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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

PtPRC: LANDMARKS – Will Biddick reaches 300 career wins


MAY 29th : News : General : Weatherbys Point-to-Point, by Carolyn Tanner

Will Biddick has been reaching Landmarks at regular intervals during his record-breaking season, and he registered another one at Stratford on Friday, when Torn Asunder’s victory in the 2m1f Technicair Air Conditioning & Ventilation Engineers Hunters’ Chase took his career tally to 300.

It was Will’s 45th success under National Hunt Rules, three of which were achieved in his time as a Conditional, to go with one on the flat and 254 between the flags. He was to add to that latter figure two days later with a double at Bratton Down, and currently stands ninth in the leading post-war Point-to-Point riders’ table. Of those ahead of him, only Phil York is still race-riding.

He opened his Point-to-Point account in 2004 at Stafford Cross on Let’s Fly, on whom he also had his initial ride under Rules, while his first victory in that sphere was in 2005 in an Amateur Riders’ Chase at Hereford on Ashgreen for Venetia Williams.

Preview: Four Burrow Point-To-Point, Trebudannon, nr St. Columb Major, Easter Monday, 6th April 2015

Written by Donna Harris
The second of the Point-to-Point meetings over the Easter weekend takes place at Trebudannon, where it is the turn of the Fourburrow to host their event on Bank Holiday Monday April 6, start time 1pm. This course is popular with its natural amphitheatre style providing fantastic viewing. They have eight races on offer including the Bonhams Cornish National Men’s Open race, attracting entries such as Chapoturgeon from the Jack Barber team who was a National Hunt Festival winner. Posh Totty from the same yard is another entry bang in form, having been in the frame on all 12 of her last starts. The prolific winning mare Lucette Annie is also entered, as is Bradley Brook, both hold strong claims if not running at Cherrybrook on Saturday.
The Members race, sponsored by A.G.Prowse heads up the action. Previous course winner Reliable Richie is the pick of the three Reuben Chapman entries, who could improve on his third behind Silver Token and Mic’s Delight at Buckfastleigh.
The Open Maiden has already been divided, Miss Weld ran second here last season, she loves the soft and goes well for young jockey Pippa Glanville. Boyman is another entry with a previous second at this course under jockey Conor Smith.
In the second division of the Open Maiden, Ryalzaro trained by Jack Barber, ran close at Larkhill in January finishing second under Will Biddick. Mount Prospex for the Jill Dennis team would be the one to fear if connections choose this race over Cherrybrook entry, after his head second at Kilworthy.
Mic’s Delight could put claims on the Truro Tractors-sponsored Confined race, having been in the frame on all of his starts this season for owner/trainer/jockey Jennifer Davenport. He loves the soft, likes to keep his head in front as he showed when winning at Ottery. Knight Pass for the Nikki Frost yard and Devon General for Kayley Woollacott could be the ones to chase him home.
The Ladies Open race is sponsored by Carrs Landrover Truro, in which Minella Fifty could score again here after his recent win at Milborne St Andrew, when sent off odds on favourite, for the Claire Hitch team. Sweet My Lord connections will be looking for a hat-trick after his two wins at Wadebridge, and was running well at Kilworthy until falling. 
The Restricted race is a qualifier for the Subaru Restricted Point-to-Point series final to be held at Stratford racecourse on Friday 29th May,  in which entries include On Your Max, who has been knocking at the door for a Restricted win. Templeton was only just denied a win under Jamie Thomas when caught in the final 150 yards by winner Sonoftheking. Im All Set, from the Claire Hitch yard, who won his Maiden at Ston Easton at the second time of asking under Will Biddick. This race is sponsored by Tremaine Plant Hire.
Lamanva Brood Mares sponsor the three mile Open Maiden race, Judge John Deed could make his debut Point run here for the Barber family, who have a good strike rate with maiden horses at this course. Arny and Up To Ollie both ran well at the Kilworthy meeting and should improve for the run.
The course at Trebudannon is located at St Columb Major, signed off A30 and A39. Postcode TR9 4LP. Entrance to the course is £10 per person to a max of £30 per car. Children under 16 free. On course facilities include bar, bookies, trade stands and hot refreshments. 

Useful Information

Met Office 5 day forecast: St Mawgan (2.2 miles)

BBC Travel News: Cornwall; Devon;  Somerset;

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Females Jockeys Dominate Subaru Restricted Point-to-Point Series Race at Black Forest Lodge


Taylor Pook became the first female jockey to win a Subaru Restricted Point-to-Point Series Race on Sunday 1 February, guiding ‘ToLateToBeEarly’ across the line by 2 and a half lengths at Black Forest Lodge.  There was a full compliment of female riders in the winners enclosure with Hannah Welch, second on ‘Johnny No Cash’ and Catherine Atkinson, third on ‘Walker Ridge’.  The Chloe Newman trained horse returned to winning form having been pulled up in a previous outing at Black Forest Lodge earlier this season.   The horse is now in the frame for the prestigious final at Stratford-Upon-Avon on 29th May which has a prize purse of £10,000.

Local Subaru dealer, Ashburton Motor Works Group from Newton Abbott were in attendance and displayed the new Outback model which was launched in the UK only a few weeks ago. Mervyn Wills of Ashburton commented, “we were overwhelmed with the warm welcome we received at Black Forest Lodge from the Point-to-Point fraternity and were thrilled to see one of our customers, Hannah Welch, in the winners enclosure”.

The next qualifier takes place next Saturday, 7 February for the Cambridge University fixture at Cottenham near Cambridge.

Preview: Mid Devon Point-To-Point – Black Forest Lodge Sunday 1 February 2015

Two fantastic pony races kick off the card at the Mid Devon Point to Point at Black Forest Lodge, Sunday Feb 1st at 11am. There is a full line up, 10 strong field in the 138cm and under, and nine entered in the 148cm and under.

The main card starts at 12 noon, with seven races scheduled and 100 entries received. In the Farmers-sponsored Confined race the Keith Cumings-trained Whenharrymetsally is entered, is unbeaten in four runs, including a win at this track in December, until slipping up at Wadebridge on her last run. Sweet My Lord from the Robert Chanin team is another to stand out among the entries, having won at Wadebridge earlier this month under jockey Tom Chanin. Also entered is Thinkaboutthat who has shown some decent form and ran well at Larkhill before fading two out.

Bovey Castle sponsor the Men’s Open in which the highly rated, Alan Hill-trained Harbour Court also holds entries at Horseheath and Milborn St Andrew this weekend. Double Bank from the Emma Oliver team took the Men’s Open at Wadebridge in December and followed that win up with a close second in a Hunter Chase at Taunton earlier this month, he looks the likely favourite having been a previous course winner here. Welstonedruid is another who could step up to the challenge having won here at the last meeting.

Tozers sponsor the Ladies Open, in which the prolific winning gelding Byerley Bear is entered, as is his stable mate Ned White. The ground could be a deciding factor as to which one runs, with Ned White preferring the dryer ground, having made all here last January, to destroy his field by twenty lengths for owner Jacqui Elliott. Iron Chancellor from the Sue Popham yard could be a challenger here, another previous course winner, but may need the run.

The Connolly’s Red Mills Intermediate race has attracted a good strong entry of 13. The progressive ICTHEC won his Maiden here in November and then took the Restricted race at Larkhill when dead heating with Jepeck. Based on that form ICTHEC could run well again for trainer/jockey Peter Mason. Full Throttle found top gear here when taking the Restricted at the last meeting, for trainer Laura Thomas. The Kayley Woollacott entry Devon General cannot be left out of the equation, with the yard sending out winners thick and fast. This race is sponsored by Denese Molyneaux Financial Planning.

In the Subaru-sponsored Restricted series race, the Nicola Martin-trained Sonoftheking won well at Wadebridge under jockey Darren Edwards. Another entry Johnny No Cash, trained by Nikki Frost, ran well last season and looked to have needed the run when held at Wadebridge under jockey Hannah Welch. This race is a qualifier for the £10,000 Subaru final to be held at Stratford racecourse on 29th May.

Two divisions of the Open Maiden follow, in the first division suggestion could be Miss Weld, The Mystro and Stop The Press. In the second division, Love The Leader catches the eye, having run fourth in Ireland, and is owned/trained by Bloodstock Agent Tom Malone. Stony Road ran second here at the January meeting behind Genermouse, and looks promising. These races are sponsored by Mr R Stuart Jervis and Mr & Mrs M Eldridge.

On course facilities include hot refreshments, bar, bookies and trade stands. Location is Kenton, nr Exeter of A380. EX6 8HR.

Entrance is £10 per person up to £30 per car. Pedestrians £10.

Useful Information:

Met Office 5 day forecast: Exe Estuary, 2.7 miles from EX6 8HR at the same altitude

BBC Travel News: Devon

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Preview : North Cornwall Point-to-Point Wadebridge Sunday 11th January 2015


The Kivells sponsored Men’s Open looks to be the feature race of the day, at this weekends North Cornwall Point-to-Point to be held at the Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge, Sunday Jan 11. Attracting many of the top horses and male jockey’s throughout the country, the winning horse will qualify for the £7,500 Bonhams Mens Open Final HC to be held at Cheltenham on Wednesday 29th April. Entered in this race Hameldown Tor trained by Ed Walker could be the ride for leading area male jockey Robbie Henderson. Minella Fifty from the Claire Hitch team is another entered and has been a winning combination with National Champion jockey Will Biddick aboard, but the gelding is yet to tackle this course. Kirkleigh from the Robert Chanin team is also entered, and could go well after running second here on his season debut last month, under jockey Tom Chanin. Course winners Raffa and Working Title both impressed on their previous runs and should feature if making the return trip.

After the Christmas and New Year break, this meeting promises to be full of action, and an early start time of 11.30am with eight scheduled races, attracting over 80 horses, offers a fabulous day out for all the family. The Moores of St Wenn North Cornwall Members Race heads up the day, and of the entries, Bennys Quest catches the eye, previously in training with Neil Mulholland, when winning three chases and a hurdle race, he could go well for local owner/ trainer Ryan Chapman.

The PPORA Club Members Race for novice riders is sponsored by Hops Oils, entries include the David Brace-trained Welsh raider Cock Of The Rock who looked to have needed the run at Black Forest Lodge in December when coming home fifth. Takamaru could be a ride here for young jockey David Noonan, the combination won here in December and look to be the likely favorites. Also entered is the Chloe Newman-trained Sobre Tresor, the horse is another to have a good record here when taking the Intermediate race at the March meeting under novice jockey Taylor Pook.

Cornish Mutual sponsor the Ladies Open race, in which the first three lady riders past the post will qualify for points towards the AGA iTotal Control Championship. This race could go to course specialist Byerley Bear for jockey Leanda Tickle and the Chanin team, however a new entry among his challengers is the Gerry Supple-trained Dan Breen, a previous Chase and Hurdle winner under rules and had run well at Plumpton last April on good to soft when a close third behind Fergell, he could be the one to put on a brave challenge here.

The Ray Davies Foods sponsored Restricted race is also a qualifier for the Subaru Restricted Point-to-Point series final to be held at Stratford Racecourse on Friday 29th May, of the entries, Railway Benefit was an impressive 14 length winner of his Maiden race at Black Forest Lodge in November under jockey Nick Williams, and if his connections have kept him fit , he could run well again. The Sweetener from the inform Kayley Woollacott team is another having recently won his maiden race when winning at this course.

The Stephen Scown Solicitors sponsored Open Maiden race has already been divided. In the first division Miss Weld could run well for Devon trainer Lee Glanville under daughter jockey Pippa Glanville, to follow up on their third here at the December meeting, along with According To Harry who also ran well that day under jockey Darren Edwards. Suggestions in the second division could be Sisterbrook and Briefcase.

The Confined race, which is sponsored by the Three Cornish Farriers, concludes the days event, suggestions could be Oscargo from the Sue Popham team, having previously scored in a chase and two hurdle races under rules when in training with Paul Nicholls, and Sir Watty from the Phil Rogers team, having won a restricted here last season under jockey Darren Edwards.

Track improvements have included replacing 16 tonnes of sand donated by local steward Ben Messer-Bennetts.

The course offers track side viewing, with exciting finishes up the stamina sapping hill. The large covered barn contains facilities such as hot food and refreshments, bar, bookies and trade stands. Easy access to the course which is located off A39 West of Wadebridge Postcode PL27 7JE. Entrance is £10 car and driver, £5 per passenger, children under 16 free, dogs on leads welcome.

Useful Information:

Met Office 5 day forecast: Wadebridge, 1.3 miles from PL27 7JE

BBC Travel News: Cornwall and Devon

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