Knightwick Races and the Clifton on Teme Hunt made a cracking start when staging point-to-point racing at a new venue in 2018, and drawing some highly-talented performers.
Among them was Findlay’s Find, Britain’s former champion point-to-pointer, who won the first race held at the new course under local riding legend Dave Mansell. Less than a week later the partnership went to Cheltenham, the home of Jump racing, and finished runner-up in a hunters’ chase.
Another winner on the card was Garde Ville, one of the country’s leading point-to-pointers. He travelled from North Wales to land the mixed open race, and went on to win three more events before the season’s end, including a Warwick hunters’ chase and the famous John Corbet Cup at Stratford, officially titled the pointtopoint.co.uk Champion Novices’ Hunters’ Chase.
Other riders who took their place on the scoresheet during the afternoon included Warwickshire’s Alice Stevens, who went on to become Britain’s champion novice woman, Guy Disney, the former soldier who has become a leading figure in amateur riding circles, and Tommie O’Brien, who landed a double on the day.
Knightwick Races, just off the A44 between Worcester and Bromyard, is staging its 2019 meeting on Sunday, April 28, when a six-race card is due to start at 2pm and will include a £1,000 mixed open contest over three and a half miles.
Bring the family, have a flutter on the horses and enjoy a host of other attractions and trade stands. Children under 16 (and dogs on leads) are admitted free, while adults can save money by buying tickets online in advance.
The Clifton on Teme Hunt is grateful to landowners John and Sue Walker for giving it permission to stage Knightwick Races.