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MONEY TALKS: CORNWALL CLUB POINT-TO-POINT AT WADEBRIDGE – SUNDAY DECEMBER 11TH 2016

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The nine bookmakers joined in the festivities by offering fair odds throughout the card at the Wadebridge Christmas meeting.

This fixture offers a great atmosphere: The bookies are cosily housed in the huge barn, Christmas gifts are available for sale without getting mixed up with the madding crowd on the high street. There is a TV showing all the point-to –point races live from Jeff Guyett’s camera feed, food & drink in plentiful supply, but I couldn’t see Father Christmas – probably a bit early

The Dapper Fox (5-2 to 5-4) was made favourite for the opener.(Novice Riders’) but was always struggling. De Boitron had reasonable form under rules and was cut from 4’s to 3’s for his first run for the new yard, but fell at half way – he is worth bearing in mind. Mic’s Delight took a walk from 3-1 to 11-2 and ran pretty well, but Supreme Danehill (firm at 11-4) jumped well for his novice pilot Izzie Marshall, and was always holding the strong finishing Rusty Nail (8’s to 12’s), who looks sure to atone in similar company.

At one stage it looked as though Premier Portrait (4-5 to 8-11) had met his match in a small, quality field for the Men’s Open. Young jockey Gus Levinson did not panic however, sweeping wide off the home bend and breezing past Consigliere (steady at 5-4 and carrying a7lbs penalty) near the finish. Third placed Welstonedruid drifted (7’s to 12’s) but ran really well and will be winning soon. Foundry Square was not wanted (5’s to 8’s), but this formerly useful hunter chaser looked the part from the Marie McGuinness yard, and can regain his old winning form.

Ohio Gold, from the same yard as Foundry Square, was forced from 5-4 to 4-5 for the three –runner Ladies’ Open, but got rid of his jockey at the third last. By this time Vicky Wade was making the best of her way home on King Of Alcatraz (5-4 to 7-4), and duly took the prize by 20 lengths from Ambitious Pursuit (2’s to 5-2).

Rockinrolldixie (6-4 to evens) initiated a double for Darren Edwards and trainer Dean Summersby in the Restricted. The jockey gave a fair impression of Lester Piggott on the climb for home, taking command as his mount sauntered home on the bit, and peeping round cheekily for non-existent danger. Rockinrolldixie is on the upgrade and can win again. High Priority (8’s out to 12’s) stayed on well as best of the rest.

There was a remarkable gamble in the 10 strong Open Maiden on four-year- old Captain Cook, backed into 4-6 fav.. “We laid small money to 8’s and 7’s then 5’s before the odds collapsed. We even laid £200 at 7-4 and he went off odds-on,” a leading layer told me. Well this Captain Cook proved about as good as our Captain Cook in the Indian test series – ineffective and sunk without trace. To be honest, I suspected a four-year- old wearing a tongue tie for his debut on a testing track would have to be very smart. This equine Captain Cook did not impress in the paddock, but had the services of the talented Jack Andrews. In the race he compounded very quickly in the closing stages and was pulled up. This meant that the price held up on Chosen Lucky who had to carry my money. (5-2 – 9-4 – 5- 2). I backed him because he had run quite well when fourth behind recent impressive bumper winner Neon Wolf in an Irish point in the autumn. There is nothing like proven form. Darren Edwards duly completed his double on this five- year-old.

The “Horses for courses” theory must be centuries old, but proved itself again in the Intermediate when the game young mare Follow The Paint (3’s to 2’s) again showed her liking for the showground track. She only ever wins at Wadebridge (this was her third course success), and she took advantage of Boygojumping’s exuberant early running style (too fast too soon) under a good ride from Jake Bament.

Question: Which horse won his first race at Wadebridge and subsequently won a Hennessy Gold Cup?

Answer: Celestial Gold, trained by David Pipe and ridden by Ashley Farrant won a division of the Open Maiden at Wadebridge in 2003 and went on to win the Hennessy in November 2004

 

RESULTS

Results of the Cornwall Club meeting

Report of the Cornwall Club 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: Roger Peaple, and Athwenna Irons (Western Morning News).

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REPORT: CORNWALL CLUB POINT-TO-POINT AT WADEBRIDGE – SUNDAY DECEMBER 11TH 2016

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WRITTEN BY GRANVILLE TAYLOR

“When the sweet wind did gently kiss the trees and they did make no noise” Merchant of Venice, William Shakespeare.

Yes Will, you summed it up well. It was a lovely calm, sunny December day at Wadebridge, all blue sky and even the wind turbines on the hill went round in slow motion.

The Royal Cornwall Showground at Wadebridge hosted the first Cornish point-to-point of the new season before a decent sized crowd

Darren Edwards is already in determined mood to regain the Devon & Cornwall area jockeys’ title he narrowly missed out on to Will Biddick last season.  Having reached a double century of point-to-point winners on the opening day at Black Forest Lodge, the popular rider again justified his regular commute from Leicestershire with a double from his two rides on the showground.

Rockinrolldixie strolled clear of his rivals up the final hill to win the Restricted with Edwards sitting motionless on the progressive seven-year-old. “He is a classy horse, was keen and still pulling at the last,” remarked the rider, who paid tribute to Dean and Emma Summersby for producing the gelding so fit on his seasonal debut. Trainer Dean Summersby commented that, “a stronger run race in a bigger field would help him.”

The Summersby yard, based near Launceston, went on to send out Open Maiden winner Chosen Lucky. This time it was not all plain sailing as the five-year-old was continually pestered by a loose horse until Edwards pressed the button on the bottom bend to secure his double. “This horse is a bit more straightforward than our first winner. He is an out and out stayer,” reported the successful trainer, who bought his charge privately in Ireland after three unplaced point-to-point runs there.

Premier Portrait found a nice turn of foot to narrowly deny Consigliere in the Men’s Open. Gus Levinson was content to bide his time on his prolific winning partner before pouncing on front running Consigliere inside the last 75 yards to score going away. “He will probably go to Chaddesley Corbett at the end of the month then hunter chasing is a possibility,” said Charles Levinson.

Consiglere was far from disgraced as he was giving the winner 7lbs. “He really needs better ground and the Mixed Open at Ampton on 15th January could be next for him,” remarked jockey Joe Hill. After setting off at 5.15am from Oxfordshire, Joe had already saddled the Novice Riders’ winner Supreme Danehill on behalf of his father Alan, who had headed to the Larkhill meeting.

Supreme Danehill was given a positive ride by Izzie Marshall, enjoying the third success of her career. “I had my first ride in this race last year and then had winners on Conkies Lad at Charing and Penshurst,” said the 17-year-old rider who is taking A levels at Claremont College, East Sussex.

Vicky Wade opened her account for the season when the grey King Of Alcatraz made all and finished 20 lengths clear of the only other finished Ambitious Pursuit in the three-runner Ladies’ Open. The winner was left well clear when odds-on favourite Ohio Gold unseated Natalie Parker at the third last. “Nothing would go on so I decided to take control of the race,” said the winning rider after the trio had dawdled in the early stages.

Chilhampton, North Devon, owner/trainer Roy Smith reported that his 10-year-old gelding, winning for the first time since taking a hunter chase at Exeter three years ago was, “Worried that he might not be fit enough. He was coughing early last season and I just have a bit of grass to train him on,”

The seven-runner Intermediate turned into a virtual match on the final circuit between Follow The Paint and Boygojumping, with the mare Follow The Paint taking command at the last to score her third course victory. “She is genuine and thrives on her work. She can be keen but the sit and wait tactics panned out well,” commented trainer John Heard, who handles the mare on behalf of the Beefeaters Syndicate, and paid a nice tribute to winning rider, 20-year-old Jake Bament, who works in the Philip Hobbs yard.

RESULTS

Results of the Cornwall Club 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: Roger Peaple, and Athwenna Irons (Western Morning News).

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Preview: Eggesford Point-to-Point at Upcott Cross Sunday 10 April 2016

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Written by: Donna Harris

Upcott Cross near Halwill junction is the venue for next weekends Point-to-Point horse racing fixture in the Devon & Cornwall Area. With racegoers still in party mode from the Grand National the day before, they can extend their passion for horse racing by joining in on the atmosphere of the eight race card on offer here which commences at 1pm. Over 100 entries have been received with the Open Maiden race already divided.

The feature race of the day looks to be the Eggesford Champion Mixed Open race sponsored by Simpkins Edwards, with an increase of prize money to £850 this race has attracted some quality entries which include the highly rated Chapoturgeon from the Jack Barber team. Chapoturgeon has won over £120,000 in prize money when running under rules, and was recently unlucky to fall at Cheltenham when running in the Foxhunter Chase, Will Biddick should be back on board this time and will be sent off the likely favorites. Blazing Whale from Devon trainer Ed Walker’s team will be looking to take the spoils, already on a hat-trick of wins this season, which include wins at Wadebridge, Bishops Court and Great Trethew, they could prove the main challengers.

The Nigel Cant Planning-sponsored Members race opens the event in which Follow The Paint for the Heard family would be a popular winner at the family owned track. Follow The Paint has already won two of her four starts so far this season when progressing at the Wadebridge meetings under jockey Jo Buck. Fishy Story from the Stuart Sampson team could figure, having run well at the Buckfastleigh meeting before fading two out finishing fourth that day.

The Exeter Racecourse sponsored Intermediate race looks a competitive affair with many of the 15 entered having clocked up wins this season including The Flying Doc for trainer Ed Walker with a win at Didmarton and a second at Larkhill, In The Tub for Bloodstock agent Tom Malone with wins at Larkhilll and Buckfastleigh, Upto Ollie for the Sarah Pidsley team with wins at Bishops Court and Kilworthy. Sonoftheking from the Nicola Martin yard has been runner up in three Intermediates this season and is another suggestion for the short list who could go close and snatch this.

David Pipe sponsors the Open Maiden for 4,5 and 6 year olds in which the Somerset trainer Patrick Bryant’s Pyleigh Brae could run well after his second at Ston Eston,  the Jill Dennis team will be hoping County Road can improve for his third at Buckfastleigh. The Karyn Heard-trained Daylami Days is an interesting debutante with the booking of Will Biddick to ride.

The Restricted race is sponsored by TT Buildings and catching the eye is  Athreeothree from the Jack Barber team, having been knocking on the door of progressing from Maiden company and obliging by winning at Charlton Horethorne last month. Forrardon Xmoor would also look to be one of the bookies favorites, having run second at this meeting last season and was a recent Maiden winner at Buckfastleigh for the Jilly Baskerville team under jockey Vicky Wade.

The Open Maiden race for seven year olds and over has been divided with 17 entries in each. The first division sponsored by Dave Phillips bookmakers, could go the way of the Karyn Heard-trained Back In June or the Frost family’s home-bred Robin Longstride. In the second division Driving Well showed promise at the Wadebridge meetings, and Classical Milano is another debutante from the Jack Barber team who should not be overlooked. Ashgrove Kitchens have kindly sponsored the second division of the Open Maiden.

Finally closing the event is the Chris Hodgson Engineering-sponsored Confined race in which Delphi Mountain for trainer and jockey Emma Watson could follow up on their win at Ston Eston last month, with Commanche Conflict from the Alice Plume team is another to consider having won the Intermediate at the February Black Forest Lodge meeting.

On course facilities include hot food and refreshments, bar, bookies and trade stands.Entrance to course is £10 per person up to max £30 per car. Children under 16 free. Dogs on leads welcome.

Course is located 2m South of Halwill junction off A3079 Postcode EX21 5AE

Useful Information

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

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GRANVILLE’S BETTING GOSSIP DART VALE & HALDON POINT-TO-POINT – BUCKFASTLEIGH 13 MAR 2016

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The second Buckfastleigh meeting of the season attracted a large crowd more akin to a Bank Holiday fixture (a hint of sunshine always brings the crowds out).

The 15 bookmakers presented a strong line and lost no time in chalking the prices up in good time – in contrast to a point-to-point meeting I had attended the previous day (not in the Devon & Cornwall area). Unbelievably in every race there the timid line of bookies failed to price up anything until the last few minutes when the jockeys had already mounted. Don’t ask me why.

After Beuvron (1-4) had easily seen off his two opponents in the Buckfastleigh opener, a succession of beaten favourites got the bookies smiling.

I was silly enough to back Looking Glass (5-4) in the first Maiden on the basis that Mike Legg was taking over from her novice rider. She is a difficult mare to settle and looked vulnerable when Betty’s Boy (4’s to 7-2) shadowed her along the back straight travelling ominously well. Sure enough Looking Glass crashed out at the third last, leaving Betty’s Boy to set up a double for Josh Newman. This strong bodied type has not been rushed and will improve further. Buz Barton (8’s to 4’s) was in touch until the top bend but was left behind coming down the hill, as was Onwegoagain (3’s to 5-2).

Forrardon Xmoor was easy to back at 6’s and 7’s prior to a hard fought success under Vicky Wade in the other Maiden division. Back In June (solid 6-4) has decent NH form to his credit and was a creditable second. Robin Longstride (6-4 to evens fav) got left behind at the top of the hill before snatching a modest third place. As his name suggests, he is a rangy type and there is more to come from him in due course

Seven of the nine entries for the Mixed Open went to post, Welstonedruid (5-2 to 7-4) had disputed favouritism with Ziggerson Hill (5-2  / 9-4 / 5-2) but there was money for Doctor Henry (7’s into 4’s). Steeltown (5-2 out to 9-2) looked a likely winner two out, but Doctor Henry responded well to his novice rider and took command on the final bend.

It was amusing that the presentation announcer said that Doctor Henry had come “all the way from Wales.”  He had actually travelled only 13 miles from his base at Modbury, South Devon, and was a first winner for owner / trainer / jockey Bronwyn Buttery.

It’s All or Nothing (11-10 / evens) was the next favourite to fail. Sea Bear (4’s to 7-2) put his beat foot forward this time to leave his modest Black Forest run behind him. Josh Newman gave Sea Bear a positive ride and the grey never looked like being caught.

Premier Portrait (2-9) could not be opposed in the three runner Novice Riders’ contest and duly won by 12 lengths after Overafrica (6’s – 7’s) had stayed with him until the second last.

In The Tub (8-11 / 4-4) was the obvious form choice for the Restricted on his Milborne and Larkhill form. Jo Buck soon had him out in front and he dominated proceedings throughout.

RESULTS

Results of the Dart Vale & Haldon Harriers meeting

Report from the Dart Vale & Haldon Harriers meeting

Official Photographer

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VIDEO

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Commentary replays

Replays of the Dart Vale & Haldon Harriers meeting race commentaries

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RESULTS: TORRINGTON FARMERS POINT-TO-POINT AND DEVON & CORNWALL PONY RACING FINALS – CHAPLETON BARTON, UMBERLEIGH – 13th JUNE 2015

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Point-To-Point Races

Going: Good; Good to Firm & Soft in places

Confined; (Devonshire Motors of Barnstaple)

1 Lucys Girl (Jake Bament) 10-1 Chased leader 8th til led after three out, soon clear
2 Robin Will (Jamie Thomas) 4-7 fav left in lead 8th, wknd quickly & headed after three out, no chance from next
3 ran; only two finished; 30l
Owner; Dan Farr; Trainer; Dan Farr

Restricted (Tim Forster Memorial sponsored by Kivells)

1 Carry On Nando (Sean Houlihan) 8-13 fav made most , drew away three out, left alone last
2 ran; Finished Alone
Owner; Mrs J Luscombe & R Candy; Trainer; Gordon Chambers

Men’s Open (Davisons)

1 Findlay’s Find (David Mansell) 5-2 disputed lead 11th til went clear after three out, stayed on strongly
2 Threapwood (Oliver Greenall) 9-2 held up in touch, good hdwy after three out, kept on but not reach winner
3 Bathwick Scanno (Rob Hawker) 5-1 led til 10th, outpaced four out, rallied to 3rd flat
4 ran; 4l; 10l; 6m 42s
Owner; Paul Miles; Trainer; Myfanwy Miles

Ladies’ Open (E J Snell & Sons Ltd)

1 Florence Mary (Lucy Mager) 7-4 fav in touch, prog to lead three out, stayed on well
2 Bay To Go (Hannah Watson) 5-1 chased leaders, went 2nd five out, one pace from two out
3 Tiger D’Oust (Vicky Wade) 7-2 midfield, took 3rd apprg last, not reach leaders
7 ran; 2l; 4l; 6m 41s
Owner; Jeff Fear; Trainer; Emma Mellor

Intermediate (Claire Howarth, The Barum Stud)

1 Kawana Cove (Heidi Lewis) 4-1 disputed lead 11th , led after three out, drew clear next
2 Sedgemoor Top Bid (Jamie Thomas) 11-8 disputed lead 11th til three out, gradually faded
3 Delta Borget (Vicky Wade) 11-2 chased leaders til no extra after three out
4 ran; 8l; 7l; 6m 38s
Owner; David & Heidi Lewis; Trainer; Maria Lewis

Open Maiden (Smallridge Bros Ltd)

1 Come On Louis (Oliver Greenall) 10-1 chased clear leader, lost place four out, rallied two out, ran on well
2 Kilcolman Wizard (Darren Edwards) 4-1 soon well clear, weakened quickly two out
3 Derniere Dance (David Noonan) 13-2 tacked leaders, every chance three out, one pace
10 ran; 4l; 4l; 6m 39s
Owner; Andrew Ralphs; Trainer; Oliver Greenall

National Champions Will Biddick and Gina Andrews, with outgoing secretary Gillian Underhill following the conclusion to the 2014-15 season at the Torrington Farmers Point-To-Point, at Umberleigh.
National Champions Will Biddick and Gina Andrews, with outgoing secretary Gillian Underhill following the conclusion to the 2014-15 season at the Torrington Farmers Point-To-Point, at Umberleigh. Photo courtesy of Tim Holt

Pony Racing

Point to Point Pony Racing CONFIRMED RESULTS FOR THE TORRINGTON FARMERS AT UMBERLEIGH ON SATURDAY, 13TH JUNE 2015:

138cm & Under

1. CHURCHILL – Tamby Welch 
2. THE JOBS NOT STRAIGHT – Tyler Heard
3. HONKY TONK GIRL – Brad Kent
4. MOCKING BIRD – Alfie Godfrey
5. GINGER WIZARD – Chad Bament 
6. BECCA WALK O’ THE WILD SIDE – Molly Landau 
7. HELSINGTON VANETTA – Lewis McDonald
8. MAGIC – Honor Weatherlake
9. PARKHILL PLAYBOY – Joshua Brown
10. MENEDH JUMPING JACK FLASH – Otis Morgan

Video of the finish: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Point-to-Point-Pony-Racing/308495205966944/videos/486411528175310/

148cms & under

1. HAWKSFIELD FLYER – Fergus Gillard
2. CALYPSO – Ben Godfrey 
3. BARBOZA – Isabel Hunt 
3. GOODNIGHT – Bruce Young 
5. SHOTGUN MINNIE – Tyler Heard 
6. SPRINGS – Thomasina Eyston

NR DONT TELL DAI – Connor Brace 
NR IGO ZUMINOV – James Armstrong

Video of the finish: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Point-to-Point-Pony-Racing/308495205966944/videos/486412174841912/

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DEVON & CORNWALL AREA – JOCKEYS’ TITLES 2014/15 LATEST STANDINGS AS OF 7th JUNE 2015


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The latest standings for the area jockeys’ awards up to & including the Tiverton Staghounds  meeting (7th June 2015) are:-

MEN’S TITLE
Darren Edwards 121 points
Will Biddick 112  points
Jamie Thomas 82 points
Robbie Henderson 64 points
Matt Hampton 55 points
John Mathias 46 points
Tom Chanin 45 points

 

LADIES’ TITLE
Leanda Tickle 67 points
Jo Buck 47 points
Hannah Welch 39 points
Bryony Frost 34 points
Vicky Wade 33 points
Pippa Glanville 20 points
Jennifer Davenport 16 points
Heidi Lewis 16 points

 

NOVICE MEN’S TITLE
(5 winners or less at start of season) 
David Noonan 42 points
Sean Houlihan 29 points
Harry Cobden 21 points
Jake Bament 20 points
Ryan Chapman 14 points
Hedley Webb 11 points

 

NOVICE LADIES’ TITLE
(5 winners or less at start of season)
Hannah Welch 39 points
Pippa Glanville 20 points
Jennifer Davenport 16 points
Heidi Lewis 16 points
Olivia Hutchings 13 points
Emma Watson    8 points
Charlotte Prichard    8 points
Taylor Pook    7 points

This years End of Season DO!! will be on Saturday 27th June at The New Continental Plymouth.
Tickets available now for the END of Season Awards (15th Apr). Tickets £45 each

To order tickets:
– Facebook message Katie Squire
– Phone 01805 603129
– or email katiesquire980@btinternet.com

Please ask for Bobbie at the New Continental, Plymouth when you call to book a room. Her direct number is 01752 276797.

Anyone with any trophies from last year’s awards or from previous years please let Katie Squire know, and bring them to Chapleton Barton, Umberleigh She will be VERY happy !!!!!!! thanks !!!

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