EVER since the first point-to-point race was held in Wales the Western Mail has been there - reporting on a time the races were held over haphazard courses and riders wore top hats.
Point-to-point racing is believed to have come to Wales in 1887 when 12 members of the Cardiff and County Club took part in a race over a course beyond Castleton and back, starting in a field near St Mellons Church.
The Levy Board's increased total annual grant of pounds 315, 000 to point-to-points
to specifically help cover track preparation and organisers' medical and veterinary costs is very welcome news for courses.
FEARS that the foxhunting ban would affect the 2005 point-to-point
season have been allayed by the Jockey Club, writes Seb Vance.
Then there was Timber Tool, who took his fences at breakneck speed, winning a total of 30 races, one on the flat, one over hurdles and 28 point-to-points
A ban on hunting will destroy the demand for hunters and hit point-to-points
- regarded as the nursery of jump racing.
Chesnut Annie has now won 34 point-to-points
and two hunter chases while Myfanwy Miles' Lady Myfanwy has a total of 28 point-to-point
wins and four hunter chase wins and is "A real favourite and a credit to connections.
Since most point-to-points
will continue, there will continue to be opportunities for horses, jockeys, stable staff, owners, racegoers and punters to develop skills, experience and enthusiasm for jump racing.
She had one season riding in point-to-points
but an horrific race-riding accident meant she couldn't race-ride again.
A lot of jump jockeys start riding and competing via hunting and point-to-points
and staff are just as important.
Obviously it is harder to win races under rules than it is to win point-to-points
Newton Abbot managing director Pat Masterson said: 'The racecourse enjoys a tremendously valuable relationship with the world of point-to-point
and hunter chasing.