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Entries: East Devon Point-To-Point at Bishops Court on Sunday 3rd March 2019

Race Start time Link to entries and form for race
1st 12:00 Members Race
2nd 12:35 4, 5 & 6 year old Open Maiden Race
3rd 13:10 Mixed Open Race
4th 13:45 Intermediate Race
5th 14:20 Club Members Race
6th 14:55 Restricted Race
7th 15:30 7 years and older Open Maiden Race

Course updates from John Bradley

Sunday 24th February 2019 at 19:34

Update on the going at Bishops Court, Ottery St MARY. At the moment the going is good, good to soft in places. With light rain forecast on Thursday it is expected to improve. Most of the course is completed. I’m expecting to finish on Thursday.

Tuesday 26th February 2019 at 13:49

No change of going at Bishops Court

Thursday 28th February 2019 at 13:28

Bishops Court passed course inspection by Course inspector Mr Norman Chanin. Going is Good good to soft in places

Saturday 2nd March 2019 at 20:34

Going at Bishops Court unchanged today but with rain forecast this might change slightly

Preview extract:

It’s the turn of the East Devon Hunt to host their meeting at Bishops Court, Ottery St Mary on Sunday 3rd March. Seven races are on offer with a start time of Noon. Over 140 entries have been received and it’s set to be another competitive days racing.

This meeting usually sees the first of the spring weather drawing out picnic racegoers in their hundreds. For those wishing to sample the delights on course there will be plenty of stands offering hot food and refreshments, bar, bookies and a number of country trade-stands. Entrance to the course is £10 per person to a max of £40 per car. Children under 16 free. Dogs on leads welcome. The track is located at Bishops Court, Ottery St Mary. Postcode EX11 1RJ.

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.

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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.

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Entries: Exmoor Point-To-Point and National Pony Racing Finals, Bratton Down, Sunday 3rd June 2018

Race Start time Link to entries and form for race
PR 12:00 Pony Racing Finals
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 Conditions Race
6th 16:55 Open Maiden Race

Going

Saturday 2nd June at 16:00

The going at Bratton Down remains good to firm. The aggrivator has NOT been needed.

Friday 1st June at 9.00am

Having had an inch of rain over the last couple of days the going is now good to firm at Bratton Down.

Wednesday 30th May at 10.00 am

Bratton Down is firm, although it is raining at present.  Fences have been moved. The aggrivator is booked for Saturday afternoon to ensure safe racing.

Friday 25th May 2018 8.30pm

The going at Bratton Down is good to firm, good in places. The course had 6mm of rain by 8am Friday and it has continued to be damp throughout the day. The fences will all be moved as necessary. Hugh Thomas, Clerk Of Course

Saturday 19th May at 09:19

The going at Bratton Down is now Good to Firm with a really good covering of grass. – Hugh Thomas.

Thursday 17th May 9.30am

The going at Bratton Down is Good – Hugh Thomas

Friday 11th May 2018 at 19:00

The going for Bratton Down on evening of Friday 11th May was the soft side of good with a lovely covering of grass – Hugh Thomas


Early bird tickets are available for all three Bratton Down fixtures from: https://www.futureticketing.ie/client/brattondown/

Preview Extract:

It’s the turn of The Exmoor Foxhounds to host the second of three fixtures to take place at the popular course known as Bratton Down, Bratton Fleming next Sunday 3rd June. Pony racing heads up the action at 12 noon, with five pony races including National Championship races. Then follows the main six race card commencing at 2pm. Over 90 entries have been received.

The course is located at Bratton Down, Bratton Fleming 9m NE of Barnstaple on A399, 11m North of South Molton- EX31 4SG. Entrance is £10 per person to a maximum of £30 per car, children under 16 free. Dogs welcome on leads only.

A reminder that the re-arranged meeting at Upcott Cross, Halwill Junction takes place on Wednesday 6th June, Seven races are on offer with the first up at 5pm. Entrance to the course is £10 per person, children under 16 free. Early bird tickets can be purchased from https://www.futureicticketing.ie/client/brattondown. Location is 2m South of Halwill junction, off A3079 – EX21 5AE.

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 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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Entries: South Tetcott Point-To-Point, Upcott Cross, Bank Holiday Monday 28th May 2018

Race Start time Link to entries and form for race
1st 13:00 Conditions Race
2nd 13:35 Restricted Race
3rd 14:10 Mixed Open Race
4th 14:55 Novice Riders Race
5th 15:30 Open Maiden 3m Race
6th 16:05 Open Maiden 2m 4f Race

Going Update

Sunday 27th May 2018 at 10:08

After heavy overnight rain going is now Good/Good to soft in a place.low risk of further rain & a sunny day forecast to morrow. Sunday 10:08 – Dave Willis, Clerk of Course

Saturday 26th May 2018 at 21:00

Upcott Cross Sat 9.00 pm . After applying water today ground was easier than Gd-Fm. Currently raining heavily. – Dave Willis.

Saturday 26th May 2018 at 10:00

The course inspector visited Fri afternoon & gave the ground as good to Firm, Watering continues to maintain safe ground & good chance of rain in the forecast.

Wednesday 23rd May 2018 at 17:40

Watering started yesterday(Tues) on drier parts of course. Possibility of rain Thurs/Fri will help keep ground good. – Dave Willis.

Thursday 17th May 22.00pm

Going is currently Good, Good/Soft on top bend .Not raced on this year with excellent grass cover. With little or no rain forecast will water through next week to maintain safe ground. – Dave Willis  C-O-C South Tetcott.

Preview extract:

This weekend’s fixture in the Devon & Cornwall area will be held at the Upcott Cross course where the South Tetcott will host their meeting on Bank Holiday Monday May 28th. Pony racing heads up the action at 12 noon with the main race card commencing at 1pm. 145 entries have been received for the six races on offer.

On course facilities include hot food and refreshments, bar, bookies and several trade stands. Entrance is £10 car and driver and £10 per passenger. Pedestrians are £10 with children under 16 free. The event is located at Upcott Cross, 2 miles South of Halwill junction off A3079 Postcode EX21 5AE.

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 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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Entries and form guide: Modbury Point-To-Point, Flete Park, Saturday 5th May 2018

Race Start time Link to entries and form for race
1st 14:00 Open Maiden Race
2nd 14:35 Restricted Race
3rd 15:10 Ladies Open Race
4th 15:55 Club Members Race
5th 16:30 Novice Riders Race
6th 17:05 4, 5, & 6 year old Open Maiden Race
7th 17:35 Confined Race

Going

11.20am Wednesday 2nd May

Modbury Point-Point update: Following overnight rain on Tuesday the Flete Park ground is now Soft. Currently a drying wind & sunny

Preview extract:

A double treat is in store this Bank Holiday weekend for Point-to-Point racing enthusiasts in the Devon & Cornwall Area when The Modbury Harriers stage their meeting at Flete Park this coming Saturday 5th May, followed by the Stevenstone meeting at Vauterhill on Monday May 7th.

First up is the Flete Park event with Pony Racing heading up the action at 1pm followed by their seven race card starting at 2pm. 80 entries have been received.

This is a popular track for families to enjoy a picnic day at the races in this stunning parkland setting. The course has a country show feel about it with many trade stands, along with bar, bookies and hot and cold refreshments. Entrance to the course is £10 per person to a maximum of £30 per car. Children under 16 free and dogs on leads welcome. Postcode PL21 9NX.

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 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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Entries: East Devon Point-To-Point at Bishops Court on Saturday 10th March 2018 OFF

Race Start time Link to entries and form for race
1st 12:00 Members Race
2nd 12:35 4, 5 & 6 year old Open Maiden Race
3rd 13:10 Mixed Open Race
4th 13:45 Intermediate Race
5th 14:20 Club Members Race
6th 14:55 Restricted Race
7th 15:30 7 years and older Open Maiden Race

Course updates from John Bradley

Friday 9th March

18:00 Due to the amount of rain this afternoon. A course inspection will be carried out at 08.00 tomorrow to ensure Bishops Court is fit to race. John Bradley – Clerk of course

15:00 John Bradley, Clerk of Course confirms the going is still the same: Soft. Rain expected through out the afternoon this might be revised in the morning to heavy. The course will be testing as is the norm at Bishops Court

5 March 2018 at 20:00

The Clerk of Course reports the going today is Soft.

The work on the East Devon Point-To-Point course is nearly done with just the fences to be dressed this week.

The course inspector is scheduled on course on Thursday.

Preview extract:

After the recent winter chill, Pointing should be back on track in the area next weekend where the meeting is due to be held at Bishops Court, Ottery St Mary on Saturday March 10th. Seven races will be on offer with over 80 entries received, and the first race off at 12 noon.

This track offers a fantastic family picnic spot for country loving folk. Offering a great view of the course which attracts plenty of runners, together with bar, hot and cold refreshments, bookies and many trade stands. The course is located at Bishops Court, Ottery St Mary, EX11 1RJ. Entrance to the course is £10 per person to a maximum of £30 per car, Pedestrians £10 and Children under 16 are free. Dogs on leads welcome.

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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Entries: East Cornwall Point-To-Point, Great Trethew, 25th February 2018

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 Club Members Race
6th 14:55 Restricted Race

Going Update

Friday 23rd February 2018

CONFORMATION, from the CLERK OF THE COURSE

Going is good

Course is ready to run

No frost forecast for Great Trethew

Looking forward to seeing you all Sunday, for a great day out racing.

Best ground this season .

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Monday 19th February 2018

The clerk of course for Great Trethew advises that today’s going is soft and drying for Sunday’s East Cornwall PointToPoint

Preview extract:

Point-to-Point heads back to Cornwall this coming weekend when the East Cornwall Foxhounds meeting takes place at Great Trethew, Menheniot on Sunday 25th February. Pony racing precedes the main event with the first pony race off at 11am and the six main race-card commencing at 12 noon. 99 entries have been received.

On course facilities offer many trade stands, along with bar, bookies hot food and refreshments. Entrance to the course is Pedestrians £6, car and driver £15, Car, driver and one passenger £20, more than one passenger £20. Children under 16 free.Dogs on leads welcome.

Course is located at Menheniot, off A38 between Saltash and Liskeard, PL14 3PZ

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 2015/16 form from 2014/15 form. Figures preceded by an oblique (/) represents 2013/14 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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Entries: Cornwall Club Point-To-Point, Wadebridge, 11th December 2016

Race Start time Link to entries and form for race
1st 11:30 Conditions Race
2nd 12:05 Mens Open Race
3rd 12:40 Ladies Open Race
4th 13:15 Restricted Race
5th 13:50 Intermediate Race
6th 14:25 Open Maiden Race, Division 1
7th 15:00 Open Maiden Race, Division 2

Going Update from Linda Matthews

Further updates will be added here

Sunday 10th December 2017

Published by Linda Matthews at 08:06

Wadebridge is going ahead. Rain has stopped. Windy but the wings are still up. Rained in the night so now good to soft, soft in places. Wind should ease by afternoon.

Saturday 9th December 2017

The Clerk of the Course at WADEBRIDGE has just reported that the GOING is still GOOD TO SOFT & SOFT IN PLACES. It’s dry and calm today but rain is forecast tonight. Tomorrow’s forecast is sunshine and showers but windy. The course is generally well drained.

Please note that horseboxes must park on the tarmac roads. They are wide and there is plenty of room, with easy access to the paddock.

Friday 8th December 2017

The going is still good to soft, soft in places. There is a really good covering of grass and no sign of snow or frost. Some wintry showers today but nothing has settled.

Monday 4th December 2017

We’ve had 114 entries for the Cornwall Club Point to Point. A record! There should be some excellent races. The Open Maiden has been divided and we might have to divide the Conditions Race on the day so we’re starting earlier than scheduled at 11.30am. Please spread the word.

Friday 1st December 2017

The Clerk of the Course, Nick Phillips, has reported that the going is “good to soft, soft in places”.

Wednesday 29th November 2017
The Course Inspector was happy with the course yesterday and reported that the going jowas Good to Soft, Soft in Places.

Preview extract:

Point-to-Point enthusiasts are in for a real treat this weekend with the Cornwall Hunt Club hosting their meeting at The Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge having attracted 114 entries for the now seven race card. An earlier start time of 11.30am has been implemented to ensure racing finishes in daylight.

The track at Wadebridge offers super viewing, allowing race-goers close to the action whilst experiencing some thrilling finishes. A huge covered barn containing hot refreshments, bar, bookies and a host of trade stands for Christmas shopping is on offer, giving a great festive feel to the day.

Entrance to the course is £10 per person with children under sixteen free. Ample parking accessed via concrete roadways. The Royal Cornwall Showground is located off the A39 west of Wadebridge. Post code PL27 7JE. Check out Pointing DC website and on Facebook for all the latest going, preview, entries and weather watch.

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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GRANVILLE’S BETTING GOSSIP: BISHOPS COURT RACING CLUB AT BISHOPS COURT, OTTERY ST MARY 20TH NOVEMBER 2017

 Written by Granville Taylor

I cannot remember an earlier start to a British pointing season. Old timers will recall the days we had to wait until February, but the autumn weather did its best to welcome us to the excellent venue of Ottery St Mary.

So pleasant weather, lovely surroundings and softish ground put a smile on most peoples’ faces, not to mention four out of six winning favourites.

They went 7-2 the field as the flag went down for the 12-runner opener over two and a half miles with the eventual jolly having been cut from an opening show of 5’s. This was the well made six-year-old The Kings Writ, sweating a little but immaculately turned out as usual by Kayley Woollacott. The gelding’s hurdling experience, coupled with fitness saw Josh Newman’s mount pulling away from his rivals in the home straight to score by six lengths. Runner up Danseur du Large (steady ay 5’s) and third placed It Has To Be ( 6’s out to 8’s) look sure to atone before long. Two gambles came unstuck here; Gundahar (20’s to 10’) looked fit but faded to finish seventh and Mystic Court (10’s to 5’s) hit the deck at the fourth when leading.

Colorado Doc landed odds of 4-5 in the Conditions race (touched 4-6 and evens in a place). The six-year-old was given a positive front running ride by Bradley Gibbs and never looked like being caught. War Path (8’s touched 9’s) stayed on well to get within shouting distance of the winner. Mic’s Delight (4’s to 5’s) will be better for the race and Silver Token (14’s touched 16’s) gave a splendid introduction to point-to-pointing to 16-year-old Connor Brace in finishing fourth.

Doc Cody (13-8 out to 9-4) completed a double for David Brace and Bradley Gibbs in the Restricted. The relative generosity of the winner’s SP was due to substantial support for fellow Welsh traveller Champione (3’ to evens), a come back ride after three years absence for top point-to-point jockey Nick Williams. After taking the lead approaching the spinney, Nick’s mount stopped quickly before the second last and was pulled up. Minella Mojo (7’s out to 10’s) chased the winner home and can find a Restricted before long. The triple bumper winner Ghost River (solid 3’s) was well beaten when pulled up at the last but is surely capable of better.

The Mixed Open looked a decent race which went to the heavily backed Rutland based favourite Top Wood. “Our first bet was £600-100”, a leading layer told me before the useful ex-chaser was forced down to 2-1 at the off. Kelly Morgan’s charge, who escaped all the penalties for this race, was given a good ride by Sam Davies-Thomas to skate home by eight lengths. William Money (7-2 from 6’s) chased the winner home (what price his young jockey Connor Brace for the Novices title?). The Wealerdealer ( 3’s from 7-2’s) came from off the pace to finish third whilst fourth home The Dapper Fox (12’s to 10’s) came from the next parish to finish with a flourish (probably looking for Black Forest Lodge). He can score again with more positive handling.  Of the unplaced horses, the ex-Paul Nicholls trained Keltus couldn’t find a friend in the market (2-1 out to 6-1), and Warwick hunter chase winner Poole Master (5’s out to 10’s) couldn’t get in the race after a bad mistake at half way.

By this time the punters were baying for more blood and duly got it as the bold jumping Pointview Gale (9-4 fav from opening 7-4) sailed home in the three miles Maiden to give Josh Newman and trainer Kayley Woollacott their double. He can win again when upped in class. Druid Spitfire (5’s to 4’s) was chasing the winner when coming down at the penultimate and should find a Maiden this season.

The Welsh faces got it wrong in the last. They went for Desert Roe (9-4 to 6-4 fav). but it was the consistent Moreece (9-2 out to 11-2) who took the prize back over the bridge in the hands of Will Biddick.  Runner up Creative Inerta (4’s out to 11-2) will be better for this run. He weakened from two out to finish 20 lengths second.

One of the most heartening sights of the day was to see leading bookie Mike Smith at Ottery after his recovery from serious illness. He will soon be counting his money again.

REPORT: BISHOPS COURT RACING CLUB POINT-TO-POINT AT BISHOPS COURT, OTTERY ST MARY 19TH NOVEMBER 2017

WRITTEN BY GRANVILLE TAYLOR 

Dull November brings the blast, when the leaves are whirling fast” – from the poem The Garden Year by Sara Coleridge 1802 – 1852: She was the only daughter of one of the most famous English poets Samuel Taylor Coleridge, who was born at Ottery St Mary in 1772. He died in 1834 so didn’t get to watch any point-to-points at Bishops Court just outside the town, which opened in 1979.

Actually, very pleasant mild Autumn weather prevailed as the Devon & Cornwall area opened the new British point-to-point season at Ottery on softish ground before a sizeable crowd. The afternoon featured riding doubles for Josh Newman and Bradley Gibbs, plus training doubles for Kayley Woollacott and David Brace.

Newman took the opening two and a half miles Open Maiden for four to six-year-olds with a comfortable win on board ex-hurdler The Kings Writ. This rangy six-year-old is owned by David and Steph Stevens and is now in the yard of trainer Kayley Woollacott. “This is one of the couple I nicked off Richard (Woollacott). He was a bit bouncy but outjumped his rivals,” commented the trainer, who confirmed that 25-year-old Josh Newman, a Cheltenham festival winning rider on Midnight Prayer in the 2014 National Hunt Chase, will have the stable rides this season.

It didn’t take long for the successful trainer/rider combination to follow up, thanks to a sound display of jumping from Pointview Gale in winning the three miles Open Maiden. This sturdy ex-Irish gelding drew right away from his opponents after his nearest pursuer Druid Spitfire fell at the second last fence. The eight-year-old runs in the colours of Kayley’s father Martyn and stepmother Nicky Jones.  “He jumped his way there and all he does is jump and gallop,” remarked the Rose Ash trainer.

Welsh pointers invariably do well at the early season Devon & Cornwall meetings, and the enforced late switch of this traditional opening fixture from Black Forest Lodge to Ottery St Mary, proved no exception. Colorado Doc (Conditions Race) and Doc Cody (Restricted) each rewarded supporters from over the Severn Bridge in the hands of 25-year-old jockey Bradley Gibbs. These promising six-year- olds are owned and trained by their Pyle, Bridgend based breeder David Brace. Colorado Doc was given a positive front running ride to hold off fellow Welsh traveller War Path (Hannah Lewis) in the quickest time of the day. “He ran a bit freely early on but is a nice young horse who could have the Dunraven Bowl at Chepstow as his target.” said David Brace, who stood the sire of the winning pair, the now deceased Dr Massini.  The Dunraven Bowl hunter chase is sponsored by the winning owner who went on to take the Restricted with his equally talented six-year-old Doc Cody.

The well backed favourite Champione proved a disappointing come back ride for Nick Williams in this event, in which four of the seven-strong field held Welsh certificates. Doc Cody was sent on by Bradley Gibbs two out, and readily drew clear of the only other finisher Minella Mojo round the final bend.  “Doc Cody’s dam Brydferth Ddu, which means Black Beauty, won a Maiden for us and has also bred our winning pointer Bob The Butcher,” explained the owner.

Will Biddick has been playing down his chances of adding to his six Men’s National titles, but quickly got on the scoreboard for the new season as Moreece strode clear to take the Exeter racecourse Intermediate qualifier.

This was yet another Welsh success, since the winner hails from the Pyle yard of Jonathan Lean. “He is only 15.2 but is a little dynamite we had out of Tim Vaughan’s yard,” said owner Sherree Lean, who has her eye on one of the Intermediate finals later in the season.

Top Wood was formerly a useful performer having won over hurdles and fences  for David Pipe, and justified strong market support for new connections to win a decent 12–runner Mixed Open. The winner shook off the attentions of runner up William Money, a second ever race ride for 16-year-old Connor Brace, to score convincingly in the end. The Wealerdealer and The Dapper Fox caught the eye here, staying on well from impossible positions in the closing stages.

Ten-year-old Top Wood is now owned by Johny Weatherby, having been purchased for £15,000 at Ascot sales earlier this year. He is now one of four pointers in the care of Kelly Morgan near Oakham, Rutland. “The change of scenery has probably helped. He can be very keen but a bit quirky and he settled and jumped exceptionally today,” reported the East Midlands based trainer. Talented rider 25-year-old Sam Davies-Thomas, pupil assistant to Dan Skelton, had the mount on the winner.

RESULTS

Results of the Bishops Court Racing 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 Official photographer at the meeting was: Cat Down Photography

NEXT FIXTURE

Sunday 10th December 2017, the Cornwall Club Point-To-Point, Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge.

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