Larkhill point to point season set to open

Hursley Hambledon preview.

The Larkhill point to point season opens next Sunday when the Hursley Hambledon hold their meeting with the first of six races scheduled for 12 noon. The meeting follows the fantastic news that following the intervention of the Secretary of State for Defence the Right Honourable Ben Wallace the course which had been threatened with closure after this season has been saved and a new lease is being arranged. Larkhill is a very historic course which has celebrated 75 years of racing and is important at this time of year when many courses cannot run due to waterlogging or not being available due to farming commitments.

Admission is £15 per person with under 16’s free and there will be shopping opportunities with a variety of trade stands. Food and drinks can be purchased and bookmakers will be in attendance for those who wish to have a bet on the races.

Point to Point horse racing is for amateur jockeys riding over 18 fences for three miles. The course has seen many good horses progress from the point-to-point world to professional jump racing so there might be a future Gold Cup horse to be spotted on Sunday. Visitors are asked to ensure that they wear warm clothing for the end of November because it can be cold and there is little protection from the weather. Parking is free.

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