Barbury reaches out to Irish pointers to join its International meeting
Barbury Racecourse is set to stage the second Barbury International Point-to-Point on Saturday, January 20 - following the successful amendments to the rules of the sport that made last January's inaugural fixture possible.
The valuable fixture, supported by a prize fund of £5,750, is the most valuable Point-to-Point fixture in the United Kingdom's pointing calendar. It supports seven races with no race worth less than £750, and prize money down to fourth place.
In addition, the two feature races are both worth £1,000 apiece – one a Mixed open, the other a three-mile-four-furlong contest for 10-year olds and over.
Led by Barbury Racing Club Chairman Nigel Bunter and bloodstock agent David Minton, the fixture aims to encourage trainers of young horses on both sides of the Irish Sea to educate and nurture their young stock through the Point-to-Point field.
The programme includes four races for 4, 5 & 6 year olds only, of which the final two will be Point-to-Point Bumpers. The Bumper, introduced last Spring, is part of a series of six contests across the United Kingdom that has already been extended, with the Barbury Bumper subject to division at entry.
John Reddington is Managing Director of sponsors the JRL Group: ”I won a division of this race in 2017, so I’m delighted to support this initiative, and I’ll be having another go this time around. The racing was out of the top drawer.”
Uniquely among British Point-to-Point meetings, the races are also open to horses trained by professional trainers, provided they haven’t run under Rules for 50 days, and hold a valid Hunters Certificate.
John 'Shark' Hanlon, who brought over five horses in January 2017, sees the meeting as a great shop window for anyone wanting to sell horses on either side of the Irish Sea: "I brought over five in 2017 and three were sold before I’d left the track!"
"The way we were looked after was brilliant; I can’t speak highly enough of the treatment we received and the racing was terrific. I’ll certainly be back for more.”
The Barbury ticket office is now open, with a compelling reason to buy in advance for this season’s most valuable Pointing programme: adult admission costs just £5 until December 31 - that is half the normal rate.
Spectators can purchase tickets online now.