Conditions to a long established hunter chase staged at Taunton Racecourse have been changed to enable an easier progression for point-to-pointers that have never won under Rules to take part without competing against highly rated ex-chasers.
The race is the brain child of Richard Mitford-Slade who has sponsored a hunter chase at Taunton for more than 15 years, now called the Pontispool Equine Sports Centre Maiden Hunter Chase for the Mitford-Slade Trophy. He decided to change the conditions to give point-to-pointers the chance to go hunter chasing on a more even playing field.
“There is very little for progressive point-to-pointers in National Hunt racing as more often than not, when they go hunter chasing they will be against former highly rated horses so we thought we’d change this race, but we do need people to support it for it to take place annually. We are hoping it will be popular,” he said.
The race is staged on April 6 with a prize fund of £3,500 over a distance of 2m7f.