Dingley is hosting a rare evening race meeting this Saturday (9th June) for the rescheduled Easter point-to-point meeting for the Woodland Pytchley Hunt.
Gates open at 2pm with the first race getting underway at 4pm. With the six races that had been originally scheduled for Easter Saturday, racing will continue into the evening offering a true ‘end of season’ party atmosphere. With a number of National, Midlands area and Dingley awards still up for grabs, the level of competition on the night is likely to be stronger than ever.
Our bowl-like field of view means you can see the entirety of the racecourse from your barbeque or picnic in front of your car, so make sure you bring plenty of friends, food and drink to make the most of our fabulous setting.
In addition to pre-race entertainment and parade of hounds, there will be a bouncy castle and lots more for children.
There will also be a wide range of goods on offer from the bespoke array of trade stands, and racegoers will be able to enjoy all the usual excitement with both a Tote and Bookmakers betting facility onsite.
The evening will conclude with live music, a licensed bar and eatery to enjoy once the racing action has concluded.
Additional Ticket information:
For those who had pre-purchased E-tickets for the original Easter Saturday meeting, the vouchers will remain valid on the rescheduled date. Discounted rates of £14 per person can be purchased HERE or for £15 cash on the day – prices include your full raceday guide.
Admittance is free for children aged 16 and under.
Fitzwilliam (Milton) Report: An enthusiastic crowd enjoyed a good day’s racing at Dingley on Saturday 26th May as the Fitzwilliam hosted the second of three fixtures at the Market Harborough course – read the full race round up here.
Thinking of a day out at Dingley races for the Fitzwilliam (Milton) Point-to-Point races today? There’s heaps do to! We have mini quad bikes and an inflatable wipe out game for the bigger childen, plus a whole host of tradestands and refreshments, licensed bar and betting. A great line up of races begins at 2pm. Gates open at 11 so get here early – tickets available on the gate (free admission to u16′). Pack a picnic and we will see you there!
Large crowds descended on Dingley on Sunday 6th May, for the Fernie’s point-to-point meeting. This annual fixture hosts the most prestigious amateur race in the Midlands region, the Fernie Four-Miler.
Tuesday 1 May: Official going report ahead of this Sunday’s Fernie Point-to-Point fixture here at Dingley is Good to Soft, Soft in places. No rain on Monday at the course.
We are all set at Dingley for the Fernie Hunt Point-to-Point fixture on Sunday 6th May. Sponsors have now been confirmed – thank you to everyone who is supporting this fixture.
Woodland Pytchley update: the meeting has been rescheduled and will now take place on Saturday 9th June – full information to follow.
Following an inch of rain overnight, Dingley Racecourse is waterlogged this morning and therefore now unraceable. Consequently TODAY’S RACING IS CANCELLED. Postponement options for the Woodland Pytchley meeting are being considered, and a further announcement will follow.
Update Good Friday 30th March:
The Point toPoint course at Dingley at 1pm on Friday was heavy but raceable. Due to the forecast for the next 24 hrs an inspection will take place on Saturday morning and a decision will be made by 9am.
Woodland Pytchley 31 March:
There are seven races on the card, starting with a Fernie and Woodland Pytchley members race, which has six horses entered. Of these Done A Runner is no stranger to this course and has the best form, while Pytchley Huntsman Daniel Cherriman would be a popular winner on KnowWhenToFoldEm. Young jockey Nia Kerslake rides Gerald Bailey-trained Remarkable Man in this one and the Bevins bring High Hopper, who previously had a career under rules.
The maiden race which follows is for younger 4-6-year-old horses and is raced over the shorter distance of 2 and a half miles. There is little form to work from in these races but the entry list features some familiar trainer/jockey combinations. Four-year-old Shannon Hill gets a stone and a half of allowance which might be key if the going is sticky.
The Ladies Open features some horses with form, including the Vesteys’ multiple point-to-point winner Silver Roque. Foxcub has good form this season but also has entries on the same day elsewhere so may not to declare. Other previous winners include His Excellency, Shimla Dawn, Karinga Dancer and Perfectly Willing. The winner here qualifies for the Timico Mixed Open final at Cheltenham in May, the first two for the Skinner’s Ladies Open final at Stratford, in June.
The two horses likely to contend the Mens Open which follows are Arkilly Witness and L’Abricot De L’Oasis. Neither have won recently but have seconds to their name. Bravehearted Harry could feature in this one but the others are going to have to improve to displace the top-rated horses.
The latest round of the Dodson & Horrell sponsored Novice Rider series is next on the card. The first four horses qualify for the series final which takes place at the Quorn meeting at Garthorpe at the end of April. The stand-out horse on paper is You Too Pet, trained by Dale Peters and ridden by Harry Thorpe-Codman, whose three wins this season have produced two wins and a second. Double Dan won at the end of last season (under a different jockey) but the ground won’t be as quick as Garthorpe is in June. Third Chance is third choice and Young QC might produce on the day. Red Rosso has no pointing form but has been placed a number of times under rules.
As usual the Restricted race includes horses which have won recently and others for whom it have been a while. Cool Valley and Starlight Court fit into the former category, while Quirky Kirky, Call Me Ben, Cornerman, Max O and Kings Walden and all been placed this season.
The final race of the day will be the three-mile version of the Open Maiden, for horses yet to win a race. The favourite here could be Redmond Hall, if they can make the distance. The horses with established trainer-jockey combinations with be ones to watch, and Unseen and The Glover deserve a break.
Interim Going Update (Sunday 25th March). The course has stood up well during the winter, and as of Sunday afternoon it is good to soft, and soft in places. At this stage we are confident of going ahead with the Easter Saturday meeting, despite the rain forecast for the middle of the week. So now’s the time to start planning with your family and friends – whether you’re an owner, trainer, jockey or just a spectator on the day, it will all be fun. Buy Etickets here.
A reminder of our 2018 dates:
Admission Prices have been changed for 2018. Tickets are now £12.50 if booked online in advance or £15.00 at the gate upon arrival. Children under 16 continue to receive free admission to all three meetings. Click here to purchase online.
View the full 2018 Point-to-Point calendar here.