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Report: Tiverton Staghounds Point-To-Point at Bratton Down, Sunday 7th June 2015

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Written by: Donna Harris

The crowds flocked to the Point-to-Point course at Bratton Down, where glorious sunshine with plenty of exciting race action delighted the crowd, at the penultimate race meeting of the season. The Tiverton Staghounds hosted the event on Sunday, with two races divided on the day, giving a total of eight very competitive races.

Five came under the starters orders for the Winston Pincombe Land Rovers-sponsored Members Race, where the Kayley Woollacott’s entry Le Clo De La Londe had been sent off odds-on favourite. Heidi Lewis had set the pace on the Woollacott team’s other runner Pasternak Jack. For a while it looked to be a Woollacott team win, but jockey Lee Drowne had ridden a patient race on the Keith Cumings-trained Whenharrymetsally, getting the better of the three way tussle up the home straight to win by one and a half lengths.  “She travelled well, jumps and stays, they set a nice gallop and I didn’t panic. It is the second ride for Keith Cumings in two weeks and two wins.” quoted the delighted jockey.

Trainer Nikki Frost clocked up her first of two wins on the day, in the first division of the Open Maiden race, which had been sponsored by Stags. Stop The Press, under champion jockey Will Biddick, came home the ten length winner, ahead of Peggy’s Hero with Queens Law in third. The Frost’s team second winner came when The Greendale Rocket literally rocketed up the hill in the second division of the Restricted race. He flew over the finishing line and jumped another fence before jockey Byron Moorcroft could pull him up. Go On Henry had tried to head the winner up the home straight, but The Greendale Rocket fought back under a strong drive by Moorcroft, to win by a half a length. ” I have driven down from Scotland this morning just to ride for the Frost team.” quoted the jockey, who used to ride as a conditional for Jimmy.

The second division of the Open Maiden went to Askers Lad, giving jockey Alice Mills a win riding in her last Point to Point before turning professional. The Reuben Chapman-trained Onwegoagain had travelled well having led over the final ditch, with Alice keeping a keen hold of Askers Lad, who had previously run out at the last fence at this course before, rode a thrilling finish to win by a length.

Broken Eagle, from the leading National trainer Alan Hill’s yard took the Saul Kidston, Exmoor Hay & Straw Ltd-sponsored Intermediate race, winning by a distance under jockey Jo Hill. Joint owner Jake Exelby was thrilled with his bargain purchase, which they bought out of Doncaster sales. “We will step him up into open company next season, with the possibility of short distance Hunter Chases in the future.”

The Men’s Open was snatched by champion jockey Will Biddick on Queens Bay for the Jack Barber team, coming home seven lengths ahead of Findlay’s Find. The veteran 15 year old Barney’s Mate ran really well in third, having led over the third last fence. “Queens Bay is a lovely horse, she is game, stays well as she has proved today.” said the delighted trainer, who added “Barney’s Mate gave Chris such a good ride, you wouldn’t believe he was 15.” This race had been sponsored by The Poltimore Inn, North Molton.

It Was Me had been sent off odds-on favourite in the Ladies Open, but had to settle for third. The front running Ned White, under Leanda Tickle, had only been headed for a short stretch after the second last when Fiulin put up a challenge, with the 13 year old Ned White relishing the drying ground. He  was determined to make his last race before retiring a winning one. His owner Jacqueline Elliot commented on his win saying  “He has done us so well, always being placed. We are looking for a good home for him now, maybe along the lines of racehorse rehab.”

The first division of the Witheridge Garage-sponsored Restricted race resulted in the first horse over the line Golanzine, being disqualified for his trainer/jockey Mark Wildsmith missing a marker on the course. The race was awarded to the Andrews family’s Craigbenn under jockey Gina Andrews, who is soon to be awarded the National Ladies title.

Will Biddick was awarded the leading jockey trophy for the most wins over the three Bratton Down meetings. Owners of Whataknight and Queens Bay were jointly awarded the leading horse title.

RESULTS

Results of the Tiverton Staghounds 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: Tim Holt, Baths Photographic (Marcus Bath), Roger Peaple and Big Green Annual (John Beasley)

NEXT FIXTURES

Saturday, 13th June 2015, Torrington Farmers Point-To-Point, Chapleton Barton, Umberleigh – the season finale and Devon & Cornwall area pony racing finals.

Saturday 27th June 2015, Devon & Cornwall area end of season awards dinner & dance, The New Continental Hotel, Plymouth.

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GRANVILLE’S BETTING GOSSIP – EXMOOR POINT-TO-POINT AT BRATTON DOWN, SUNDAY 31st MAY 2015

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IT was about a score draw in the end between the bookmakers and punters at Bratton Down.

The bookis drew first blood when course winner Bernshaw was well beaten in the opener. He was a solid 1-2 favourite after touching 4-6. I thought he looked plenty fit enough in the preliminaries, but he was beaten a long way out. The winner, The Mystro, was second best in the market at 2-1 and lost his maiden tag in some style.

The 10-runner Restricted looked quite an open event and they went 5-2 A Real Cliché who opened at 3’s, Will Biddick’s mount ran well but nobody had any answers to Beaufort winner The Flying Doc (solid 4-1) who cruised up to the leaders on the home turn and won on the bit. She looks a decent mare and can progress from here. I backed runner-up Winter Garden (9-2 touched 5.s). This six-year-old had won nicely at Trebudannon and ran quite well in the DBS bumper at Aintree. He stays well and is one to keep an eye on for the future

Claire Hitch has done well with Minella Fifty who won an Irish point but was evidently not easy to train in the Jonjo O’Neill yard after changing hands for an enormous sum. He is in good form at present and did well to beat the useful Presentandcorrect (11-4 from 5-2) in the Ladies’ Open.

The Midnight Legend six-year-old Whataknight has gone from strength to strength this year and took his upgrading to Open class in his stride. He is a workmanlike type with plenty of speed and looks a natural to progress to better things. 5-4 did not last long and he was a solid 4-6 at the off. Wincanton hunter chase winner Parkam Jack (5-2 ), bidding for his fourth win of the season, found his 7 lbs penalty just too much. .

Favourite backers soon knew their fate in the Intermediate when Credit Crunched (2-1) ploughed through the fifth fence and unseated Johny Bailey. What About Will had found it hard to win an Intermediate since his Black Forest win in January, but looks more street wise now and drew right away under Vicky Wade up the final climb to score easily here,

The Maiden was divided on the day with declarations just one above the safety factor. The slightly quicker division went to the Kayley Woollacott mare Spendajennie (4’s out to 6’s). She had been lightly raced since I gave a favourable note to her at Wadebridge in January, but she kept on well up the hill to hold Master Max (5-4 fav touched 6-4).

The Jack Barber trained four-year-old Brandevin (evens out to 11-8 favourite) took the other division to record his trainer’s 50th win of the season. Brandevin fetched £30,000 at Brightwells Cheltenham breeze up sales last December and had a lot to live up to. He was very green and was given an exemplary quiet educational ride by Will Biddick . He probably didn’t know he was in a race until his rider asked him to quicken after the last and had a good look at the crowd as he mastered his rivals on meeting the higher ground. I expect he will finish up under rules with Paul Nicholls.

RESULTS

Results of the Exmoor 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: Baths Photographic (Marcus Bath), and Roger Peaple

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Sunday, 7th June 2015, Tiverton Staghounds Point-To-Point, Bratton Down.

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REPORT ON THE EXMOOR POINT-TO-POINT AT BRATTON DOWN, SUNDAY 31st MAY 2015

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WRITTEN BY GRANVILLE TAYLOR

OVERNIGHT rain gave way to a cool, blustery afternoon at Bratton Down where it was business as usual with a double for the unstoppable combination of trainer Jack Barber and jockey Will Biddick.

The progressive Whataknight was given a typically patient Biddick ride to win the Men’s Open. “He was rushed off his feet for the first two miles so I had to be patient. You can’t go quick and keep going quick here,” explained the rider on the verge of securing his fourth consecutive National championship. Six-year-old Whataknight remains unbeaten in his four races this season.

Trainer Jack Barber has enjoyed a remarkable season in winning his first trainers championship, increasing his winning tally from 14 last year to 50 this season. His half century came up when Brandevin, making his racecourse debut, overcame greenness to win a section of the Maiden which was divided on the day.

Once again Biddick nursed and educated his mount from the back until swooping to lead up the final climb. “He was really green and ticks every box. There is room for improvement in him,” reported Biddick, who was enjoying his 66th winner of the season and whose career successes in the saddle had topped the 300 mark at Stratford just a few days before. Four-year-old Brandevin was purchased at the Cheltenham breeze up sales last December by Tom Malone. He is now in the ownership of Colm Donlon and Richard Webb. “He has needed time but he works well and jumps well,” said Jack Barber.

The race was marred when Jo Buck was fired into the ground when her mount Strong Hurricane fell at the second fence. Jo was concussed and spent the night in Barnstaple hospital. She was reported to have facial injuries but thankfully a scan revealed no broken bones.

Biddick’s mount Master Max was runner up in the other Maiden division won by Matt Hampton on six-year-old mare Spendajennie. Bought at the Tattersalls Derby sales as a four-year-old, the Old Vic mare is owned by Andrew and Hannah Broggio and is trained by Kayley Woollacott who described her charge as, “ A lovely madam who works and jumps well at home,” Kayley was achieving her 25th pointing winner of the season, in addition to a hunter chase.

Claire Hitch trains just a few miles from the course and saddled Minella Fifty to win the Ladies’ Open after a battle with the consistent Presentandcorrect. The winning rider, 19-year-old Charlotte Prichard, is looking forward to three months working holiday in New Zealand during the summer.

Bernshaw has proved something of a Bratton Down course specialist for the Claire Hitch stable, but could only finish third on this occasion in the Hunt race behind The Mystro. Lee Drowne, who works in the Nigel Hawke yard, sent his mount to the front at the third last before drawing right away from Father Owen. Placed over hurdles in Ireland for Mouse Morris, the winner is now with Keith Cumings, and had been knocking at the door in his English points this season.

The Flying Doc treated her nine Restricted rivals with disdain. The mare was cruising coming to the last and Robbie Henderson only had to let out an inch of rein coming up the hill to overcome A Real Cliché and Winter Garden. “She is a pocket rocket and jumped brilliantly,” confirmed the jockey. Ed Walker bought the Dr Massini seven-year-old for only 4,000 euros at Tattersalls, Ireland last August. She had scored at Didmarton on her English debut in March where she was ridden by Ed Barrett, who subsequently suffered serious injuries in a fall at the Eggesford a few weeks later.

Favourite backers soon knew their fate when long distance traveller Credit Crunched blundered and unseated Johny Bailey at the fifth fence in the Intermediate which was run in memory of Donna Kingdon. What About Will took command entering the final circuit and strode clear after the last. Neil Harris saddled the winner who was partnered by Vicky Wade for her father Keith. “He has sharpened up his jumping after his two recent Hunter chases,” said the trainer.

RESULTS

Results of the Exmoor meeting

VIDEO

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

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The following photographers were at the meeting: Baths Photographic (Marcus Bath), and Roger Peaple

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Sunday, 7th June 2015, Tiverton Staghounds Point-To-Point, Bratton Down.

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RESULTS: EXMOOR POINT-TO-POINT AND PONY RACES– BRATTON DOWN – 31st MAY 2015

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Point-To-Point Races

Going: Good / Good to soft

Hunt race (RSM Beares & Brian Thorne & Son)

1 The Mystro (Lee Drowne)  led three out, stayed on strongly

2 Father Owen (Scott Turner) 10-1 steady hdwy from 15th, went 2nd flat

3 Bernshaw (Darren Edwards) 1-2 fav led til three out, weakend

4 ran; won by distance; 1l; 6m 10s

Owner; Duckers & Divers Club; Trainer; Keith Cumings

Restricted (Rosettes Direct)

1The Flying Doc (Robbie Henderson) 4-1  good hdwy three out, took lead flat, v. easily

2 Winter Garden (Sean Houlihan) 9-2 chased leaders, outpaced after two out, stayed on late

3 A Real Cliché (Will Biddick) 5-2 fav  led 15th til headed 150 yards out

10 ran; 1 1/2l; neck;  6m 13s

Owner; Cow Boys; Trainer; Ed Walker

Ladies’ Open (Bray Leino)

1 Minella Fifty (Charlotte Prichard) 7-4 fav led from 14th, stayed on well

2 Presentandcorrect (Laura Scott) 11-4 led/ disputed 5th til 13th, pressed leader til no extra flat

3 Fiulin (Leanda Tickle) 5-1 went third two out, not reach leaders

8 ran; 6l; 10l;  6m 11s

Owner; E & Mrs C Hitch; Trainer; Claire Hitch

Men’s Open (Moore Scarrott)

1 Whataknight (Will Biddick) 4-6 fav held up, hdwy three out, led 250 yards out, soon clear

2 Parkam Jack (Jamie Thomas) 5-2 held up, hdwy to lead after three out til headed flat

3 Right Enough (Tom Chanin) 16-1 prom, led 15th til three out, weakened

5 ran; 5l; 20l;  6m 9s

Owner; T Hamlin; M dare; J Snook; Trainer; Jack Barber

Intermediate (Ashley Farrant & the Kingdon family)

1 What About Will (Vicky Wade) 3-1 led from 14th, drew clear flat, comf

2 Way Before dawn (Leanda Tickle) 5-1 went 2nd 16th, pressed ldr, every chance til wknd flat

3 Redlynch Rock (Rob Hawker) 4-1 hdwy three out, stayed on to take 3rd close home

9 ran; 12l; 3l;  6m 11s

Owner; Keith wade; Trainer; Neil Harris

Open Maiden

Division 1(The Old Station House Inn)

1 Spendajennie (Matt Hampton) 6-1 tracked ldr from 13th, led last, drew clear flat

2 Master Max (Will Biddick) evens fav progress12th, effort & every ch two out, no extra flat

3 Derniere Dance (David Noonan) 10-1 headway three out, stayed on steadily

9 ran; 6l; 6l;  6m 19s

Owner; Andrew & Hannah Broggio; Trainer; Kayley Woollacott

Division 2 (Slee Blackwell Solicitors)

1 Brandevin (Will Biddick) 11-8 fav held up, hdwy three out, quickened to lead 200 yards out

2 The Conjurer (Rob Hawker) 10-1 alwys prom, disputed lead three out til 200 yards out

3 Regular Guy (Darren Andrews) 14-1 chased leaders, 3rd at last, kept on close home

8 ran; 5l; 5l;  6m 23s

Owner; C Donlon; Trainer; Jack Barber

Pony Racing

Point to Point Pony Racing CONFIRMED RESULTS FOR THE EXMOOR HUNT AT BRATTON DOWN ON SUNDAY, 31ST MAY 2015:

138cms & Under Race at 1.00pm

1. CHURCHILL – Tamby Welch
2. MOCKING BIRD – Alfie Godfrey
3. GINGER WIZARD – Chad Bament
4. BECCA WALK O’ THE WILD SIDE – Molly Landau
5. MAGIC – Honor Weatherlake
6. TALPONCIAU PERFECT PRINT – Hamish Clarke
7. JOBANKER MORNING MIST – Finn Muirhead
8. PARKHILL PLAYBOY – Joshua Brown
9. KISSY – Emily Handel
UR HELSINGTON VANETTA – Lewis McDonald

NR TOBY – Josh Craddock

148cms & under at 1.20pm

1. VADLAWALKOVER – Tamby Welch
2. CALYPSO – Ben Godfrey
3. IGO ZUMINOV – James Armstrong
4. COOL RUNNER – Thomas Doggrell
5. PICKMERE BOND STREET – Hamish Clarke

NR SHOTGUN MINNIE- Tyler Heard
NR SPRINGS – Thomasina Eyston
NR TARKA – Michael Treneer
NR TOTAL ECLIPSE – William Cox

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Exmoor Point-To-Point entries and form, Bratton Down, Sunday 31st May 2015

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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 Mens Open Race
5th 16:20 Intermediate Race
6th 16:55 Open Maiden Race

FORM GUIDE

Key:

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

Abbreviations:

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

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

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

form. The higher the rating the better the form.

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

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Preview: Exmoor Point-to-Point Bratton Down, Sunday 31st May 2015

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Written by: Donna Harris

The stunning location of Bratton Down is the location for this weekends Point-to-Point, where the Exmoor Foxhounds hold their fixture this Sunday May 31st. A fabulous day is on offer for all the family, with pony racing heading up the action at 1pm includes two pony races which are sponsored by Teapes Tyres. The main six race card follows at 2pm, over 100 entries having been received.

Bray Leino sponsor the Ladies Open race, and Moore Scarrott Accountants sponsor the Men’s Open, which look to be the feature races of the day. Local trainer Claire Hitch could snatch the Ladies race with Minella Fifty, having won at Milborne St Andrew under jockey Charlotte Prichard when sent off favourite that day. Top Chief from the Stuart Sampson team, also holds strong claims having won the Members race here two weeks ago under jockey Jake Bament. In the Men’s Open Whataknight won here under champion jockey Will Biddick for the Jack Barber team. The equally rated Parkham Jack also holds an entry in the Stratford Hunter Chase evening this Friday, but could go close if the Woollacott team choose to run him here. Level Spirit from the Ed Walker team clocked up wins at both Flete meetings and a second at Holnicote, and Little Cornham with his wins at Badbury and Cothelstone from the Keith Cumings team, are two other suggestions that catch the eye.

Trainer Claire Hitch holds three strong entries in the opening Members race, sponsored by RSM Beares & B Thornes & Sons Agric, including Bernshaw, a winner here at the first meeting who gave Will Biddick his record breaking season run of winners. I’m All Set is another possible runner from the Hitch yard who could go well having already clocked up a seasons hat-trick, including the Intermediate race at Trebudannon. The Mystro from the Keith Cumings team ran well in the Maiden here at the last meeting, when a neck second behind Bugsie Malone could give another strong challenge.

The Rosettes Direct-sponsored Restricted race could go the way of the Joe Tickle-trained Templestateforesco to follow up on his neck second at Vauterhill. The Flying Doc from the Ed Walker team could be another to note having shown some good form when winning at Didmarton.

The lightly raced Credit Crunched could figure in the Intermediate race to follow on from his four length second at Whitfield in March, What About Will was unlucky to finish a neck second in a small field at Larkhill and should go close. This race is sponsored by Ashley Farrant and the Kingdon family in memory of Donna Kingdon.

It is likely that the Open maiden race will be divided on the day with 30 entered. Suggestions could be Looking For Mick who ran a promising second here at the last meeting, and Kit Hill from the Jackie du Plessis team ran well at Flete Park when second, having led until headed by winner Nudge The Nugget in the final 50 yards. The maiden races, if divided, will be sponsored by The Old Station House Inn and Slee Blackwell Solicitors.

Along with racing, on course facilities include hot refreshments, bar, bookies and a host of trade stands. Entrance to the course is £10 car & driver, £10 per passenger up to a max of £30 per car. Pedestrians £10 with children under 16 free.

The course is located at Bratton Fleming, 9m NE of Barnstaple on A399, 11m N of South Molton EX31 4SG

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REPORT ON THE DULVERTON WEST POINT-TO-POINT AT BRATTON DOWN, SUNDAY 17TH MAY 2015

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WRITTEN BY GRANVILLE TAYLOR

THE first of three late season fixtures at Bratton Down proved quite an occasion.for the British point-to-point world.

Will Biddick has held the National point to point title for the past three seasons. After beating his previous best seasonal total of 42 winners this year, the next natural objective was to better the previous British record of 56 winners in a season held jointly by brothers Tom and Oliver Greenall.

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Will Biddick returns to the paddock at Bratton Down on the Claire Hitch trained Bernshaw, having broken the record for wins in a British point-to-point season.

The Cornish rider lost little time in breaking the record on Sunday by winning the opener on Bernshaw, but why stop there? Biddick went on to partner four more winners as the pressure came off during a memorable afternoon.

“My aim this year was to hold on to the National title but I soon picked up more winners (22 since Easter) and the record became a reality. Ollie and Tom went all the way to Umberleigh when they did it (last meeting of the season in June), but I have done it with four weeks to go at one of my favourite tracks,” said a clearly relieved jockey.

Bernshaw took the 13-runner Restricted in good style for the local yard of Claire Hitch, as a prelude to a trio of successes saddled by Jack Barber, who has supplied the majority of the champion jockey’s winners this year.

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Will Biddick on Bugsie Malone holds off The Mystro to win the second division of the Bob Pittard Memorial maiden race

Bugsie Malone was the first of these in a 16 strong Maiden . This promising five-year-old, owned by Graham Roach, was making his racecourse debut and held on well when challenged by The Mystro up the final climb. “He came in late and we have had to do a lot of jumping with him. He is green and will improve,” reported the young trainer.

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Will Biddick returns to the winners enclosure on Whataknight with Jack Barber

Six-year-old Whataknight is more the finished article and after opening his account on this course last year has now added a hat trick of wins this season. The Midnight Legend gelding looks a fine prospect and took the Members’ Conditions race for his owners Terry Hamlin, Martin Dare and John Snook.

The Barber stables tally was completed when Queens Bay was given a typically patient Biddick ride to win the Mares and Fillies race. “She has had time off and didn’t come in until February,” said Barber who trains this former bumper and hurdles winner for owners Lucy and Robert Dickinson.

Suzy Berry saddled the other leg of the five-timer when her father’s nine-year-old Otis Tarda just got the better of a spirited battle with Fourstar River in the Intermediate.

The Bob Pittard Memorial Maiden provided a major shock when the unconsidered outsider Highland Thistle prevailed in a tight finish under Merv Woodward. Bought as an unbroken four-year-old, the sturdy gelding is trained for owner Andrew Pope by Julie Pocock at Stolford on the edge of the Quantocks. “First time blinkers have made all the difference,” said the trainer as her charge finally put a string of disappointing efforts behind him.

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Bryony Frost driving for the line on Bellflower Boy to win the mixed open from Cecile De Volanges

It was a case of dispensing with headgear which has rejuvenated the four miles Mixed Open winner Bellflower Boy. Bryony Frost conjured a storming late run out of this multiple winning chaser who stayed on up the hill to hold the equally strong finishing Cecile De Volanges. “He loves galloping and is as tough as old boots,” exclaimed Culmstock based trainer Stuart Sampson who handles the 12-year-old for owner Ben Robarts, and was completing his first training double as he greeted his fourth winner of the season.

Top Chief was the first leg of the stable double in the PPORA race limited to riders who have won less than 10 races. Jake Bament, who was partnering his fifth winner of the season, works for the Harry Fry yard, and had his mount out in front from half way before shaking off Barneys Mate up the gruelling final hill. John Gardener and Terry Hamlin share ownership of Top Chief who was bought at Doncaster last September after winning twice for Irish trainer Gordon Elliott.

19-year-old Bryony Frost was awarded the newly installed Mike Trickey Memorial Cup for the best ride of the day on Bellflower Boy in the four miles Mixed Open.

After such jubilance, spare a thought for popular local point-to-point jockey Ed Barrett who has recently been transferred to the spinal injuries unit at Oswestry hospital. Ed is improving slowly from serious injuries sustained in a fall at the Eggesford meeting last month.

RESULTS

Results of the Dulverton West meeting

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Bank Holiday Monday, 25th May 2015, South Tetcott Point-To-Point, Upcott Cross, nr Halwill Junction, EX21 5AE.

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RESULTS: DULVERTON WEST POINT-TO-POINT AND PONY RACES– BRATTON DOWN – 17th MAY 2015

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Point-To-Point Races

Going: Good

Restricted (Sponsor – Hayes Garden Machinery)

1 Bernshaw (Will Biddick) 9-2 clear from 14th, ran on strongly

2 Golden Squirrel (Robb Hawker) 10-1 good headway three out, kept on well

3 Just Seven (Vicky Wade) 9-2 led 9th to 13th, no extra from two out

13 ran; 2l; 2 1/2l;  5m 47s

Owner: Mr & Mrs RME Wright; Trainer; Claire Hitch

Open Maiden – Bob Pittard Memorial

Division 1 (The Pittard Family)

1 Highland Thistle (Merv Woodward) 66-1 left in lead 15th, stayed on gamely

2 Looking For Mick (Rob Hawker) 16-1 good late progress, nearest at finish

3 Driftwood (Will Biddick) 5-4 fav late headway, finished well

15 ran; 1/2l; 1/2l;  5m 54s

Owner; Andrew Pope; Trainer; Julie Pocock

Division 2 (Brewer Harding & Rowe – solicitors)

1 Bugsie Malone (Will Biddick) evens fav headway three out, left in lead last

2 The Mystro (Matt Hampton) 9-2 headway two out, strong chall flat, just failed

3 Don’t Doittome (J Hepburn) 20-1 chased leaders, left 3rd at last

16 ran’ neck; 7l;  5m 55s

Owner; Graham Roach; Trainer; Jack  Barber

Members Conditions (Philip & Sarah Hobbs)

1 Whataknight (Will Biddick) 4-7fav led/ disputed til asserted apprg last

2 Fiulin (Robbie Henderson) 11-4 not reach leaders, took 2nd flat

3 Swansbrook (Leanda Tickle) 16-1 tracked leaders, no extra from two out

5 ran; 20l; 6l;  5m 46s

Owner; T Hamlin; M Dare; J Snook; Trainer; Jack Barber

PPORA Club Members Riders Conditions (AP & VA Maddox Ltd)

1 Top Chief (Jake Bament) 4-1 made most from 6th, ran on well under pressure flat

2 Barneys Mate (Christopher Barber) 9-2 chased winner from 16th, no extra flat

3 Overclear (Vicky Gravite) 20-1 went 3rd three out, not reach leaders

7 ran; 7l; 6l;  5m 49s

Owner; J Gardener & T Hamlin; Trainer; Stuart Sampson

Mixed Open 4 m 1f (Brend Hotel Group)

1 Bellflower Boy (Bryony Frost) 7-1 held up, 4th at last, strong run flat to lead 75 yards out

2 Cecile De Volanges (Charlie Dando) 5-2 held up, 3rd at last, strong run flat, just failed

3 Right Enough (Matt Hampton) 16-1 led til 8th & agn 21st til after last, kept on

13 ran; head; 3l;  8m 19s

Owner; Ben Robarts; Trainer; Stuart Sampson

Intermediate  (James Pryce Tractors)

1 Otis Tarda (Will Biddick) 10-1 held up, led last, just held on

2 Fourstar River (Ian Chanin) 4-1 prominent, sustained chall flat, just failed

3 According To Harry (Darren Edwards) 11-8 fav led two out til last, no extra flat

12 ran; neck; 2 1/2l;  5m 48s

Owner; Tony Berry; Trainer; Suzy Berry

Mares & Fillies TBA (Thoroughbred Breeders Association)

1 Queens Bay (Will Biddick) evens fav tracked leader til led apprg last, comfortably

2 Marlpit Oak (Daniel Sansom) 12-1 chased leaders, stayed on to take 2nd flat

3 Whenharrymetsally (Matt Hampton) 7-2 not reach leaders, snatched 3rd near line

7 ran; 5l; 4l;  5m 47s

Owner; Robert & Lucy Dickinson; Trainer; Jack Barber

Pony Racing

Point to Point Pony Racing CONFIRMED RESULTS FOR THE DULVERTON WEST AT BRATTON DOWN ON SUNDAY, 17TH MAY 2015

138cm & Under Race

1. CHURCHILL – Tamby Welch
2. THE JOBS NOT STRAIGHT – Tyler Heard
3. MOLLY – Connor Brace
4. GINGER WIZARD – Chad Bament
5. MAYDAY BLACK MINK – Charlie Sprake
6. MAGIC – Honor Weatherlake
7. CLONAMULLY DANNY BOY – Archie Woollacott
8. CHINKWELL FELIX – Taylor Fisher

NR BECCA WALK O’ THE WILD SIDE – Molly Landau

148cm & under

1. PEATEAOH – Connor Brace
2. VADLAWALKOVER – Tamby Welch
3. IGO ZUMINOV – James Armstrong
4. GOODNIGHT – Bruce Young
5. SPRINGS – Thomasina Eyston
6. SHOTGUN MINNIE – Tyler Heard
7. NUALA – Michael Treneer

NR TOUCH CONTROL – Simon Morgan

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REPORT: AXE VALE HARRIERS POINT-TO-POINT AT STAFFORD CROSS SUNDAY 26TH APRIL 2015

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WRITTEN BY GRANVILLE TAYLOR

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

Results of the Axe Vale 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: John Beasley (Big Green Annual), and Athwenna Irons (Western Morning News)

NEXT FIXTURES

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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RESULTS: AXE VALE HARRIERS POINT-TO-POINT, STAFFORD CROSS – 26 APRIL 2015

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Going: Good, Good to soft in home straight (watered)

Hunt race (Sponsor; Beviss & Beckingsale Solicitors)

1 Moyne Nineoseven (Vicky Wade) 5-1 2nd from 13th til took lead last, kept on well

2 Miss Weld (Pippa Glanville) 14-1 left 3rd 13th, finished well

3 Well Travelled (David Turner) 10-1 left in lead 13th, headed last, no extra flat

5 ran; 2l; 1 1/2l;  6m 19s

Owner; The Nineoseven Partnership; Trainer; Sarah Pidsley

Confined (J & FJ Baker & Co Ltd) – Harry Parr Memorial Cup)

1 Fiulin (Robbie Henderson) 7-4 led/ disp 9th til drew clear flat

2 Kostaquarta (Will Biddick) 6-4 fav disp lead 9th til last, wknd flat

3 Gunner Be Quick (Josh Newman) 16-1 chased leaders throughout, outpaced three out

10 ran; 5l; 25l;  6m 0s

Owner; The Carstairs Clan; Trainer: Ed Walker

Mixed Open (Lee Clifford Engineering) – Graham Hollingworth Memorial Cup)

1 Subtle Sovereign (Will Biddick) 2-7 fav prom til led two out, soon clear

2 Rush ‘N’ Roll (Michael Legg) 5-2 led 13th til three out, no extra

3 Ruperts Vision (Sean Houlihan) 11-1 in touch til wknd three out

3 ran; 15l; 15l;  6m 2s

Owner; Jack Barber; David Bennett; Leonard Vickery; Trainer; Jack Barber

Intermediate (Martin Diplock Chartered Surveyors) – PF Penny Memorial Cup)

1 Whataknight (Will Biddick) 10-11 fav prom til drew clear two out, comf

2 Sonoftheking (Darren Edwards) 2-1 close 4th three out, one pace under pressure two out

3 Devon General (Matt Hampton) 7-2  hdwy 13th, stayed on closing stages

5 ran; 15l; 3/4l;  6m 8s

Owner; T Hamlin; J M Dare; J W Snook; Trainer; Jack Barber

Novice Riders’ (Lentells Chartered Accountants) – Graham Stuart Memorial Trophy)

1 Maxi Chop (James King) 6-1 hdwy three out, led flat, ran on well

2 Loose Preformer (Hedley Webb) 6-4 led 13th til headed flat, kept on

3 Brackenwood (Liam Trott) 14-1hdwy three out kept on well

9 ran; neck; 3l;  6m 6s

Owner; Mr & Mrs S Loxton; Trainer: Rose Loxton

Restricted  (Subaru)  – Ruth Wilmington Memorial Cup)

1 Royalzaro (Will Biddick) 5-2 took lead two out, soon clear

2 Morbihan (Sean Houlihan) 12-1 led 14th til two out, no extra

3 Myladtommy (Matt Hampton) 9-1 effort three out, no extra under pressure next

13 ran; 15l; 6l;  6m 4s

Owner; J Barber; Trainer; Jack Barber

Open Maiden (Scott Rowe Solicitors) – Stan Sweetland Memorial Cup)

1 Boymann (Leanda Tickle) 9-1 led 12th, stayed on well

2 Forrardon Xmoor (Vicky Wade) 6-1 led 4th to 11th, every chance til no extra two out

3 Tell Tony (David Noonan) 4-1 chased leaders, wknd two out

10 ran; 6l; 3l;  6m 11s

Owner; P Mann; Trainer; Joe Tickle

Point to Point Pony Racing CONFIRMED RESULTS FOR THE AXE VALE PONY RACES

148cms & under
1. GOLDWELLS’S GUCCI – Harriet Godfrey
2. SHOTGUN MINNIE – Tyler Heard
3. VADLAWALKOVER – Tamby Welch
4. IGO ZUMINOV – James Armstrong
5. BARBOZA – Isabel Hunt
6. GOODNIGHT – Bruce Young
7. SPRINGS – Thomasina Eyston
8. SONGBIRD – Finley Marsh
9. TWO THE MANOR BARN – William Cox

138cms & under
1. THE JOBS NOT STRAIGHT – Tyler Heard
2. GINGER WIZARD – Chad Bament
3. BECCA WALK O’ THE WILD SIDE – Molly Landau
4. MINKY – Zoe Stanbury
5. PARK HILL PLAYBOY – Joshua Brown
6. BROOMSDOWN HEAVENLY GIFT – Kelsie Beilby
7. CLONAMULLY DANNY BOY – Archie Woollacott
SU CHURCHILL – Tamby Welch
BD HELSINGTON VANETTA – Lewis McDonald

NR ANGELIC – Olive Nicholls

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: John Beasley (Big Green Annual), and Athwenna Irons (Western Morning News)

NEXT FIXTURES

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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