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DEVON & CORNWALL AREA – REVIEW 2013/14 SEASON

YET ANOTHER SEASON has come and gone and we were privileged in the DEVON & CORNWALL AREA to witness some thrilling racing. Our area is the largest in the country, and our season stretched from 1st December through to mid-June, when the Derby has come and gone and Royal Ascot is imminent. Just three of the scheduled 27 meetings were lost due to bad weather in this particularly wet winter and spring– all due to waterlogging.

Pride of place as far as the local horses are concerned goes to the Silverton qualified nine-year-old Byerley Bear. This sound jumping chestnut recorded six of his seven Open wins in the area, ridden to five of them by Leanda Tickle for owner Roger Knowles.

Byerley Bear is stabled with Robert Chanin who performed quite a feat in saddling seven winners from his first eight runners of the season. Welstonedruid looked a useful stayer in the making, and this sturdy six-year-old was also sent out from Chanin’s Thorverton yard to score four times before mid-March.

One of the most progressive pointers in the area was Bradley Brook who followed up wins at Kilworthy and Upcott Cross by winning the Exeter Racecourse Intermediate Hunter Chase Final under Darren Edwards.

That ultra game mare Lucette Annie was also partnered regularly by Darren Edwards, and took her career tally into double figures. Two of her three victories came at Upcott Cross in the soft ground she revels in.

Whenharrymetsally just edged out Lucette Annie for the area mares award. The six-year-old by King’s Theatre won three of her five races and looks a nice prospect for the future. Red Penny and Paper Lady were other well bred mares to catch the eye. These were just two of the winners saddled by Nikki Frost.

It was good to see the useful ex-chaser Aiteenthirtythree go through the campaign unbeaten. Two of the gelding’s four successes came in the area. His young rider Natalie Parker excelled when forcing her mother’s ten-year-old up in the last few strides to win the Lamerton Mixed Open.

Robbie Henderson was always chasing Will Biddick’s shadow for the National jockeys’ title (well done Will – at least you are Cornish !). Robbie’s 32 winners provided him with his best ever season, elevating him to his first Devon & Cornwall jockeys’ title. Darren Edwards and Will Biddick were his closest pursuers for  the area prize.

The majority of Henderson’s winners were saddled by Ed Walker. The East Devon qualified Level Spirit won four times for The Otter Club and Hameldown Tor’s consistency was rewarded with two late season wins in the same colours from Walker’s Ottery St Mary base. Blazing Whale was also sent out from the yard to win three times, culminating in a defeat of Ross Oliver’s star West Country mare Wee Fly in the Four Burrow Open at Trebudannon.

Wee Fly’s subsequent Members’ success at the next Trebudannon fixture proved to be her 18th and final victory as the mare was injured in a road accident shortly afterwards. This was quite a blow for her sporting owner/trainer Ross Oliver who has accumulated nearly 40 pointing wins between her and her half brother Let’s Fly.

Mister Moonax earned honourable retirement after his Flete Park four miles Ladies’ Open success, and another 14-year-old, Gone To Lunch, stayed on very gamely to win the Dulverton Farmers four miles event at Treborough Hill in March under a terrific ride from Laura Scott.

It is always heartening in the point-to-point world to see “small” stables enjoy their share of success. In this respect Reuben Chapman’s Reliable Richie lived up to his name. The Cornish eight-year-old proved that staying was his best subject with late season wins at Trebudannon and Bratton Down.

Kayley Woollacott enjoyed a  succesful season and produced winners on the first and last day of the season in Mr Bingley and Checkerboard. In addition Steeltown, Minella Web, King Kash and Devon General earned their keep from the Rose Ash yard, Devon General’s impressive win on Easter Monday at Trebudannon was a prelude to his 15 lengths bumper win at Stratford, with young jockey Jake Bament giving way to A P McCoy in the saddle.

Another recent bumper winner to emerge from the area was Julian Selby’s home bred Fivefortyfive who scored on his pointing debut at Wadebridge before landing a Uttoxeter bumper in mid-June.

Certain Flight has become a flagship performer from the Keith Cumings yard and gained the first of his five wins this season in the Tiverton Open. The yard excelled however with their younger horses and six-year-olds Thetalkinghorse, The Mexican Bandit and Whenharrymetsally all emerged as potential stars.

Master Hooper and Whispering Wild won races in the style of good staying types and Ambitious Pursuit, and Carheney River also look to have a future. Annie Aces was successful on both her starts, whilst Babeny Bridge came into the season with two unbeaten runs as a four-year-old and duly added three more victories to his CV.

The latter’s rider, 16-year-old Chester Williams, took the area novice riders’ award by a single point to thwart the late bid of David Noonan. Another 16-year-old, Megan Nicholls, was the area ladies’ novice champion. Her first point-to-point ride Gwanako was beaten at Wadebridge, but the later exploits of Current Event and Join Together took her ahead of Hannah Welch.

The early season injury to Jo Buck threw the Area Ladies’ title race wide open and Bryony Frost’s best ever season (12 winners) enabled the 19-year-old from Buckfastleigh to retain the title she won last year ahead of Leanda Tickle.

I would just like to pay tribute to the Devon & Cornwall Association bookmakers. The odds offered by the bookmakers who stand in our area is the envy of many other parts of the country. Point-to-pointing is set to resume at Black Forest Lodge on Sunday 30th November – see you there.

Exmoor Point-To-Point entries and form

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Race Start time Link to entries and form for race
1st 14:00 Members Race
2nd 14:35 Restricted Race
3rd 15:10 Ladies Open Race
4th 15:45 Men’s Open Race
5th 16:20 Intermediate Race
6th 16:55 Open Maiden Race, Division 1
7th 17:30 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 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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Dartmoor Point-To-Point entries and form

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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 15:55 2m4f Open Maiden Race
5th 16:30 Intermediate Race
6th 17:05 Confined Race
7th 17:35 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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Preview: Dartmoor Point-To-Point, Flete Park, Saturday 19 April 2014

The Dartmoor Foxhounds point-to-point this Saturday April 19th, is held at the popular party track and stunning location of Flete Park. It promises to be a fabulous family day out. Pony racing heads up the action at 1pm with two pony races, followed by the main seven race card commencing at 2pm.

In addition to the main card, and immediately following the last race there is a charity Clydesdale race, with proceeds going to the Devon Air Ambulance.

The opening Members race could be a great battle between the local trainers and jockey’s. Sunken Secret could go well for young Pippa Glanville, trained by mother Lee, seeing Pippa score her first win. Pippa will need to fend off Great Trethew winner Numide, out of the Gordon Chambers yard, Sir Watty who made all when winning at Wadebridge for trainer David Rogers, and the Frost’s team entries of Wadebridge winner Sangram and Brackenwood who under Bryony Frost won his Restricted at Buckastleigh, and then went on to finish third in the Intermediate at Kilworthy with Sunken Secret back in fourth. Ladyvie, trained by Clerk of the course Sam Holdsworth, ran second behind the Will Biddick-ridden Champagne Rosie at Cothelstone last weekend and may snatch this for young jockey Hannah Welch, who is also seeking her first winner.

In the Restricted race, suggestions would be Glacial Oscar for the Henderson team, having won his maiden at Treborough Hill, coming home 20 lengths ahead of Nudge The Nugget. He followed that up with a third at Larkhill when sent off even money favourite, but weakened two out. And the Kayley Woollacott-trained Ratline Rose, who clocked up a win at Wadebridge in January,and a second at the same course when coming home two and a half lengths behind Sir Watty in March.

The feature race of the day looks to be the Totnes & Bridgetown sponsored four mile Mixed open, entries include the Emma Oliver-trained Gershwinner who was third here last season under jockey Merv Woodward, with another entry, King’s Wood back in fourth. Gershwinner ran at Kilworthy recently, and was only just denied, finishing third to winner Cottage Acre and a neck down on second placed Tugboat. King’s wood hasn’t been seen since winning at Cothelstone last season, when trained by Leighton McGuiness. He has now joined the Henderson team, has revious wins in double figures and would appreciate the drying ground, but may need the run.

The two mile four furlong Open Maiden sponsored by Francis Clark has 18 entries, in which Ah Bless ran second at Kilworthy only just headed in the final 100 yards, could score here. Another entry, the Ed Walker-trained Madam Be, could be in the winners enclosure, having been sent off favourite at Little Windsor earlier this month, that day having to settle for a close third behind the Richard Barber-trained winner Dancing Solo.

Thetalkinghorse trained by Keith Cumings is a suggestion in the Elizabeth May Memorial Intermediate race, having impressive wins at Black Forest Lodge and Treborough Hill. Punter Friendly from the Ed Walker team won his Maiden here last season, and has since clocked up two good efforts this season, only just being denied a win at Didmarton, when second by a head to Loose Performer and second behind Un Ami at Buckfastleigh in March.

Thinkaboutthat after his win at Ston Eston under jockey Robbie Henderson last month, and the front running Ned White, who will appreciate the drying ground, are suggestions for the Confined race which is sponsored by Rogers of Plymouth.

The Open Maiden could go to the Sarah Tickle-trained Way Before Dawn, who could follow-up on his close seconds at Black Forest Lodge and Great Trethew.

With a host of trade stands, hot food, bar, and bookies all on course, this is a great way to enjoy entertainment in the fresh air.

Entrance is £10 car & driver £20 car and passengers. Course is located at Ermington, nr Ivybridge.  Post code PL21 9NX

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Eggesford Point-To-Point entries and form

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Race Start time Link to entries and form for race
1st 13:00 Members Race
2nd 13:35 Intermediate Race
3rd 14:10 Confined Race
4th 14:45 Devon National Mixed Open Race
5th 15:20 Restricted Race
6th 15:55 4-7 year old Open Maiden Race
7th 16:30 8 years + 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.

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REPORT: LAMERTON POINT-TO-POINT, KILWORTHY, 23rd MARCH 2014

A cold, blustery wind blowing across Dartmoor and some exciting finishes kept the crowd on their toes at Kilworthy. A total of 68 runners faced the starter in the seven races run on softish ground on the superb old turf.

The Mixed Open produced a desperately close finish with Natalie Parker forcing her mount Aiteen Thirtythree up to beat Double Bank and Kirkleigh in the final strides in a classy race. “He was so game and just stuck his neck out,” exclaimed the 21-year-old rider who now shares the lead for the Devon & Cornwall Novice Ladies’ title.

Ten-year-old Aiteen Thirtythree was given to Natalie’s parents by Paul Barber and Andy Stewart when the formerly smart chaser had lost interest under rules after his last run at Newbury last autumn. He looked a picture on his first run for the Parker’s West Somerset yard and was led in by Natalie’s sister Laura who had broken her arm in a fall at Milborne St Andrew last month.  “We call him BFG which stands for Big, Friendly Giant in the yard,” smiled proud mother Tracy Parker.

There was an even closer finish to the 15-runner Restricted which saw the ex-Irish mare Annie Aces and Michael Heard collar the luckless Lord Samson (Darren Edwards) on the line to gain a short head verdict. The winner, making her English debut, is owned and trained by Devon & Cornwall area secretary and treasurer Gordon Chambers. “I got her last July after a phone call from Ireland. The Hennessy family had bred the mare in County Cork and she had won a Mares Maiden at Killeagh in 2012, but had sat in the field for a year.” Said Gordon.

Darren Edwards had just missed out on Lord Samson, but had the luxury of a peep round up the final hill when Bradley Brook sauntered clear for him in the Exeter racecourse Intermediate after Minella Fifty had fallen at the third last. “We bought him at the Derby sales in Ireland as a three-year-old and he needed a confidence booster last time at Badbury Rings after a bad fall at Chipley Park,” explained owner/ trainer Nicola Martin who forms the Bradley Partnership alongside John Simpson.

Bryony Frost is making a bold bid to retain her Area Ladies’ title and was partnering her sixth winner of the campaign when Cottage Acre stormed up the hill past three rivals to take the Confined. “I was told to hold him up for a late run,” laughed Bryony, who was wearing the colours of Sally White. The ex-Tom George chaser is now stabled with Karyn Heard at Boscastle.

Vicky Wade’s waiting tactics paid similar dividends in the Hunt race on Jennys Layla, who pounced on her front running sole rival Tres Bien after jumping the last. The winner runs for a syndicate of ten named the Layla Partnership, and is one of four horses trained near the course at Lydford by Pauline Geering. “We gallop on the moor. This mare is an angel to ride at home but not so in her box”, said Pauline.

The divided Open Maidens were well filled with 14 of the 17 entries turning out in the first section. Aah Bless led from the third last in this event but was outstayed up the hill by Maidstone Mercury and Ed Barrett. Ray Alford’s nine-year-old has been very lightly raced with just a couple of appearances in the last four years. “I haven’t really trained him for the last two years,” reported the owner/trainer.

Raffa became the only favourite to score during the afternoon in the second division of the Maiden. Home bred by Lucy Fielding-Johnson and trained by joint owner “Ces” Mitford-Slade at Norton Fitzwarren near Taunton, the Milan seven-year-old relished the test of stamina and spread eagled his 11 opponents to score by six lengths to give 23-year-old John Mathias his fourth winner of the weekend. “He was going so well I got there a bit too soon,” remarked the jockey.

Raffa’s dam Westbourne won a point to point at Holnicote for the same connections. “This is the first winner for my breeding operation – I have got loads more at home,” laughed Lucy.

MONEY TALKS

BOOKIES 6 PUNTERS 1A resounding victory for the chaps with the bulging satchels with only one successful favourite during the afternoon.

We should have heeded the warning when TRES BIEN started the rot by getting beaten at 1-2 in the opening two-runner hunt race.

The 14 runners in the first Maiden included some nice types. Lucy Gardner’s newcomer DON’T WAIT FOR ME is a well made Westerner five-year-old out of a winning Irish pointer. The gelding was seen at 8’s before settling at 6’s. He was pulled up on this occasion and will be one for the future.

KILCOLMAN WIZARD is more exposed after a few runs in Ireland. He looked sharper for his Wadebridge run last week and was backed from 3-1 into 7-4 favourite. He was in front at the top of the straight but was tiring when unseating his rider two out. He is not that big and would probably appreciate less testing ground.

TUGBOAT is an interesting recruit to English points. The Galileo six-year-old won on the flat and over hurdles in Ireland, including under Barry Geraghty at the Galway festival. Backed from 5-2 to 2-1 favourite to defy his penalty in the Confined, he looked an unlucky runner-up here as the winner COTTAGE ACRE (7’s to 6’s) swooped on him 75 yards from the post.

THETALKINGHORSE was soundly backed to achieve his hat trick in the Intermediate (5-4 favourite). He held every chance when blundering two out and could not peg back the 9-1 winner BRADLEY BROOK on the final punishing climb.

RAFFA turned out to be the only winning favourite (7-4) when losing his maiden tag. John Mathias had ridden three winners at Ystradowen on the previous day and was full of confidence when sending his mount clear approaching the last.

 

RESULTS

Results of the Lamerton meeting

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Sunday 30th March, East Cornwall Point-To-Point, Great Trethew (near Liskeard).

RESULTS: LAMERTON POINT-TO-POINT, KILWORTHY, 23 MARCH 2014

Good To Soft

 

Hunt Race: (Sponsor – Pannell Commercials)

1 Jennys Layla (Vicky Wade) 6-4

2 Tres Bien (Jamie Thomas) 1-2 fav

2 ran; 2 1/2l;  6m 56s

 

Open Maiden Div 1: (Friends & family of Yvonne Watson & M A Bickell)

1 Maidstone Mercury (Ed Barrett) 8-1

2 Aah Bless (Tim Hampton) 16-1

3 Wood Park (Leo Mahon) 5-1

14 ran; 1 1/2l; short head;  6m 42s

 

Open Maiden Div 2 (Langdon Transport Ltd)

1 Raffa (John Mathias) 7-4 fav

2 Derniere Dance (Josh Guerriero) 9-1

3 Boymann (Conor Smith) 14-1

12 ran; 6l; 2l;  6m 45s

 

Mixed Open: (Condy Mathias)

1 Aitenn Thirtythree (Natale Parker) 6-1

2 Double Bank (Merv Woodward) 7-4

3 Kirkleigh (Tom Chanin) 11-8 fav

8 ran; head; 1/2l;  6m 30s

 

Confined: (Dawn West Devon)

1 Cottage Acre (Bryony Frost) 6-1

2 Tugboat (Josh Guerriero) 2-1 fav

3 Gershwinner (Merv Woodward) 8-1

10 ran; 1 1/2l; short head; 6m 36s

 

Restricted: (Tinhay Building Supplies Ltd)

1 Annie Aces (Michael Heard) 14-1

2 Lord Samson (Darren Edwards) 12-1

3 Gontdevon (Tom Chanin) 7-1

15 ran;  short head; 6l;  6m 34s

 

Intermediate: (Exeter Racecourse)

1 Bradley Brook (Darren Edwards) 9-1

2 Thetalkinghorse (Matt Hampton) 5-4 fav

3 Brackenwood (Bryony Frost) 7-2

7 ran; 4l; 2l;  6m 46s

Lamerton Point-To-Point entries and form

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Race Start time Link to entries and form for race
1st 13:00 Members Race
2nd 13:35 Open Maiden Race, 1st Division
3rd 14:10 Open Maiden Race, 2nd Division
4th 14:45 Mixed Open Race
5th 15:20 Confined Race
6th 15:55 Restricted Race
7th 16:30 Intermediate 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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Preview: Lamerton Hunt, Kilworthy Sunday March 23rd

THE Condy Mathias sponsored Mixed Open has attracted a class field at this weekends Lamerton meeting, Kilworthy, Tavistock March 23rd. Aiteen Thirtythree is entered, having won his maiden at Larkhill in 2009, then going onto win a bumper,a novice hurdle and two chases when trained by Paul Nicholls. He lost his form in the autumn and was bought by Tracey Parker, now trained by Kevin Parker, and could well see daughter Natalie get the leg up. Also entered is Hunter Chase winner Kirkleigh, who was just denied a win by Minella Stars at Buckfastleigh, and again had to settle for second at Cothelstone. Another entry, Lucette Annie was a recent Cheltenham contender, and Double Bank could line up, having also entered in the Cheltenham Foxhunter Chase only to unseat his rider at the first fence.

Over 100 entries have been received for the now seven race card which starts at 1pm with the Pannell Commercials sponsored Members race, Dean Summersby holds three of the entries of which Mausefalle, under Darren Edwards ran second behind Twyford at Cothelstone, having clocked-up two seconds on good going in Ireland he could appreciate the drying ground. Tres Bien is another to consider for jockey Heidi Lewis, the combination having travelled well at Buckfastleigh last weekend before weakening three out.

Two divisions of the Open Maiden follow. The first division is the Yvonne Watson Memorial race in which Wood Park under Will Biddick has hinted ability, when two lengths second at Bishops Court last season. Grey Dreams trained by Teresa Clark could also have claims, having travelled well at the recent Treborough Hill meeting before weakening three out.

In the second division of the Open Maiden, which is sponsored by Langdon Transport Ltd, Nudge The Nugget could follow up after his two seconds this season at Cothelstone and Treborough. Harrys Kap trained by Ray Alford also gets a vote after his eye catching third less than a half a length behind winner Let Me Speak at Bratton on good going in June.

The Confined race sponsored by Dawn West Devon, could see the Emma Loosemore-trained Diamond Brook improve on his third at Buckfastleigh in February, and the Katherine Northcott-trained Almail is an interesting entry, having run third in a group three race at Chantilly and won a listed race for Freddy Head at Toulouse in 2010 his new career in Pointing could be worth following, and he may make amends for his fall at Wadebridge last weekend.

Tinhay Building Supplies sponsor the Restricted, in which the two entries from Camilla Scott’s yard hold good claims, with Ladfromhighworth’s recent second at Treborough Hill having been caught near the line by Level Spirit, and stable mates Honours Insite length second to Master Hooper at Cothelstone.

The Exeter Racecourse sponsored Intermediate, is the final race of the day, this could see Minella Fifty for trainer Claire Hitch, follow up on his impressive win at Charleton Horethorne under Will Biddick. The Keith Cumings-trained Thetalkinghorse is another exciting prospect who could follow up on recent wins at Black Forest Lodge and Treborough Hill.

On course facilities include bar, hot refreshments, bookies and trade stands. Entrance is £10 per car & driver, £5 per passenger and children free.

Course is located at Kilworthy near Brentor, Tavistock. Postcode PL19 OJX.

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REPORT: DULVERTON FARMERS AT TREBOROUGH HILL SUNDAY 9th MARCH

ROBBIE HENDERSON took a strong grip on the Devon & Cornwall jockeys championship with three winners at Treborough Hill, where the ground was predominantly good. This was the first treble of the 24-year-old rider’s career.

Two of his winners, The Mythologist and Glacial Oscar, wore the colours of his parents Guy and Sophie and were saddled by his father who trains the family pointers near Shaftesbury, Dorset.

Six-year-old The Mythologist won the two and a half miles Maiden with consummate ease to set the ball rolling. “I thought he was still a bit heavy and he will come on for this,” said the trainer.

Bloodstock agent Tom Malone, who had sourced the gelding for the Hendersons at Cheltenham sales in January after he had finished runner up in a good Irish Maiden, was more bullish. “This horse is different class and will go on to better things,” said Malone confidently. The Mythologist has an interesting pedigree which looks more like flat breeding. He is by the Derby winner Motivator and his dam traces back to the Queen’s classic winner Highclere. Put The Mythologist into your notebooks.

It was a similar story behind the success of Glacial Oscar in the three miles Maiden. This strong topped gelding quickly strode clear when Robbie Henderson unleashed him in the home straight to score by 20 lengths. This time Malone had snapped him up for his current connections after a promising effort on his third racecourse appearance in Ireland six weeks ago. “He had a rough journey in that bad weather over the Irish Sea and has taken time to recover,” said Guy Henderson. Robbie was equally complimentary about this six-year-old. “No problems at all and he will improve a lot”, commented the jockey.

It was slightly harder work for the in-form rider in getting Level Spirit home in the Exeter Racecourse Intermediate. “He was keen early and is learning to settle,” said the jockey after his mount had mastered Ladfromhighworth in the closing stages. The Ed Walker trained Level Spirit, who had returned from a year off to win at Black Forest Lodge last month, sparked off a party atmosphere generated by his owners The Otter Club. This six-strong syndicate was soon making plans to celebrate their victory and combining it with a toast to baby Daisy, who was added to the Walker / Gundry  household last Friday. Congratulations to Polly and Ed.

The same connections went very close to winning the four miles Mixed Open when Hameldown Tor (Robbie Henderson) was caught in the last few strides by Gone to Lunch (Laura Scott). A great servant for owner Gary Lever, 14-year-old Gone to Lunch is trained by Camilla Scott just a few miles from the course. He had made relentless progress all the way up the home straight to prevail by a neck. “We didn’t think he was 100% fit. He had cut himself and needed stitches for an eight inch gash at Badbury Rings last season. Laura comes home from her studies at Cirencester at weekends to ride out,” reported Jeremy Scott, who was taking pre-Cheltenham time off from farm duties to help out.

Thetalkinghorse confirmed the good impression he had created at the Mid Devon  with a smooth success in the 11-runner Restricted. The Welsh challenger Lemonade Jack made most of the running, but Thetalkinghorse said goodbye to him when sweeping to the front two out. A blunder at the last was shrugged aside as a prelude to a 12 lengths victory. This Presenting six-year-old is owned by Hannah Broggio and Janet Cumings. He is stabled with Keith Cumings at Bishops Nympton and turned out to perfection as usual. “He has also improved for the better ground,” explained winning rider Matthew Hampton who works full time for Victor Dartnall.

The majority of races attracted good sized fields, but only four went to post for the Confined which featured a third career success for 21-year-old Natalie Parker on board Dashing John. The winner, owned jointly by the rider’s mother Tracy and Audreyc Manners, drew clear of Checkerboard two out to score by 20 lengths.

Although only five, BabenyBridge was winning the fourth race of his career in the Hunt race. This progressive gelding led from the fourth fence and held off the persistent challenge of Debs Dasher. “He hung a bit and will probably have a rest now,” reported winning 20-year-old jockey Lizzie Kelly who has caught the eye on her limited opportunities under rules this winter.

MONEY TALKS

Renowned stayer KING OF THE ROAD looked good each way material in the Four Miles Open and was backed from 10-1 into 7’s. He made much of the early running but was done with half a mile out. He had run a sound race at Badbury Rings recently but this was not one of his going days.

HAMELDOWN TOR’S good efforts behind Certain Flight and Ravethebrave in his previous outings this season was the best form on offer in the four-miler. Bookies took no chances with Ed Walker’s gelding and he was tight at 5-4 and 11-10. In the event he went down with all guns blazing as he was collared by GONE TO LUNCH in the shadow of the post. The Scott trained veteran was given a dream ride by Laura Scott after finding no friends in the ring (6-4 out to 7-2).

On a lesser scale there was money from Welsh faces for NIMBUS LAD in the two and a half miles Maiden. His previous Irish form was fairly modest but he was far from disgraced behind THE MYTHOLOGIST here having been supported from 10’s to 6’s

ANGER MANAGEMENT looked really fit and it was no surprise to see punters piling in to the former bumper winner. Backed from 12-1 into 4-1 he shot off like a train, but failed to see out the trip and was eventually pulled up. He would be of interest on a sharper track

RESULTS

Results of the Dulverton Farmers 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 photographers were at the meeting: Bath Photographic (Marcus Bath), Equus Prints (Stephen Wensley), Helen StonemanRichard Hill Photography, Sara RaynorSporting Prints (Alun Sedgemore) and Tim Holt

NEXT WEEKEND’S FIXTURES

Saturday 15th March, Western Point-To-Point, Wadebridge
Sunday 16th March, Dart Vale & Haldon Harriers Point-To-Point, Buckfastleigh