Disappointment for Charing, but the Harkaway point-to-point on Monday, December 28 is set to go ahead as planned.
The cancellation of the point to point at Charing at such short notice is a bitter blow for our sport, especially after all the hard work to ensure the course was in great condition and it was safe. We would like to pay tribute to Sally Bowman and her team, as well As Nicky Featherstone, the Area Secretary, who have worked so hard to get it on firstly in November and then at this later date. Really sad. However, we have to remember we are not operating in a vacuum, and we need to react, and be seen to react, to circumstances as they change if we are to keep our sport going.
However, whilst the government position makes racing in Tier 4 areas impossible, there is no reason at present that point to pointing elsewhere in England cannot go on. Until further notice, we will stick to the system we have in place regarding the Tiers, except that horses and people from Tier 4 may not attend meetings. This will be reviewed over the coming weeks as the overall situation becomes clearer, recognising that the government has already stated that it will review their directives on 30 December.
To that end the Harkaway point-to-point at Chaddesley Corbett (Dec 28), being in a Tier 2 area, is planned to go ahead as previously stated with two zones including limited paying spectators, with everyone needing to have pre-registered. It is absolutely vital that this meeting runs without any problems. If you are attending, please ensure that you read the code of conduct linked to your tickets, self-police those who you are with, and follow any direction provided before or on the day. Most of it is based on wearing masks all the time away from your vehicle and keeping socially distanced, so this should come as no surprise.
To remind you again of the Tier System:
• Tier 1. May run a point to point with paying spectators if agreed by Local Authority. Those living in Tier 1 and 2 may attend in any capacity but latter should not stop en-route. Only Trainers and Jockeys may attend from Tier 3 areas. No-one, including horses, in Tier 4 may attend.
• Tier 2. May run a point to point with paying spectators if agreed by Local Authority. Those living in Tier 1 and 2 may attend in any capacity. Only Trainers and Jockeys may attend from Tier 3 areas. No-one, including horses, in Tier 4 may attend.
• Tier 3. May run a point to point but only have a green zone (ie no owners or spectators and all those attending should have a job to do). Only Trainers and Jockeys may attend from Tier 1, 2 and 3 areas, and may not stop en-route. No-one, including horses, in Tier 4 may attend.
• Tier 4. May not run a meeting.
Whilst this is the point to point position as a sport, and must not be broken, it is for you to take personal responsibility for interpreting more stringent government directives whether at UK, national or local levels. We all know that this is an exceptionally fluid situation, and we all need to be able and willing to react accordingly. Please keep checking this site for further updates.