Stonehall all set to stage point-to-point

Colm Kinsella


Colm Kinsella


Stonehall all set to stage point-to-point

This Saturday, there will be another point to point from Stonehall Harriers

PROGRESSIVE Stonehall Harriers will stage the first of its three fixtures of 2019 at Cragmore, Askeaton, this Sunday, February 10.

Stonehall Harriers will also run fixtures at Ballysteen and Moig later in the season.

Cragmore, which is the first local point of the year, will be held on the Costello family farm which is located off the Askeaton-Rathkeale road, and will be sign posted.

There will be parking, betting, dining and bar facilities on site.

A smashing six race card gets underway at 1pm with the Tattersalls Ireland 4yo Maiden. The concluding contest, the Stonehall Harriers Hunt & Kerry Agri 6yo+ Geldings Maiden, is due off at 3.30pm. 

Several impressive point-to-point winners have gone on to enjoy success subsequently on the racecourse proper.

A host of local leading trainers and jockeys will be in the thick of the action at the Stonehall Harriers Fixture this Sunday.

Grade 1 winner Death Duty won his four-year-old maiden here in 2015 and provided Derek O’Connor with his 1000th winner between the flags, making him the first point-to-point rider to ever achieve this remarkable milestone.

The history of point-to-point racing in Ireland dates back more than 260 years.

In 1752, two men, Edmund Blake and Cornelius O’Callaghan raced their horses from Buttevant to Doneraile in Cork over a four mile cross country course in what is believed to be the origin of racing in Ireland.

Starting at the church steeple in Buttevant and racing to the church steeple in Doneraile, their race on horseback from one point to another christened the name point-to-point racing.

Typically, there are now six races run at each point-to-point fixture, with the majority of races distinguished by the age of the horses running in each of the races.

Unlike on racecourses where there are a mix of races, from those on the flat, to those run over hurdles or fences, all point-to-point races are fun over fences, and almost solely over a distance of three miles.