ABOUT THE EVENT
More information about the Day
The next Point-to-Point Meeting is on Monday 5th April 2021.
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 OBH Point-to-Point are pleased to offer a strictly limited number of 50 Priority Parking spaces for the 2021 meeting.
£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 31st March 2021.
Passes will be sent out during the week prior to the event.
GENERAL ADMISSION: £15 per person (children under 14 go free)
ADVANCE SALES: £13 per person.
ON THE DAY: General Admission is by CASH ONLY on the gate. Cards will not be accepted.
There is no cash machine on site.
DISABLED PARKING: Disabled Parking is available to blue badge holders.
2019 MEETING REVIEW
CAZENOVE CAPITAL OLD BERKSHIRE HUNT POINT-TO-POINT
LOCKINGE, NEAR WANTAGE, OXFORDSHIRE
Monday, April 22, 2019
By Russell Smith
SAM Burton was counting his lucky stars after completing a remarkable across-the-card double on Tinelyra at the Cazenove Capital and Old Berkshire Hunt meeting at Lockinge, near Wantage. Burton had travelled from Paxford where he had already enjoyed one huge slice of fortune when he was left to take the members' race on Red Inca after Big Man Doe refused at the last. And the 19-year-old, who works for Tom Lacey at Woolhope in Herefordshire, saw his day get even better with an incredible win aboard Tinelyra in the Charles Russell Speechlys PPORA Club Members Conditions Race.
Burton looked set for third place in the three-runner field on the 13-year-old, trained by Max Comley at Cirencester, after jumping the last as Brandy And Red went clear only to run wide on the final bend and unseat Liam Harrison as he veered back to his left.That left Brians Well in the front, but his rider, James Turner, eased up before the line and Burton swooped late on Tinelyra to score by two lengths. Turner was fined £150 after the stewards found that he failed to ride out for the best possible placing. Burton, who was recording his first double, said: "I saw Liam go and I thought I would try and get as close to the second as we could and I saw yer man stood up and we ran on. He loves going down hills and he flew. "I had a winner at Paxford on Red Inca, which was very fortunate, so I am very lucky to have had two very lucky winners." Comley, who owns Tinelyra with friends Zack Davidson and Sam Fizor in the We Agreed To This On The Sesh Partnership, announced the veteran would now head into retirement. "He owes us nothing," he said. "He has retired now and will have a home for life with us. "I rode him when I was riding last year and rode round Cheltenham and we've had some great days out with him."
Lily Bradstock celebrated her first double on Southfield Theatre and Peddler, with the pair trained at nearby Letcombe Bassett by her mother, Sara, who was recording her first brace of winners. Bradstock saw a commanding lead on Southfield Theatre, owned by Southfield Racing headed by Angela Yeoman, whittled away by Newsworthy and George Henderson in the Cazenove Capital Mixed Open before her mount pulled clear to score by eight lengths. Lily said: "Once he gets in front he thinks he has won and is very idle, but once another horse comes to him then he goes again. I needed company because he was looking around and having some fun." Sara added: "We just wanted to give him a nice time after he ran in the Foxhunters at the Festival. He will probably go back to Cheltenham for the hunter chase meeting."
The Bradstocks made it a quick-fire double when Peddler took the Savills Open Maiden by five lengths, with George Henderson again having to settle for the runners-up berth on Bespoke Cave. Lily said: "Everyone has been joking all week about me riding my first double, but I've done it now." The five-year-old is owned by the Peddler Partnership headed by Peter Armitage, and Sara commented: "We bought him as an unbroken horse. He is a baby and this was a learning experience."
Phil York also landed a double on Timmie Roe and Kaiden Michael. However, it came at a cost as his victory on Kaiden Michael saw him pick up a £250 fine for excessive use of the whip, hitting his horse in the wrong place and not giving it time to respond. The seven-year-old, trained by Stuart Sampson at Culmstock in Devon, looked to be coasting to victory in the 2m 5f Restricted Race as he jumped the last ahead of sole rival Wild Ginger and Nick Phillips. However, Kaiden Michael hung badly right coming round the final bend allowing Wild Ginger to nip up the inside and take the lead. York did well to get his mount going again, and Kaiden Michael rallied gamely to get home by a length and a half. The winning rider said: "The silly thing is I have ridden that horse before and I forgot all about him doing that. "It happens when they try to go back to the horseboxes. He knows where the lorries are and wanted to get home." Owner Garth Whisker, from Clayhidon in Devon, said: "We warned Phil about the bend. We ran him here last year and he nearly ran Phil off the course. He is lucky really." Sampson was completing an across-the-card double after Ruggiero triumphed at Trebudannon.
York's earlier success on Timmie Roe had been much more straightforward as the eight-year-old racked up a seven-timer in a match for the Bear at Wantage (Arkell's) PPORA Club Members Conditions Race for Veteran and Novice Riders. Making all the running, the gelding, from Tim Underwood's Beedon stables, near Newbury, strolled home by ten lengths from Too Scoops and Brooke Gardner-Wollen to regain his outright lead in the Connolly's RED MILLS National Champion Horse standings.
Order In Court rattled up a hat-trick in the Humphrey Butler Old Berkshire Hunt Members, Subscribers & Farmers Race after finishing alone with sole rival Gizzit breaking a fetlock on the flat early in the contest, and sadly having to be put down. The Neil Thomas-trained 13-year-old was pulled up by York following the fourth fence leaving Fred Henderson to come home in his own time on Order In Court, trained by his father, James, at Buscot Park, near Faringdon. Fred said: "It was very lonely doing that, but he is such a honest horse and kept chugging away. I think it's because he has hunted a bit." James added: "I was just as nervous watching it. It is nerve-racking when they are alone."
The meeting was preceded by two pony races, sponsored by Pinewood School, Bourton, for the Deacon's Perpetual Trophy with Joe Leavy, 13, from Stoke-on-Trent, winning the first on Halley. Victory in the second went to Elliot England, 15, from Naunton in Gloucestershire, aboard Buddys Girl.
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.