Point-to-point season is just around corner

Dingley Races
Dingley Races

Dingley Races has announced its three race meetings planned for this spring as the traditional point-to-point season gets underway.

The annual race season at Dingley begins with the Woodland Pytchley fixture on Easter Saturday, April 19.

A spokesman for the event said: “This is always a very popular race meeting and a highlight for many people in Leicestershire and Northamptonshire, as it really is a true family day out appealing to all ages.

“There is no better way to enjoy the Easter weekend than a day out at Dingley watching the races with a large picnic and all of your friends and family around to enjoy the occasion.

“There are plenty of activities throughout the day to keep everyone well-entertained.”

The second day’s action of the 2014 amateur horseracing season at Dingley will be hosted by the Harborough-based Fernie Hunt whose meeting takes place over the May Bank Holiday weekend on Sunday, May 4.

The third event will see Dingley welcoming back for the third time the Peterborough-based Fitzwilliam (Milton) Hunt which will host the meeting over the Spring Bank Holiday weekend on Sunday, May 25.

Plans are already at an advanced stage for that day, which will include a large contingent of racehorses and spectators from further afield.

Philip Cowen, one of the organisers at Dingley Races, said: “We are delighted that the Fitzwilliam are coming back again this year, to complement the two long-established Easter Saturday and early-May meetings.

“Their decision reflects the substantial investments made at the course in recent years to provide much-improved facilities for racegoers, and a high-quality racetrack which will help to encourage owners and trainers from further afield to send their best horses to Dingley throughout the point-to-pointing season.

“With a later than usual Easter this year, we are confident that we will be able to offer good racing ground and attract the very best horses from throughout the country.

“Continual investment in the track and facilities at Dingley ensures that everyone who attends the race meetings will benefit year on year.”

This year’s improvements include new and rebuilt fences on the course, work to improve the racing surface and a replacement steward’s and commentator’s box.

“This will enable us to attract the very best horses and jockeys in point-to-pointing, whilst also providing for an efficient, well-run and properly resourced event,” added Mr Cowen.

The course is laid-out in a natural bowl at the foot of the car parks.

There will also be children’s fun fair rides and entertainment, numerous trade stands, food and drink stalls, licensed betting including a Tote facility and bookies.