Following Monday's timetabled relaxation of restrictions, Point-to-Point racing will resume again in the UK on March 29 with a totally fresh fixture list.
The remaining 12 weeks of the season will see a total of 54 fixtures stretching across the entire UK, amid which the Three Counties is well represented. The Berkeley moves on a day to Sunday April 25, whilst 4 other fixtures also take place across Worcestershire and Gloucestershire, starting with Maisemore on March 30.
A notable switch is the move of Shelfield Park from the third week in March to April 11, a slot vacated by Andoversford. No Cotswold fixture will take place at all, following the withdrawal of the North Cotswold at Paxford, Andoversford Races and the Cotswold Vale at Maisemore.
For the time being at least, all fixtures will remain behind closed doors with an intention to live stream all events. Further relaxation of restrictions will be at the direction of DCMS depending on the speed of infections falling and the vaccination roll-out.
A full national fixture list may be seen here.
Following the Prime Minister’s Announcement yesterday, the Point-to-Point Authority is planning to restart the sport in week commencing March 29.
Peter Wright, CEO, reported, "We are working hard to create a new fixture list which reflects the situation, and hope to have one available by the end of this week – there is no shortage of volunteers.
I realise that this will be disappointing news for some as we are inherently safe with very low densities, no fomites and no ventilation problems - apart from it sometimes being too windy. However, we do not operate in a bubble, and we have to be on the same page as other amateur sports."
This will still leave 11-12 weeks of the season remaining, including the two major Foxhunter chases at Aintree and Stratford.
In terms of the paying public and Owners, the government position is not yet clear but racing will restart behind closed doors until April 12 at the least.