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Report: Tiverton Staghounds Point-to-Point – Bratton Down Sunday June 8 2014

Robbie Henderson scored a hat-trick of wins at Bratton Down Point-to-Point on Sunday, extending his lead at the top of the area mens jockey leaderboard. Whenharrymetsally gave Henderson his first win of the day in the opening Winston Pincombe Landrovers-sponsored Members race, pleasing the favourite backers who had backed him into odds on. Henderson was stalking Right Enough, ridden by Tom Chanin, over the last and took over on the run in, coming home two lengths ahead. Whenharrymetsally is trained by Keith Cumings who commented “She is a tough mare and lovely to do, stays well, will be a nice breeding prospect in a couple of years time.” Owner Andrew Broggio was delighted, and stated “She won the members race here last year, she does anything we ask of her, and will now get a well deserved summer off.”

Hameldown Tor trained at Ottery St Mary by Ed Walker, gave Henderson his second win of the day in the Men’s Open race,sponsored by The Poltimore Inn, North Molton. A good crowd had turned up at the Bratton meeting, but for this race many had to dive for cover during a torrential down pour. Those who stayed by the rail witnessed a class performance, with Henderson playing a waiting game, leading over the last and stretching ahead up the run in, leaving the favourite, Findlays Find back in third, behind the Jack Barber ridden Posh Totty, who snatched second. Owned by The Otter Club, Ken Edwards claimed “He has given us so much fun this summer, having been in the frame on all of his starts this season, and also won at Trebudannon.” Ken added “I had a winner at Royal Cornwall show yesterday and this is a bonus.” Hameldown Tor’s win puts Devon trainer Ed Walker, equal second in the National Trainers championship for yards with eight horses or over.

Henderson’s treble came when Kings Scout from the Marie McGuinness yard took the Seddons Farms Department-sponsored Restricted race. Robbie Henderson rode another patiently ridden race, which saw the rest of the field fade in the rain softened ground. Kings Scout  won by four lengths ahead of Golden Squirell and Apassionforfashion, who had stayed on under Jacqueline Coward a neck behind in third. “Kings Scout had suffered a foot problem last season which had taken a long time to come right, then also had a back problem in his sacro-illiac joint, but thanks to the hard work of farrier Toby Wheeler and our vet Phil Browne, he came right.” stated trainer Marie McGuinness.

Megan Nicholls has broken a Pointing record, when driving home Current Event to win the Ladies’ Open, sponsored by Greenslade Taylor Hunt. She has won 17 races as a 16 year old, giving her 17 wins out of 20 runs this season. Current Events trainer Rose Loxton is the National leading trainer for seven horses or less, she herself had a tough season last year, loosing one of her best horses and nearly gave up training. When asked what her methods of training are, she stated ” I think turn out is important, keeping things as natural as possible, riding around fields, we go to gallops once a week, no special feeds, just plenty of carrots.” She added “We had one with stomach ulcers and treated that.”

Jacqueline Coward had brought four horses down from Yorkshire the night before and stabled them with Richard Barber at Seaborough. Billing gave her a win in the Saul Kidston, Exmoor Hay & Straw sponsored Intermediate race, having led from flag fall with outsider Bathwick Scanno chasing her all the way to the line, finishing a length down in second. Coward is now just one race behind Bridget Andrews in the National Ladies table, and this race saw her collect the Harold Scott Memorial Cup for the best riding performance of the day.

The Open Maiden race started with a slow pace, with none of the 15 runners keen to take the lead. Will Biddick then set off on Nudge The Nugget but was soon overtaken by the favorite Grey Dream under David Noonan, however this was a race for Kylemore Lough under jockey/trainer Nick Williams who timed his move to perfection leading two out and going on to score by one and a half lengths with Grey Dream in second. Owner Mick McMahon stated “it’s his third run and everything has gone to plan so far, he is only five and the last one I have bred, he will come home now for a rest, and the plan maybe to run him under rules or carry on Pointing next season.” This race was sponsored by Stags.

The stage is set for next weekends grande finale at Umberleigh Saturday 14th June.


Punters had the better of the exchanges in a strong betting market at Bratton Down.WHENHARRYMETSALLY was nicely backed from 5-4 into 4-5 in the opener and gamely held off his market rival RIGHT ENOUGH (13-8)GREY DREAM was a late springer in the 15-runner Open Maiden and was being called 2-1 fav at the off. He reached a place for the sixth time this season, just failing to cope with Welsh raider KYLEMORE LOUGH who had drifted from 2-1 out to 7-2Only two of the five runners in the Intermediate were seriously backed. MINELLA WEB was sent off a solid evens fav, but this was not his day. National champion lady jockey Jacqueline Coward was in determined mood on BILLING (5-2 to 7-4) and duly made all the running despite a brave effort from 20-1 outsider BATHWICK SCANNO who chased the winner all the way to the line.

HAMELDOWN TOR has figured in this column previously this season, but extensive support for FINDLAY’S FIND saw the consistent Welsh pointer a firm 4-5 fav. This time HAMELDOWN TOR came out best despite being easy to back (2-1 out to 5-2).
There was money for Will Biddick’s mount NICTO DE BEAUCHENE from 20’s to 14’s. He ran quite well to finish fourth.

CURRENT EVENT was rock solid at 4-5 to win the Ladies’ Open and the former Paul Nicholls gelding gave his daughter Megan her 17th winning ride of the season. Jacqueline Coward was not going to give up without a fight on BITTER BLUE (5-2 – 9-4) and the pair were literally locked in combat on the final climb. LATEST TREND was backed significantly from 7’s into 7-2 under Bridget Andrews but was well held in third at the line.

Punters latched on to KING’S SCOUT in the concluding Restricted. He had just gone under in last week’s Exmoor Restricted and was backed from 3-1 into 2-1 fav to complete a treble for Robbie Henderson.


Results of the Tiverton Staghounds meeting


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


The following professional and amatuer photographers were at the meeting: Baths photographic (Marcus Bath), Brian Armstrong, David Strange, Horse Events UK, John Beasley (Big Green Annual), Helen Stoneman, & Tim Holt


Going: Good to Soft

Hunt Race (Winston Pincombe Land Rovers)

1 Whenharrymetsally (Robbie Henderson) 4-5fav
2 Right Enough (Tom Chanin) 13-8
3 Fresh’s Fever (Bridget Andrews) 20-1
5 ran; 2l; 10l; 6m 7s
Trainer: Keith Cumings

Open Maiden (Stags)

1 Kylemore Lough (Nick Williams) 7-2
2 Grey Dream (David Noonan) 2-1fav
3 Gleann Ri (Chloe Swaffield) 6-1
15 ran; 1 1/2l; neck; 6m 23s
Trainer: Nick Williams

Intermediate (Saul Kidston, Exmoor Hay & Straw Ltd)

1 Billing (Jacqueline Coward) 7-4
2 Bathwick Scanno (David Noonan) 20-1
3 Miss Cupcake (Leanda Tickle) 16-1
5 ran; 1l; 6l; 6m 13s
Trainer: Cherry Coward

Men’s Open (Poltimore Inn, North Molton)

1 Hameldown Tor (Robbie Henderson) 5-2
2 Posh Totty (Jack barber) 8-1
3 Findlay’s Find (Dave Mansell) 4-5 fav
10 ran; 5l; 1l; 6m 7s
Trainer: Ed Walker

Ladies’ Open (Greenslade Taylor Hunt)

1 Current Event (Megan Nicholls) 4-5 fav
2 Bitter Blue (Jacqueline Coward) 9-4
3 Latest Trend (Bridget Andrews) 4-1
10 ran; 1 1/2l; 15l; 6m 9s
Trainer: Rose Loxton

Restricted (Seddons Farm Dept)

1 Kings Scout (Robbie Henderson) 2-1 fav
2 Golden Squirell (Rob Hawker) 5-1
3 Apassionforfashion (Jacqueline Coward) 3-1
11 ran; 4l; neck; 6m 15s
Trainer: Marie McGuinness

Preview: Tiverton Staghounds Point-To-Point, Bratton Down, Sunday June 8 2014

Tiverton Staghounds host the penultimate Point-to-Point meeting of the season, this Sunday June 8th, at Bratton Down, Bratton Flemming.

Six races are on offer with a start time of 2pm. Boasting a stunning back drop view of Exmoor, this is a great picnic venue and idyllic way to spend a summers afternoon. Over 120 entries have been received.

The Greenslade Taylor Hunt – sponsored Ladies race looks to be the feature race of the day. Current Area leading Lady rider, Bryony Frost, looks to be hard to catch after her win last weekend, extending her lead at the top of the table. She gets the leg up on Templer, trained by her mother Nikki Frost at Buckfastleigh. Templer is a winner of seven chases and two Points. Megan Nicholls is leading the Area Ladies’ Novice Riders title, and looks another to be hard to catch, also a winner here last weekend, she could be out on Current Event, trained at Bruton by Rose Loxton. Current Event is a winner of five Chases and four Points. Both jockeys have progressed up thought the pony racing ranks and have ridden their way to the top. There are just two points separating Bridget Andrews and Jaqueline Coward in the National Ladies title, Bitter Blue or Pevensey could be the option for Jaqueline Coward who is looking to catch current leader Bridget Andrews, who may have the ride on Latest Trend. Having won at Cothelstone on firmer ground, the combination will be hoping that the rain stays away. Another to consider is the Alan Hill-trained Start Royal, his win at Fontwell in May took his tally to two Hunter Chases and 16 Point wins.Having recently by passed Stratford, he may be targeted here for Gina Andrews to ride.

In the opening Members Race, which is sponsored by Winston Pincombe Landrovers, the Keith Cumings-trained Whenharrymetsally could figure after his Intermediate win at Vauterhill. Jive Master from the Patricia Pollington yard, ran well at Cothelstone, before being headed two out. And Devon General ran well here last weekend, finishing a length down to Glenwood Present, and may be back to clinch this for the Kayley Woollacott team. Right Enough is the only entry here from the Robert Chanin team, but could well be a main danger.

Stags sponsor the Open Maiden, in which Danny Mags could go well after his second under James Tudor at Hereford two weeks ago, his form suggests he is a worthy each way bet. Grey Dream ran three lengths second here last weekend and could be out to challenge again. Local trainer Kayley Woollacott’s Spendajennie is another to have run well here last weekend when second to Whataknight.

Saul Kidson, Exmoor Hay & Straw sponsor the Intermediate race which could go to another of the Woollacott team’s entries King Kash. He battled on well under Jamie Thomas, to finish a head in front of Carheney River at Upcott Cross two weeks ago. Tiger Rag came close to winning at Kingston Blount, when finishing one and a half lengths third. Gamato looks an interesting entry for veteran rider Richard Defago, trained by Phillip Yorks team, the combination have wins this season at Charing and Hackwood Park.

In the Poltimore sponsored Mens Open, the prolific winning Findlay’s Find is already on a hat-trick of wins this season for Welsh raider Myfanwy Miles. He recently destroyed his field by twenty lengths at Lower Machen under jockey David Mansell. Rush ‘N’ Roll stayed on well when taking the Mixed Open at Holnicote under jockey Michael Legg. Hameldown Tor has been running well all season for the Ed Walker team and jockey Robbie Henderson, who is currently chasing Will Biddick for the National Mens title.

The final race of the day is the Seddons Estate Agents sponsored Restricted race. Of the 18 entered, Golden Squirell could go well for trainer Charlotte Bud, after his comfortable 12 length maiden win. King’s Scout ran well here last weekend, when 2 lengths second to Four Star River,under jockey Conner Smith.And Champion Versions from the Alan Hill team, looks ready to step up in class after his two length second at Whitfield under jockey James Tudor.

On course facilities include hot refreshments, bar, bookies and many trade stands. Entrance is £10 per person, maximum £30 car.

Course is located at Bratton Flemming, 9 miles NE of Barnstaple on A399, 11 miles North of South Molton. Post Code EX31 4SG.

Useful Information

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Going: Good to soft

Hunt race (Mr John Bond in memory of his late wife Kath)

1 Grand Award (Alice Mills) 12-1
2 Jopero (Hannah Welch) 5-2
3 Chase Gate (Jennifer Davenport) 10-1
4 ran; 15l; distance; 7m 0s
Trainer: Imogen Darke

Open Maiden Div 1 (Winston Pincombe)
1 Pure Oxygen (Will Biddick) 3-1
2 Tikkeche (Joshua Newman) 16-1
3 The Cat’s Away (Josh Guerriero) 7-4 fav
13 ran; 22l; 4l; 6m 51s
Trainer: Richard Barber

Open Maiden Div 2 (Bartons Solicitors)
1 Mister Trebus (Will Biddick) 4-5 fav
2 Miss Gotaway (Jamie Thomas) 7-1
3 Kilcrea Mill (Jake Seivwright) 20-1
12 ran; 2l; short head; 7m 2s
Trainer: Richard Barber

Mixed Open (Totnes & Bridgetown Races Company)
1 Following Dreams (Will Biddick) 6-4 fav
2 Petit Lord (Lucy Turner) 10-1
3 Blazing Whale (Robbie Henderson) 4-1
12 ran; 6l; 3l; 6m 44s
Trainer: Alistair Ralph

Intermediate (Connollys Red Mills)
1 Un Ami (Chester Williams) 5-2 fav
2 Punter Friendly (Robbie Henderson) 3-1
3 Reliable Richie (Darren Edwards) 3-1
12 ran; 12l; 4l; 6m 50s
Trainer: Jane Williams

Countryside Alliance Club Novice Riders
1 Soulard (Ian Hargreaves) 33-1
2 Ladyvie (Hannah Welch) 16-1
3 Idole First (Lucy Turner) 5-2
10 ran; 10l; 8l; 6m 54s
Trainer: Ian Hargreaves

Restricted (WBW Solicitors)
1 King’s Bench (Robbie Henderson) 20-1
2Bob Lewis (Ed Barrett) 4-1
3 Alysia’s Flame (George Humfrey) 14-1
17 ran; 4l; 3l; 6m 52s
Trainer: Marie McGuinness

Update: Dart Vale & Haldon Harriers Point-to-Point, Buckfastleigh, Sunday 16 March 2014


Dart Vale & Haldon Harriers Point-to-Point Sunday 16 March 2014

Pony Racing 12 noon, 1st Race Main Meeting 1pm

The meeting hosts the third D&C Area Pony Racing Fixture this season starting at 12 noon, followed by the main Point-to-Point meeting at 1pm with six races scheduled and featuring:

  • A Connolly’s Redmills Intermediate Series qualifier for their Hunter Chase Final at Cheltenham on Weds. 30th April
  • A Countryside Alliance Club Members Race for Novice Riders with points awarded to the first three riders past the post towards Harley Racing’s National Novice Riders Championship,  and the first two horses & riders past the post are  eligible for the £1000 Dodson & Horrell PPORA Club Members Race for Novice Riders final at Tabley on 18th  May.

Easily located via slip roads off the A38 at Lower Dean (Postcode TQ11 0LT), this wellknown, popular course offers excellent viewing, exciting racing and all the usual amenities; quality hot food, licensed bar with real ale, a variety of trade stands and, of course, the bookies.  Westcountry Videos will be filming the races with DVD’s available for purchase on the day and photographs can be ordered from Turfpix.com (Tracy Roberts), attending as Official Photographer for Buckfastleigh.

Entry to the course costs £20 per carload (up to five occupants), £10 car/driver only, £7 pedestrians and  Race cards are £2.50 each.

Race Sponsors for this meeting are:

The Members Race Mr John Bond (Kath Bond Memorial Race)
The Open Maiden Race Winston Pincombe (Land Rovers & Ifor Williams trailers & canopies)

(Stand-by for a Division II – Bartons Solicitors)

The Mixed Open Totnes & Bridgetown Races Co.
Intermediate Race Connolly’s Red Mills (national sponsor)
CA Club Members Race for Novice Riders Luscombe Maye (Chartered Surveyors, Estate Agents & Auctioneers)
The Restricted Race WBW Solicitors

General:  We are pleased to welcome new sponsors, MST Group, at both our Buckfastleigh fixtures this season with their trade display and are most grateful for their support in sponsoring the Catering Marque at our events.

Preview: Dulverton Farmers – Treborough Hill Sunday 9th March

THE Dulverton Farmers Point-to-Point takes place this coming weekend, Sunday 9th March, at the picturesque venue of Treborough Hill on Exmoor. To add to the scenic views, once again, organizers will be providing a huge screen for optimum viewing of the horses in action.

With 85 entries received for the seven race card, a great day of racing is in store. The opening Members race, sponsored by Yeo Barton Bloodstock, heads up the action at 12.30pm. This race could see the progressive five year old, Babeny Bridge, from the Jane Williams team, follow up on his recent second at Chipley Park and first at Buckfastleigh, he will have to contend with Deb’s Dasher, out of reigning area champion trainer Kayley Woollacott‘s yard, he won this race last season and goes well fresh.

In the Great Bradley Estate sponsored 2m4f Open Maiden, The Mythologist could be another winner for jockey Robbie Henderson, now trained by father Guy, the horse ran second in a Point-to-Point in Ireland in December on heavy ground.

The Ladies of the Chipstable & Dulverton Farmers Hunt sponsor the Confined, in which Checkerboard could give trainer/jockey Kayley Woollacott a season win, Dashing John could be the one to deny them, having run second here last season under jockey Natalie Parker.

Of the eleven entered in the Fallen Stock Company sponsored Mixed Open, the two Ed Walker horses look hard to oppose, Blazing Whale having recently clocked up two Point wins and a third in a Hunter Chase at Leicester, and Hameldown Tor looking to follow up on his three length second behind Ravethebrave at Badbury Rings. Another entry is the 14 year-old Gone To Lunch, having eight Point wins including a Coronation cup and eight National Hunt wins and two seconds in consecutive Scottish Nationals, he goes well fresh and could find his winning form here for trainer Camilla Scott.

Exeter Racecourse sponsor the Intermediate, in which the Jane Weston-trained Driftwood Pride could follow up on her recent win at Badbury Rings when coming home a length and a half ahead of joint favorite Overafrica. Ladfromhighworth was unlucky to unseat jockey Vicky Wade at Buckfastleigh, and his previous two seconds could see him take an Intermediate soon. Level Spirit is another from the Ed Walker yard having shown good form when staying on well to win at Black Forest Lodge so could atone here.

In the Restricted, sponsored by Tom Malone Bloodstock Agent, Thetalkinghorse trained by Keith Cumings, was eyecatching when winning his Maiden at Black Forest Lodge, coming home three lengths ahead of Bamboleo, and another from the Cumings team is Go On Henry who won his Maiden at Badbury Rings one and a half lengths ahead of Posh Totty. Miss Cupcake is also worth considering after her second at Badbury Rings behind Un Ami for trainer Les Jefford.

Finally the Open Maiden, sponsored by Winston Pincombe Landrover, suggestions would be Last Edition, who was unlucky under jockey Ed Barrett, to be denied a win at Badbury Rings, having been headed near finish, and Jossestown Lad who is an interesting entry, having scored a second at Black Forest Lodge two seasons ago and has been off the track since.

On course facilities include hot refreshments, bar, bookies and trade stands. Entrance £20 Car, £10 Car and Driver only,£8 Pedestrians.

Location on B3224, Wheddon Cross to Raleighs Cross Road – TA23 0QW

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Devon & Cornwall jockeys are riding high as we reach the half way point of the season. With 14 of the scheduled 29 meetings in the area completed, West country riders stand at the head of the four main National championship titles. Will Biddick added two weekend winners to take his total to 23, but he is now being chased by Darren Edwards on 16 after Darren recorded trebles at Cothelstone and Buckfastleigh at the weekend. Jo Buck enjoyed three winners over the weekend to elevate herself to the head of the National Ladies’ title race, and Leanda Tickle and Kieron Edgar lead their respective novice rider championships at the moment.

The going was good to soft and the course was in great shape for the second and final Buckfastleigh meeting of the season

Intermediate (Connolly’s Red Mills)

My synopsis of the South Pool Intermediate run at Buckfastleigh last month read: “This could turn out to be one of the most informative intermediates of the season.” I was nearly right because that race was by far the most informative of the season with nine subsequent winners amongst the cast that day. Lucette Annie had run her usual game race on that occasion in finishing third behind the very smart pair of Keppols Hill and Penmore Mill. Her turn came here as she made all the running to put a decent field in their place. Trained by Simon Partridge at Poundsgate on behalf of Chris and Janet Hunphrey, this gutsy mare acts well on soft ground and formed part of the day’s triple winning tally of Darren Edwards.“She acts well on good or soft ground but not on the firm. She is happier going left handed really and she could go for a hunter chase,” was the trainer’s post-race summary.

Men’s Open (Totnes & Bridgetown Races Company)

Benedictus is a progressive seven-year-old and came good here at his first attempt in Open company. Jack Barber sent the chestnut to the front before half way and shook off the attentions of Joaaci at the second last after a fine display of jumping. Accurate jumping always gives a spectacular sight down the back straight at Buckfastleigh. “I kept kicking him and asking him,” reported the rider who had just been touched off on Chapoturgeon in the Christie’s Cheltenham Foxhunter two days previously. Trainer Jane Western has her sights set on one of the Intermediate finals at Cheltenham or Exeter for Benedictus.

Restricted (AGL Accountants, Kingsbridge)

Leslie Jefford’s yard has turned out a succession of winners this month and Lizzy’s Lass added to a double for the yard at Cothelstone on the previous day. All three winners were partnered by the reigning Devon & Cornwall lady champion Jo Buck. Showing a mature judgement of pace, Jo was content to bide her time and delayed her challenge until the last possible moment to head Alysia’s Flame inside the last 100 yards. “Lizzy’s Lass stays well and they played into our hands. She produced her to perfection,” said the trainer. A likeable grey, the six-year-old failed to sparkle on her seasonal debut at Great Trethew when she had just recovered from a cough, but is surely destined to win more races.

Open Maiden

Division 1 (Winston Pincombe)

Will Biddick rode a confident race on the 6-4 favourite Provo, easing his mount into contention along the far side to track the leaders King Kash and Lightening Jack. King Kash put up brave resistance, but Provo quickened past him in style after jumping the last to win convincingly. Provo is a five-year-old by Presenting trained by Richard Barber on behalf of owners Hilton and Lyn Ramseyer, “I bought him at Doncaster sales as a three-year-old (for £35,000) and like most Presentings he is taking time to mature,” said Hilton. Provo ran with promise on his only racecourse appearance in an Ascot bumper last October and missed his intended pointing debut at Charlton Horthorne last week when he pulled a shoe off. He is destined to join Paul Nicholls to go hurdling when his pointing education is complete.

Division 2 (Brookwell Supplies)

It was fitting that the Edwards family should provide Darren with one of his weekend winners. Shanann Star is trained by Darren’s father at their Wheddon Cross base and had been placed in all three of her English points. She gained reward for her consistency here at the expense of Noble Legacy and La Soie, who each shaped like staying types. Ann’s Lottery looked booked for a place until jumping left at the last, and this was probably an informative Maiden. Shanann Star showed promise in Irish points at the end of last year and was bought by current connections at Ascot sales just before Christmas. “She settled better today and would prefer better ground,” said Gordon Edwards, who may be tempted to send her summer jumping. Keiron Edgar broke a collar bone when Miss Cupcake fell at the 15

Hunt Race (Mr John Bond in memory of his late wife)

Edward Darke’s fine old servant Karinga Coin (Richard Woollacott) took up the running after the second last, but stumbled on landing over the final fence and went down narrowly to Gunpark, despite rallying near the post. “I got a bit lucky winning this,” was the modest appraisal of jockey Darren Edwards. Gunpark is trained by Sam Holdsworth for joint owners Rebecca Welch and Charlie Eyston

Ladies’ Open (Bartons Solicitors)

Ha Ho Magregor (Suzy Berry) took the measure of his sole opponent Karley as he forged two lengths clear on the run to the last. It looked plain sailing until half way up the run-in, when the 10-year-old decided he had done enough and put the brakes on, allowing Karley to sail past for victory. Ha Ho was certainly no joke for Suzy Berry, who also trains the reluctant runner-up, and was having only her second ride back following a nasty injury at Larkhill ten weeks ago. The beneficiary of Ha Ho’s antics, Karley, was giving 25-year-old Cordelia Chugg her second career winner. Pat Glenn’s gelding is from the Ed Walker yard and Cordelia combines riding out at the Ottery yard at weekends alongside her job as a Norland nanny in London.

Confined Novice Riders’ (Luscombe Maye)

Vic’s World (Bryony Frost) defeated Fier Destrier (Ben Keatley) in a match with the winner making all the running and jumping accurately. Bryony had ridden her first winner just a week ago and rode an assured race on the 10-year-old trained by her mother Nikki. “He belongs to a small syndicate we have formed called The Wellie Boot Group and as a way of encouraging owners they have three horses in training for the price of one,” explained Bryony.



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

Mixed Open, 4 miles; (Dunster Heat Ltd)

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

Confined (Fallen Stock Company)

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

Intermediate (Exeter Racecourse)

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

Open Maiden (Winston Pincombe LandRovers)

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

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

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

Restricted (A1 Gates & Securities)

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

Hunt race (Yeo Barton Bloodstock)

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



The old Buckfastleigh racecourse provided a superb setting for some high class point-to-point total of 63 runners contested the seven races.

Mixed Open (Totnes and Bridgetown Races Company)

This race is billed as the Westcountry Champion Chase and offers a total of £1,000 in prize money. The purse went to the Portman qualified Vintage Class who started odds-on favourite and basically outclassed his five rivals under his rider/trainer Michael Miller. Jean’s Joy (Polly Gundry) and Holly Walk (Jimmy Cole) took turns in the lead, with Vintage Class moving ominously well stalking the leaders. Holly Walk kept herself in contention thanks to some athletic jumps down the far side, but Vintage Class began to assert approaching the final fence before drawing away on the flat to score comfortably. Vintage Class is a strong, good looking eight-year-old who could not win an egg and spoon race under rules in eight attempts in Ireland. He has now won five point-to-points in this country since being acquired by Beaminster owner Bill Dupont as a six-year-old. “He really needs cut in the ground and we may go for a Novice hunter chase at Exeter if it rains enough,” reported the owner. Bill seems to have acquired a bargain in Vintage Class. His half brother called Oscar Nominee fetched £100,000 at Doncaster last May and is now with Nicky Henderson. Jimmy Cole was delighted by his mare Holly Walk’s performance in finishing second. “She is getting back to her best after a virus,” reported the Tavistock rider. Jean’s Joy stayed on late to finish third, just ahead of Minella Tipperary.

Intermediate (Connolly’s Red Mills)

The Worcestershire gelding Drom was backed from 11-8 to evens and gave a workmanlike performance after setting off in front. The eight-year-old was never headed and ran on resolutely when tackled by recent Ottery winner Benedictus after the second last. Drom is certainly proving a friend to form students. He won twice last year and was runner up to the useful Blackstaff at Black Forest last month. His subsequent second to Over The Phone in a hunter chase at Leicester reads even better since Over The Phone was successful at Newton Abbot last Sunday (March 20th). Drom is trained by Paul Davies at Bromyard, and is a likely candidate for the final of this series at Cheltenham in May. Jockey John Mathias was making his first visit to Buckfastleigh and Drom was his only ride of the day, but the 20-year-old Welshman made history on the following day when setting a British point-to-point record with an astonishing six winners from seven rides at Cilwendeg, Pembrokeshire.

Restricted (AGL Chartered Accountants Ltd)

This was the strongest Restricted run in the Area this season. Eight of the 11 runners had already won this term. Despite the quality of the field, the Richard Barber trained Curtain Razer was sent off evens favourite. The five-year-old had created a good impression when winning on his debut at Ottery, and Will Biddick was content to hold him up until joining Wayward Frolic and Alysia’s Flame after the final ditch. Alysia’s Flame gave Polly Gundry a nasty fall at the 16th, bringing down Hereweareagain, leaving Curtain Razer and Wayward Frolic to fight it out. The pair quickened in unison and raced neck and neck on the long sweeping run to the final fence where Curtain Razer’s inside advantage began to tell. Biddick’s mount forged clear on the run-in to score by four lengths, with Rockon Xmoor coming from a long way back to snatch third. The winner is owned by Graham Roach and is undoubtedly being primed to join Paul Nicholls in due course. “He will probably have another point-to-point,” said the owner. Runner up Wayward Frolic is another fine prospect, and Lizzie’s Lass and Prudent George are just two others to watch from this race.

Open Maiden Division 1 (Winston Pincombe, Chulmleigh)

This turned into a straight fight between Valoroso (Ian Chanin) and The Accordionist (Will Biddick), with six-year-old Valoroso just holding the persistent challenge of his rival from the second last. The winner was bred by his owner Audrey Goodwin and is trained by Ed Walker who said: “We will turn him away if the ground dries up because he is a nice prospect for next year.” Ian Chanin was partnering his eighth winner of the season on Valoroso.

Open Maiden Division 2 (Bartons Solicitors)

Punters latched on to a Graham Roach owned youngster making his racecourse debut in the shape of Watergate Bay from the Richard Barber yard. The five-year-old is a full brother to the same owner’s useful chaser Fistral Beach. This time the cash stayed with the bookies as the 5-4 favourite had nothing left when push came to shove. Sixyear-old Tans Hill came out on top, fulfilling the promise he had shown on his debut at Great Trethew under a good ride from Joe Tickle. Tans Hill was always travelling well and joined the leaders entering the final circuit before staying on resolutely to hold the strong finishing Tamatown. “One of the nicest I have ridden,” said Joe. The winner is owned and trained by Jill Dennis. A good looking son of the 2,000gns runner up Revoque, he was bought as a foal in Ireland and is: “on the market,” according to connections.

Confined Novice Riders’ (Luscombe Maye)

21-year-old Micheal Nolan is one of the jockey finds of the season. The Irishman joined Philip Hobbs only a few months ago, and was riding his fourth winner of the season here from only a handful of rides. The Christine Gray trained veteran Quizzling has now been responsible for three of Nolan’s winners, and was scoring for the third consecutive time. Quizzling was hard pressed from the penultimate but ran on gamely to beat Mistified, with Rockwithacaveman unable to get in a blow in third.

Hunt Race (John Bond in memory of his late wife Kath)

Only three runners with Tom Chanin setting a very slow pace on Aryshvic, ahead of two other maiden pointers in Award Winning and Ducal Daisey. Award Winning, with 17-year-old Lara Sliwinski having her first ride in public, threw down a late challenge, but the Robert Chanin trained Aryshvic maintained her advantage to win by three-quarters of a length. Aryshvic’s owners Trevor and Carrie Marks owned one of the best pointers of the 1980’s called Stanwick Lad who won 42 times in their colours, mainly in the Midlands and East Anglia. They have recently moved to the West Country and their daughter Amanda Burden is also a member of Aryshvic’s owners’ group.