Bicester Hunt with Whaddon Chase

Bicester Hunt with Whaddon Chase

Bicester Hunt with Whaddon Chase

Bicester Hunt with Whaddon Chase

The South Midlands area welcomes a new course in 2018 – following the sad closure of Whitfield – with the introduction of racing at Edgcote, north east of Banbury, by kind permission of the Wills Estates. Three Point-to-Points will be held in 2018 on these historic gallops, where renowned National Hunt horses such as Royal Relief, Spanish Steps and Tiberetta were trained by Edward Courage in the 1950s and ’60s, and local Point-to-Point trainer Simon Gilmore – who is also head lad to Edgcote-based Alex Hales.
The reason for moving from Whitfield to Edgcote is that HS2 plans to cross the Whitfield course and it has proved impossible to realign within the remaining area. Martin Clarke has now been given provisional notice by HS2 so we need an alternative. All parties are very grateful to Martin for his efforts in establishing and running Whitfield over the recent years and the help he has continued to give to help the Wills Estate set up the new course.
There will be an Open Day at the course on Sunday 4th March with gates opening at 11 o’clock and drinks and nibbles from 1pm – all are welcome to come and walk the course and meet the team.
The three 2018 meetings are:
Sunday 8th April
Bicester with Whaddon Chase
Saturday 28th April
Farmers Bloodhounds
Sunday 20th May
Grafton

Bicester & Whaddon Chase
The Side Saddle Dash will open the day at 12 noon followed by a formal opening of the course and attendance by the brewery dray horses
1st race starts at 1pm -Mixed Open race is a Timico Qualifier for the final at Cheltenham on the 4th May.
Pony racing will follow the main point to point races
There will be a heated bar, trade stands and a parade of hounds

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