NEXT MEETING: MONDAY 13th APRIL 2020

Lockinge Point-to-Point Course

Wantage

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ABOUT THE EVENT

More information about the Day

The next Point-to-Point Meeting is on Monday 13th April 2020.

Gates Open: 10:30am

Pre Racing Attractions: 11:30am

First Pony Race: 12:30pm

Parade of Hounds: 1:00pm

First Race: 2:00pm

Last Race: 4:55pm

Showground Closes: 6:30pm

Bars, Shops and Exhibitors Open: 10:30am - 6:00pm

DATE & TIMES

The Cazenove Capital OBH Point-to-Point are pleased to offer a strictly limited number of 50 Priority Parking spaces for the 2020 meeting, on sale from Monday 14th October 2019.

£80 Priority Parking gives you a numbered space with priority views of the course. This space will be reserved for you throughout the day, whatever time you arrive. Perfect if you are having a joint picnic with friends to reserve spaces next to each other.

LAST DAY FOR ONLINE PURCHASES: 6pm WEDNESDAY 8th April 2020.

Passes will be sent out during the week prior to the event.

PRIORITY PARKING

 £80

GENERAL ADMISSION: £15 per person (children under 14 go free)

ADVANCE SALES:  Tickets will be available online from Monday 14th October 2019.

ON THE DAY: General Admission is by CASH ONLY on the gate. Cards will not be accepted.

There is no cash machine on site.

GENERAL
ADMISSION

 £15

2019 MEETING PREVIEW

 

 

CAZENOVE CAPITAL OLD BERKSHIRE HUNT POINT-TO-POINT

 LOCKINGE, NEAR WANTAGE, OXFORDSHIRE

 

Monday, April 22, 2019

 

By Russell Smith

 

TRAINER Sara Bradstock is hopeful Southfield Theatre can get back to winning ways at the Cazenove Capital Old Berkshire Hunt meeting at Lockinge, near Wantage, on Easter Monday.

The 11-year-old was successful at Larkhill and Cocklebarrow under Bradstock's daughter, Lily, this season before finishing ninth in the St James's Place Foxhunter Chase at the Cheltenham Festival. Southfield Theatre is among 17 entries for the Cazenove Capital Mixed Open, and Sara, who trains at nearby Letcombe Bassett, said: "He hated the soft ground at Cheltenham. He really wants the fast ground.

"The plan is to go back to Cheltenham for the evening hunter chase meeting and we thought we would give him not such a hard race in the middle."

Aston Rowant trainer Alan Hill could let Man Of Steel take his chance after wins at Kingston Blount and Godstone where he landed the South East Area Grand National for the second year running. Hill commented: "As Toby Hunt (co-owner) said he might not be Tiger Roll, but we have won the National for the second year running. He is a quirky little horse and we hope and think Lockinge may suit him."

Timmie Roe, who heads the Connolly's RED MILLS National Champion Horse standings with six wins, could bid to stretch his sequence for Tim Underwood's Beedon stables, near Newbury. However, the eigth-year-old holds an alternative engagement in the Bear at Wantage (Arkell's) PPORA Club Members Conditions Race for Veteran and Novice Riders.

 

Stuart Sampson sent Beat The Tide up from his Cullompton stables in Devon to take the mixed open 12 months ago, and he may attempt to repeat the feat with Top Chief. The 11-year-old, who is also entered in the veteran and novice riders' race, ended last season with a brace of wins at Bratton Down, before romping home by 40 lengths at Larkhill on his reappearance last month.

 

Should Timmie Roe and Top Chief swerve the mixed open for the preceding race, they may face Chosen Lucky, winner of five of his last six starts for Dean Summersby's Lifton yard in Devon.

 

Underwood has also entered Streets Of London, a four-time winner this term, here although the five-year-old could line up at Charing on Saturday.

 

James Henderson, who trains at Buscot Park, near Faringdon, holds a strong hand with Order In Court and Newsworthy among five entries in the Humphrey Butler Old Berkshire Hunt Members, Subscribers & Farmers Race, which opens the card at 2pm. The pair, who have the option of tackling the mixed open, boast leading credentials with Order In Court on a hat-trick after wins at Siddington and Mollington, while Newsworthy was beaten only nine lengths when sixth to Celtic Silver at the latter venue.

 

The Bradstocks have entered Damby's Star, who made much of the running before finishing a 15-length sixth to Mankala at Didmarton .

Sara said: "Mark (husband) or I will walk the course on Sunday night after they have put the water on it and make a decision, but the competition looks very hot."

 

Titans Approach, from Karen Lawther's Great Missenden yard, was well beaten when fifth behind Smoke Man at Mollington, while Gizzit was poised to land the members' race 12 months ago only to fall at the last when clear. The Neil Thomas-trained 13-year-old could bid to make amends in this year's renewal, although he is also among five entries for the Charles Russell Speechlys PPORA Club Members Conditions Race.

 

Gizzit has finished fourth on all three starts this term, most recently when 25 lengths adrift of Robin De Boss at Larkhill in February.

Also in the line-up for the latter contest are Brians Well, from Mark Turner's yard, who has finished fourth on his last two outings, while Brandy And Red, trained by Robert Hathaway, is top-rated despite failing to complete in his last three starts. Tinelyra, pulled up in the Lord Ashton of Hyde's Cup at Cocklebarrow in January after finishing third to Hawkhurst at Barbury, and Martin Cash, who was pulled up on his last two starts, make up the quintet.

 

Peddler is on a learning curve for the Bradstocks ahead of his debut between the flags in the Savills Open Maiden, having finished a distant tenth in a Hereford novices' hurdle last November. Sara said: "I wouldn't be surprised to see him win, but it will be more educational than anything else."

 

Bespoke Cave, who was turned over by You're The Man when an odds-on favourite at Andoversford, could bid to go one better for James Henderson, who also has the five-year-old entered in the restricted.

 

It's Fine Wine, from Graeme McPherson's Stow-on-the-Wold stables, was well-backed to make a winning pointing debut at Siddington only to unseat his rider at the first fence, and is on a retrieval mission.

 

Phar Island, beaten a neck by Lure Des Pres at Badbury Rings, would also come into contention if making the trip from Sally Alner's Droop stables in Dorset, while Ballydorn, from Laura Thomas's Barbury yard, produced her best effort yet when third to Hott Lips at Barbury two weeks ago.

 

Stuart Sampson could run Kaiden Michael, who found only Soul Kaliber a length too good at Cherrybrook last time, in the closing 2m 5f Restricted Race.

 

Potential rivals include the Harriet Brown-trained Gracious Prince, who was 12 lengths adrift of Soul Kaliber when the pair took minor honours behind Manofmanywords at Cothelstone.

 

Occupied would be making a swift reappearance, having got off the mark for trainer Michael Kehoe at Edgcote last Sunday.

 

The six-race card has attracted 56 entries, and clerk of the course Paul Caudwell plans to water the track on Sunday with 60,000 gallons to maintain the going, which he described as being good earlier this week.

 

Preceding the main card are two pony races, sponsored by Pinewood School, Bourton, starting at 12.30, with a parade of hounds at 1pm.

 

Gates open at 10am and admission is £10 per person (cash only) with children under 16 free. Lockinge is 2m SE of Wantage on the B4494 (8m NW Exit 13 of the M4). OX12 8PA. For more information visit obhpointtopoint.co.uk.

2018 MEETING REVIEW

Naval officer lands her first win at Lockinge

The Cazenove Capital OBH Point-to-Point and Family Day at Lockinge

Easter Monday, 2 April

Owner, trainer, jockey - Lieutenant Commander Vikki Sollitt was visibly delighted after riding her first winner at the Cazenove Capital OBH Point-to-Point and family day at Lockinge on Easter Monday.

Despite wet conditions approximately four thousand visitors enjoyed six jumps races and two pony races, with Lt Cdr Sollitt riding the twelve-year-old Spanish Arch securing an impressive twenty-five-length win in the second – The PPORA Club Members Conditions race.

Vikki, who is a mother, and an officer in the Royal Navy working for the Assistant Chief of defence staff in logistics at Abbey Wood in Bristol, and lives in Tewkesbury said: “I bought this horse out of Martin Keighley’s yard to get around the military races at Sandown, he gave me two great spins round there and this is my sixth ride and my first win.  I am absolutely thrilled, especially with Spanish Arch!”

The opening race went to Camilla Henderson riding Medieval Chapel, who were following up on a second win in this race two years ago.  The combination were the only finishers, after the long-time leader Gizzit fell at the last fence and the other two runners pulled up. The grey is owned by Champion jumps trainer, Nicky Henderson, who was watching on and trained by Georgie Nicholls, who also saddled her first point-to-point winner. Camilla said: “I am thrilled, Medieval Chapel is a fantastic campaigner and deserves this, as we haven’t won since here two years ago.  Today is extra special as Lockinge is my local course and there are a lot of family and friends here in support – we will celebrate tonight”. 

 

Beat The Tide was the eventual winner of the third race, the mixed open, after a dramatic photo finish with Abricot De L’Oasis.  Looking like the easy winner in the closing stages of the race, Abricot De L’Oasis hanged towards the paddock on the run in, losing valuable ground and handing the race to Beat The Tide and jockey Ben Robarts. Ben, who works for leading jumps trainer Philip Hobbs, said: “He jumped well on the first circuit, and then tired a bit on the second, so we lost a bit of ground over some fences and I thought we would have to settle for second.  However, the one in front jinked on the run in, opening the door for us, and Beat The Tide rallied hard and managed to just get his head in front. I feel a bit sorry for Freddie Henderson (eventual second) as it was unfortunate for him, but I’m delighted for us!”. 

 

Owner-trainer Tim Underwood was all smiles after Tempelpirate recorded his nineteenth win in the fourth, the PPORA Club Members' Conditions Race for Veteran and Novice Riders.  Held up by Phil York, the eleven-year-old at the final fence loomed onto the heels of the front-running Cadeau George ridden by Dougie Gittins, and then managed to just hold them off to win the race by a length.

Fred Hutsby, who trains at Wellesbourne in Warwickshire, was impressed by the manner of Mistercobar's victory in the fifth race – the restricted.  The six-year-old forged clear when asked to quicken by jockey Sam Lee to follow up his Kingston Blount maiden win with a three-lengths success over Order In Court.

 

Chipping Norton based trainer, Howard Pauling and Whin Park landed the sixth the Open Maiden. Jockey Peter Mason rode wide on the six-year-old in search of better ground, and his mount eased clear from the fourth-last to come home ten lengths ahead of Redmond Hall. The twelve-year-old, joined Pauling after failing to shine under rules with his son, jumps trainer Ben. Pauling Snr said: "He didn't really enjoy himself, so we have taken him to point-to-pointing to enjoy life, and he seems to be doing just that."

Two pony races kicked off the day, with Lambourn's Thomas Bradburne, 11, taking the Pinewood Perpetual Trophy for 138cm and Under event on Push The Button. Edward Vaughan, 10, son of trainer Tim Vaughan, from Cowbridge, near Cardiff, finished second on Nomoranun, before going one better in the Pinewood Perpetual Trophy for 148cm and Under race aboard Peateaoh.

2017 MEETING REVIEW

Easter Bank Holiday Monday 17th April 2017

Thousands descended upon the vibrant Old Berkshire Point-to-Point to witness a riding exhibition from Sam Waley-Cohen as Anquetta triumphed in the Cazenove Capital Mixed Open.

The popular raceday, held annually at Lockinge, near Wantage, on Easter Monday, saw a crowd of over 7,000 roar at a thrilling finish to the day’s feature as the Gold Cup-winning rider executed tactics perfectly to hold off the fast-finishing Saint Roque by a diminishing length.

The thirteen-year-old gelding usually races prominently but Waley-Cohen, mindful of his mount’s stamina limitations, held up the winner before pinching a decisive advantage in the final mile and hugging the inside rail.

“Today meant a lot because he’s been a grand servant and this may have been his last race,” said the winning rider. “I owe him a lot because he’s taken me to all the big festivals. He’s been a great friend. This Point-to-Point is always fun and the victory was extra special as I have lots of family and friends here.”

“I really enjoyed that!” said owner/trainer Robert Waley-Cohen, father of Sam. “We wanted to sit behind early as three miles stretches him to the limit.”

Regaining the Lockinge Challenge Cup after Rumbavu had prevailed for connections in 2013, Waley-Cohen continued: “He was returning to more suitable ground today. This is the perfect place to bring a horse wanting consistent, fast ground. We may retire him now. It would be a great moment to go out on, but if he gets his conditions again before the end of the season it may be difficult to resist!”

A keen breeder of racehorses at his Upton Viva Stud, near Banbury, Waley-Cohen’s group of elite mares have recently foaled five fillies and a colt. “It would have been nice to have more than one colt out of the crop but he looks lovely,” said Waley-Cohen. The colt was foaled out of multiple listed winner Polly Peachum by Kapgarde, while former Topham chase winner Liberthine is still expecting.

Despite being denied a third successive victory in the feature race, Faringdon handler James Henderson, cousin Champion Trainer elect Nicky, saddled a double with previous course winners Oliver James and Otto The Great landing the OKA Hunt Members and Arkells Conditions races respectively.

Both ridden by the trainer’s son Fred, Oliver James, who won the Hunt race in 2015 before a surprise defeat last year, showed the best finishing pace after an indifferent round of jumping. “I rode him at Siddington last time and put him on the floor!” said the trainer. “He’s my hunter but my family told me I wasn’t allowed to ride him again after that! He’s fragile and doesn’t stand a lot of racing but he’s been a great servant. That’s his seventh win.”

Otto The Great, the winner of the Mixed Open on this card in 2015, had lost his form but returned to the winner’s enclosure for the first time in two years. “He seemed to relish the sounder surface today and it was great to see him enjoying himself again,” said Henderson.

The award for the most promising young rider of the day went to sixteen-year-old Milo Herbert, who guided Butney Rock to victory in the Cornbury Festival Veteran and Novice Riders race. Having failed to complete in his two previous rides between the flags, Herbert confidently held up the ten-year-old before cruising ahead from the final fence. Trained by Nicky Shepherd, the winner was purchased for £7,500 out of Colin McBratney’s stable last year.

Qualified with the Monmouthshire Hunt, Abergavenny-based Herbert said: “It’s just the best feeling to ride a winner. I’ve been pony racing since I was nine and my younger brother, Ivor, competed here earlier today. I’ve always had a racing connection as my grandfather was the Clerk of the Course at Newcastle and Ripon and we’ve re-ignited some old family colours. I’m quite tall so I just want to ride as many winners as possible and see where my career takes me.”

Six-year-old Very Intense routed his rivals in a competitive Bentley Berkshire Restricted race. A runner-up in this grade in each of his previous three starts, Johnny Bailey rode the gelding for the Barbury Bunch Partnership, fronted by Barbury Castle trainer Laura Thomas.

“He’s owned by a local syndicate so it’s great to win here,” said Thomas. “He’s been consistent but this is the first time he’s had genuine fast ground and he’s done it well. He’s appreciated the drop back in trip today too so I’ll be keeping my eye out for Intermediate races over shorter distances.”

Although last of three in the race twelve months ago, Spessartine capped an excellent weekend for rider Katy Lyons by winning the closing ProCam Open Maiden race. Having ridden a winner for Tim Underwood at Kimble on Saturday, Lyons denied the trainer of further weekend glory with his Kicker King only second. The seven-year-old Duke of Marmalade gelding is trained a stone’s throw from the course at Steve Barry’s breaking-in and pre-training centre at Lockinge Stud.

“This is the first time we’ve had him right this season and I’m glad he’s got his head in front,” said Barry. “He shows us plenty at home so hopefully he’ll go on from this. I wasn’t sure if the ground would suit him because he’s quite a big horse but he’s bounced off it. We primarily do breaking-in and pre-training but training pointers is something we do on the side to give my fiancé, Katy, some more rides!”

The two Pony Races, which preceded the Point-to-Point racing, were won by Elliot England, 13, on Maesteg Ruth and Paddy Barlow, 15, on Tiny Dancer, respectively.