The Cottesmore Point-to-point is making a few changes for this season’s event, which takes place at Garthorpe Racecourse in Leicestershire on Sunday 25th February. The Mixed Open race, fourth on the card, will have a £1000 first prize on offer, kindly sponsored by chartered accountants Saffery. There will be no penalties for previous wins, a […]
Point-to-points near me
There are point-to-point courses and point-to-point meetings all over the UK and Ireland every weekend so it is normally possible to visit point-to-points near me without travelling too far.
What is a point-to-point?
A point-to-point is a form of steeplechase, a horse race in which the horse jump fences stuffed with this birch branches which they can brush through.
Specifically a point-to-point is an amateur steeplechase, competed in by amateur jockeys who are not paid and do not receive any prize money. There is prize money for horse owners but the amounts involved in point-to-point horse racing are much lower than in professional steeplechase racing "under rules".
Point-to-point races fall into different types depending on the qualification conditions for each race, but are generally run over three miles. Races for younger horses are sometimes run over two and a half miles and occasional blue riband races are run over four miles.
Where can I find point-to-points near me?
There are various ways top find local point-to-point courses and fixtures, but the best way is probably to find the point-to-point area website where you live and find the list of fixtures in that part of the country.
For example here at Midlands Pointing we have a list of point-to-point fixtures in our area in the footer of every page on our website. By clicking on one of those links you can get more information about that particular fixture and the course it is run on, the races at that fixture, prize money and sponsors.
Next to those fixture links we also provide a list of links to other point-to-point areas so you can quickly find the area nearest to you and visit their site to find a list of their fixtures.
There is also a link to all the national fixtures on the National point-to-point website.
How much does it cost to go to a point-to-point?
Tickets for point-to-points vary in cost but are normally in the region of £10-£20 per person for a six or seven race card.