Brocklesby Park set for point-to-poitn curtainraiser

The Brocklesby Hunt Point-To-Point host their meet at Brocklesby Park this weekend Picture: Nico Morgan Photography EMN-170602-094353002
The Brocklesby Hunt Point-To-Point host their meet at Brocklesby Park this weekend Picture: Nico Morgan Photography EMN-170602-094353002

Race organisers hope the early season trend for high entries continues at the Brocklesby Hunt Point-to-Point on Sunday.

The seven-race card at promises to provide a great day’s racing with two Brocklesby jockeys having made winning starts to the season.

Action from the Mixed Open at last year's Brocklesby Hunt Point-To-Point, Picture: Nico Morgan Photography EMN-170602-112113002

Action from the Mixed Open at last year's Brocklesby Hunt Point-To-Point, Picture: Nico Morgan Photography EMN-170602-112113002

Yasmin Burt took the ladies’ race at the Yorkshire Area meeting at Sherriff Hutton, on Gallant Nuit, and Tom Strawson won the Maiden Division One at Thorpe Lodge last weekend, on Aldergale.

Both have entries planned for the Brocklesby members, as do Nick Kent, Clare Pickering and Tom Broughton.

There will be lots of local interest in the DDM Agriculture member’s race, for the Countess of Yarborough Cup, while Clark Weightman again sponsor the Midland Area members’ race, which will attract horses from Lincolnshire and surrounding counties.

The Mixed Open, sponsored by Baillie Haylage, has a £400 prize to the winner and will be contested by leading horses from around the country; many aimed at Hunter Chases later in the season.

Other races on the card are sponsored by Nunns Mitsubishi, Paul Wiseman Electrical, Connolly’s Red Mills, the Jockey Club and HMT St Hughs Hospital. There are races for nine-year-olds and over, intermediate and maiden horses, while Singleton Birch sponsor special prizes for leading owners and riders and Nottingham-based Gleeds have joined the track’s main sponsors this year.

Clerk of the course Harry Thorpe said the course is in great shape with impressive new fences.

There will be a selection of trade stands, as well as food and drink outlets, including beer tent.

Tickets, at £10, are available from https://www.midlandspointing.com/shop with free entry for under 16s.

Race cards are £3, or free with a flyer or e-ticket.

The racecourse is within Brocklesby Park, just off the A18, near Humberside Airport. Gates open at 10am.

* For more details, visit https://www.midlandspointing.com/fixtures and in the event of doubtful weather, call Talking Point on 09068 446061.