Horseheath ready to race again

Thurlow Hunt point to point meeting in 2013. ENGANL00220130403103403
Thurlow Hunt point to point meeting in 2013. ENGANL00220130403103403
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Point to point racing will return to Horseheath on Sunday after a blank 2014 following the completion of remedial work to the course.

The owners of the course, The Thurlow Estate, had to close it last year to allow it to be rested and the turf reseeded and rolled in order to get it back in a fit condition for racing.

Now the work has been completed successfully the Cambridgeshire Hunt will hold its annual race meeting there on Sunday - weather permitting - with 113 entries received for the seven-race card, the first of which sets off at midday.

The clerk of the course, John Sharp, said: “The Horseheath Racecourse executive is delighted again to be staging racing after a year’s break and the first of three meetings for this spring will go ahead on Sunday.”

The course has been tested by horse and rider to ensure it is fit for racing, as Mr Sharp explained.

He said: “I organised a schooling session in November to give everybody a chance to bring their horses to see that everything was put back and ready to race.

“Sixty four horses took part, the whole track was used and there was nothing but good comments.”

The Thurlow Hunt will hold its meeting at Horseheath on Saturday, February 28 before the Puckeridge Hunt does likewise on March 28.

Mr Sharp, who said he has his fingers crossed that the predicted frost and snow for the weekend doesn’t materialise, added: “The Thurlow Estate is delighted to be racing.”