Horseheath ready for long-awaited return to racing

Thurlow Hunt point to point meeting. ENGANL00220130403103613
Thurlow Hunt point to point meeting. ENGANL00220130403103613

Horseheath Racecourse will hold its first day of point to point racing since 2013 on Saturday - at the second time of asking.

The Cambridgeshire Hunt with Enfield Chace meeting had originally been scheduled to take place on February 1, but sub-zero weather caused its cancellation.

No racing has taken place on the course, which is owned by the Thurlow Estate, since the spring of 2013 after it was closed for the whole of 2014 to allow remedial work to be carried out to the turf to get it into a fit state for racing.

Fortunately the February 1 meeting was able to be rescheduled and all the 113 horses originally down for the seven-card meeting - the first race of which starts at midday and last at 3.30pm - have remained entered.

Clerk of the course, John Sharp, explained: “There is no other meeting.

“There’s maybe one other meeting in the south west on Saturday but it was a blank weekend as far as East Anglia racing was concerned and under our rules the entries stand for 16 days after the original date.”

When the February 1st meeting was cancelled it had initially been decided not to try and reschedule it, but that decision was swiftly altered and a new date was pencilled in.

The weather forecast is now looking positive for racing to go ahead on Saturday, with only light rain expected.

Mr Sharp said: “It’s looking very favourable.

“I walked the course yesterday (Tuesday) and the course is going to provide some great racing.

“Officially it’s good to soft at the moment.”

The Thurlow Hunt is due to hold its own meeting on the course on February 28.