'Point to Point' event to take place in Ballinalee

Longford and Westmeath Harriers

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Point to Point in Ballinalee

Tiger Sam is pursued by Scarvas Cindy and Cogryhill during one of the races on the card at the Westmeath & Longford Harriers Point-to-Point on Sunday last at Corbeagh House. Photo: Michelle Ghe

Longford and Westmeath Harriers will host their annual Point to Point race meeting at Corbeagh House, Ballinalee on Sunday, December 2.

An exciting day of racing starts at 12 noon and the venue will be signposted from 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 jump 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 Corbeagh 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 only a 15 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 with sponsors from Longford, Ballinalee and Edgeworthstown.

The committee would like to acknowledge all the local businesses that are sponsoring races and advertising in the race programme.