British point-to-point trainers have been given a ground-breaking new race to aim at, and have until Monday evening to qualify a horse.
The £10,000 DBS Spring Sale Point-to-Point Bumper Final takes place over two miles and one furlong at Aintree on May 15 and is open to any four-, five- or six-year-old horse that finishes in the first three in a race for maidens this season – the forthcoming Bank Holiday meetings on Monday provide the final chance to qualify, and, uniquely, the bumper is open to horses kept in point-to-point yards.
Jack Barber, who is based in Dorset and is running away with the champion point-to-point trainer’s title, says: “I think the DBS point-to-point bumper is a great idea because it is a chance to give a young horse another experience, without having to send it to a licensed trainer.”
Northamptonshire trainer Gerald Bailey says: “The DBS bumper is a good idea if it raises the profile of young pointers trained in Britain,” while Pembrokeshire-based Robert Luke says: “It’s a good initiative and I’m keen to support it.”
The DBS Point-to-Point Bumper will be the first time trainers of pointers in Britain have the opportunity to run a horse in a bumper (or National Hunt Flat race), a type of race hitherto restricted to licensed trainers, and, since it will provide a perfect opportunity to showcase a young horse’s talents, the first three will be offered a place in DBS’s prestigious Spring Sale (May 18 to 20).
Point-to-pointing in Britain is highly-regarded for the quality of its courses, overall training and riding standards and for its ability to be a nursery for licensed jump racing, but until now its horses have had no opportunity to display their talent in a bumper on a Grade One racecourse.
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