The Fernie at Dingley - Preview

DIPLOMATE SIVOLA (Ben Sutton) - The Pytchley with Woodland at Dingley

The Fernie will host their annual Point Point fixture on Sunday, the 8th of May, at Dingley Racecourse, on the A427 just outside Market Harborough in Leicestershire.

As usual there will be a plethora of trade stands and amusements of all sorts, caterers, a licensed bar and bookmakers.

This meeting hosts six races including the Feature Race for the whole Midlands area, the Fernie Four-Miler, which will be the third race, at 3.10pm. This has attracted a quality field of nine entrants this year, including Sir Mangan, trained by Alan Hill for Nick Sutton, and Mr Love, owned and trained by Nick Pearce - both of these have multiple wins this season. The Hill/Sutton team might choose to race Diplomate Sivola, another capable pointer with a win this season. Gerald Bailey trains Early Retirement in this one, while Annabel England owns and trains recent winner Robin Why Not. If Aunty Joan starts for the Pringuers, then she would have a seven-pound weight advantage.

The first race of the day is an Owner/Trainer PPORA Club Members race which has seven entries, including the previously mentioned Aunty Joan, who would again get a weight allowance. Top-rated here, though, is His Excellency, a veteran pointer trained by Michael Dawson. Hurricane Vic won last time out at Easingwold for Simon Robinson and Cotswold raider First Drift will be looking to repeat their recent win at Mollington for the Kendricks. The Dawson team have Braavos entered here too.

The Novice Riders race at our last meeting at Dingley, the Pytchley with Woodland, produced an impressive victory for Ellie Callwood riding Precious Bounty. The combination is entered again for the equivalent race at this fixture, looking to make it six wins on the run. Another with good recent form is Dream Conti, trained by Kelly Morgan for John Chatfeild-Roberts, while Grageelagh Girl has two second placed finished this season in points. Commanche Red would be travelling a long way for his second run between the flags which might be a good sign. Travelling less far is the Francesca Poste-trained Summer Sounds, a winner on his penultimate outing.

After the Four-Miler is the Restricted race, for horses with one win in points so far. Winning momentum is often a good sign in point-to-point racing and five of these horses won their last race, including one, My Uncas, who won it beating Volnay de Thaix on this track just a couple of weeks ago at the Easter Saturday meeting. Gina Andrews rides Young Rich in this one for husband Tom Ellis.

The highest-rated horse in the Veteran Horse Conditions race, next, is His Excellency, mentioned above with reference to the first race in which they are also entered. Many of these entries also have options in other races so we will have to wait to see where they declare on the day to see our line up for this one.

The last race is a Maiden race for horses yet to win between the flags, and four of these entrants are making their racecourse debut. Of those with some form the ones to mention might be Doctor Tom, Friary Land and Ontherunagain.

Entry at the gate will be £15 with under 16s admitted free of charge. The tickets are also available online from the Midlands Pointing website. Well-behaved dogs are welcome as always, as long as they are kept on a lead.

Recent Posts

29th May 2024
Fitzwilliam at Dingley - Report

The weather gods were kind in the run up to the final meeting of the Midlands Area season and the going at Dingley was declared to be good across the course for the Fitzwilliam meeting on May 25th. 38 runners contested six races across the card, with both Dale Peters and Jack Teal recording doubles […]

21st May 2024
Fitzwilliam at Dingley 2024 - Preview

Just like that the British point-to-point season is almost over and we are preparing for the Midlands Area's final fixture for this year, the Fitzwilliam meeting at Dingley on Saturday 25th of May, where we have a six race card for which 86 horses have entered. Racing starts at 2pm. At the time of writing […]

8th May 2024
Fernie at Dingley 2024 - Report

Another big May Bank Holiday crowd descended on Dingley for the Fernie's point-to-point meeting on 5th May, where they enjoyed a seven-race card. The Fernie Four-Miler has turned up some great finishes over the years, but this year's renewal might be one of the most unusual. Four miles on any ground is a long race […]

1st May 2024
Fernie at Dingley 2024 - Preview

The Fernie point-to-point racing meeting is scheduled for Sunday 5th May at Dingley racecourse, just East of Market Harborough in Leicestershire. Tickets are available online and are selling well for this meeting which now starts at 1.25pm as a result of the rescheduled Members race from the Pytchley with Woodland meeting which makes it a […]

23rd April 2024
Ridge keeps the Gold Cup while doubles flow

John Ridge's Caryto des Brosses showed his class to win the Prestigious Quorn Gold Cup in style at Garthorpe on Saturday, for the second year running. The David Kemp-trained 12 year old is probably in his last season of racing but you wouldn't have known it from this display; he looked close to his very […]


A small random selection of the many generous companies who support Midlands point-to-point racing.
View all sponsors
The Jockey Club Logo
BMTC Law Logo
Sundown Products Logo
Billing Finance Logo
Humber Imports Logo
Frank Key logo
The Retraining of Racehorses Logo
The Hawthorns
Jupiter Asset Management Logo
Bletsoe Brown Country Store
Brothertoft Build Logo
Tattersalls Logo
Boston Golf Club
Fisher German Logo
Arable Alliance Logo
R&R Country
Racesafe Logo Black
CSB Concrete Logo
Alpha Drain Services Logo
Clawson Self Store Logo


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

linkedin facebook pinterest youtube rss twitter instagram facebook-blank rss-blank linkedin-blank pinterest youtube twitter instagram