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Financial Support packaged Launched for Devon & Cornwall Point-To-Points

Totnes and Bridgetown Races Co. Ltd. is delighted to announce the launch of a special £10,000 financial support package to kick-start the 2020/2021 Point to Point season in the Devon and Cornwall area. 

The Company has long been associated with support for Westcountry Point to Pointing, and for next season the funding will be provided in addition to their existing sponsorship of four Hunter Chases and four Open races; including the prestigious Area Classic at Buckfastleigh, ‘The Westcountry Champion Chase’, with a purse of £1000.

The aim of the new support is to underpin Devon and Cornwall Point to Pointing at this difficult time, following the disappointment of the early abandonment of racing in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A real consequence of this loss was the individual financial hardship with so many rural jobs reliant upon a successful horseracing industry. In addition the Hunts’ and Point to Point Committees faced unprecedented losses of their income derived from Point to Point meetings.

The Devon and Cornwall Point to Point Secretaries Association has worked extremely hard in conjunction with Totnes and Bridgetown Races Co Ltd director George Welch to produce a plan utilising the extra £10,000 to best effect. Race sponsorship has always been the Company’s core area of support, and again this will form the bulk of the new assistance with additional sponsorship of 12 x £500 races, spread right across the Devon and Cornwall area. Furthermore every Point to Point fixture will receive a grant to help offset the cost of providing contactless card readers for entrance gates, an additional requirement for racing in the ‘post covid’ environment.

 Finally, the support will extend to purchasing technical equipment to enable the provision of live streaming of racing through social media. This is an initiative which the area organisation is keen to explore with great potential to broaden the sports accessibility, marketing and even revenue earning for the future.

 The Devon & Cornwall Point-to-Point Secretaries Association Chairman Frank Yeo said, “On behalf of our 25 horse racing fixtures in Devon & Cornwall, we are fortunate to have this invaluable sponsorship from the Totnes and Bridgetown Races Company at this very challenging time during and post Covid 19. Our own Association and the Races Company has helped to create the opportunity to maintain the sponsorship of Open races for 12 fixtures and provide the option of using contactless card readers instead of cash. The Races Company foresight and financial support has also allowed the Area to develop live streaming of all the race meetings to be accessed by older and Covid-vulnerable racegoers direct to their mobile phone or TV, plus our sport access to many potentially new racing enthusiasts through social media and present our exciting sport to a much wider audience.”

Looking ahead to next season, plans are in place to run the inaugural Totnes and Bridgetown Point to Point at popular Flete Park, after last season’s plans were thwarted by the health crisis; this will be made possible by the generous support of the Flete Estate and the hard work of the Dartmoor Hunt Point to Point Committee. The Company’s share of the profits from the meeting will be donated in their entirety to the Devon and Cornwall Point to Point Area providing sustainable ongoing financial support year upon year.

Totnes and Bridgetown races can trace its history back to the 1780’s. The original Race Committee was superseded by the formation of a Limited Company in 1928, and although the last Totnes and Bridgetown race meeting took place at Totnes in 1938, the company continues to offer its generous support to this day.

PPA: Procedures to be carried out at point-to-points in respect to Equine Influenza Precautions (21st Feb update)

Update as of 21 February 2019

Note: The East Cornwall at Great Trethew will be expecting the new version of the forms to be completed!

The following provides an explanation of what action is being taken in relation to recent outbreak of equine influenza (EI).  All fixtures are working hard to make it as painless as possible for everyone, and you are all asked to show patience and assist in every way if asked.  At the end of the explanation is a list of Frequently asked Questions and their answers for your interest.

Requirements

The New BHA Requirements to combat EI are:

  • Vaccination.  BHA has ordered that no 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 (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 signed Health Declaration form – new version as of 21 Feb 19 (see link)

This is the Owner’s responsibility.  He does not require a vet to carry out the health checks before making the Declaration
The Fixture will have a fool proof 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.
This will apply to all equines including companion horses/ponies, pony racing, Hunt horses and horse catchers, and any other activity programmed.  Fixtures running events/races which are not under BHA auspices (Charity races etc) must still comply with the above
Penalties for failure to comply are currently under discussion, although Regulation 38 already lays down the fines for failure to provide accurate Vaccination requirements

Procedures for Fixtures

Key points

  • There are numerous ways to carry out the procedures, and there is no right or wrong solution
  • System should be easily understandable by all so someone can stand in at short notice
  • Numbers required will depend on how great the number of horses and boxes which come.

Owners/Keepers

The Owner/Keeper must ensure that the following is done in line with BHA Directive (attached):

  • The Vaccination dates in passport comply with new requirements
    • It is 6 calendar months inclusive to the day.  EG if vaccination was on 23 Aug you can run on 23 Feb.
    • As before the vaccination cannot have been during the 6 days previous to racing.  In other words if you want to run on a Saturday you cannot have had an injection after the previous Saturday
  • The Health Declaration Form is properly filled in including Horse’s temperature taken that day and signature of owner/keeper/authorised to act.
  • Fully comply with the systems put in place by the fixture to comply with the BHA requirement

The Owner/Keeper should ensure that the following is done:

  • All lorries should be washed out and, ideally, disinfected between all journeys
  • Allow sufficient journey and arrival lead times to assist in facilitating the BHA Arrival checks
  • Everyone involved with the horses should change into in clean clothing to attend each meeting in order to minimise risk of contamination etc

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What extra staff needed?  Up to Fixture, and obviously dependent on number of horses, but evidence seems to indicate that you will need at least:
    • One extra vet depending on numbers of horses
    • One extra Declarations Clerk possibly two depending on number of horses
    • A runner depending on how procedures set up
    • Someone to keep close control of water usage in winning enclosure
  • Further biosecurity Requirements?  Whilst there are no further biosecurity measures to put in place by Fixtures, the BHA Chief Veterinary Officer is keen that common sense prevails and everyone puts in effort.  In particular he highlighted:
    • Boxes being washed between trips when shared.
    • Those involved with horses wear clean clothing to pointing

I think it makes sense to emphasise this in your letters to the owners and trainers.

  • Horse’s Temperature?  It should not be above 38.5 degrees.
  • Vaccination Date Definition.  It is 6 calendar months inclusive to the day.  EG if vaccination was on 16 Aug you can run on 16 Feb.
  • Who Can do the Checks?  BHA have put out new directive on vaccination checks, which directs that these are to be carried out by a designated Declarations Clerk.  A vet must be in the vicinity to answer any queries as they arise.  The responsible person must state date last vaccinated and that will be noted on the Health Declaration form by the Declarations Clerk, who is based at the designated spot, not necessarily at the Declarations Tent.
  • What to do with Health Declaration Forms?  All Health Declarations Forms must be posted in one bunch to the BHA Office after racing, stating at which point to point they were collected, as at bottom of BHA Directive.
  • How long will this go on?  These measures are being reviewed by the BHA on an ongoing basis.  However, it is probably sensible for all fixtures to plan to use them for this season.
  • Horsebox?  All horses within a box must comply.  If one does not, the box gets turned away.
  • Companion Horses/Ponies?  Companion horses must fully comply, which means, if they have not been vaccinated before, they will need two injections, the last of which must have been within six months.
  • Water and drinking buckets in paddock?  Water for cooling down and drinking buckets should be kept separate in the paddock/winning enclosure, box park etc.  This includes drinking buckets not being dipped in troughs, and of course they should be disinfected between races.
  • Horse Ambulances?  Racecourses have not been asked to carry out any different procedures than normal but regular disinfecting is important
  • Scanning horses?  There is no need to scan horses.

Creative Inertia is crowned Exeter’s intermediate champion

Creative Inertia was crowned Exeter Racecourse’s intermediate hunter chase series final after a rousing display in which he took up the lead three fences from home and galloped on to record an eight lengths success in the hands of Rex Dingle.Monica Tory’s eight-year-old had qualified for the final at Bishops Court in November where he finished second of the five runners on good to soft going.Tuesday’s drying ground played to his strength and he put up a foot perfect display to land the prestigious race which was the culmination of seven qualifiers in the Devon and Cornwall Area.
The gelding was Crewkerne-based Ben Clarke’s last ever ride as an amateur before he retired from race riding to concentrate on training three years ago. “He’s been placed five times this year, and every time we wanted to run him on better ground, it started raining again! We thought he’d handle today’s drying ground and he did it really well under a good ride from Rex who’s a young amateur going places,” he said.In second place was Nicky Martin’s The Lizard King who also qualified at Ottery St Mary in November. David Rogers, who readies his horses near Newton Ferrers in South Deon, saddled the third placed horse, Brandy and Red who was ridden by Josh Newman. Odds on favourite Mistress Massini was fourth and bringing up the rear was the Gordon Chambers-trained Golander.Racecourse ambassador Bryony Frost rode two winners and narrowly missed out on a third with Triple Chief, trained at Buckfastleigh by her father Jimmy, just losing out by two and a half lengths after running a fine race in defeat in the Heavitree Brewery Handicap Chase. The 23-year-old was successful on Max Forte, trained by Chris Down at Cullompton, and Paul Nicholls’ racecourse debutante Rhythm Is A Dancer, the 2-1 favourite in the concluding bumper. Frost made all on the good-looking five-year-old to win by eight lengths.Harry Fry’s Serosevsky relished the quicker ground and galloped to an easy win in the Wonford Inn Exeter National Hunt Novices’ Hurdle in the hands of Niall Madden. The five-year-old took it up after the last to deny odds on favourite Rockpoint a win by one and three quarters of a length. “She loves these conditions and will be on the go all the way through util the autumn,” said Fry.Rockpoint’s trainer Colin Tizzard later saddled Kings Lad to win the Heavitree Brewery Handicap Chase. The 11-year-old under Tom Scudamore too it up near the finish and won by two and a half lengths. The favourite, Lip Service was just ran out of it and finished third.The Alan King-trained Tillythetank took the opening Horse and Groom Heavitree Mares’ Maiden Hurdle under Wayne Hutchinson, to deny Donald McCain’s long odds on favourite Secret Escape a win having taken up the lead after the second last.

Intermediate Champion’s trophy awarded at Exeter’s ladies’ night

April 30, 2018 – The prestigious Exeter Racecourse intermediate final takes centre stage on a six race card at Exeter on May 8, when the glitz and glamour descend on Haldon Hill with the fixture coinciding with the course’s annual ladies’ night.

An Intermediate Race is open to any horse, which has not won any flat race (other than a National Hunt Flat Race) under the rules of the Jockey Club or other racing authority or any “Mens”, “Ladies”, “Mixed” Open or Intermediate Race at a point-to-point meeting. Exeter has sponsored the series in the Devon and Cornwall area for more than ten years to support racing at an amateur level.

General manager Jack Parkinson said: “We really enjoy attending our local point-to-points which is invariably an interesting, sociable day out and it’s a great way of extending our support by sponsoring the races.”

Seven qualifiers were staged this season with all runners eligible to run in the final, kicking off at Ottery St Mary in November when Will Biddick guided Moreece to success. The diminutive 15.2hh, who hails from Jonathan Lean’s yard in Pyle, Wales, was a ready winner, scoring by an impressive 20 lengths.

Then it was on to Chipley Park where Glamorgan qualified Jonathan Tudor-trained Blazing Tom landed a nice touch, having been backed from 10-1 into 3’s. The seven-year-old made steady progress under his confident rider to tackle Inch Rock at the penultimate before staying on doggedly for Bradley Gibbs up the final incline.

At Wadebridge The Two Amigos, ridden by Darren Edwards and owned by the Bradley Partnership, scored a very easy victory over the only other finisher Ambitious Pursuit. The Midnight Legend gelding was left well clear when nearest pursuer High Priority departed at the 15th fence.

Palmaria, a winner of a hunter chase at Exeter last month, stepped up to intermediate in emphatic style at the South Pool harriers meeting at Buckfastleigh readily winning in the hands of Bryan Carver for Caroline Keevil.

Ballybane followed up his Buckfastleigh success when staying on gamely to beat Prince of Poets and Creative Inerta at the Lamerton’s fixture at Kilworthy. Melanie Dixon’s progressive gelding was giving 26-year-old David Prichard his second winner of the season.

Dean Summersby saddled Honest Deed to win at Cherrybrook under Darren Edwards at the expense of front running Prince of Poets.

It was back to Ottery St Mary for the penultimate qualifier where the Pidsley family’s Eastern Calm and Christopher Barber were victorious.

Trebundannon in Cornwall provided the location for the last of the qualifiers with the Culverwell Racing Club’s Mistress Massini, trained by Teresa Clarke winning in good style under Will Biddick for the

Jack Parkinson said: “It’s been super series and we’re proud to support point-to-pointing in the Devon and Cornwall area. We very much hope a large contingent of pointing fans head on up to Haldon Hill on ladies’ night and join what’s set to be a cracking conclusion to our season here at Exeter when we have some terrific prizes on offer including a two nights stay at Bayards Cove Inn Dartmouth and more than a £1000 worth of prizes from Hoopers at Torquay.”

For more information on Heavitree Brewery Ladies’ Night visit www.exeter-racecourse.co.uk

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

Great opportunity to sponsor national series

An opportunity to join some of Britain’s leading brands by sponsoring a series of point-to-point races has become available for the 2017/18 season.

The series, which has been successfully backed in recent years by iconic car manufacturer Subaru, has become available following a review of their marketing programme as a result of adverse exchange rate conditions.

Paul Tunnicliffe, managing director of importers IML UK & Ireland says: “Everyone at Subaru including our many dealers, have enjoyed the time they have spent at Point-to-Points across the UK. The PPA team could not have been more helpful and supportive, and we have encountered some truly wonderful individuals at grass roots level who have been gracious and deeply appreciative of our involvement. I am very happy to endorse a sponsorship partnership to companies wishing to get involved with Point-to-Point.”

Subaru’s sponsorship involved support for races across the season and around the British Isles, climaxing with a hunters’ chase final at Stratford racecourse in May/June, but a series to suit the needs of a new sponsor can be tailored to individual plans. Brand leaders Connolly’s RED MILLS, Skinners Pet Foods, Dodson & Horrell, The Jockey Club, Timico and Goffs UK remain as national sponsors within a sport which has nationwide appeal and reach. Clare Hazell, chief executive of the Point-to-Point Authority, says: “We are hugely disappointed to lose Subaru UK’s sponsorship and will be forever grateful to Paul Tunnicliffe and the team at Subaru UK for their support of the sport. We wish them well in the future. “The chance to engage with this fantastic sport and the tens of thousands of people who follow it is a great opportunity for a new sponsor.”

Becci Thompson, Commercial and Communications Executive of the Point-to-Point Authority, says: “The creative team at the PPA enjoy working closely with our partners to ensure they achieve their ambitions. Working across our official and promotional (GoPointing) social media channels provides extensive opportunity for companies to create innovative activities and narrative around sponsorship, and the excitement of point-to-point racing. In addition, colourful photo opportunities, makes it a natural fit for businesses who want to engage with the quality countryside demographic. There are further brand awareness opportunities through the weekly digital magazine ‘Go Pointing’ and via the national website (www.pointtopoint.co.uk).”

For further information about sponsorship of the restricted race championship, contact

Becci Thompson
The Point-to-Point Authority Ltd: 01793 781990
info@p2pa.co.uk

Exciting opportunity for an amateur rider at Anthony and Rachael Honeyball

Anthony and Rachael Honeyball have an exciting new opportunity for an amateur rider for the 2017-2018 season with the guaranteed ride on seasoned chaser As De Fer in point-to-points.

The Honeyballs are based near Beaminster in Dorset where they train 40 or so horses in exceptional facilities including a vast indoor school and a gallops which has produced many graded winners under rules.

Last season Anthony trained 32 winners, his best so far with nearly £270,000 in prize money. The figures are supported by consistently solid results over several seasons as Anthony and Rachael, a former leading jockey, continue to make their mark.

They enjoy the patronage of leading jumps owner JP McManus whose Regal Encore won the listed Lavazza Jolie Silver Cup at Ascot in December. Last season they also saddled Fountains Windfall to win Aintree’s Grade 3 Gaskells Handicap Hurdle.

As well as the ride on As De Fer, a veteran of 36 races with six wins to his credit, the successful applicant will also benefit from regular lessons, including grid work, with Olympic pentathlete coach Jabeena Maslin in the indoor school. Accommodation is available if required.

Call Anthony for more details 07815 898569.

Bratton Down going update and eTickets available

The going for Bratton Down

Saturday 10th June 9.43am

The going at Bratton Down as of Friday evening is: “Good, good to firm in places”. R White – Course Inspector

Hugh Thomas

Wednesday 8th June 8.00am

The going is good.  Good to firm in places, but rain is still falling and more forecast.

Hugh Thomas

Friday 2nd June 9.00am

The going is firm. Steady rain is currently falling on the course. The forecast is for more showers. It is anticipated that the aggrivator will be used.

– Hugh Thomas

Sunday 29th May 9.00am

The going is  “good to firm”. The fences have been moved on to fresh ground.

The forecast is for rain but the aggrivator will be used if necessary.

– Hugh Thomas

Wednesday 24th May 6.00pm

The going is  “good, good to firm”. The fences have been moved on to fresh ground.

The aggrivator will be used if necessary.

– Hugh Thomas

Friday 19th May 7.00pm

The course inspector has just given the going as “good to firm, good in places”.

– Hugh Thomas

Tuesday 16th May

The going is now good.

We have had rain each day since Friday evening.

The weather conditions continue to be damp.

Saturday 13th May 10.00am

The going is now good to firm, with a good covering of grass.

We had rain on Friday evening and the forecast is for more next week.

The aggravator will be used if necessary.

– Hugh Thomas

12th May 8.30am

The going is currently firm, with a good covering of grass. We had light rain on Thursday evening and the forecast is for more. The aggravator will be used if necessary.

Hugh Thomas

eTickets

eTickets available for all three Bratton Down meetings, to purchase tickets go to: https://www.futureticketing.ie/client/brattondown/

New hunter chase for progressive point-to-pointers

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.

ANGLO-IRISH CHALLENGE REPORT – KINGSTON BLOUNT POINT-TO-POINT 26 May 2017

IRELAND were celebrating after finally breaking their duck in the Bicester Office Park Anglo-Irish Challenge with an emphatic victory over Great Britain at Kingston Blount in Oxfordshire.

Such was the dominance of the visiting riders that they sealed a first win in the annual jockeys’ competition after just three of the four races – reeling off a quickfire treble.
And for good measure they went on to land the fourth race to complete a clean sweep and a resounding 81-43 triumph on points to end Britain’s four-year winning streak.
Reigning Irish men’s champion Jamie Codd, who triumphed on Ka Maresco, said: “It is brilliant. It is the fifth year and the first year we have won it. We have a bit of catching up to do.

“They have been bullying us for the last couple of years. It is a great event. You can see that with the crowd here.”
And five-times Irish ladies’ champion Liz Lalor, who struck on Harris Garden, added: “They beat us last year and at Chaddesley Corbett and in the years before that, so it is about time we had payback.

“It is a great clean sweep for the Irish.”

Britain’s men’s champion Will Biddick conceded: “It is good for the Irish. We will be looking to go to Ireland next time to bring back the crown.”
With a good-sized crowd turning up and the teams of four men from the two countries allotted horses in an open draw, it was Irish legend Derek O’Connor who set the event alight with a brilliant ride on 20-1 outsider Hunters Lodge to take the Goffs Anglo-Irish Club Members Conditions Race.

The 11-times Irish champion produced Hunters Lodge, trained by Alan Hill at nearby Aston Rowant, to lead at the last, before forging clear to score by a length and three-quarters from Britain’s John Dawson on Quick Oats, with GB’s Evan David on Good Egg six lengths back in third.
With points awarded for the first four positions, it saw Ireland edge ahead 15-13.

O’Connor said: “It is nice for the Hill family to have a winner at their own course.

“He is an 11-year-old and he minds himself a little bit. Today he had a good day and I got the best out of him.”
Hill commented: “Derek has given Hunters Lodge a great ride. Having Derek on with a change of hands has fallen in his favour.

“We have retired him tonight. My daughter (Gaby) is going to go hunting and eventing on him.”

With Bryony Frost a late absentee from the British team and just six runners declared for the Bicester Office Park Anglo-Irish Ladies’ Open, Lalor stepped down for the Irish.

And it was her compatriot, Maxine O’Sullivan, who swept clear five from home on Cut The Corner to score by an easy 20 lengths from British duo Tabitha Worsley on Rossmore Lad and Gina Andrews aboard Otto The Great, who were split by a head for second.

The nine-year-old is trained by Martin Weston at Hindlip in Worcestershire, and O’Sullivan said: “He was brilliant. His name tells it all – Cut The Corner.

“He is sharp and cuts round the bends. I was very lucky. He flew round there.”

Owner Abs Banks, the 7-1 shot’s regular rider, added: “She rode him beautifully and got him jumping well.”

O’Sullivan’s success saw Ireland increase their lead to 33-29.

And the visitors clinched victory when Codd led home an Irish one-two-three on Ka Maresco for Fran Moller’s Sibford Ferris stables, near Hook Norton, in the Tattersalls Ireland Four, Five And Six-Year-Olds Maiden over two miles and five furlongs.

The dual Irish champion made much of the running on the 6-4 favourite to cross the line ten lengths clear of Barry O’Neill on Irish Legionnaire, with the O’Connor-ridden Big Time Frank third.

Codd said: “It’s nice to win an English point-to-point. We were joking inside which ones we would like to ride and he was obviously the one with form and that’s the luck of it.”

Owner Hugh Wilson missed the win as he was flying to north Canada to film a wildlife documentary, but his father, Guy, said of Codd: “He is a very good jockey, but all eight are good and I would not have minded any of them.”

The result gave Ireland an unassailable 58-32 lead, and they capped a dominant display with Lalor landing the six-runner Connolly’s Red Mills Anglo-Irish Intermediate Race over two miles and five furlongs on 14-1 outsider Harris Garden.

She sent the ten-year-old maiden into the lead at the fourth last and he went clear to complete a 314-1 double for Hill’s yard, with O’Sullivan ten lengths back in second on Blazing Tom and Andrews third aboard Knockedoutloaded.

Lalor said: “He couldn’t have done it any easier. The Hills were brilliant before and told me everything to do with him.”

Hill, who owns Harris Garden with his assistant, Hugh Jarvis, said: “Hugh is the proudest man in Great Britain tonight. He will walk ten foot tall tomorrow.”

The Irish men, sponsored by Irish Thoroughbred Marketing, beat their British counterparts 40-16 with O’Connor (17) the top points scorer, while their ladies triumphed 41-27, with O’Sullivan (20) leading the way.

And Hill added: “It has been a great day. We are very privileged that we got 15 top jockeys here. It is a bit of history for Kingston Blount.”

RESULT

Men – Great Britain 16pts (J Dawson 8, E David 5, W Biddick 3, A Edwards 0), Ireland 40 (D O’Connor 17, J Codd 12, B O’Neill 11, N McParlan 0).

Ladies – Great Britain 27 (T Worsley 11, G Andrews 10, C Hardwick 0, Non-Runner 6), Ireland 41 (M O’Sullivan 20, L Lalor 15, L O’Neill 6, S Larkin 0).

Overall – Great Britain 43, Ireland 81.

The two supporting races provided a double for 16-year-old James Bowen, which saw him equal the British record of 25 winners by a novice rider in a season held jointly by Rhys Flint and Nick Scholfield.

Bowen, who has only been riding since his birthday on March 12, had to survive an objection after Flying Eagle, trained by his brother, Mickey, at Haverfordwest, completed a four-timer with a four-lengths win over Pride Of Parish in a match for the opening Betfair Men’s Open.

Joe Hill, rider of the second, lodged a complaint that the winner had taken the wrong course in that Bowen had passed a red disc to his left by the winning post.
But the stewards allowed the placings to stand as they found that the disc was after the winning line.

Bowen completed his double with a terrific ride on Tempelpirate, who recorded an eighth course win in the closing Kingston Blount Racing Club Members Conditions Race for novice riders.
The teenager produced the 11-10 favourite to collar Brians Well at the last, and his mount stayed on well to score by three lengths.

Reflecting on matching Flint and Scholfield’s tally, Bowen, who plans to take out a conditional jockey’s licence after the season’s final fixture at Umberleigh, said: “If I do as good as them I’ll be very happy.”

Tempelpirate’s triumph was a timely tonic for Beedon trainer Tim Underwood, who was in the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading after being kicked by a pony, and suffering three broken ribs, a haematoma of the colon and a damaged spleen.

He underwent an operation, and was released on Saturday.

PREVIEW

The fourth of the five meetings held at Kingston Blount is the most eagerly awaited of all – the Bicester Office Park Anglo Irish Challenge. It takes place on the evening of Friday 26th May, with a first race time of 4.00pm. Four races see the cream of the British jockeys take on their Irish counterparts, and four riders who scored at this season’s Cheltenham Festival, including all three lady jockeys who took the races restricted to amateurs – the first time this has ever been done.

The full team line-ups are as follows:

Great Britain (men):              Will Biddick, Evan David, John Dawson, Alex Edwards

Great Britain (ladies):            Gina Andrews, Bryony Frost, Claire Hardwick, Tabitha Worsley

Ireland (men):                        Jamie Codd, Noel McParlan, Derek O’Connor, Barry O’Neill

Ireland (ladies):                      Liz Lalor, Shauna Larkin, Lisa O’Neill, Maxine O’Sullivan.

 

The four events that comprise the challenge – a Conditions Race and a Maiden for the men and an Intermediate and a Ladies Open for the female riders are supported by a Mens Open and a Novice Riders race.

This will be the fifth year the challenge has taken place, with Great Britain having won on the previous four occasions. Britain took the inaugural contest in 2013 at Tattersalls in County Meath, before successfully defending their crown at Fairyhouse the following year. A hat trick of wins was completed when the jockeys’ challenge came to these shores for the first time in 2015 at Chaddesley Corbett in Worcestershire. And Britain made it a four-timer at Inch, near Tallow, in County Cork, last year. This year, for the first time, the riders and horses will be drawn before each race. The points scoring system is: 1st 12pts, 2nd 8, 3rd 5, 4th 3. In the event of a non-runner, three points will be awarded. The team that accumulates the most points wins the challenge.

It promises to be a great occasion to showcase the sport of point-to-pointing to a national audience. TV presenters Alex Hammond and Victoria Pendleton – the latter also an Olympic cycling champion and point-to-point rider – will be hosting the event and making the draw, and there will be a party after racing with live music, a cash bar and food outlets.

Each contest has prize-money of £1,000 and the course has been watered for over a week so, with the recent rainfall, Clerk of the Course Stewart Nash told me on Monday, “We’re confident of providing good racing ground, are hoping that most of the entries run and are looking forward to competitive racing.” 58 entries have been received for the six races and organisers are seeking a minimum of eight runners for each of the four challenge races.

Title sponsors Bicester Office Park also give their name to the Ladies Open, for which ten have been entered. Form pick is Good Egg, who may be a veteran at 14 but who ran possibly his best race since coming to the UK when second in a Cheltenham Hunter Chase last time. Second best on rating’s is Tim Underwood’s Golden Crisp, a Peper Harow winner last time and in great form according to his ebullient owner-trainer, who told me earlier, “He worked brilliantly this morning – he’s now rated 100 and I think he’s OK. I’d love to have Gina (Andrews) riding him.”

James Henderson plans to run Otto The Great in this race with son and usual rider Freddie in the midst of his finals at Newcastle University. “He’s slightly lost his mojo,” admitted James. “He likes things to go his own way, doesn’t go on soft ground and they went too fast at Cheltenham. But he’s won an Open at Kingston Blount before, is a good jumper and might enjoy having less weight on his back.” Richard Bandey is two-handed, with the useful but lightly-raced Little Chip and Rossmore Lad, novice-title chasing Lily Pinchin has entered Allerton and Martin Weston’s Cut The Corner has been disappointing between the flags this year, but would be a danger on the best of his National Hunt form.

There are nine potential runners in the Goffs UK Conditions Race. These events are usually tightly contested and this looks a typical example, particularly if clear top-rated Good Egg – also entered here – runs in the Ladies Open. Next best on form is Nigel Padfield’s Quick Oats, a winner of a similar contest at the last meeting here. James Henderson relies on Thanks For Coming here, and expects his 11-year-old to improve on recent form, saying, “He hasn’t run much as Freddie hasn’t been around. He disappointed on the firm ground at Andoversford and needs it watered. He’s genuine and experienced and will look after his new jockey – I’ve got no preference as they’re all good.”

Chute Hall, Sucker Punch and The Happy Warrior are three potential long-distance travellers, while closer to home, Aston Rowant trainer Alan Hill has entered Hunters Lodge. “His owner-rider Gareth Henderson has kindly let me run the horse here,” Alan confirmed. “He’s in great form at home and definitely runs.”

The 11-entry Tattersalls Ireland Maiden Race is full of potential and includes the only two entries on the card from Ireland – Eugene O’Sullivan’s Crazy Game and Milano Citizen. The latter has placed form in points across the sea this year, while the former has yet to complete between the flags. Another who has yet to complete, but has shown promise, is Lynn Redman’s Summitwillhappen, a daughter of multiple winner Coolvawn Lady. The locally based handler told me earlier, “She definitely runs. She’s brilliantly bred and has been schooling, schooling and more schooling! I don’t mind who rides – whoever comes out of the hat!”

While half the field are unexposed, five have useful placed form in British points, chief among them being Fran Moller’s Ka Maresco, who would likely have won last time out at Mollington but for clouting the last. Axelle Wall’s Ask Connie should come on for a debut third at the same meeting, while Richard Bandey’s Irish Legionnaire is consistent and well regarded. Alan Hill is on home turf here and is obviously a big supporter of this meeting – he has entered two in the form of four-times placed Big Time Frank and the improving Breakdown Cover, both of whom are intended starters. “The owners of Big Time Frank want to run – he was going to go to Bratton Down last weekend, but it was too quick, so they’ve kept him for this,” said the trainer.

The Connollys Red Mills Intermediate Race has attracted 11 entries, of which seven are within ten points of top-rated Exclusive Rights. Her trainer, Pauline Harkin, has hedged her bets by entering three here and admitted, “We’re hoping that (usual rider) Claire Hardwick will be drawn to ride Exclusive Rights.” Tim Underwood is hoping for an improvement on Kicker King’s Peper Harow run, where he finished a disappointing fourth after two wins on the bounce. “He was left at the start and he’s got to be in the firing line, or he throws the towel in,” admitted Tim. “I think he’s better than (recent Whitfield winner) Ballyfore Cross.”

James Henderson will speak to trainer Chris Bealby before deciding whether to run Dream Mistress, and explained to me why she pulled up at Garthorpe last time. “She was in season and was being a right tart before the race,” he laughed. “She’s been placed, but hasn’t been finishing her races, and she’ll definitely look after whoever is riding her.” Nigel Padfield’s yard is in good form and his Knockedoutloaded has won twice this year and must be feared, while Jonathan Tudor’s Welsh raider Blazing Tom is another to consider.

The card opens with the Betfair Mens Open, which has ten entries, including popular West Country veteran Ned The Post and two multiple winners – Flying Eagle and Universal Soldier – from Mickey Bowen’s Pembrokeshire stable that has been having such a fantastic year. This could be racegoers’ last chance to see leading novice rider James Bowen ride in points before he turns professional.

However, the Welsh contingent won’t have things all their own way. Charlotte Marshall’s Conkies Lad has considerable ability (as well as considerable problems in the jumping department, having unseated on four of his last seven starts), while Chris Henn’s Legal Legend ran a blinder over four miles at Cheltenham last time, only fading to fifth on the run-in – this trip should suit him better. Alan Hill has a record second-to-none here and this is his preference for Horizontal Speed, a course winner at the last meeting. “He won by eight lengths here last time and (owner-rider) Gareth Henderson has a good record on the course, so this is the right race for him,” was the trainer’s verdict when I spoke to him.

The Kingston Blount Racing Club sponsor closing Novice Riders race and seven have been entered, including another from Mickey Bowen’s yard – Deadly Move, unbeaten in four starts between the flags this year. Laura Thomas’ Urban Storm is another to consider, along with Fred Hutsby’s Tempered Steel, while this race will probably be one of two runs over the Bank Holiday weekend for Tim Underwood’s marvelously consistent Tempelpirate – 2014’s leading horse and a winner of 16 of his 24 starts in Britain and placed in the other eight. “He was third at Bratton Down last weekend and will race in a tongue-tie,” confirmed his trainer, before admitting, “I don’t know who’ll ride!”

Kingston Blount is an undulating course, with a steep climb after the 5(13)th and a downhill run before the 6(14)th. It is very well cared for with watering available and the ground is rarely firm, even at later meetings. Car parking is good, with a downhill exit if wet. There is good viewing from the slope above the finish.

The course is located at Kingston Grove, Kingston Blount OX39 4SG, approximately eight miles NW of High Wycombe and well signposted off the B4009 towards Chinnor, leaving the M40 at J6. For safety reasons, we do not advise leaving the M40 at J5 as the descent down Kingston Hill is both narrow and steep. For the same reason, please do not try to park on Kingston Hill.

Admission is £10 per person, with under 18s going free, and pedestrian entry is £10. There is a Reserved Car Park, at a cost of £40 per car, subject to availability. We remind you that there is no longer any parking in the area over the road adjacent to the horsebox park.

The first race is at 4.00pm.

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CHELTENHAM HEROINE LISA OUT TO TURN THE TABLES

CHELTENHAM Festival-winning rider Lisa O’Neill believes it is Ireland’s turn to grab the glory in the Bicester Office Park Anglo-Irish Point-to-Point Challenge at Kingston Blount in Oxfordshire on Friday (May 26) (4pm).

O’Neill, who enjoyed her finest hour aboard Tiger Roll in the JT McNamara National Hunt Chase in March, will be joined by Shauna Larkin, Liz Lalor and Maxine O’Sullivan in Ireland’s ladies’ team as they seek to prevent Great Britain making it five straight wins in the jockeys’ competition.

The 30-year-old, from Trim in Co Meath, said: “Ireland has so many accomplished and promising riders it is an honour to be selected for such a challenge.

“I’m sure we all have the same view that it is about time we turned the tables and we are more than capable of doing that.

“It will be a challenge as we are competing on their turf and they have a very successful team, but we are confident.”

O’Neill’s only previous appearance in the challenge came at Chaddesley Corbett two years ago.

And she added: “It is always an advantage to be at home and I feel the GB team always have massive amounts of support with them.

“It will be great to be a part of a great day’s racing, meeting new people, riding new horses and experiencing the point-to-pointing in England.”

Larkin’s call-up is something of a fairytale after her four wins aboard Rosc Catha, a horse owned and trained by her family, made her one of this season’s leading riders.

The 23-year-old, from Eyrecourt in Co Galway, said: “There are some great lady riders out there and I am privileged to be selected.

“I am very excited to take part. I have never ridden outside of Ireland before, so this is all very new to me.

“I have had my most successful season to date, and it’s a great boost to my confidence going into the event.

“It would be great to help Ireland get one up on the scoreboard.”

Claire Hardwick will be making her third appearance in the challenge for Britain, and she is looking to help maintain her country’s 100 per cent record.

The 34-year-old, who is based at Adlestrop, near Moreton-in-Marsh, is joined in the British team by three-times champion Gina Andrews, Bryony Frost and newcomer Tabitha Worsley.

And Hardwick said: “I am looking forward to it again. It would be great to have a winner, but as long as the team wins that’s the main thing.

“We have won every year and there are some good girls in the team, so it should be good.”

Hardwick has plenty of experience of riding at Kingston Blount, and she is hoping that will work in her favour.

“It is a track where you can win and lose races by being tactical and how you ride it,” she added.

“I have had quite a few winners there. It is one of my favourite tracks.”

Worsley, from Copthorne in Sussex, is making her debut, and she believes knowledge of some of the horses could help the hosts.

“I think it could play to our advantage because as the home side if you have not ridden the horse before someone else in the team may have, so we may know a bit more about it,” she explained.

The 22-year-old Birmingham University student added: “I have not had very many rides there – three or four maybe.

“I like it as a track. Coming off the hill you need something that is well-balanced.

“I think if there is a big home crowd it should be a really good evening.

“Hopefully they will get behind the racing and it adds to the atmosphere.”

HOW THEY LINE-UP

 Great Britain – men: Will Biddick, John Dawson, Alex Edwards, Evan David; ladies: Gina Andrews, Bryony Frost, Claire Hardwick, Tabitha Worsley.

Ireland – men: Barry O’Neill, Jamie Codd, Derek O’Connor, Noel McParlan; ladies: Shauna Larkin, Lisa O’Neill, Liz Lalor, Maxine O’Sullivan.

BICESTER OFFICE PARK ANGLO-IRISH CHALLENGE RACE PROGRAMME

Friday, May 26, 2017

4.00 Betfair Men’s Open

4.35 Goffs Anglo-Irish Club Members Conditions Race for Gentlemen Riders

5.10 Bicester Office Park Anglo-Irish Ladies Open

5.45 Tattersalls Ireland Anglo-Irish Four, Five & Six-Year-Olds Maiden Race for Gentlemen Riders

6.20 Connolly’s Red Mills Anglo-Irish Intermediate Race for Lady Riders

7.05 The Kingston Blount Racing Club Members Conditions Race for Novice Riders

 

ANGLO-IRISH CHALLENGE BACKGROUND

This will be the fifth year the challenge has taken place with Great Britain having won on the previous four occasions.

Britain took the inaugural contest in 2013 at Tattersalls in County Meath, before successfully defending their crown at Fairyhouse the following year.

A hat-trick of wins was completed when the jockeys’ challenge came to these shores for the first time in 2015 at Chaddesley Corbett in Worcestershire.

And Britain made it a four-timer at Inch, near Tallow, in County Cork, last year.

The riders will compete in four races – two for men and two for women – twice the number of previous years.

As well as the four races in the Anglo-Irish Challenge there will be two supporting contests, with a 4pm start.

There will also be a party after racing with live music, a cash bar and food outlets.

With Kingston Blount also hosting the traditional Berks & Bucks And Staff College & RMAS Draghounds meeting on Sunday, May 28, it promises to be a busy weekend for the popular Oxfordshire track.

HOW THE ANGLO-IRISH CHALLENGE WORKS

The two teams consist of eight riders each – four men and four ladies. There are four races – two for men and two for ladies. The riders and horses will be drawn before each race. The points scoring system is: 1st 12pts, 2nd 8, 3rd 5, 4th 3. In the event of a non-runner three points will be awarded. The team which accumulates the most points wins the challenge.

KINGSTON BLOUNT POINT-TO-POINT RACECOURSE

Kingston Blount Racecourse was founded in 1971 and now stages four point-to-point meetings each season – with that figure increased to five this term with the Anglo-Irish Challenge. It is an undulating course, with a steep climb after the 5th and the 13th fences in three-mile races and a downhill run before the 6th and 14th fences. It is very well cared for with watering available and the ground is rarely firm, even at later meetings. Car parking is good, with a downhill exit if wet. There is good viewing from the slope above the finish.

The course is located at Kingston Grove, Kingston Blount OX39 4SG, approximately eight miles NW of High Wycombe and well signposted off the B4009 towards Chinnor, leaving the M40 at J6. For safety reasons, it’s advised not to leave the M40 at J5 as the descent down Kingston Hill is both narrow and steep. For the same reason, it’s also advised against parking on Kingston Hill.

Admission to all meetings this season at Kingston Blount is £10 per person – under-18s go free. Entry to the reserved car park is £40 per car, subject to availability. Pedestrian entry is also £10. There is no longer any parking in the area over the road adjacent to the horsebox park.

CONTACT DETAILS

For further information, please contact Kingston Blount Anglo-Irish Challenge media liaison officer Russell Smith 07866 953987 Email: jamessmith327@btinternet.com

IRISH STARS O’CONNOR AND CODD SET FOR KINGSTON BLOUNT

TOP amateur riders Derek O’Connor and Jamie Codd have been named in the Ireland team for the Bicester Office Park Anglo-Irish Point-to-Point Challenge at Kingston Blount in Oxfordshire on Friday, May 26.

Eleven-time champion O’Connor is the sport’s winning-most jockey in Ireland with more than 1,100 winners.

He has also struck three times at the Cheltenham Festival, most recently on Minella Rocco in the 2016 National Hunt Chase.

Codd, the reigning champion, has clocked up more than 820 point-to-point victories in his homeland.

He is a seven-time winner at the Festival, including a double this year aboard Cause Of Causes, on whom he went on to finish second on in the Randox Health Grand National, and Fayonagh.

They join Barry O’Neill, this season’s leading rider in Ireland, and Noel McParlan in the men’s team, with the side selected based on the top four places in the championship.

O’Neill is no stranger to success on British shores, having partnered the Warren Greatrex-trained Paint The Clouds to victory in the Stratford Champion Hunters’ Chase last May.

McParlan will be making his debut in the challenge, but has been one of the leading riders in the Emerald Isle for a number of years, and is on course to be crowned northern champion for a third time.

He has also impressed at Cheltenham, finishing second on Missed Approach in the National Hunt Chase last month.

CURRAGH 25-9-2016.
Jockey LISA O’NEILL.
Photo HEALY RACING.

The four-mile race was won by Lisa O’Neill on Tiger Roll, and she features in Ireland’s ladies’ team, having also won the Kerry National at Listowel in September aboard Wrath Of Titans.

The line-up is completed by Shauna Larkin, Liz Lalor and Maxine O’Sullivan.

CASTLETOWN GEOGHEGAN PTP 2-10-2016.
Jockey SHAUNA LARKIN.
Photo HEALY RACING.

Larkin, a newcomer to the challenge, leads the way in the lady riders’ table, thanks largely due to a very productive campaign aboard Rosc Catha, a horse owned and trained by her family.

Lalor is a five-time ladies’ champion, while O’Sullivan has captured the title twice.

Richard Pugh, of P2P.ie, said: “The Anglo-Irish Challenge has really become a very popular event on both sides of the Irish Sea in what has been a very short time since its inception.

“We have a very strong Irish team heading over to Kingston Blount this year, and it is great that it is another new venue for the event to visit.”

Meeting chairman Rodney Mann commented: “It is really good to see the top point-to-point amateurs in Ireland coming over and it will be a pleasure to welcome them to Kingston Blount.

“We expect to see some very competitive racing.”

The Great Britain team is due to be named early next month, with the top three men and ladies in the national standings earning selection plus one wildcard for each gender, with the aim of providing an opportunity for riders from all over the country.

After the Easter meetings, Will Biddick is clear at the top of the men’s table with 29 winners followed by Evan David (20), Alex Edwards (19), John Dawson (18), Jack Andrews (17) and Darren Edwards (16).

Gina Andrews is the leading lady on 16 winners, with Bryony Frost (9), Claire Hardwick (8), Leanda Tickle (7) and Tabitha Worsley (6) heading the chasing pack.

ANGLO-IRISH CHALLENGE RACE PROGRAMME
Friday, May 26, 2017

4.00 Men’s Open (sponsored by Betfair)
4.35 Anglo-Irish Club Members Conditions Race for Gentlemen Riders (sponsored by Goffs UK)
5.10 Anglo-Irish Ladies Open (sponsored by Bicester Office Park)
5.45 Anglo-Irish Four, Five & Six-Year-Olds Maiden Race for Gentlemen Riders (sponsored by Tattersalls Ireland)
6.20 Anglo-Irish Intermediate Race for Lady Riders (sponsored by Connolly’s Red Mills)
7.05 The Kingston Blount Racing Club Members Conditions Race for Novice Riders

ANGLO-IRISH CHALLENGE BACKGROUND

This will be the fifth year the challenge has taken place with Great Britain having won on the previous four occasions.
Britain took the inaugural contest in 2013 at Ratoath in County Meath, before successfully defending their crown at Fairyhouse the following year.
A hat-trick of wins was completed when the jockeys’ challenge came to these shores for the first time in 2015 at Chaddesley Corbett in Worcestershire.
And Britain made it a four-timer at Inch, near Tallow, in County Cork, last year.
The riders will compete in four races – two for men and two for women – twice the number of previous years.
As well as the four races in the Anglo-Irish Challenge there will be two supporting contests, with a 4pm start.
With Kingston Blount also hosting the traditional Berks & Bucks And Staff College & RMAS Draghounds meeting on Sunday, May 28, it promises to be a busy weekend for the popular Oxfordshire track.

KINGSTON BLOUNT POINT-TO-POINT RACECOURSE

Kingston Blount Racecourse was founded in 1971 and now stages four point-to-point meetings each season – with that figure increased to five this term with the Anglo-Irish Challenge. It is an undulating course, with a steep climb after the 5th and the 13th fences in three-mile races and a downhill run before the 6th and 14th fences. It is very well cared for with watering available and the ground is rarely firm, even at later meetings. Car parking is good, with a downhill exit if wet. There is good viewing from the slope above the finish.

The course is located at Kingston Grove, Kingston Blount OX39 4SG, approximately eight miles NW of High Wycombe and well signposted off the B4009 towards Chinnor, leaving the M40 at J6. For safety reasons, we do not advise leaving the M40 at J5 as the descent down Kingston Hill is both narrow and steep. For the same reason, please do not try to park on Kingston Hill.

 

CONTACT DETAILS

For further information, please contact Kingston Blount Anglo-Irish Challenge media liaison officer Russell Smith 07866 953987 Email: jamessmith327@btinternet.com

2017 ANGLO-IRISH CHALLENGE ANNOUNCED

ORGANISERS of the 2017 Anglo-Irish International Point-to-Point Challenge are excited to be staging the event at Kingston Blount in Oxfordshire.

Riders from Great Britain will be looking to extend their unbeaten record in the team competition, which is now in its fifth year, over their counterparts from the Emerald Isle on Friday, May 26. With four men and four women from each country going head to head in four races – double the number of contests in previous years – the event at the undulating left-handed track promises to be even bigger and better.

Meeting chairman Rodney Mann said: “We are excited by the whole idea of it. “I think it adds another dimension to point-to-point racing, and anything we can do to promote the sport and Kingston Blount is all for the better. The personnel involved will be a bit different than normal and I think that in itself makes it more interesting. Kingston Blount will provide an interesting test of jockeyship with riders and their horses having to go up and down the hill, and two sharp bends near the end.”

Great Britain’s team will consist of the leading three men and women in the national standings on May 1, plus one wildcard selection for each gender aimed at providing an opportunity for riders from all over the country. In past years those who have taken part include leading amateur riders Will Biddick and Gina Andrews for Britain, and Derek O’Connor and Jamie Codd for Ireland.

To add extra spice to the event it will be open for the first time to horses with an Irish hunters’ certificate. “We hope that we will attract a number of people over from Ireland with their horses, so it will not just be a question of jockeys coming over,” added Mann.

Britain won the inaugural contest in 2013 at Tattersalls in County Meath, before successfully defending their crown at neighbouring Fairyhouse the following year. A hat-trick of wins was completed when the jockeys’ challenge came to these shores for the first time in 2015 at Chaddesley Corbett in Worcestershire and Britain made it a four-timer at Inch, near Tallow, in County Cork, last year.

As well as the four races in the Anglo-Irish Challenge there will be two supporting contests, with a 4pm start.

With Kingston Blount also hosting the traditional Berks & Bucks and Sandhurst Draghounds meeting on Sunday, May 28, it promises to be a busy weekend for the popular Oxfordshire track.

For further information, please contact: Russell Smith, Kingston Blount Anglo-Irish Challenge media liaison officer, 07866 953987 Email: jamessmith327@btinternet.com