Update 31 March:
Following an inch of rain overnight, Dingley Racecourse is waterlogged this morning and therefore now unraceable. Consequently TODAY’S RACING IS CANCELLED. Postponement options 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.