Pointing News

We’ll try our best to keep you posted with all the updates from the Point to Point scene and all Neil's News throughout the season. 

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Lou shows No Risk with his ability!

6th June 2022

Yesterday saw the last runner from Blackmore Farm for the Point to Point season, head to Bratton Down. No Risk With Lou was not to be out done by stable mate, Donny’s Fortune, who won at the same track two weeks ago. Given an extremely patient ride by Josh, Louie was dropped right out at the rear to settle and be given plenty of daylight to see his fences. 

Louie fell at Cothelstone three weeks prior when looking the winner at three out. He was none the worst for his tumble and jumped the last fence in 5th and flew up the long Bratton hill to win by a short head in a time which was 21 seconds faster than the Ladies Open.

A pleasing day for all, Josh rode another winner making it a double on the day and 20 winners for the season which is a seasonal best for Josh and a target he was keen to hit before the end of the season. 

Umberleigh is the last meeting of the season on Saturday and a last chance to see the regular point to point faces until the new season rolls on in October.

Third time Lucky for Lara

29th May 2022

On Saturday 28th May, the yard headed to Upcott Cross with Sixteen Letters and Lucky Lara. Sixteen Letters lined up in the Mixed Open with Josh Newman. After making the running, he just got done for toe over the last three fences and finished a gallant 2nd to Famous Clermont. Letters has been a super stable star this season for Neil and a credit to everyone for keeping him in top order from his first run this season, which was back in December. At 10 years old, Letters seems to be in his prime! This season, from 9 runs, Letters has had 6 wins, two 2nds and one 3rd. 

Lucky Lara went off favourite in the Maiden Conditions after her two 3rds for us. She was dropped out by Josh and crept into the race before jumping to the lead at 2 out. Pushed out to the line, she won going away by 4 lengths. Bought privately at the end of March for Terry Hamlin, she will be a very nice mare going forward now she has her confidence back over fences. 

Letters and Lara will both now enjoy their summer holidays. We have one more runner left for Pointing this season at Bratton next weekend. Neil has had a wonderful season with 10 winners, five 2nds and three 3rds from 38 runs - not to forget his first Hunter Chase winner! Josh has kept a 50% strike rate with his training which is two winners and two thirds from 4 runners.