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JRL SPONSORED POINT-TO-POINT FLAT RACES

Britain’s series of two-mile point-to-point Flat races, sponsored by JRL Group Ltd, are increasing in number for the 2018/2019 season.

Ten such races, restricted to four-, five- and six-year-olds, are programmed, from Alnwick in Northumberland to Great Trethew in Cornwall, including a successful bid from West Wales as Ffos Las is seeking to support point-to-pointing by hosting a fixture.

When a single point-to-point Flat race was introduced in 2016/17 the number of declared runners required three divisions. Last season six races – all sponsored for the first time by construction company JRL Group Ltd – took place, and five required a division due to the number of declared horses. The one exception attracted 11 runners.

Two such races are scheduled soon after the British season opens on November 18. The first at Ffos Las on December 9, followed a week later by one at Wiltshire’s Barbury Racecourse, which staged the inaugural event two years ago. The same venue will host one of the additional races (February 10), while two further entrants to the Flat race list will take place in the North West area at Bangor-on-Dee (March 10), and in the Wessex area at Milborne St Andrew (March 23).

Clare Hazell, chief executive of the Point-to-Point Authority, said: “The JRL Group Ltd Point-to-Point Flat Races were introduced to encourage owners to run young horses in our sport, to give such horses racing experience, and to provide another showcase for the calibre of talent within British point-to-pointing.

“Owners and trainers have clearly supported the concept, and the races have been well received by competitors and spectators alike. We are very grateful to JRL Group Ltd for once again supporting, and increasing their backing for, this type of race.”

Name Course Area Fixture Date
Carmarthenshire Ffos Las WW 09/12/2018
Barbury International Racing Club Barbury Racecourse SM 16/12/2018
Vine & Craven Barbury Racecourse SAND 10/02/2019
East Cornwall Great Trethew D&C 24/02/2019
Flint & Denbigh Bangor-on-Dee NW 10/03/2019
College Valley & North Northumberland Alnwick N 10/03/2019
Wilton Milborne St Andrew W 23/03/2019
North Ledbury Hereford Racecourse WBC 07/04/2019
Ludlow Bitterley WBC 13/04/2019
Quorn Garthorpe MID 28/04/2019
 

ED BARRETT’S WALK AT NEWBURY RACECOURSE

Ed Barrett, who suffered a life-changing fall while riding in a race three and a half years ago, takes on a superhuman challenge this weekend.

Although still limited in his movement, he will attempt to walk a lap of the paddock at Newbury Racecourse, without the aid of a frame or crutches, a mission which he expects will take 20 to 25 minutes, and which he hopes will raise money for two organisations which are close to his heart – Oaksey House and a spinal injury charity. He says: “I know the first 10 metres will be tough, and the last 30, but in many ways the hardest bit will be trying to do this in front of a lot of people.

“If I have to use my crutches to finish, I will, but I’ll be trying my best to do it without them.”

Barrett suffered his injuries when falling in a point-to-point at Upcott Cross in Devon in April 2015. Initially paralysed from the neck down, he spent six months in hospital and has received continued treatment at the Injured Jockeys’ Fund Rehabilitation and Fitness Centre, better known as Oaksey House.

Talking about his life now, he says: “I help my mum out with a riding school, and do a bit with my dad around the farm, but I’m still working on improving my condition. I spend six weeks at home, and then two weeks at Oaksey House. I also have two sessions a week at home with specialists who help me to build up my strength and muscles. One is an ex-military instructor – it’s pretty hardcore.”

Barrett says he made good improvement for the first year and a half after his fall, but accepts that after three years the level of his mobility has more or less peaked in terms of signals that travel to his brain along the spinal cord pathway. However, continued strength and conditioning training has enabled him to make some further improvement in the past year.

He says: “I set out to try my hardest for three years to give myself the maximum chance of healing, and I’m still working on it. So many people have helped me along the way, and I wanted to thank them and give something back.

“At Oaksey House there is a track in the gym which I walk up and down, and it was while doing that the idea of walking the paddock at Newbury came to mind. It’s a big parade ring, and flat, and about 155 metres, and it’s also close to Oaksey House.

“I also hope one day there will be a cure for spinal cord injuries so have chosen to raise money equally for The Nicholls Spinal Injury Foundation.”

He adds: “It took me a long time to want to ride again after my fall – it had all come naturally to me before, and I didn’t want to sit in a saddle and be rubbish, but once I sat on a pony I found it helped my core muscles. Now I do a very slow ride around the farm once a week, but only at a walk.”

Barrett will attempt his Newbury test at 12.25pm on Saturday (September 22), before racing gets underway at 1.45pm.

He will be spurred on knowing every Pound raised is going to a cause that is close to the hearts of fans, followers and participants in racing and point-to-pointing. A fund-raising page has been created at Virgin Money Giving, and you can reach it by clicking on the following link to give him your support https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/EdwardBarrett2

Information taken from official website

PRA/RC TRAINING DAYS

A day of tuition for pony racing which will qualify the combination of pony and rider for Point-to-Point pony races and Pony Club pony race days in 2019.

All ponies MUST have up to date vaccinations.

For more details click HERE

 

23RD OCTOBER @ CARADOC

By kind permission of Mr and Mrs Patrick Darling.

A day of tuition for pony racing which will qualify the combination of pony and rider for Point-to-Point pony races and Pony Club pony race days in 2019.

All ponies MUST have up to date vaccinations.

For further enquiries please email clarissa@ponyracingauthority.co.uk

INCREASE IN PRE-CHRISTMAS FIXTURES

Provisional fixture applications are almost complete, and while the Point-to-Point Authority (PPA) Board and British Horseracing Authority (BHA) have yet to ratify the list there have been requests for early-season fixtures across the country.
 
PPA Board member Nick Sutton, who chairs the Authority’s fixtures list committee, said: “The message I would like to get across to owners and trainers is ‘Get your horses up, there is plenty of early-season racing to go at’.”

Britain staged eight pre-New Year fixtures last year, but that could become 14 when the new season opens in November. Early fixtures which have taken place in recent years in Devon & Cornwall, East Anglia, the South Midlands, Northern and Wessex Areas could be joined by a Welsh Borders’ meeting, fixtures in both South and West Wales and in the Midlands.
 
New venues at Eaton Hall in Herefordshire and Ffos Las in Carmarthenshire are scheduled to be among the courses staging these fixtures, while the Northern Area could stage two meetings, with one at Alnwick being joined by another at Hexham. A single, pre-Christmas meeting at Barbury Racecourse has become two with the International Meeting now due to take place a month earlier.
 
Changes to the way in which courses are given financial support from the grant given to point-to-pointing by the Horserace Betting Levy Board have been a key factor in the new look to early meetings.
 
Sutton said: “From both a geographical and date-in-the-calendar standpoint we are trying to achieve a balance in the locations and dates of meetings while allowing Organising Committees choose the time of the season which suit them best. There is a bulge in fixtures around Easter, and they are a bit thin on the ground at other times of the season – if we were to create a fixture list from scratch today it wouldn’t look like the current one.

“By creating a platform for change we are encouraging Organising Committees to look at other options, and to say to them, you can hold a meeting in November, December or January and gain good financial support. We have done this by reducing the grant given to meetings in April and increasing it for early-season fixtures – this initiative was agreed upon by the Levy Board, the Point-to-Point Secretaries’ Association [PPSA].  It has been a motivating factor, and while I hoped we could create 12 early-season meetings it looks like we could be up to 14.

“From provisional applications I am delighted to see these early fixtures are spread around the country and pretty evenly balanced over the weekends [leading up to New Year’s Day].
“Point-to-Pointing is competing against many different leisure activities whatever the time of year, and I appreciate there are many other rural sports and pastimes taking place in November and December, but where there’s a will there’s a way.”
 
Stephen Howlett, Chairman of the PPSA, who are in charge of fixing the annual calendar of Point-to-Point fixtures prior to submitting to the PPA and BHA said: “We welcome this new initiative and it is pleasing to see such encouraging uptake and a few more fixtures in the first months of the season.”
 
A finalised fixtures’ list is expected to be released in the next month – below are the meetings which have applied for a pre-New Year date:

Silverton & Mid Devon Hunts at Buckfastleigh – Nov 18
North Herefordshire at Eaton Hall – Nov 24
Vine & Craven at Barbury Racecourse – Nov 25
Curre & Llangibby at Howick – Nov 25
Border at Hexham – Dec 2
Hursley Hambledon at Larkhill – Dec 2
Cambridge Univ Utd Hunts Club at Cottenham – Dec 2
Carmarthenshire at Ffos Las – Dec 9
Cornwall Hunt Club at Wadebridge – Dec 9 
Barbury International Racing Club at Barbury Racecourse – Dec 16
Ratcheugh Racing Club at Alnwick – Dec 16
Atherstone at Clifton-on-Dunsmore – Dec 16
Harkaway Club at Chaddesley Corbett – Dec 28
Cambridgeshire Harriers Hunt Club at Cottenham– Dec 30

AUCTION LOTS – 30TH JUNE

As the Area Awards on Saturday 30th June at Cheltenham Racecourse is now sold out that does not stop you bidding for the following auction lots

If you would like to leave a bid contact 

  1. First Amazing Collection of 3 Hunting Days:
  2. The Berkeley Hunt Masters donate one days hunting with The Berkeley in the 2018/2019 season for two.
  3. The Clifton on Teme Hunt Masters donate one days hunting in the 2018/2019 season for two.
  4. The North Cotswold Hunt Masters donate one days hunting in the 2018/2019 season for two.

2. Pair of Galvanised Gates fully supplied and professionally fitted

Dave Mansell, WMAPTP Vice Chairman has offered to supply and fit two 12 ft galvanised gates. Complete with new hanging and slamming posts to match your fencing. All supplied by his company equinepaddockcare.co.uk.

  1. Charming English Heritage, Medieval, 14th Century Thatched Cottage – Exmoor

Nr Selworthy Somerset TA24 8SS

Weekend Get away from the rat race – the TV is totally replaced by stunning views – Exmoor

Available for weekend accommodation (dates to be arranged with owner)

Self contained cottage adjacent to stud farm with parking for 3 cars. It sleeps 8 in

4 bedrooms, 6 singles and 1 double bedroom. There is a wood burner in the

living room. The kitchen has cooker, microwave and kettle etc.

You will need to take bedding, towels.

The cottage is listed and within the National Park so does not provide luxury and

all “mod cons”. But these are more than replaced by the location and character.

(Electric consumption to be paid separately)

  1. A pet portrait of your horse or dog in a large size of about 22”x 18”.

Catherine Sharpley – Initially I like to meet the subject/animal in order to get to know him, discuss what you want and take some photos.  I will then go back to my studio and start a charcoal study.  I will then return to the subject and complete the portrait from life which usually takes from between 3 – 5 hours.   I can make portraits of animals if there are only photos. It is nice to have as many as possible, in order to try to catch the character and true colour.

About Catherine Sharpley  – Artist

I am an English artist living and working in Stroud, Gloucestershire, UK. I work in pastels and in oils, generally drawing and painting horses and family pets but also other subjects, including landscapes and portraits.

I’m lucky to follow a long line of artists (some of national distinction) on both sides of my family. Sir Martin Archer Shee was president of the Royal Academy at the end of the 18th century, whilst my paternal grandfather, Reginald Sharpley left many poignant sketches of the countryside around the Western front of World War 1.

I went to Florence to study with the famous Signorina Simi, supporting myself as a pavement artist when funds were short. Horses have always been a major part of my life, so on my return home my familiarity with the North Cotswold Hunt and its pony club meant that I had a ready-made source of subjects. I started to paint local hunters & eventers, gun dogs and family pets.

  1. Day on the Gallops with Olly Murphy with Breakfast for 4 people!

Olly – The team at Warren Chase Stables have had a fantastic first season exceeding all targets set by ourselves since our first runner last July.

I feel like I have been back home for a lifetime but in reality, it was only May 1st 2017 that I returned home to set out on my new venture of training racehorses, having spent 4 fantastic years working for an incredible man in Gordon Elliott.

I am continuing the upgrade of the yard and facilities throughout the summer and have a lovely string of young horses for the winter.

  1. Full service and MOT for a Landrover, from Landrover specialist GX Landrovers in Cheltenham.

A team of specialist landrover experts that offer first class repairs, MOTs and services on all landrovers of any age, size or model. A family run business, they put their customers first; all customers are treated personally and offered a friendly and honest service.

Worth about £500!

  1. Race Goers Delight –

 To include:

Chepstow will offer 4 Club tickets for Season opener in October, Stratford a pair of Club tickets for any meeting this summer.

*4 club tickets for season opener in October at Chepstow.

*2 club tickets for any meeting this summer at Stratford.

*2 tickets for the Reserved Enclosure at the Punchestown Festival 2019.

*A West Midlands Area Point to Point AREA PASS providing entry for 2 people for each and every meeting held in the West Midlands Area during 2018/19 season. The Area Pass alone is worth well over £300.00!!

  1. A whole lamb from a champion award winning flock, by Andrew Bishop. Cut up, bagged, frozen and ready for collection at your convenience from Gloucestershire.
  1. Second Collection of 3 Hunting Days:

 The Ledbury Hunt Masters donate one days hunting in the 2018/2019 season for two.

  1. The Cotswold Vale Farmers Hunt Masters donate one days hunting in the 2018/2019 season for two.
  2. The Worcestershire Hunt Masters donate one days hunting in the 2018/2019 season for two.

Conditions:  You must supply your own horses

 

 

OUR 2017-2018 AREA CHAMPIONS

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE FOLLOWING WHO ARE

THE WEST MIDLAND AREA CHAMPIONS FOR 2017/2018

Subject to verification on Tuesday 5th June

Full details are available under the Area Championship page

FISHER GERMAN LEADING GENTLEMAN RIDER

1ST                        ALEX EDWARDS          

                                                                                                            

FISHER GERMAN LEADING LADY RIDER

1ST                        ALLY STIRLING

CARPET GALLOP LEADING GENTLEMAN NOVICE RIDER

1ST                        MAX COMLEY            

            

The following has been copied from Max’s Facebook page

“After a brilliant 3 seasons race riding, I’ve made the decision that I’m going to retire as a jockey after a constant battle with my weight. It’s been great fun and I’ve made some amazing friends and met some inspirational people along the way. Thank you so much to everyone who has helped me and supported me for the last few years”.

CARPET GALLOP LEADING LADY NOVICE RIDER

1ST                        EMMA YARDLEY         

                                     

CHELTENHAM RACECOURSE LEADING TRAINER

1ST                        PHIL ROWLEY              

                                     

LEADING MARE

1ST                        DINA MAKER        

 

                                                                                        

LEADING HORSE

1ST                        BROOKTHORPE TAYLOR     

                                                                

LEADING NOVICE HORSE

1ST                      MARCLE RIDGE

 

SMALL TRAINER AWARD

1ST                       CHRISTINE BANKS

                                                                       

LEADING GROOM

1ST                       KIM SMYLY            

                                          

ELM SCHOOL NOVICE RIDERS AWARD

HARKAWAY CLUB – CALLUM BICKERS PRICE/ALBRIGHTON (NORTH) – CONNOR BRACE /BEAUFORT – THOMASINA EYSTON/COTSWOLD – HENRY PLATT/COTSWOLD VALE – BEN SUTTON-MAX COMLEY-LUCY HAMMOND/WORCESTERSHIRE – MILO HERBERT/BERKELEY – TOM BRITTEN/CLIFTON ON TEME – ALICE STEVENS/CROOME & WW – EMMA JONES

(The overall winner will be revealed at the Area Awards on Saturday 30th June)

LEADING OWNER/TRAINER/RIDER (FAMILY)

1ST                        WELL METT (BANKS/TOLLIT)       

 

DAIRY PARTNERSHIP WEST MIDLAND OPEN RACE CHAMPIONSHIP

JOINT WINNER – BATTLE DUST   

JOINT WINNER – WES HARDIN

 

CANACORD HUNTER CHASE

PLANNING YOUR HORSES PROGRAMME FOR THE REST OF THE SEASON

The Hunter Chase at Worcester on Friday 25th May has been a feature of this evening meeting since it was created in its current form back in 2010.

The race has always been run under the Hargreave Hale banner but this year it will be run under Canacord sponsorship.

Unfortunately after a sustained period of sponsorship, this will be the last race run in co-operation with those businesses and the West Midlands Point-to-Point Secretaries Association would like to put on record their thanks for their generosity over the years.

The full details of the race are outlined below

CANACORD OPEN HUNTERS CHASE

CLASS 6

FRIDAY 25TH MAY

To close on May 19th

Total prize fund – £2000

Distributed in accordance with Schedule (F)9.6.2 (includes a fourth prize)

£1247 to the winning horse

The second to receive £387

The third £193

And the fourth £96

For five year old and upwards, which have a registered Hunters Certificate issued during the current season by one of the undermentioned hunts

TWO MILES ABOUT SEVEN FURLONGS (2M 7F)

Enter by noon, May 19th and pay £10 stake

Declare by 10 a.m. May 24th

Weights: 11st 10lb each

Mares Allowed – 7lb

Penalties, after 2016, a winner of a steeplechase – 4lb

Of 2 steeplechases or a Class 1 to Class 3 steeplechase – 8lb

(Half penalties for wins achieved in Novices or Maiden Hunters Chases in Great Britain or Ireland)

N.B. With reference to the 8lb penalty for a least two Chase wins, a horse may only claim half penalty if all wins were in Novice or Maiden Hunter Chases

To be ridden by Amateur Riders

Canacord has kindly sponsored this race and will present mementoes to the winning owner, trainer and jockey.

In addition, they will give a prize to the person, in their opinion, responsible for the horse judged to be the best turned out in this race.

Qualifying Hunts: Albrighton & Woodland (North & South), Berkeley, Clifton on Teme, Cotswold, Cotswold Vale Farmers, Duke of Beaufort’s, Ledbury, North Cotswold, North Ledbury, Croome and West Warwickshire, Wheatland and Worcestershire.

(in entering for this race, the name of the hunt represented must be stated)

 

 

DAIRY PARTNERS WEST MIDLAND OPEN RACE CHAMPIONSHIP

This Championship is open to ANY horse that runs in a Men’s, Ladies or Mixed Open race at West Midland Area meetings.

The horse that wins the most races will be declared the winner and receive a prize of £1,000. In the event of a tie, placings will be taken into account.

After Sundays Clifton-on-Teme meeting at Knightwick, there are 4 further opportunities at 3 meetings for contestants to enhance their prospect of winning this substantial prize.

Monday 7th May – Croome and West Warwickshire at Maisemore Park – (Mixed Open)

Saturday 12th May – Wheatland at Chaddesley Corbett – (Mixed Open)

Monday 28th May – Albrighton & Woodland (South) at Chaddesley Corbett (Men’s and Ladies Open)

The current positions (23rd May) are as follows

1st

BATTLE DUST (2 wins)

2nd

Well Mett (1 X win, 1 X 2nd, 1 x 3rd)

3rd

Stone (1 X win, 1 X 2nd)

4th

TOP WOOD/NI SIM E MO INM/HELLORBOSTON/KIMORA/WILLIAM MONEY/ARTHURS SECRET/LOTUS POND/WES HARDIN/FISHING STORY/GARDE VILLE (1 win)        

5th         

FRELIA/MON PARRAIN/DISTIME/MAYBE PLENTY/MIDNIGHT APPEAL/SQUIRELL ESQUIRE/THE BISHOP LOONEY/IBERICO/MOSCOW PRICES/KAYF SURPREME/BIG GEORGIE (1 X 2nd place)

Your horse may not be on this list, but if you were successful at two of the remaining meetings you have a chance of picking up the £1,000 prize.

If you have an Open class horse, don’t forget to enter it at a West Midland meeting, you may end up winning more than you think.