South Notts Point-to-Point at Thorpe Lodge, 10th April - Preview


The South Notts Point-to-Point fixture is at Thorpe Lodge on Easter Monday, with the first race at 1.30pm.

Thorpe Lodge racecourse has postcode NG23 5PY and What3Words address hurt.dispenser.central and is signposted from Farndon Village on the old A46, just south of Newark. The gates open at 11am, with tickets on the gate costing £12.50 via cash or card. Under 16s are free and you can buy a racecard on the gate for £2.50.

At the time of writing the going at Thorpe Lodge is Good to Soft, Soft along the back straight. This will be updated via our social channels and our website through the week.

The dog show starts at 2pm. Entry is £1 so please try to bring change if you are planning to enter. Rosettes in each class plus a Champion in Show. Junior handlers will all get Easter eggs.

“Bark and Go” Lure Racing is an exciting form of dog racing which you can try at our point-to-point. Can your dog be the fastest of the day? All proceeds go towards Drone to Home, which is a local dog tracing charity, which has been used by thousands of people to find their lost dogs.

We have a large selection of trade stands, selling everything from equestrian clothing to accessories for your pets. The Injured Jockeys Fund are also bringing their stand to remind us all of the important role they provide to racing as a whole.

A wide variety of food outlets are coming, from Italian to Indian, toasties and loaded fries. This year there are two bars, two coffee stands, and ice cream for those feeling summery.

Due to the number of fixtures over the Easter weekend, many horses are entered for multiple races at more than one fixture, with the decision as to where to go made nearer the day. 40 of the 55 horses entered here at Thorpe Lodge have entries at other meetings over the weekend too. If a horse mentioned here isn't at the meeting, this could be why.

The big race of the afternoon is the Ineos Grenadier Mixed Open at 2.40pm which will feature the very best horses on the circuit. The market leader may be Ragnar Lodbrok, trained by Jennifer Owen in East Anglia and ridden by Alex Chadwick. They have won two races this season and been placed in the other two but also have an entry at Dingley on Easter Saturday. Rebel Dawn Rising had his first proper run of the season in the same race at Garthorpe a fortnight ago and won it with effort to spare. Southfield Theatre is a very talented veteran pointer with two seconds and a win this season. Also very much in the hunt will be Desire de Joie (Archie Wright) for Nick Wright, Badbad Leroy Brown for Stephen Wiles, Dundrum Wood (Miss M. Reeve) for Tom Ellis, Early Retirement for Dale Peters, Getting Closer (Izzie Marshall) For Alan Hill, Muckamore (Harry Arkwright) for Francesca Poste and The Whistle Blower (Paddy Barlow) for Jon Barlow. An excellent race in prospect.

The first of our point-to-point horse races is the Ladies Conditions race, sponsored kindly by Frank Key. Izzie Marshall has the ride on Normofthenorth for Alan Hill and the Three Farmers and a Gardener Partnership. This nine-year-old has won its last two races but may face strong opposition from the in-form partnership of Ellie Holder and Champagne Noir, who have two wins in the Novice Riders series this season so far. Tigerbythetail has the option to run in the intermediate race here but has won three in a row to reach this level in his first season and will probably choose this race. If Early Retirement chooses this race over the Open then Lucy Wheeler would ride, they will decide between now and then. Similarly Amber Jackson-Fennell has the ride on For Rita, and they, along with Present Ranger may race at Dingley two days previously instead. Between The Waters may choose the Open instead of this race; Spider Web sees Alice Stevens ride for Jon Barlow, and Take To Heart represents the Turner team from Suffolk, who have been in good form this season.

The Intermediate race which follows this is sponsored by Triangle Kia and promises to be a good competition. The New Kid is trained and ridden by Dale Peters for Liz Inman and Tim Tarratt and tops the ratings but horses like Ballinagore (Alex Chadwick for David Kemp), Coolagh Park (Izzie Marshall for Alan Hill), Itsallintheclouds (Gina Andrews for Tom Ellis) and Runwiththetide (Alice Stevens for Kelly Morgan) have all got recent form at the lower level. Nick Wright's Tekap (Archie Wright), The Picnic Partnership's Hung Jury (Amber Jackson-Fennell) and Angela Yeoman's Southfield Lily (Lily Bradstock) are others to watch.

Restricted horses have only won a single race to date, and their race, sponsored by Frank Key, is the penultimate point-to-point of the day. Ten entries here include Secret Scripture, yet to complete in points but well-rated, Urban Grit (Izzie Marshall) from Alan Hill's string, and one of either Mount Pleasant and Money Spinner, both of whom won for the Wright's a fortnight ago. Midlands area trainers are well represented here with Classic Ruler for Stuart Morris, Courtly Love for Laura Pomfret, Doctor Tom for Kelly Morgan, and Fortunes Hill for Jon Barlow.

The last point-to-point of the day is the Maiden where a mare received a weight allowance but there are none given for age. Biddys Wild Child (Alice Stevens) and Lucky Casino make their racecourse debuts here, while Marie's Girl would be racing in points for the first time after some time under rules. Tango Pete, Taita Sunrise, Gunteur, Gabrielle de Balon, Crobally Boy and All The Ammunition all have second placed finishes this season.

After racing, stay around for the South Notts Hunt Challenge. Eight non-jockeys go to post for this popular event, and ride one and a half times around the track to try to match an optimum time. Last year's winner, equine vet Roger Lee, joins us again. He has competition from local legend Mark Chatterton and rare horse breed campaigner Bruce McKim among others.

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