Tranwell under starter’s orders

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HIGH quality horse racing will take place at the Morpeth Point-to-Point on Sunday.

Unlike many other courses, Tranwell benefits from only having the one meeting each year so the turf is in excellent condition.

The total number of entries is 135 – the second highest in the entire country for the weekend.

As a result, organisers have already had to divide the first race, which is the two-mile four furlong maiden for younger horses.

There are 31 in the other maiden race for older horses so depending on the amount of declarations, this may also be divided on the day.

At the other end of the experience scale, the Ladies’ and Men’s open races will be hard fought contests with 15 and 16 entries apiece.

After the horses, it is the turn of the children on their ponies – every bit as competitive as the adults and just as exciting.

Event Secretary Joanna Boswell said: “Apart from the racing we have several trade stands and food stalls.

“The bookmakers are ready to take as little as £1 on the one you fancy and there is a bar to cater for your celebrations when it comes in first.

“The Morpeth Foxhounds will be paraded before racing starts – a reminder that the roots of point to point racing are steeped in the hunting field, where horses still have to qualify by having four days out each year.

“The weather forecast is for warm sunshine so Tranwell is the place to be for a really enjoyable day out for all the family.”

The first race goes off at 1pm.