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Well done to trainer Andrew Pennock and owners Julia Turner and Susan Stevenson for their Hunter Chase triumph with Play The Ace up in County Durham on Thursday.
SUSQUEHANNA AND VIRGO SHOULD GO WELL AT NORTHAW ON MONDAY MAY 2ND
Susquehanna River and Virgo The First – two impressive recent winners – can continue on the upward curve by following up at the Enfield Chace With Cambridgeshire Point-To-Point at Northaw, near Potters Bar, on Bank Holiday Monday.
A very healthy entry of 109 horses has been received and the closing Maiden Race may even need to be divided on the day, as 22 are engaged and the maximum allowed field is 15. There will be at least six races, starting at 2.15pm with a Club Members Race and running through to the Maiden, which is set to come under starters orders at 5.10pm.
Before the steeplechasing there will be three pony races, for jockeys under 16 years of age and bypassing the fences, commencing at 1.00pm.
At Fakenham a fortnight ago, Susquehanna River proved that he handles soft ground when becoming the first horse in five 2016 races to lower the colours of Done A Runner. He has 21 potential rivals in the Novice Riders Race but may well be up to giving his young pilot, Patrick Bullard, a second straight success.
Trained at Sutton, near Ely, by Martin Ward, Virgo The First looked a horse to follow when scooting clear of the subsequent winner, Mister Serious, at High Easter earlier this month and is the pick of the 16 entries in the Subaru Restricted Race.
This is the last of the 14 meetings that make up the 2015-16 East Anglian Point-To-Point Season and most of the County Linen Services-sponsored Area Riding Championships have already been decided.
One that is still in the melting pot is the Novice Ladies Championship, but Rosie Turner, from Ampton, near Bury St Edmunds, can consolidate her narrow lead over Kate Gowing should she be allowed to continue her partnership with Sa Kaldoun in the 14-entry Ladies Open Race.
Sa Kaldoun comfortably disposed of one of Monday’s possible rivals, Quinsman, when scoring at Higham recently. His toughest opposition may be provided by It Was Me, a brilliant winner of a top class race at Cottenham back in February but needing to overcome jumping deficiencies that have seen him fail to complete the course in three subsequent starts.
The course is two miles north east of Potters Bar between Northaw and Cuffley on the B156, a 20 minute walk from Cuffley Railway Station. Its post code is EN6 4NT and it can be reached using either junction 24 or 25 of the M25.
Admission will be charged at £12.50 per head with under 17s allowed in for free.
NEW NATIONAL WEBSITE
Point-to-Pointing has got a new-look, revamped national website run by the Point-to-Point Racing Company this season. The address – www.pointtopoint.co.uk – remains the same, but the site has been completely rebuilt from the ground up to make the sport more accessible to both committed fans and once-a-year racegoers.
Interactive features ensure that finding fixtures and courses is easier for newcomers, while The Register, arguably the best new feature of the re-launched site, allows Premium and Premium VIP subscribers to search any horse, keeper or jockey and access their form, including Hunter Chase form, dating back to 2005; the only online database of its kind. For social media devotees, there is also the facility to post photos on the site via Instagram using the hashtag #gopointing.
The new pointtopoint.co.uk Event Page now takes on a racecard style design, providing Subscribers with not only the horse’s name, rating and owner/keeper details, but also the breeding, form (including Hunter Chases) and the jockey stated at entry. The new click-through facility enables you to dig much deeper into races, bringing up the keeper and jockey statistics as well as viewing the horse’s other entries with one simple click.
As before, there are three tiers – basic subscribers (free sign up) gain access to the news service, general information about the sport, features and weekly digital magazine Go Pointing; Premium Subscription (£40) enables viewers to gain exclusive early access to entries, results and form for trainers, riders and horses; Premium VIP (£80) opens all the features of Premium, but also enables viewers to watch race recordings from approximately half the season’s Point-to-Point fixtures, plus an archive of footage from previous years. New for this season is a monthly option of £15 for Premium, and £30 for Premium VIP.
The National Website can be found at: www.pointtopoint.co.uk
PONY RACING SPONSORSHIP
RACETECH REAFFIRMS ITS SUPORT FOR POINT-TO-POINT PONY RACING ALONG WITH THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF NEW SPONSORS FOR THE 2016 SEASON
- RaceTech supports pony racing for a fourth year
- Treehouse Sporting Colours to sponsor the Novice Rider Race Series, 14 qualifying races culminating with two Championship Finals
- Dunraven Stud proud sponsors of the 2016 Point-to-Point Pony Racing Planner
Broadcast media services company RaceTech will again be supporting the grass roots of pony racing by sponsoring the Championship Rider Titles and Pony Racing Graduate awards during the 2016 point-to-point pony racing season. The season kicks off at the Cambridgeshire and Enfield Chase point-to-point at Horseheath in the East Anglian Area, on Sunday 7 February and runs through until the last fixture of the season on Saturday 12 June, the Torrington Farmers at Umberleigh in the Devon & Cornwall Area. All in all, there are seventy-nine point-to-point pony racing fixtures due to be staged. Points will be awarded for all wins and placings and winners will be presented with prizes and a training bursary at Cheltenham Racecourse in October.
In addition to the Championship titles and Graduate awards, new for 2016, RaceTech will also be sponsoring gallop sessions for young riders coming through the Pony Racing Authority’s youth training scheme during 2016.
Additional sponsorship has been confirmed in the form of Treehouse Sporting Colours which, for 2016, will be the title sponsor of the Novice Riders Race Series. Fourteen qualifying races will be held throughout the country where those finishing in the first four will qualify for the finals, to be staged by kind permission of the Meynell & South Staffordshire point-to-point at Garthorpe on 4 June.
The 2016 Point-to-Point Pony Racing Planner, in its fourth edition, has generously been sponsored by Bridgend-based Dunraven Stud. The Planner is a must-have publication for everyone wishing to take part in point-to-point pony races this season and is issued to all PRA members or available from Mrs Lucy Tucker.
Pony racing is designed to encourage children aged nine to sixteen into racing competitively, with races held across two height categories (138cms & under and 148cms & under). All point-to-point pony racing fixtures are kindly hosted by the organising committees of those Hunts / Clubs who stage point-to-point racing and run in conjunction with the sport’s governing body, the Pony Racing Authority (PRA). Since the sport became regulated in 2004, more than 150 riders have graduated onto horses both between the flags and under Rules, with many more also working within the horseracing industry.
Catherine Pullan of RaceTech said: "We’re delighted to continue our close association with pony racing for a fourth year, where young children from a variety of backgrounds have the chance to experience the thrill of riding in a race. It’s great to see teenagers coming through and making their mark in the professional ranks, and going into other areas in the racing industry too. We wish all those taking part this season the very best of luck.”
Lucy Tucker, a Director of the PRA and who oversees point-to-point pony racing, said: “The generous sponsorship provided by RaceTech, Treehouse Sporting Colours and the Brace family from Dunraven Stud means we are able to put on a superb programme of point-to-point pony racing. The PRA is widening its reach to new riders – with training programmes designed for children who have little or no experience of ponies, and are therefore creating more opportunities for them to be able to get involved and ultimately have a go.”