Ladies Open race, having won impressively under Hannah Lewis at Lower Machen for trainer Gareth Moore. Way Before Dawn could go well under Leanda Tickle for the Sarah Tickle team, having previous wins at Great Trethew and Black Forest Lodge.

Cock Of The Rock is unbeaten in his last six outings for novice jockey Harry Cobden, they could take the Club Members race for Novice riders here, which is sponsored by PRJ Engineering. Maxi Chop is another to have been in the winners enclosure with rides shared by James King and Stan Sheppard for Burford-based trainer Rose Loxton. Top Chief was on top form last weekend when winning at Bratton Down under Jake Bament, the combination could well be back for more, as could The Mangherally Man if coming out fresh from his win under Lara Mahon at Dingley.

Two divisions of the Open Maiden race follow, with suggestion is the first being Captain Camelot and Follow The Paint. Overland Flyer looks to stand out among the entries in the second division after his three and a half length second at Holnicote. The two Maiden races have been sponsored by FC Cleaning Systems and The Dawn West Devon.

On course facilities include hot refreshments, bar, bookies and a number of trade stands. The course is located 2 miles South of Halwill junction off A3079 – Postcode EX21 5AE.

Entrance is £10 car & driver, £10 per passenger up to a maximum of £30 per car, children under 16 free, pedestrians £10.

Useful Information

Met Office 5 day forecast: Halwill Junction (1.6 miles)

BBC Travel News: DevonCornwallSomerset;

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WILL BIDDICK is marching on towards his half century for the season in his quest for a fourth consecutive National jockeys’ title, and put three more winners in the bag at the Axe Vale meeting. Considering the recent dry spell, the organisers produced remarkably good ground thanks to extensive watering.

Subtle Sovereign was untroubled under the champion’s guidance in beating his two opponents to in win his first Open, easing clear in the home straight. “This was his eighth win in his last nine runs. We will probably wait another year before going hunter chasing,” said Jeremy Barber, whose son Jack was saddling his 38th winner of the season.

The progressive Whataknight soon made it 39 for the Dorset trainer, drawing right away from his rivals at the second last to win the Intermediate, “He is an out and out galloper and just keeps going,” commented Jack, who trains the six-year-old for owners Terry Hamlin, Martin Dare and John Snook.

The Barber/Biddick treble was completed when five-year-old Royalzaro beat 12 opponents to win the Restricted. “He was a cheap buy in France and is going the right way,” reported the young trainer.

Kostaquarta almost made if four winners for the yard but came off second best after a protracted battle with Fiulin in the Confined. Now with Ed Walker, the winner is owned by the Carstairs Clan which consists of Guy and Alex Carstairs and their young children Zak, Oliver and Euan. “He was losing ground over his fences in a hunter chase at Newton Abbot the other day and we will stick to pointing for a while now,” said the trainer. Fiulin has a remarkable CV. By Galileo, he fetched 280,000 guineas as a four-year-old. AP McCoy couldn’t win on him, but apart from his pointing wins for previous owner Ross Oliver, the sturdy 10-year-old has won on the flat and over hurdles, and competed at the Cheltenham festival and Royal Ascot. Phew !

Fiulin’s successful jockey Robbie Henderson was out of luck in the Hunt race when 1-4 favourite Hameldown Tor tumbled out of the race when caught by the flailing legs of Miss Cupcake at the 13th fence. This event went to former hurdles winner Moyne Nineoseven who was partnered by Vicky Wade for the Nineoseven Partnership. “I bought him at Ascot last October, He has a few quirks and we have waited for better ground,” said trainer Sarah Pidsley who has four pointers in her yard at Payhembury near Honiton.

Silver Token was a warm favourite for the Novice Riders’ race but gave Harry Cobden a nasty fall when crashing through the wing of the 14th fence. Loose Preformer (Hedley Webb) was left clear but failed to withstand the well timed challenge of Maxi Chop (James King) after jumping the last. Despite an expensive price tag, the seven-year-old did not reach the winner’s enclosure for Paul Nicholls, but is proving a good novice ride and was following up his Hackwood Park win on Easter Monday. “James King and Stan Sheppard are sharing the rides and it was the turn of James today. This horse has bled before and could finish distressed, but has got his confidence back now,” reported trainer Rose Loxton.

It is not always plain sailing, even for champions, and after receiving his trainer’s trophy on a euphoric day at Sandown, it was down to earth, literally, the next day in a field at Stafford Cross. Four-year-old San Satiro carried the champion trainer’s colours in the concluding Maiden. The raw youngster, trained by Jack Barber, only got as far as the fourth fence before virtually stopping and depositing Will Biddick on the Devon turf..

Boymann went on to win the event under Leanda Tickle. The seven-year-old was home bred by owner Paul Mann. “He was unlucky not to win last year when he threw away a race at Trebudannon. He needs good ground and is now my third winner with my last three runners,” exclaimed delighted trainer Joe Tickle.


Results of the Axe Vale meeting


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


The following photographers were at the meeting: John Beasley (Big Green Annual), and Athwenna Irons (Western Morning News)


Saturday,2nd May 2015, Modbury Point-To-Point, Flete Park, nr Ermington, Ivybridge, Plymouth.

Bank Holiday Monday, 4th May 2015, Stevenstone Point-To-Point, Vauterhill, nr High Bickington, Barnstaple.

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Gwanako’s retirement

Point-to-Point trainer Rose Loxton announces the retirement of the prolific winning gelding Gwanako. The 11 year old, owned by The Stewart family, had won a total of over £240,00 in prize money in National Hunt. After a short spell with Richard Barber Point-to-Pointing, he joined Rose Loxton’s yard,  and soon took to the change of environment. Giving young jockey Megan Nicholls six Point wins and two seconds, also helped her gain the title of National Novice Lady, leading Wessex Area Lady, and the combination also won the Hunter Chase final at Wincanton in May this year. Gwanako also helped Rose Loxton win the National trainers title, for trainers with eight horses or less.

Rose quoted from her yard in Bruton, “I was unhappy with some heat in his leg, and it was confirmed that he had damaged a ligament in the back of his knee. He had damaged a ligament, when pulling up sore at Kingston Blount last season. The owners were consulted and agreed to retire him, he will now be laid off for the winter, he is going to Gemma Groves home, the groom who looked after him during his National Hunt days when he was at Paul Nicholls yard. The plan is that she can hopefully bring him back into work in the spring for maybe some team chasing.”

It was a double blow for Rose, as within a week, one of her other Pointers in training, Join Together sustained a leg injury whilst working at home. ” It was a freak accident.” Explained Rose. ” He just slipped when turning to canter up the field, he will be out for the rest of the season. One minute we were planning for the Foxhunter at Cheltenham, It just brings you back to earth, makes you approach everything differently.

Needing a companion for Current Event, who is trained at the yard, it was decided that the Sadler’s Wells sired gelding, Prospect Wells, would be transferred from Jack Barber’s yard. “This nine year old gelding has been off the track for 18 months with leg problems. He had run really well in National Hunt winning a Novice Chase. We are really excited to see what he can bring to Pointing.” quoted Rose.

With Megan Nicholls now turning to Flat racing, it looks highly likely that two young male jockey’s working at Ditcheat, Stan Sheppard who has come through the pony racing ranks, and James King who won his first Point-to-Point on Presentandcorrect at Lockinge in 2013, will have the opportunity to take on the rides.