Fixtures rich in promise for the 2017/18 British point-to-point season

British point-to-pointing is set to stage 179 meetings at 101 locations around the United Kingdom in the coming season, when six flat races and two new venues will be introduced to the mix.

The release of the 2017/18 fixture list confirms the earliest commencement the sport in Britain has known, with a meeting at Ottery St Mary (subject to conditions) – replacing one planned at recently-closed Black Forest Lodge – in the Devon & Cornwall region due to open the season on Sunday, November 19. It is followed a week later by the Point-to-Point Owners’ & Riders’ Club fixture at Barbury Castle in Wiltshire, while a meeting at Cottenham in Cambridgeshire – which has been a curtain raiser in recent seasons – is scheduled for the first Sunday in December.
A point-to-point flat race, designed as another opportunity to give young horses racecourse experience, was staged for the first time in the UK last season at the British & Irish Racing Club meeting at Barbury Castle. Split into two divisions on the day, it was deemed successful enough to allow an expanded programme of six such races spread around Britain for the new season. Each one will be run over two miles, be limited to four-, five- and six-year-old horses and to amateur riders who have partnered more than five winners, or hold Category A or B licences. Horses can win a maximum of one such race.

Barbury Castle will again stage a point-to-point flat race (January 20), and will be followed by Great Trethew (Cornwall, February 25), Alnwick (Northumberland, March 11), Hereford Racecourse (April 14), Bitterley (Shropshire, April 28) and Garthorpe (Leicestershire, April 29).

A new venue at Edgcote in Northamptonshire replaces one at Whitfield and will stage a trio of meetings – April 8, 28, and May 20 – while, following the closure of Upper Sapey, Knightwick in Worcestershire will host racing on April 29.

The closure of Upton-upon-Severn earlier this year means Maisemore Park in Gloucestershire has gained an additional fixture and will race on March 25 and May 7, while the point-to-point courses at Sedgefield Racecourse and Revesby Park in Lincolnshire – introduced to the fixture list last season (Revesby Park after a 40-year gap) – are back for more. The season concludes at Umberleigh in North Devon on June 16.

“Point-to-Pointing in Britain remains an absorbing rural sport and an integral part of racing under Rules. The standard of riding, training and course maintenance has never been higher. Exciting young horses and riders emerge every season, while seasoned pointers and former handicap hurdlers and chasers – including past Festival winners – provide marvellous sport every weekend from November to mid-June,” said Clare Hazell, Chief Executive of the Point-to-Point Authority.

The full fixture list can be downloaded here

Further information: Clare Hazell, Point-to-Point Authority Chief Executive

clarehazell@p2pa.co.uk

01793 781990

Point-To-Point fixture course changes

The Devon & Cornwall Point to Point Secretaries Association are pleased to announce that the Point to Point fixtures which were previously run at Black Forest Lodge will be run on the following dates and courses:

– Sunday 19 November – Bishops Court Club at Bishops Court, Ottery St Mary

– Sunday 4 March – Mid Devon at Cherrybrook, Tavistock

– Saturday 14 April – Silverton at Bishops Court, Ottery St Mary,

We would like to thank all the Point to Point committees, the landowners and the hunts involved to allow these meetings to be run this season at short notice.

Frank Yeo D&C PPSA Chairman

Gordon Chambers D&C PPSA Secretary

Black Forest Lodge Point to Point course closure

Update: 6th September 2016

The Devon and Cornwall Point to Point Secretaries Association is making positive progress to relocate the three fixtures lost due to the unfortunate closure of the Black Forest Lodge Point to Point course last week.

The three PTP committees affected all have options to run on other courses and we and they are in discussions with the respective land owners, the host hunts and the resident PTP fixture committees already racing on those courses to agree terms to run the additional fixtures. As you can appreciate, these discussions are very sensitive and will not be concluded until early next week at the latest but we realise the urgency required and we will keep everyone informed as soon as decisions have been approved by everyone concerned.

4th September 2016

The Devon and Cornwall Point to Point Secretaries Association regret to announce the immediate closure of the Black Forest Lodge Point to Point course.

The land has just recently been sold and unfortunately the new owners are unable to allow racing to continue at this popular course.All efforts are being made to re arrange the 3 fixtures previously scheduled at Black Forest for this coming season and it is hoped that we will be able to announce a positive statement later this week.

Gordon Chambers

Secretary

Devon & Cornwall Point to Point Association