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Entries: Dart Vale & Haldon Harriers Point-To-Point at Buckfastleigh on Sunday 17th March 2019

Race Start time Link to entries and form for race
PR 12:00 Pony Racing
1st 13:00 Restricted Race
2nd 13:35 Mens Open Race
3rd 14:10 Intermediate Race
4th 14:45 Ladies Open Race
5th 15:20 Open Maiden Race, Division One
6th 15:55 Open Maiden Race, Division Two
7th 16:30 Members Race

Course Updates:

Sunday, 17 March at 12:00

The going at Buckfastleigh remains SOFT

Saturday, 16 March at 21:44

Pony Racing 12 noon, 1st PtP Race 1.00pm.

Today’s very high winds, with occasional blustery showers, sure challenged our volunteers preparing for Sunday’s Buckfastleigh meeting. But it takes a lot to deter real “pointing” folk and although heavy rain was expected later in the day, with the prospect of a much improved forecast for Sunday they battled on with good humour, vowing to be up early Sunday to finish off the “cosmetics”, bins, banners and bogs, not forgetting the flags for the finish line!

As forecast, the wind and rain has already abated this evening (9pm), so rest assured we intend to be all ready to welcome you to our Course tomorrow, be it to race a pony or pointer, or just to enjoy the spectacle and a flutter, but tip for the day, do wear stout footwear – it is March after all!

I will post an up to date Buckfastleigh Going Report as soon as one is available to me tomorrow and I look forward to seeing you all there.

Thursday, 14 March at 21:54

Local BHA Course Inspector, Claire Wonnacott , walked the course with our Clerk of the Course, John Bond this afternoon and declared the Going at Buckfastleigh to be soft. Rain and strong winds are forecast for Saturday, quietening on Sunday to a moderate breeze.

Please note: On race day arrival, Horse boxes to be parked up in the lorry park but horses must remain boxed until the Horse’s Passport and Health Declaration documents have been presented to the Declarations Desk for inspection before authorisation to unload can be given.

Thursday, 14 March

At 6pm yesterday, The Clerk of the Course reported the Going at Buckfastleigh was Soft. Now we are into March the ground is drying much quicker than in February and the Course walked very well, with a good covering of grass and the fences all moved to fresh ground, as have been the bends. Today, heavy morning rain early on has been replaced by more showery weather and strong winds, with similar forecast for Friday. A further report on the Going and outlook for race day will follow tomorrow afternoon.

Tuesday, 12th March

Buckfastleigh – This afternoon the Clerk of the Course reported the Going to be Soft but it has been a sunny, windy day and preparations for racing are progressing well.

Friday 8th March

The Buckfastleigh Clerk of the Course reported this morning, Friday 8th March, that the Preliminary Going at Buckfastleigh is Good to Soft, Soft in Places. More posts to follow regularly from mid week on. DVSPH PtP Secretary.

Preview extract:

Racegoers are in for a treat next weekend where the Dart Vale & Haldon Harriers host their meeting at Buckfastleigh on Sunday 17th March. Having enjoyed Cheltenham festival race week, those attending this meeting will be treated to some competitive racing here, where seven races are on offer, which have attracted over 80 entries. Pony racing, which is sponsored by Salcombe Dairy Ice Cream precedes the main race card with two pony races commencing at 12 noon.

The course at Buckfastleigh offers fantastic viewing, it is easily located off the A38. There will be plenty of trade stands, hot food tent, bar, bookies and a great atmosphere for all the family to enjoy. Entrance to the course is £10 per person with children 16 and under free. Dogs on leads welcome. Post code TQ11 OLT.

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
© = 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 2017/18 form from 2016/17 form. Figures preceded by an oblique (/) represents 2015/16 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.

Pony Racing

Race 1 138cm (m 6f ) OPEN

Race 2 148cm (m 8f ) OPEN

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Entries: East Cornwall Point-To-Point, Great Trethew, 24th February 2019

Please ensure you bring the latest version of the BHA Declaration of Health Form

Race Start time Link to entries and form for race
11:00 Pony Racing
1st 12:00 Flat 4-6 years old Race
2nd 12:35 4-6 year olds Open Maiden Race
3rd 13:10 7 years and over Open Maiden Race
4th 13:45 Mixed Open Race
5th 14:20 Conditions Race
6th 14:55 Restricted Race

Going Update

Friday 22nd February 2019 at 09:16

The going at Great Trethew is now described as good – Sandie Newton

Wednesday 20th February 2019 at 10:19

Sandie Newton advises the going at Great Trethew for the East Cornwall Point-To-Point remains good to soft. She will further update on Friday.

Monday 18th February 2019 at 15:04

Great Trethew going update as of today, good to soft. With sunshine and a drying wind I cannot see it being anything but good by Sunday.

Preview extract:

It is the turn of the East Cornwall to host the next fixture to be held in the area, which will take this coming Sunday February 24th, at the popular course located at Menheniot, Great Trethew. Pony racing heads up the action with two pony races commencing at 11am. The main event follows at midday, with six races on offer attracting over 100 entries.

The course is a great location for a family day out to enjoy the spring weather, and an opportunity to dust off the picnic baskets, whilst watching some good race action. The course offers bar, hot and cold refreshments and food, bookies and a number of trade stands. Entrance to the course is £10 per person with children under 16 free. Dogs on leads welcome. The course is located off the off the A38 between Saltash and Liskeard. Postcode PL14 3PZ.

Pony Racing Entries

138cm (5f ) Pony Race

1 Charlie Sprake
2 Chad Bament Ginger Wizard
3 Otis Morgan Menedh Jumping Jack Fash
4 Walter Fisher-barnett Wide Valley March

148cm (7.5f ) Pony Race

1
2
3 Tyler Heard Shotgun Minnie

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
© = 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 2018/19 form from 2017/18 form. Figures preceded by an oblique (/) represents 2016/17 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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Entries: Tiverton Point-To-Point at Chipley Park on Sunday 27th January 2019

Race Start time Link to entries and form for race
1st 11:30 Members Race
2nd 12:05 Restricted Race
3rd 12:40 Mixed Open Race
4th 13:15 Intermediate Race
5th 13:50 Novice Riders Race
6th 14:25 Mares Maiden Race
7th 15:00 Open Maiden Race, Division 1
8th 15:35 Open Maiden Race, Division 2

Course Updates:

Sunday 27th January 2019 at 08:35

The going at Chipley today is unchanged good, good to soft. The wind blew the rain away over night and is due to drop during the morning. There is a power line down in Wellington please follow the diversion signs, you need to head for Milverton on the B3187. Postcode is TA21 OQU.

Saturday 26th January 2019 at 16:56

The Ground remains the same at Chipley. Will update fb in the morning, rain is forecast over night.

– Jess Dorse

Friday 25th January 2019 at 19:36

Russell Wescott reports the course is good , good to soft in places.

Wednesday 23rd January 2019 at 18:55

Going update: The clerk of the course recorded the ground as good, good to soft in place today at Chipley. A lot of good horses entered should make for exciting racing, first race at 11:30.

Monday 21st January 2019 at 19:07

Near-record entries at Chipley for this Sunday 27th January, with 177 entries

8 races scheduled on “good” ground
1st race bought forward to 11.30 am

Many Trade stalls, hot and cold food and bar
Great day out for all the family

See you on Sunday

Saturday 19th January 2019 at 19:50

The going was officially given as ‘Good’ on Thursday 17th after inspection. Will keep you posted this week.

Preview extract:

This weekends Point-to-Point fixture in the Devon & Cornwall area takes place at Chipley Park near Wellington on Sunday 27th January. Eight races will be on offer with a start time of 11.30. Over 170 entries have been received.

On course facilities include bar, hot and cold refreshments, bookies, and a number of good trade-stands. Entrance to the course is £10 per head to a maximum of £40 per car. Children under 16 go free. Dogs on leads welcome. Course is located off B3187, Wellington 3m, Milverton 1m, TA21 0QY.

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
© = 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 2017/18 form from 2016/17 form. Figures preceded by an oblique (/) represents 2015/16 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

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) and Turfpix (Tracy Roberts)

NEXT FIXTURE

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

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

DULVERTON FARMERS ACTION – 11 MARCH 2012

GRANVILLE TAYLOR REVIEWS

It was a memorable day for two promising young lady jockeys at Treborough Hill with Bryony Frost and Natalie Parker each achieving their first winners. Richard Woollacott has over 200 winners in his CV, but his four-timer would have been just as important to him after a wretched start to this season through injury. The racing surface drew much praise and wall to wall sunshine replaced the early mist.

Mixed Open, 4 miles; (Dunster Heat Ltd)

Eleven faced the starter for the first four miles staying test in the area this season. King’s Wood was the punters choice with his proven stamina , but there was good support for King of the Road who ran a personal best over an extended four miles at Cheltenham last May. Matt Hampton soon had King of the Road in front with Cowboyboots and Ice Tea prominent. Richard Woollacott eased Thirtytwo Red into the lead racing into the home straight, and never looked like being caught despite a late flourish from Mister Moonax who ran on strongly under young Hannah Hawkins. Now 11-years-old, Thirtytwo Red is the only pointer in training with Guy Weatherley at Tiverton and started at 20-1. Guy rode this gelding to his first three pointing victories but gave up race riding four years ago. The dice has not rolled in favour of Thirtytwo Red for the past couple of seasons and it was good to see him return to form in a race which took nearly ten minutes.

Confined (Fallen Stock Company)

Richard Woollacott made the worst possible start to the season with his fall at Black Forest Lodge which left him sidelined for nearly three months. His comeback to the saddle at Buckfastleigh last month was a prelude to three blank weeks, but he hit sparkling form at Treborough Hill on Sunday (March 11th) by riding four winners and training three of them. His winner here was the progressive Deb’s Dasher who is steadily climbing the ladder and defied his 6lbs penalty with ease. Dandooley stayed on late to finish second with long time leader Tallow Bridge in third. “Some of our horses have been coughing a bit,” said Richard, adding: “this horse would be better with firmer ground.” In my book he is potentially an open horse.

Intermediate (Exeter Racecourse)

Kirkleigh was a shade of odds-on to complete his seasonal hat trick after wins at Chipley and Great Trethew. In the end he was just touched off by Richard Woollacott’s mount Allerford Jack. Kirkleigh (Tom Chanin) went on five out but had pulled hard and did not jump fluently in the home straight. He had to give best to Allerford Jack on the run-in. “Allerford Jack needs to be switched off to make sure he stays,” said Woollacott of his winner. He also trains the gelding for a small syndicate.

Open Maiden (Winston Pincombe LandRovers)

Richard Woollacott capped a memorable day by riding his fourth winner of the day here on the previously unraced Midnight Whisper. The six-year-old showed in front rounding the final bend and stayed on strongly over the line of four fences in the straight. “I didn’t really want to be in front so early but he jumped magic and will stay forever,” said the elated rider/trainer. The strong topped gelding by Midnight Legend is out of Spread The Word, who won four point-to-points and a handicap chase for Pam Pengelly.

Open Maiden 4 to 7-year-olds only, 2m 4f (Great Bradley Estate, Withypool)

Bryony Frost is just embarking on her career and the former pony racing champion partnered her first winner over jumps on Top Green, who ran on well to beat Palfrey Boy and Ellvis. The Frost family need little introduction, and Bryony, who turns 17 next month looks like upholding the family tradition. “He was always going well and I didn’t want to get there too early,” said the delighted youngster. Five-year-old Top Green was placed in cross country races in France before joining the Nikki Frost yard. “Jamie Thomas did a good job with him in his first two points and he will be better on good ground,” said owner Jimmy Frost.

Restricted (A1 Gates & Securities)

It was a good day for youth as well as experience and Dashing John provided 19-year-old Natalie Parker with her first winner in quite a competitive looking event. Mister Trigger held the advantage down the back straight, but was overhauled by Dashing John approaching four out. The winner kept up a relentless gallop up the home straight and extended his advantage to 10 lengths on reaching the judge. This was another family success since Dashing John is owned by the rider’s mother Tracy and trained by her father Kevin at Bilbrook, just three miles from the course. “I work for Philip Hobbs and originally rode out there when I was 13,” said Natalie, who does Colour Squadron at the Hobbs yard and was looking forward to accompanying him to the festival.

Hunt race (Yeo Barton Bloodstock)

Delta Borget was always travelling well and got the better of Prince De Bersy after jumping the third last to win comfortably. Leanda Tickle was riding her fourth winner of the season on the Leslie Jefford trained gelding which gave her the lead for the National Novice Riders’title. Leslie described his winner as, “very genuine and very uncomplicated,”