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Countryside Alliance point-to-point well supported with nine competitive races

Nine races took place at the Countryside Alliance point-to-point at Badbury Rings on 18 February following an epic effort by all those involved following a deluge on the morning of raceday.

The weather has played havoc with the point-to-point fixture list this season and following the abandonment of Knightwick, a high number of entries were received for this meeting. A total of 108 horses were declared on the day, with an early decision to split the maiden race four ways rewarded with all four divisions providing some competitive racing. 

William Biddick, the current men’s champion point-to-point jockey claimed a treble on the day, including victory aboard the impressive No Drama This End in the third division of the Maiden, whilst James King - who is currently standing at the top of the leaderboard in the men’s title race for the 2023/24 season - rode a double.  

The Alliance was delighted to welcome many members and supporters back to the course, including our much-valued sponsors and patrons who enjoyed a “stirrup cup” on arrival, a buffet lunch and refreshments throughout the day, as well as a complimentary race card and access to the hospitality marquee positioned alongside the paddock.

Before racing started, a minute’s silence was held in memory of the late Keagan Kirkby who died following a pointing fall at Charing in Kent on 4 February. The jockeys all wore black armbands as a mark of respect to their friend and former weighing-room colleague who was very much at the forefront of their minds. 

Tim Bonner, Chief Executive of the Countryside Alliance, praised all those involved in staging this annual meeting:

“Yet again we are incredibly grateful to all those who have worked tirelessly to ensure this meeting was able to go ahead, particularly those from the Portman Hunt. As with so many events that hunts run, point-to-points require a huge number of volunteers to ensure the day can run smoothly and we are delighted that the efforts of all those involved were worthwhile.  

“Our thanks go to all those who supported the point-to-point in any capacity, including sponsors, patrons, trade stand holders, volunteers and everybody who attended to enjoy this special day in the point-to-pointing fixture list. We look forward to welcoming you back to Badbury Rings again next year.”

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