Point-to-point season under starter’s orders

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The eagerly-awaited annual point-to-point horse racing season gets under way at Dingleythis Saturday.

The opening fixture in the three-meet series begins on Easter Saturday with the Woodland Pytchley event.

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 Races.”

The first race starts at 2pm, and the day’s action will feature seven separate races at 35-minute intervals.

The feature race of the afternoon is the Mixed Open at 3.45pm.

There are also plenty of other activities throughout the day including trade stands and a funfair.

Admission is £10 for adults or free for under-16s. There is no additional charge for cars.

The second day’s action of the amateur horse racing season at Dingley will be hosted by the Harborough-based Fernie Hunt during the May Bank Holiday weekend on Sunday, May 3.

And Dingley is pleased to be welcoming back for the third time, the Peterborough-based Fitzwilliam (Milton) Hunt which will host the third meeting on Sunday, May 16.

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

For further details, visit www.dingleyraces.co.uk.