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TATTERSALLS ASCOT & CHELTENHAM SALES TO SPONSOR POINT-TO-POINT AWARDS FOR NEXT TWO YEARS

 

Following the successful National Point-to-Point Awards Dinner and Dance staged at Cheltenham Racecourse for the first-time last November, Tattersalls Ascot & Cheltenham Sales have agreed with the Point-to-Point Authority (PPA) to extend their sponsorship as the titled sponsor for the next two years.

Adam Hurley PR & Communication Executive commented: “We are thrilled that Tattersalls Ascot and Cheltenham Sales have extended their generous sponsorship of our point-to-point awards for the next two years. The most recent event had a new date in the calendar and a new venue, but with the support of Tattersalls it was a fantastic evening. The PPA are now looking forward to working with the Ascot and Cheltenham Sales teams to make the night bigger and better than ever.”

Matt Prior Head of Ascot & Cheltenham Sales commented: “We are delighted to continue our association as title sponsor of the prestigious National Awards Dinner and Dance.  It is a special evening which brings together the point to point fraternity to celebrate this wonderful sport and reward the achievements of so many participants. It is a perfect fit to thank our vendors and buyers for their continued support at both Tattersalls Ascot and Cheltenham Sales.”

Tattersalls ongoing commitment to the UK point to point industry has been further enhanced with their involvement in sponsoring a number of the new four- and five-year-old maiden races taking place throughout this point-to-point season. More information on this sponsorship can be viewed here

For further information please contact:
Point-to-Point Authority
info@p2pa.co.uk
01793 781990

Tattersalls Forthcoming Sales for Point to Pointers
Cheltenham January Sale – Saturday 25 January
Cheltenham February Sale – Friday 21 February
Cheltenham Festival Sale – Thursday 12 March
Ascot March Sale – Tuesday 19 March
Cheltenham April Sale – Friday 24 April
Ascot June Sale – Tuesday 2 June
Cheltenham May Sale – Thursday 28 May

Tel:  +44 (0) 1638 665931  
ascot@tattersalls.com | cheltenham@tattersalls.com  
tattersallsascot.com | tattersallscheltenham.com

NATIONAL SPONSORS & LOCAL QUALIFYING RACES

Detailed below are details of this season National Sponsorships

The sport is lucky to have the support of these major sponsors

Local qualifying races for the Skinners Ladies Open Series take place at the Ledbury fixture at Maisemore Park on 29th March and the Worcestershire meeting at Chaddesley Corbett on 18th April.

The Area stages one qualifying race for the 4 & 5 year old Maiden Series during the Harkaway Club meeting at Chaddesley Corbett on 27th December.

The Oriental Club Owner/Trainer Series holds one qualifying event during the Duke of Beaufort meeting at Didmarton 7th March.

The Jockey Club Mares Series is supporting races at Knightwick on 26th April and the Albrighton & Woodland (South) on 25th May.

The Jockey Club and Retraining of Racehorses hold one qualifying event in the Area at the Harkaway Club on 27th December.

 

DAIRY PARTNERS CHAMPIONSHIP

The West Midland Area P.P.S.A. is grateful to Dairy Partners who are offering £1000 to the horse that scores the most points in a series of 26 races, commencing at the Harkaway Club fixture on 27th December 2019 and finishing at the Albrighton & Woodland (South) meeting on Monday 27th May 2020.

The Championship is open to ANY HORSE running in these qualifying events which includes all the Mens, Ladies and Mixed Opens which take place in the Area plus other selected events (See the list of qualifying races below).

Points in these qualifying races are – 1st – 7 points/2nd – 5 points/3rd – 3 points/4th – 1 point

The Gwillam’s Annual Hunter Chase at Worcester on Friday 25th May, provides an additional opportunity for horses to bolster their chances of securing this prize. This has normally been restricted to horses qualified with West Midlands packs, but has been extended this year so whichever Hunt your horse has been qualified with you are eligible to run if your horse finishes 1st or 2nd in one of the 26 nominated races.

Scoring for Hunter Chase – 1st – 12 points/2nd – 7 points/3rd – 5 points/4th – 3 points.

DAIRY PARTNERS QUALIFYING EVENTS & RACE NUMBERS AT THAT MEETING
Harkaway Club – Mens Open (Race 4) and Ladies Open (Race 5)
Albrighton & Woodland (North) – Mens Open (Race 3) and Ladies Open (Race 4)
Duke of Beaufort – PPORA Conditions (Race 3) and Novice Riders Conditions (Race 4)
Croome & West Warwickshire – Mens Open (Race 3) and Ladies Open (Race 4)
Ledbury – Mens Open (Race 4) and Ladies Open (Race 6)
Cotswold – Ladies Open (Race 3) and Ladies Open (Race 4)
Cotswold Vale Farmers – Ladies Open (Race 3) and Mens Open (Race 5)
North Cotswold – Mixed Open (Race 3) and Mares Conditions (Race 4)
Worcestershire – Ladies Open (Race 3) and Mens Open (Race 4)
Berkeley – Mens Open (Race 5) and Ladies Open (Race 6)
Knightwick – Novice Conditions (Race 3) and Mixed Open (Race 4)
Wheatland – Mixed Open (Race 4) and 10 plus Conditions (Race 5)
Albrighton & Woodland (South) – Ladies Open (Race 3) and Mens Conditions (Race 4)
Gwillam’s Annual Open Hunters Chase at Worcester (Friday 22nd May)

The winning horse will be identified as soon as possible after the final meeting of the season and connections will be invited to attend the Champions Awards Ball at Cheltenham Racecourse on Saturday 27th June, where the Award will be presented.

 

JOHN WILLIS – “THE VOICE”

It has just come to our attention that John Willis passed away earlier this month.

John had been part of the local Point-to-Point scene for as long as I can remember and had a long term association with the Croome and West Warwickshire meeting at Ryalls Court as well as Chaddesley Corbett and Maisemore Park. He will be greatly missed.

“From the family of JOHN WILLIS, whom we sadly lost recently.

We have been overwhelmed by the love and support we have received over the past couple of weeks.

Dad’s funeral will take place at 13:00 on Thursday 26th September at Powick Church.

Following the service family will attend a private committal at The Vale Crematorium and will return to The Boathouse in Upton for the wake from 14:00. Please do join us for this if you are able to.


We would like to request family flowers only but if anybody wishes to make a donation in dad’s memory these will go to The Worcester Oncology Unit and the Midlands Air Ambulance, two charities close to his heart.

Donations will be handled by Bedwardine Funeral Services (The Coach House, 30 Bromyard Road, Worcester, WR2 5BT. 01905 748811).


We hope to see many of Dad’s friends on the 26th and if we don’t know you personally please do make yourself known to us on the day.”

SHELFIELD PARK IMPRESSES VISITORS AT RECENT OPEN DAY

Ryall’s Court near Upton upon Severn was one of the oldest Point-to-Point venues in the country before its closure in 2017. After over 130 years at the same location it was always going to be difficult identifying a suitable replacement for the Croome & West Warwickshire Point-to-Point and various options were explored before a site was found at the Lawnsbrook Farm home of Joint Master Patty Allen.

Due to organisational problems the meeting lay dormant in 2019 but this allowed the new course to benefit from improvements to its drainage and time for reseeding to take root. That has resulted in the course having an established look about it with an excellent covering of grass despite the very dry summer.

Local N.H. Court Inspector Peter Hobbs has been on hand to offer advice and work continues on a hardcore track leading into the racecourse. The fences will be built by Jim Squires so are bound to be up to his normal high standards.

Approximately 150 people attended the recent Open Day at Shelfield Park, and all were unanimous in praising the organisers for the huge amount of work that has been done on this new venue. Following a welcoming speech by Mrs Allen, Clerk of the Course Nick Pearce took visitors on a course walk.

The course is right-handed with a slight bank which provides excellent viewing. The 3-mile start is at the entrance to the back straight and the runners face a slight rise towards the first fence before continuing a steady climb to where the second fence is situated. The course then flattens out briefly before a steady descent to the third which is before a sweeping right-handed bend and the turn into the home straight.

The runners then face fences four and five before passing the winning post which is located just before the road crossing into the centre of the course. Fence six is located about halfway between the finishing post and another sweeping bend where fence seven is located. The runners then pass their starting point and continue for another circuit and a half to complete what is estimated to be just over 3 miles in distance.

The 2-1/2 mile start is at the entrance to the home straight, so the runners take three fences in the home straight, one on the side of the course, followed by three in the back straight to complete a circuit of the course.

Finding a new racecourse and having the will and commitment to turn dreams into a reality is always hard work, but the organisers of this meeting are now very close to reaping the benefits for all their efforts and ensuring Shelfield Park meets it true potential over the coming years.

One thing is sure it won’t be for lack of trying and it is a worthy replacement for their old venue.

Put the date in your diary

The Croome & West Warwickshire Point-to-Point

SHELFIELD PARK, Nr ALCESTER (B49 6JW)

SATURDAY 21ST MARCH

 

The track leading to the course, visitors turn left handed by the tree to the right of the picture. Markers to the 6th fence are visible in the foreground

The track leading uphill towards the centre of the course

 

The start is at the entrance to the back straight, markers for the first fence are just visible in the middle of the picture

The end of the back straight, with the marker posts for fence 3 just visible to the left of the three people walking

 

The bend into the home straight

The home straight from the final bend with the 2-1/2 mile start in the foreground and the marker posts for the first fence visible in the middle of the picture

The view from the finishing post back down the home straight towards the 2-1/2 mile start

The bend out of the home straight looking towards the 3-mile start, with the posts for fence seven visible in the middle of the picture

Some of the numerous visitors enjoying the organisers hospitality

 

 

OPEN DAY AT SHELFIELD PARK

NEW COURSE FOR THE CROOME & WEST WARWICKSHIRE POINT-TO-POINT

The Croome & West Warwickshire Point-to-Point makes a welcome return to the West Midland schedule in 2020.

This fixture took place at Ryalls Court, Upton upon Severn for over 130 years, but following the loss of this historic course, a temporary move was made to Maisemore Park in 2018.

Organisational problems meant the meeting could not be held the following year, but that allowed them to concentrate their efforts on a new course at the home of Joint Master Patty Allen at Lawnsbrook Farm, Shelfield.

Initial reports suggest the Shelfield Park course will be right-handed and on a slight bank with excellent viewing.

All sponsors and anyone interested in visiting this stunning new venue is invited to an

OPEN DAY

AT

SHELFIELD PARK, Nr ALCESTER

B49 6JW

8th September 12pm – 3pm

12 noon assemble

12.30 p.m. course walk

Pig roast and refreshments upon return

RSVP: Patty Allen pattyallen44@gmail.com; tel: 01789 488250 / 07768 010218

 

167 MEETINGS SCHEDULED FOR NEXT SEASON

 

Saturday making a comeback in nationwide fixtures’ list

More Saturday meetings – but fewer pre-Christmas fixtures – and three new courses, are elements of Britain’s 2019/20 point-to-point fixtures’ list, which has been provisionally published, writes Carl Evans.

The list will be ratified by the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) in September, but the early announcement of likely meetings and their dates should benefit owners and trainers, particularly those hoping to target early-season fixtures.

Cottenham, which for many years opened the season, has regained the curtain raiser, coming forward by two weeks and sharing the start date of Sunday, November 17, with a new venue in Devon. Called Dunsmore, it is on a farm near the village of Silverton to the South West of Cullompton, and should provide easy access from the M5.

Overall the fixtures’ list appears set to fall by five to 167, and there is a decline in pre-Christmas meetings from 12 last season to nine. From that period has gone a meeting at Eaton Hall, which hosted the North Hereford fixture, from Barbury Racecourse, which will hold one December meeting following the Vine & Craven’s decision to relinquish a fixture and focus on its February slot, while the Atherstone’s course at Clifton-on-Dunsmore in Warwickshire was unavailable due to a possible change of ownership.

Financial incentives to create a better spread of meetings has gained most traction in regard to Saturday meetings, which have increased from a scheduled 54 last season to 64, although there are none planned before the New Year. In decades past the vast majority of meetings were held on Saturdays and there were a handful of midweek fixtures, but the introduction of Sunday racing with betting in 1995 led to a gradual swing away from the traditional race day.

Midweek meetings will effectively gain two fixtures following the Stevenstone and Warwickshire Hunts’ decision to race on Friday, May 8, at Vauterhill and Mollington respectively. That Friday replaces the May Bank Holiday Monday as a national holiday due to the creation of VE Day, or Victory in Europe, which sparked celebrations at the end of World War II on the same date in 1945.
Easter Sunday will be blank – the Cleveland raced alone at Witton Castle on that day this year, but in 2020 will go to post the following weekend – while Yorkshire meetings have been cut by the loss of the South Durham fixture at Sedgefield.

Also missing from the fixtures’ list is the popular course at Lower Machen, which staged meetings of the Gelligaer Farmers and Tredegar Farmers in South Wales. Neither hunt has so far been able to find a new venue, while Coldharbour in the neighbouring Welsh Borders’ Area, has also closed. The loss of the Radnor & West meeting at that fixture, of the North Hereford’s Eaton Hall meeting and of the North Ledbury at Hereford Racecourse has resulted in Welsh Border race days being reduced from six to three.

In that region the Ludlow meeting at Bitterley is one of four around the country that will be held on Grand National Saturday, although with the big race going off at 5.15pm many racegoers will be able to reach home in time for the action.

Joining Dunsmore as a new venue for the 2019/20 season are Chilfrome in Dorset and Shelfield Park in Warwickshire. The last-named will stage the Croome & West Warwickshire meeting long-held some 24 miles west at Upton-on-Severn. Former rider Nick Pearce has been piloting moves to reinstate the Croome’s meeting, which did not take place last season.

Chilfrome, which is some nine miles northwest of Dorchester, will host the Cattistock meeting which has moved from now-defunct Littlewindsor. The Seavington, which also used Littlewindsor, has found a base at Cotley.

National sponsors Timico and Connolly’s RED MILLS have yet to be replaced as sponsors of the mixed open and intermediate race series, while the JRL Group has stepped down as backers of point-to-point Flat races. However, auctioneers Tattersalls Cheltenham has got behind plans for a series of races restricted to four and five-year-olds, the Oriental Club, which dipped its toes into the sport in the South East region, is sponsoring an owner/trainers’ series, while The Jockey Club, which is continuing to support its maiden mares’ series, has joined forces with Retraining Of Racehorses (ROR) to back a group of races for ‘veteran’ horses aged ten and over. Conditions for all these new races are being finalised.

Peter Wright, chief executive of the Point-to-Point Authority, said: “There are some disappointments which become apparent in the fixtures’ list, not least in the loss of meetings in the Welsh Borders, but we move forward and welcome the new courses and national sponsors.
“This is a challenging time for many sports, but I detect a lot of fresh thinking, and a lot of forward thinking, coming from fixture secretaries, many of whom are relatively new to their role. They are putting together ideas which will hopefully sustain and grow their meetings, and that should be applauded.”

Download the full 2019-20 fixture list here
Download the pre-New Year fixture detail (racecards) here

PROPOSED RACE SCHEDULES FOR EARLY SEASON FIXTURES

The 2019/20 Point-to-Point season pre-Christmas and New Year fixture races have been released as a provisional guide only, so that Owners and Trainers can start to plan their horses’ training and early season campaigns.

The document contains the proposed races that the 11 meetings in November and December wish to hold, and details the Hunter Certificate registration deadlines and Entry deadlines for each, so that you can ensure you have all the necessities in place to make the most of your season!

It is important to note that these races are not confirmed until they have been ratified by the British Horseracing Authority (BHA), which will not take place until their board meeting held in early September, however it would be hoped that there would minimal if no change to the proposed.

You can view the document using the following link:

2019/20 Point-to-Point Season Pre-Christmas & New Year Fixture Races

If you have any questions, or for more information please contact either the Point-to-Point Racing Company or the Point-to-Point Authority on the following details:

Point-to-Point Racing company:

01933 304795

info@pointtopointracingcompany.co.uk

Point-to-Point Authority:

01793 781990

info@p2pa.co.uk