The 70th edition of the Bedale Point to Point at Hornby Castle promises to be a memorable one with the weather forecast set fair and the Grand National adding to attractions on the day.
The first of six point to point steeplechases is programmed for 1.30pm, and the two Open Races which both boast prize money of £1000, have attracted good entries. For the first time in 2017, the Bedale Ladies’ Open Race will be contested over the shorter distance of 2 miles 6 furlongs.
Clerk of the Course David Ford is anticipating perfect racing conditions for Saturday, and commented on Thursday 6th April, “we expect that the ground will be officially good on Saturday, and we have an excellent covering of grass.”
All the point to point action will be shown on the McClarrons Giant Screen, which will become the focal point at 5.15pm for the live broadcast of the world’s greatest race, the Aintree Grand National!
To conclude the sporting action, the Hornby Challenge Ride has quickly become a popular feature of the day. The event provides an unique opportunity for riders of all ages to tackle the point to point fences in a fun ride around the course.
In between races, visitors will enjoy a range of trade stands and children’s entertainment, while catering options include a public bar and the Bedale Hunt Supporters’ BBQ and Cakes marquee which will be serving up burgers, bacon butties and homemade cakes throughout the day.
Click here for the Pointing in Yorkshire preview of Saturday’s meeting.
Entry is £10 per person, with under-16s free of charge.