Charles Stanley Old Berks Hunt
Point-to-Point Easter Monday
Going update: Due to the drying weather, the course at Lockinge is going to be agrrevated this week, in order to provide good jumping ground ahead of this Monday's fixture. Inspections welcome.
Entries: The Point-to-Point Racing Company Ltd
Tel: 01993 304840
Gates open 10.00am.
£25 and £35 car parks (£10 for single occupancy cars).
Pedestrian Entry £5.00.
Pony racing at 12.30 with 1st Point-to-Point Race at 2.00pm.
Plenty of other entertainments and trade stands.
Signposted from Wantage and other local roads for directions see below.
Chairman of the Committee:
Tel: 01793 782237/07900 568116
Clerk of the Course:
Tel: 07890 268 605/ E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Point to Point Secretary:
Lucy Cowen Tel: 07786 833559/E-mail: email@example.com
Advertising and Sponsorship:
4 The Waldrons, East Garston, Hungerford, Berkshire RG17 7JB
Tel: 01488 648 589
Trade Stand and Catering enquiries:
15 Hedgehill Road, East Challow, Wantage OX12 9SD
Tel: 01235 763 009
Pony Racing Entries/Enquiries secretary:
1 Colne Close, Grove, Wantage, OX12 0NN
Tel: 01235 762952/Mob: 07798894810
The Charles Stanley Old Berks Hunt Point to Point at Lockinge
The Point to Point course is approx 3 miles south east of Wantage on the B4494.
The nearest postcode is 0X12 8PA. The course is NOT in or accessed from the village of Lockinge.
Strictly embargoed until Wednesday 16 April
Horseracing's stars of tomorrow on show at Lockinge
Counting the number of eggs the Easter Bunny has left will be the furthest thing from nine year Caspar Stephenson's mind this Sunday night, as he prepares for his second racecourse appearance in just three days at the Charles Stanley Point-to-Point and Country Day on Easter Bank Holiday Monday at Lockinge.
Caspar and his pony; Polbourne Riverdance will be taking part in the first of two pony races that will proceed six further thoroughbred races at the Oxfordshire spectacle, which is widely regarded as one of the most popular Point-to-Point fixtures in the country.
The pony racing duo will also have taken part in the Pony Racing at Cheltenham on the Good Friday. Pony Racing is for children aged between nine and sixteen years of age and ponies measuring under 148cm.
Caspar who lives in Ramsbury, Wiltshire and has designed his own silks especially for the occasion said; "I am so excited I can't wait for Monday. Fudgie (Polbourne Riverdance) is fast so I have renamed him Fudgie Frankel"!.
Visitors to Lockinge on Easter Monday could witness future stars of the saddle in action in both the pony racing and subsequent thoroughbred races, as both codes are regarded as the grass roots of horseracing and have nurtured the careers of an army of successful jump and flat Jockey's.
21 year old Jordon Venant, from Luton will make his racing debut in the first Point-to-Point race on board Cuban Piece. Jordon who works for Wantage trainer Harry Whittington will take the ride on behalf of trainer Joanna Whittington, Harry's mother, who was master of the Old Berks Hounds for 15 years.
Ahead of his ride Jordon commented: "It's been the plan all season to run at Lockinge and its always been my aspiration to be a Jockey and on Monday I am looking forward to taking the first steps toward this. The horse is in great form and has blossomed this season".
At the entries stage on Monday 14 April, 75 runners featured across the six Point-to-Point races.
Gates open from 9.30am and entertainment starts at 11.15am and includes a hound parade, falconry display, pony racing and Easter Egg hunt. A variety of trade-stands including locally produced food will also feature.
The Point-to-Point is an important fundraiser for the Old Berks Hunt. The Hunt dates back to 1830 in its present form but the Hunt hosted its first race at the current Lockinge location in 1953, just a few weeks before the Queen's Coronation and has become a local sporting and social institution ever since.
Gates open from 9am. Entertainment starts at 11.15am. Pony Racing 12.30pm, First Race: 2pm.
Location: 2 miles South East of Wantage on B4494 (8m North West of Exit 13, M4) OX12 8PA
Entry on the gate: Cars £25. Priority parking £35. Dogs on leads welcome.
Note: Final runners and rider declarations are made on the day of the Point-to-Point.
For more information on this press release and interviews please contact Harriet Rochester