Going Report: 
 
3rd Febuary

The Clerk of the course has just reported that the going is soft, heavy in places. The rain is sporadic and is forecast to stop later, leaving a dry night. Tomorrow is forecast to be dry and sunny but windy, so hopefully the ground will dry out somewhat. Please don't park on the grass.





 

 

 

 

It may come as a surprise to discover that each winter Wadebridge hosts a series of horse racing meetings that are open to all spectators. The Point to Points (races over birch fences at a distance of three miles), are run on a specially constructed course at the Royal Cornwall Showground in December, January and March and some of the countries top amateur jockeys take part.
It takes more than 400 hours to stage a Point to Point race meeting and this is hours put in by an army of keen volunteers, who now hope many more members of the public will come along and support the three days of racing.

The dates for this season's racing are:

Sunday 10th December 2017, organised by the Cornwall Hunt Club. The first race starts at 11.30 noon.

Sunday 7th January 2018, organised by the North Cornwall Hunt. The first race starts at 11.30am.

Sunday 4th February 2018, organised by the Western Hunt. The first race starts at 12 noon.

Entry is £10 per person up to a maximum of £30 per car. Children under 16 enter free of charge. Race goers are promised strong amateur fields in a range of races as well as, in the large exhibition hall, betting with professional bookies, refreshments and a bar, and a selection of market stalls offering festive gifts. The showground also offers great facilities, including hard roads for parking, comparable to a professional race course, and excellent viewing of the course for spectators.

The course is exceptionally well draining, which means that racing can take place in conditions that would stop racing at most other courses.

 
 

 
Point to point racing is for everyone:
 
Wadebridge is a very popular venue with the jockeys and trainers who find the course welcoming and exciting, but now we need to ensure the public don’t miss out on the opportunity to enjoy horse racing close to home. Sometimes I wonder if people actually realise that this is what Point to Points are all about, so it’s up to us to explain just what happens and why it’s a day out not to be missed.’
 
‘There’s all the excitement of the racing and the chance to have a flutter with the professional bookies who attend our events. But there’s so much more too. Because we host our racing at the Royal Cornwall Showground (www.royalcornwallshow.org/) we are able to use the exhibition hall as a base, which means all our catering, the bar and the commercial stalls are under cover, so no matter what the weather’s doing you can still stay dry – you don’t even need to bring your wellies!’
 
‘The event is run on a very professional basis with a full race card, commentary and pre and post racing announcements. You can view the horses in the reception paddock before each race and watch the prize giving afterwards. I can’t stress enough that you don’t need to be a horse racing expert to come along and enjoy a thoroughly entertaining day out. I would ask everyone to put the three dates in their diaries as we would love to see many more folk have a good day at the races.’

The following is the description of the Wadebridge Point to Point course on the www.pointtopoint.co.uk web site:

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Course Summary: Dumbbell-shaped very well drained course set on slope at edge of showground; first fence jumped once only from starting chute; first six fences all on uphill gradient; long downhill run between fences 7 and 8; last 2 and run-in are uphill with a section of sand. Access, exit and car parking excellent. Viewing reasonable. Showground facilities; the bookies are in large barn which has also served as the paddock in poor weather. Usually small entries but a high runners-entries ratio.

Top Riders: W.Biddick & *Miss P. Gundry 9, N. Harris 7, Miss C. Roddick 6, four riders on 4 wins"


 

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