The Point to Point Yard
The ‘pointing yard’ run by Lee Stephens has evolved over the years from having a retired ex-chaser for some weekend fun to now having 3 or 4 mixed types in training including a range of open horses, maidens and unraced youngsters. The ones that we have ‘on the market’ tend to be brought in from Irish points having shown form without necessarily winning, the beauty of them being with us in prep for an English point is we can get a better guide as to their ability whilst they are here. Milanford is a perfect example of this. He was placed a couple of times in 5yo points, came to us as a 6yo and won first time. He has now been placed in a Grade 2 novice chase for Nick Mitchell and rated 140.
Our facilities include, horse-walker, lunge ring, schooling menage, schooling fences, circular gallop and grass turnout.
After 10 seasons, we have trained 25 winners from 63 runners at 39% strike-rate. The Last But One was crowned leading National Young Horse in 2019 after collecting 6 wins (2 on the same card!) and Tom was Champion owner in the Devon & Cornwall owner 2021/22.
Horses to go through the yard and win under rules include Orchardstown Cross (3 wins inc Newbury and £27k), Goldencard (4 wins and £30k), Love The Leader (10 wins and £46k) and Song Of The Hunter who won at the first time of asking over hurdles. Starsky won on the opening day at Ottery before going on to win for Dan Skelton at Warwick on his first outing for him. Escapeandevade won for us first time in Wadebridge very easily before bolting up for James Ewart in Scotland less than a month later. Soldier Of Destiny, whilst trained by Mark Quinlan nearby, brought some nice rules form from Ireland and won in Ffos Las as he pleased before going on to win for Jamie Snowden twice over fences and got a rating of 137. Zumbi won by 30 lengths for us at Trebudannon and then went to Jimmy Moffatt’s where he was placed three times and won from 4 starts in the Spring.
Truckers Pass streaks clear to win again and Escapeandevade wins easy at Wadebridge.
Art Mauresque – winner at Cottenham 29th December 2019 for Mrs Johnny de la Hey.