Point to Point Horse Racing in Cheshire


What’s pointing?

Point-to-pointing is often described as “racing in a field of its own”. Quite literally, this is true! The majority of point-to-points – there are about 80 courses nationwide –take place in farmers’ fields, used just once or a handful of times a season, with temporary facilities and food and drink outlets and bookmakers turning up on the day. For this reason, point-to-pointing is not just the grassroots of jump racing, but its bedrock and foundation, and is in the DNA of the rural community. Many rules racegoers are introduced to the sport through point-to-pointing, usually through family and friends and often via picnics at the car boot. It is certainly a more relaxed atmosphere than the professional sport – you can wander, eat and drink where you want (within reason), children are allowed to roam free and dogs are welcomed (on a lead, of course!)

In a nutshell A point-to-point is a horse race meeting over fences for amateur jockeys held at racecourses throughout Britain, most of which are rural and set-up specifically for the point-to-point fixture, rather than permanent locations. It's a great day out in the countryside where people come together to enjoy the sport and to socialise with friends and family.

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Horse being ridden by Jockey in Manchester

What is a syndicate?

For people who want to share the ownership of one or more horses, without the necessity of being registered as an owner. A syndicate is managed and administered by an appointed syndicator, and only they need to register as a sole owner.

Syndicate ownership can be fun, sociable and a good way to meet new, like-minded racing fans. Decisions are usually the responsibility of the syndicator and/or trainer and – depending on the size of the syndicate determines the costs involved as overall it is shared amongst the group. This is a perfect way to enjoy racehorse ownership at a fraction of the cost.

What’s a racing club?

The difference between a Syndicate and a Racing Club is that within a Syndicate the group actually own a shared equal percentage of the horse. As with a Racing Club the horse is Leased to the Club.

Leasing involves ownership of a racehorse for a set period of time. Costs that the horse incurs become the responsibility of the lessee for the lease period and, in return, the horse will run under the ownership of the lessee. At the end of the lease agreement the ownership of the horse returns to the lessor/the legal owner.

The principal benefit of leasing is that you are not faced with the upfront costs of purchasing a horse. Depending on the lessor the horse can be retained for another season with the Racing Club or replaced by another horse on lease.

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Horses jumping over hedge in Cheshire
Race information

Can I join more than one racing club or syndicate?

Yes that’s absolutely fine. No limitations. Enjoying multiple Clubs or Syndicates will keep you nicely entertained and engaged.

What if I change my mind?

If you have subscribed as a Racing club member and change your mind that’s no problem just shoot us a email and we will stop your direct debit immediately. You can rejoin after a minimum 3 month cooling off period subject to availability of course. If you’re a Syndicate member then you can stop your commitment at anytime just politely please let us know but please remember that if it’s less than 12 months then all monies paid previously are non refundable and your share is surrendered. After 12 months or once your horse purchase fee is covered you have the option to sell your share.

How many days at the races will my horse run and where?

With over 80 point to point courses nationwide the options are far and wide. The trainer will decide where is best to run but will always try to be as close to designated yards as possible. It varies considerably on each individual horse how many times they physically can run but realistically a maximum of 6-7 times a season is likely. Younger horses aged 4/5 years old may run a little less say 4-5 times a season.

Can I bring a friend or partner?

Yes sure that’s great! They are welcome at yard visits or on the gallops.

What’s the dress code for a point to point?

There's no dress code – you can wear what you wish. The season starts in November and finishes in mid-June, so a warm coat and wellies during the colder months are a must, along with thermal undergarments and waterproof clothing, whereas sun cream can be needed as we head into Spring and Summer.