Category Archives: Point-To-Point Racing Company

BRITISH POINT-TO-POINTING SHUT DOWN FOR 2019/20 SEASON

Posted: Tuesday, 17th March 2020 Author: The PPA

This is a formal announcement to confirm that the British point-to-point season is closed for this season.

This was a very difficult decision to make recognising that many people’s livelihoods are involved. However, the Prime Minister’s words last night made clear that everyone should minimise social contact and non-essential travel. Furthermore, our sport creates some medical burden, both on the course and potentially at the hospitals, where it would be unwelcome under the current circumstances.

The PPA would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has worked so hard to keep this season going so successfully until now, often under very trying circumstances. We will now be working on preparations to ensure that we start next autumn in the same successful manner as last, and will soon be in touch with many of you for your thoughts and ideas.

For more information, contact the PPA office:

info@p2pa.co.uk

01793 781990

FURTHER POSTPONEMENTS FOR THE EAST DEVON AT BISHOPS COURT WITH REARRANGED DATES ANNOUNCED FOR EAST CORNWALL AT GREAT TRETHEW

Unfortunately, following an inspection at Bishops Court it was unanimously agreed that the ground conditions meant that it would still be unraceable next weekend (1st March). Therefore the following new dates have been agreed subject to conditions and new officials being found:

  • Saturday 7th March East Devon at Bishops Court. Entries will open at normal time for that weekend (up until Monday 2nd March)
  • Sunday 8th March East Cornwall at Great Trethew. Entries will stand

Subject to conditions and new officials being found

EAST CORNWALL AT GREAT TRETHEW CANCELLED, WESTERN HUNT AT WADEBRIDGE INTENDING TO FILL ITS PLACE

Unfortunately, due to the ground conditions, the East Cornwall Foxhounds have been forced to cancel its point to point at Great Trethew this coming Sunday 23rd February, and is now looking for another date. The Western point to point at Wadebridge, which had been abandoned, is now intending to run in its place on Sunday due to a gap in the calendar, if it can find the necessary officials. This meeting is will be a great day so please support it!

Entries will stand in both cases.

The PPA and PPSA are doing all that they can in these very difficult conditions to support the fixtures and innovative ideas that are being proposed. However, it is very difficult to put on fixtures, or change dates, at short notice due to the requirements these days. If you can help in any way, please do not hesitate to offer your assistance to your local fixture. In particular, we have a shortage of available doctors for some rearranged meetings.

https://www.pointtopoint.co.uk/news_articles/east-cornwall-at-great-trethew-cancelled-western-hunt-at-wadebridge-intending-to-fill-its-place

East Cornwall Point-To-Point Weatherbys entry fee and passes update

Sandie Newton has advised that the East Cornwall Weatherbys entry fees are to be increased to £34 and £19 respectively for 2020, and not as set out in the planner at £33 and £18. The increase is due to Weatherbys increasing their rate this season, the old rates were erroneously included in the planner and the East Cornwall are not actually increasing their entry fee.

In addition no entry passes will be sent out, but passes will be left on the gate so owners must let the gate person know the name of their horse.

PtPRC Online Entry System IT Issues

The Point-To-Point Racing Company has had reports that there are online entry issues when making an entry through the system and trying to pay with a debit/credit card.

Elizabeth Irvine of the PtPRC has notified the Weatherbys IT department and checked the entries that have come in so far today. Those that are made with Weatherby’s account seem to be fine but it isn’t accepting/registering entries from people who are trying to pay by card.

The problem only seems to have started today and I believe is linked to the same problems the BHA sites have been facing.

Beth has taken a few entries over the phone for people today and entries have fed through for the earlier start of the weekend

The IT department are in the office today working on finding a solution to the problems.

Beth and the team will be in tomorrow taking phone entries as per usual and will assess the situation as we have more information, but I’m hopeful it will not impact on entries.

Thank you for your patience, I will keep you updated when I know more.

Kind regards,

Beth 

Elizabeth Irvine
Point to Point Supervisor
Weatherbys Ltd

Main: +44 (0)1933 440077
Fax: +44 (0)1933 440795
Web: www.weatherbys.co.uk

Point-to-pointing set to resume on Saturday 16 February 2019

Point to Pointing will go ahead this weekend according to present BHA requirements.  

However, due to the extra requirements and conditions, individual fixtures will make a decision on whether to run.  We hope to finalise those details by tomorrow morning (Wednesday).

The New BHA Requirements are:

•    Vaccination.  BHA has ordered that no entries or declarations will be accepted from horses that have not been vaccinated in the previous six months.   This requirement will be in place until further notice.  Please note that the normal stipulation that the vaccination must not have been given on the day of racing or any of the six days prior to the day of the race as according to Regulation 36 (ii), still applies.

•    Declaration of Health.  BHA has ordered that on arrival at the racecourse, the responsible person (To be confirmed but probably Owner, Keeper or Authorised to Act) must provide the following for all equines on board before the ramp can be lowered:
 

  • The horse’s passport with proof of vaccination and date
  • Confirmation that they have taken the horse’s temperature that morning and provision of that temperature
  • A Health Declaration form to be signed there and then in front of members of Fixture (The Form will be made available to all participants)
This above procedure is the Owner’s responsibility.  He does not require a vet to carry out the health checks before making the Declaration.
The Fixture must have a foolproof system in place to ensure that this is enforced rigorously.  NB it is recognised that all courses are slightly different in layout and will take different approaches accordingly. 

Penalties for failure to comply are currently under discussion, although Regulation 38 already lays down the fines for failure to provide accurate Vaccination requirements.

There will be further provisions and clarifications as the week goes on, but it is vital that all comply with the above if we are to continue pointing.  

Vigilance and Responsibility must be everyone’s watchword.

This will be an ongoing requirement for the foreseeable future.

The Health Declaration Form can be downloaded here

The latest update from the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) can be found here

 

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

NATIONAL PRESS COVERAGE OF POINT-TO-POINTING RETURNS, Weatherbys Point-to-Point, Weatherbys Point-to-Point

The Racing Post Weekender, in association with the PointtoPoint Racing Company, is to publish a weekly PointtoPoint supplement sponsored by Arena Racing Company and The Jockey Club.

The PointtoPoint Racing Company (PTPRC) is delighted to announce that national coverage of Pointto-Pointing is to return in print media via the Racing Post Weekender for the coming season which starts on 27th November.

The weekly newspaper will carry the supplement, the Pointto-Pointing Weekly, which will be produced in association with the PTPRC. It will include meeting previews and reviews as well as entries, results and editorial features. The Racing Post Weekender is available from a Wednesday giving PointtoPointenthusiasts plenty of time to plan for the weekend ahead. The first edition will be available from 23rd November and include a season preview.

The supplement will be sponsored by The Jockey Club and Arena Racing Company with both organisations recognising the need for a thriving Pointto-Pointing sector in order to ensure strong foundations for the whole of National Hunt racing.

It represents a vital step for the sport in terms of wide ranging national exposure and one which aligns with the ongoing marketing strategy of The PointtoPoint Authority (PPA).

The PTPRC will look after the page creation for the supplement alongside their existing responsibilities of managing Pointto-Pointing’s main website (www.pointtopoint.co.uk) and the weekly production of Go Pointing.

Commenting on the venture Andrew Carter, Commercial Director Weatherbys and a Director of the PTPRC said: “PointtoPoint Racing is in many ways the bedrock of National Hunt racing and provides an invaluable nursery for young horses and riders many of whom go on to compete under Rules.

“It is really important that the sport is given national coverage and I would like to thank the Racing Post, ARC and The Jockey Club for their support in making this possible.”

Simon Bazalgette, Group Chief Executive of The Jockey Club, said: “PointtoPoint racing is very important to the grassroots of our sport, so we are pleased to partner with PTPRC and ARC to help toincrease its visibility through this initiative. The Jockey Club is a stakeholder in the PointtoPointAuthority and each year welcomes many horses at our courses that have competed in Pointto-Points and vice versa, as well as sponsoring the Mares Maiden Series, which we consider is part of our role in acting for the long-term good of British Racing.”

Susannah Gill, Director of External Affairs of Arena Racing Company said: “We are delighted to be able to work with The Jockey Club to support Pointto-Pointing by helping bring back the weekly supplement. Pointto-Pointing is an essential component of British Racing and it is important that information about the sport is available to as wide an audience as possible. We hope everyone has a successful season when it gets underway at the end of the month.”

Mark Whittaker, Head of Newspapers and Operations Director for the Racing Post, said: “We are delighted, to once again, be supporting and promoting Pointto-Pointing through both the Racing Post and the Weekender. As the grass roots of jumps racing, rooted in local communities, PointtoPointracing provides an accessible, exciting and very social opportunity to enjoy the sport we all love. We look forward to seeing stars of the future coming up through Pointing’s ranks.”

PPA: PLENTY TO LOOK FORWARD TO IN NEW SEASON’S FIXTURES

 

New fixtures, a new course, international competition, Irish runners at two meetings, an innovative Point-to-Point Flat race and a revived venue after a gap of 40 years are all exciting elements of the 2016/17 British Point-to-Point fixtures list.

“There is always a sense of excitement and anticipation about a new season,” said the Point-to-Point Authority’s chief executive Clare Hazell. “Much loved, traditional fixtures run throughout the year, supported by some exciting innovations, which demonstrate pointing’s willingness to blend fresh ideas with commitment to an open, fair and friendly sport for all.”

The fixture list shows the season opens on Sunday, November 27, with the now traditional meetings at Black Forest Lodge in Devon and Cottenham in Cambridgeshire, and runs through until June 17 and a finale at Umberleigh in North Devon.

Among new fixtures is one at Barbury Racecourse in Wiltshire on January 14, which will be run by the newly-formed Barbury International Racing Club. Pointers trained in Ireland will be able to compete at a British point-to-point for the first time, and since licensed trainers are able to run horses in Irish point-to-points, a like-for-like basis will be allowed for this one meeting. British licensed trainers can therefore run horses who have been granted a hunters’ certificate.

Young horses will be given ample opportunities to run, for the seven-race card will include three maiden races and a point-to-point Flat race – it will be the first time such a race has been held on a non-licensed course. Above-average prize money will be on offer and more details will be released shortly.

Two other new fixtures – the Heythrop Hunt Club (January 22) at Cocklebarrow in Gloucestershire and the High Easter Racing Club (March 18) at High Easter in Essex – are being staged to give those venues an additional fixture.

The revived course, Revesby Park in Lincolnshire, will hold racing after a break of 40 years, providing a parkland setting for the South Wold Hunt fixture (March 11) – in recent years the hunt has staged a meeting at Brocklesby Park.

Returning to the fixtures list after a halt of seven years is a meeting to be staged by the Carmarthenshire Hunt, which will put on racing at Trecoed in Pembrokeshire on May 11, while the annual Anglo/Irish challenge – a team competition involving riders from both sides of the Irish Sea, and for the first time horses with an Irish hunters’ Certificate – returns to Britain on May 26, this time heading to Kingston Blount in Oxfordshire.

The full fixture list can be downloaded here

A Letter from Nick Wright, Chairman of the PtPRC

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We enjoyed another fantastic season of pointing. Congratulations to all the Champions, to everyone who took part, and a huge thank you to all the volunteers who work tirelessly behind the scenes without whom our sport could not take place.

Encouragingly the average number of runners per meeting was up on 2014/2015 (53 compared to 49), as was the average number of entries per race (15 compared to 14). It has also been an exceptionally busy season for the Point to Point Racing Company, and we felt it would be helpful to summarise our activities in an effort to give all those involved in the sport a better understanding of the job we do.

As I am sure you know the Point to Point Racing Company is owned jointly by the Point to Point Authority and Weatherbys. The Company provides various services to the sport. It takes entries, publishes race cards, runs Talking Point, collates and publishes results from every meeting, designed and runs the website, publishes The Planner and the Results and Stats Book, produces Go Pointing, and sells point to point data. The aim of the Company is to run a self-funding business for the benefit of our sport. We are continually striving to improve the service we provide and would welcome any advice on ways this could be achieved with our various products and publications. A summary of our key activities are listed below:

1. Entries

We provided a full entry service for 86 meetings and took 4,427 individual entries on their behalf. 54% of these entries were taken online compared to 47% last season. This reflects a growing trend towards the online service.

2. The Planner

This publication is a vital one for all trainers and owners and sales increased again last year. We acknowledge we had problems with The Planner last season and as a result we have made some procedural changes. This includes employing expert staff to oversee the process during the production cycle.

3. Results and Stats and the Loose Leaf

Both also increased their circulations which demonstrates the need for this unique and specialist content.

4.Race cards

We printed race cards for 129 meetings during the season. We did experience some problems with incorrect weights being printed in cards. To try and eliminate this completely we are improving our software programs to reduce the chances of mistakes being made.

5. Go Pointing

Is now sent out to 23,000 individual email addresses and its circulation continues to grow.

6.Website

After a huge amount of work the new look pointtopoint.co.uk was launched in time for the start of last season. Whilst we are always looking to enhance the site the general consensus is that it is a huge improvement and an extremely effective advertisement for our sport. This is supported by website subscriber levels increasing by a third during the season. Of those taking out just the standard subscription 40% have upgraded to include ‘Viewpoint’ the race video subscription option. With nearly 60% of all meetings now included on ‘Viewpoint’, including new footage from Welsh meetings and with other meetings joining all the time we hope to grow subscriber levels for next season.

7. Staff

The company employs three members of staff headed by Viv Buckby. We are extremely grateful to all of them for all the hard work they put in to provide the excellent service we all receive.

So the overarching message coming from the Company is a positive one and we are hugely appreciative of the support we receive from all of those involved in the sport. However we only make a small profit each year and continue to keep a tight rein on costs whilst always looking at how we can better serve the sport.

I would encourage everybody to use the Company and its products as much as possible to enable the business to thrive and continue to improve its service to point to pointing.

Enjoy the summer.

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Nick Wright
August 2016