Originally published by the Ppint-To-Point Racing Company on www.pointtopoint.co.uk, on the 18 December 2014
A bumper, restricted to horses that have won or been placed in British Point-to-Points, and open to their non-licensed trainers, will take place at Aintree in May. The £10,000 contest, sponsored by Doncaster Bloodstock Sales (DBS), is aimed at showcasing the potential of young British Point-to-Pointers.
The DBS Spring Sales Point-to-Point Bumper Final (A Maiden National Hunt Flat race), run over 2m1f on May 15, will be open to 4,5 & 6-year-olds only which have not run under any recognized Rules of Racing, and which, during the current Point-to-Point season and before May 9, have on at least one occasion finished first, second or third in a maiden Point-to-Point. From early in the New Year maiden races will carry a suffix highlighting the event is a DBS Spring Sales bumper qualifier. The final will be restricted to amateur riders, although they must hold Category A or B licenses.
Any horse that finishes first, second or third in the final will be offered a free wildcard entry to the DBS Spring Sales to be held on May 18-20. DBS Managing Director Henry Beeby commented: “DBS has long been a supporter of Point-to-Point racing and we are delighted that we are able to provide owners and trainers with a platform where connections can showcase young horses to a wider audience before they continue their career under NH Rules. This race, coming just three days before the start of the biggest NH sale of the year, the DBS Spring Sales, provides a perfect end-of-season target for many young horses whilst running for a £10,000 prize fund. We look forward to developing the race with Aintree and the PPA in 2015 and beyond.”
Clare Hazell, Chief Executive of the PPA, said: “This is another welcome indication that Point-to-Point racing is producing horses of a quality that is more than capable of competing under Rules. It will also give British Point-to-Point trainers a chance to show their skills to a wider audience and this initiative provides a worthwhile destination event for those with young horses to aim at.”
Oliver Greenall, who trains and rides Pointers, added: “This is a great opportunity. It’s fantastic to be able to buy, produce and run young horses in the point-to-point field rather than have to run from licensed yards. The £10,000 DBS Spring Sales Point-to-Point Bumper is a big pot of money to run for and allows us to showcase our stock to the wider racing community.”