Barbury Racecourse: Vine & Craven point-to-point gets a new race - the stable staff dash
Many point-to-points have run charity races and recently the Barbury International has introduced the bumper - both over flat courses.
Now the Vine and Craven point-to-point at Barbury Racecourse on February 9 will see the inaugural running of the Barbury Races Stable Staff Dash. It will be just one part of a bigger and better meeting with lots of fun for the family.
This new race will be run at the end of the normal card of point-to-point chases - in aid of air ambulance services.
Entry is open to all those working in licensed training yards. Entrants must not have held a racing licence of any sort in the UK or Ireland.
It will be run over one circuit of the racecourse (approximately 1m 2f) for horses aged five years and over who are rated up to 80 on the flat and 120 over jumps. Weight: 12 stone.
The minimum donation as entry fee is £250. There will be a Safety Factor of 12 runners (this race can be divided, but any more than 24 runners will result in a ballot.)
It is expected that this race will start at about 3.30pm.
The race is taking place under a special dispensation granted by the BHA - under the conditions specified above. The entry form can be found here.
Another first for this Vine and Craven meeting will be a heated big tent featuring The Outside Chance run by The Queen’s Arms at East Garston. Those looking to make a real day of it can by a private hospitality picnic pen - which includes admission for up to 12 guests, BYO picnic with seating and quick access to the bar.
Outside of the superb racing over a course that can all be watched with ease, there are plenty of other activities on offer - including shopping amongst the many trade stands and a Dog Show during the afternoon.
You can save 30 per cent on tickets now by visiting barburyraces.co.uk. Tickets cost £15 per person on the day and Under 16s go for free.