Fixture list allows early start as Avon Vale switches to Sunday

The cancellation of two-thirds of last season has forced some innovative changes to the fixture list for the 2020-21 season, announced earlier this week, although still to be ratified by BHA. In recompense for the loss of so many fixtures, the season will start with 6 fixtures at Bishops Court and Dunsmore in Devon, Charing in Kent, Maisemore and Chaddesley Corbett in the Midlands on October 24, the sport's earliest ever start. The Wessex calendar is largely similar to last season, but the Avon Vale has switched to a Sunday, March 28, thr last of 7 fixtures at Larkhill. A total of 164 fixtures is scheduled between October and the start of June 2021. Peter Wright, CEO of the Point-to-Point Au

Mulholland makes an early start to the season

Bath based Neil Mulholland has made an early start to the new Jumps season with 3 winners from 24 individual runners since the start of the month. This includes a double yesterday at Perth, a near 900 mile round trip, made all the sweeter by Lake Baikal's 3l victory in the 2m Handicap Chase, and Harbour Force in the second division of the 2m4f handicap hurdle. The Wiltshire trainer, based at Conkwell Grange, has been a bellwether of consistency over the past six years, with on or around 50 winners year on year, capped by an exceptional 2016-17 when his 19% strike rate was rewarded with 108 winners. This success has been largely due to moving to Conkwell, where the range of facilities enabled

Lizzie Kelly retires, but have girls smashed the glass ceiling?

Former Point-to-Point graduate Lizzie Kelly, Britain's leading professional rider, has hung up her boots to start a family. Winner of 72 races under Rules and a further 50 or so Point-to-Point races, the 27 year old is due in December and a career stop would in all likelihood have been announced earlier, but for the lockdown taking racing out of the equation. Lizzie cut her teeth on the West Country circuit, but she wasted no time becoming a professional, moving as conditional rider to Barbury-based Neil King 6 years ago in 2014. She was just 21. King provided her with 6 of her 72 Rules victories. The old saying that blood is thicker than water was rarely better personified than in Lizzie's

Point-to-Point & Horses in Training sale will give early indication of Corona impact on ownershi

Tuesday's Two Year Olds in Training sale at Fasig-Tipton bucked an anticipated downward trend in bloodstock prices since the outbreak of the Corona virus, with a gross of $23,572,500 from 303 sales, an average over $77,000. Bloodstock auctioneers on this side of the Atlantic are viewing the impending sale season with some trepidation as the sale season begins again in post-lockdown Europe. Goffs stage the UK Spring Store Sale on July 28, the first UK public sale since the Cheltenham Festival on March 12. This is day one of a two day sale that includes the Spring Horses in Training and Point-to-Point sales, where traditionally, purchasers will renew their Point-to-Point stock of youngsters an

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