On Sunday 13 November, the Longford and Westmeath Harriers will host their third annual Point to Point race meeting at Corbeagh House, Ballinalee.
This venue is now a well established fixture on the Point to Point calendar and has proved to be an ideal location for the meeting.
“We are looking forward to this year’s event,” organiser Linda Gallagher explained. “A great day’s racing is planned.”
This exciting day of racing starts at 12:30pm and the venue will be signposted from Longford, Edgeworthstown and Ballinalee.
The feature race is the JC Ferrall Memorial Open Race. This cup was purchased in 1949 by friends of the late Jack Ferrall, a renowned Longford Point to Point rider.Point to Point racing, which is run by The Irish National Hunt Steeplechase Committee, is often described as the lifeblood of the racing industry in Ireland.
Many horses that start their racing life at Point to Points graduate to the highest echelons of National Hunt racing both in Ireland and the UK.
Each race is run over three miles with 15 steeplechase jumps. The track is designed to run right handed, a perfect oval shape. It starts at the top of a gentle hill and heads down towards the back straight which is approximately three furlongs long. The home straight brings the horses up the Corbeagh hill to the finishing line.
The site has a natural viewing area so that spectators are able to see the entire race from practically anywhere on the field. This is an opportunity to get up close to the action and see racing at its very best.
Corbeagh House is a fifteen minute drive from Longford town. Ample parking and catering facilities will be available on the field. Live race commentary and on course bookies will add colour to the day.
The local community are again supporting the event including sponsors from Longford, Ballinalee and Edgeworthstown and the committee would like to acknowledge all the local businesses that are sponsoring races and advertising in the race programme.