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STOP PRESS - Students and Young Farmers will be admitted to Horseheath on Sunday at half price (£5 per head) on provision of a valid identity card
Pub Team Horseheath Feb 7th preview posted - click on 'Previews List' to access. Updated historical piece from Mike Ashby on past Cambridgeshire with Enfield Chace meetings in Yesteryear section
NEW-LOOK HORSEHEATH HOSTS 121-ENTRY FEB 7TH FIXTURE
Horseheath, one of East Anglia’s most popular Point-To-Point racecourses, will have a different look when the Cambridgeshire with Enfield Chace fixture opens the Haverhill venue’s three-date 2016 season with a seven-race card on Sunday (February 7th).
The steeplechasing action gets under way at noon and has attracted 121 entries. It will be preceded at 11a.m. by the first pony racing of the local season, taking place in the reverse (anti-clockwise) direction around the course and bypassing the obstacles.
Only one change has been made to the lay-out of this beautifully maintained course, which for good reason attracts a high calibre of participant and features the fine sight of the runners galloping along the skyline as they race along the back straight.
The old first fence is now obsolete and a new one has been built in its place, meaning that a new starting position has been employed and all nine individual fences are now jumped twice in each 18-leap contest.
The building of a new eventing course (which will be used for the first time in August) has necessitated a number of other changes to the racecourse’s facilities. The paddock has been moved so that it is situated on the right-hand side of the main vehicular entrance, and cars will now turn left after crossing the course (rather than right) to access the main car park.
But the course’s most endearing feature – the ability to get a good view of every fence from many different locations – remains.
Trainer Gerald Bailey holds a strong hand in the 15-entry Mens Open as he may saddle both Gunmoney, who recently recorded the twelfth triumph of his career at Sheriff Hutton, and the much-improved Empire Builder, a course and distance scorer last term when he also achieved a third place in a Cheltenham hunter chase.
The Ladies Open has Berties Dream and Swift Counsel – first and second from the equivalent race at Ampton last month – among its dozen possible contestants, while a bumper 26-strong entry for the Novice Riders Race includes Premier Portrait, who would be gunning for a fifth victory in quick succession but for his jockey, Gus Levinson, forgetting to weigh in after scoring at Chipley Park a fortnight ago.
Horseheath is four miles west of Haverhill (post code CB21 4QF) with easy access straight off the A1307. Admission will be charged at £10 per head with Students and Young Farmers half price on provision of a valid identity card, under 17s free and racecards priced at £2.50.
STAR SPORTS & AMPTON RACECOURSE INVITE YOU TO ATTEND A CHELTENHAM PREVIEW EVENING
To raise funds for Ampton point-to-point course
Tuesday March 1st, The Green Room at Tattersalls, Newmarket at 7pm
Panel chaired by William Haggas and to include Oli Bell and Steve Mellish (Racing UK) Anthony Bromley (Highflyer Bloodstock) & Luke Tarr (Star Sports)
Tickets £30 each to include a welcome drink & light supper plus a FREE Matched Bet & Festival Preview Book from Star Sports
An Auction of Promises will be held on the evening
Admission is by pre-paid ticket only, numbers are limited
For tickets please contact Suzanne Webb -on 01953 498198 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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