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FABULOUS LADIES OPEN HEADLINES COTTENHAM FEB 13TH FIXTURE
An exceptionally strong Ladies Open race featuring seven different individual hunter chase winners plus former top class National Hunt horses Khyber Kim and Gauvain and the course specialist, Sagalyrique, should provide the highlight of Saturday’s (February 13th) Cambridge University Draghounds Point-To-Point at Cottenham, near Cambridge.
The action gets under way at noon and is set to feature eight, rather than the scheduled seven races, as there are 33 entries in the three mile maiden which will have to be divided on the day should more than the maximum field size of 18 runners be declared. An overall total of 137 entries have been received.
Sagalyrique is sure to have plenty of supporters in the Ladies as he has won the corresponding event at the season-opening fixture here on no less than four consecutive occasions and has been kept fresh since completing that sequence back in November.
However, he has not won in three Cottenham starts outside the month of November and could face some excellent opponents such as Khyber Kim, a brilliant winner here at New Year, and the four-time Hunter Chase scorer, Drom. According To Sarah, the likely mount of the Olympic gold medal-winning cyclist, Victoria Pendleton, is also among the 26 entries.
The Mens Open does not boast such strength in depth, yet its 14 possible contestants include both Consigliere and the only horse ever to have beaten that Alan Hill-trained gelding between the flags, Now Ben. They clashed here six weeks ago with Now Ben prevailing by ten lengths.
Now Ben will again be in receipt of a handy 7lbs in weight, while last month’s easy Higham winner, Brackloon High, is also engaged so another fine contest is in prospect.
The fixture commences with a Hunt Members race which looks appreciably better than most events of its type. The dozen entries include the talented but long-absent Rob Conti plus a useful duo from the Andrew Pennock stable in Play The Ace and Galros Lady.
The 18-entry Intermediate race is long on quality too, spearheaded by Lough Inch, winner all eight of his completed Pointing starts in this country, including four at this venue. His potential opponents include the recent easy Larkhill winner, Peeping Thom, and Stoleaway, from the powerful Philip Rowley yard.
Cottenham is four miles north of Cambridge near the B1049, post code CB24 8RG. It is best approached using junction 33 of the A14.
Take the A10 signed for Ely. Then take the third left (after the Park and Ride and the Recycling Centre) to Landbeach. Go straight through the village of Landbeach, passing the playing field on your left, and take the first left out the other side. The course is half a mile further down this road.
Admission will be charged at £13 per head to include a free racecard with OAPs and students priced at £11 and children under 17 allowed in for free.
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 email@example.com
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.”