21 April 2012 Changes Afoot At Northaw
by James Crispe
The Cambridgeshire with Enfield Chace Point-to-Point at Northaw on Bank Holiday Monday May 7th will be staged at the usual Northaw venue (two miles north east of Potters Bar) but over a radically changed course.
Owing to poor grass cover on some parts of the course, which has not been used since 2010 (last year fell victim to hard ground), the lay-out has been changed after consultation with the British Horseracing Authority's Senior Inspector Of Courses, Richard Linley.
It will still be left-handed and the winning post remains in a similar position, whilst the positioning of the paddock and changing/declarations tent will be unchanged. But whereas the course used to be an oval running alongside the main spectating area, it will now be a one mile oval stretching away from the crowd.
The start will be in a chute, which includes the first fence, which will be jumped only once. The other six fences will each be jumped three times and the total distance of each race will be a little over three miles and one furlong.
Linley himself will be in attendance on May 7th, when the first of six steeplechases will get under way at 2.15pm. Entries are being taken by the Point-to-Point Racing Company and close at 12.30pm on Monday April 30th.