A compelling set of incentives faces owners and keepers of Point-to-Point horses across the South-West and Midlands at this year’s Andoversford Races on Sunday April 8th, which features the Robert Hitchins Group Andoversford Grand Annual Chase.
The meeting already offers the highest prize fund for any meeting in the second half of the season, with six races worth £4,900. The feature Andoversford Grand Annual Chase will offer a record £1,500, whilst no race is worth less than £450 on the supporting card, and many offer considerably more. No Point-to-Point race other than an Area Feature race is permitted to offer more than £1,000 at Open level, £750 at other levels.
Declared runners in the two Open races will have their entry fee refunded, effectively running for free.
In addition, however, Wealth manager Brewin Dolphin will support a Leading Trainer Award for the Keeper accruing most points from runners during the day. With a range of scoring from 10points for a winner to 1 point for a runner, this will offer added incentive to run horses at this most prestigious meeting. Brewin will also host the Brewin Dolphin Owners Lounge, where owners, keepers & riders at the meeting will be offered refreshments in a premium location adjacent to the winners’ enclosure.
This award adds to the recently announced Dubarry Outstanding Performance Award, which will offer a £500 voucher to spend at the eponymous brand’s Cheltenham store to the owner, keeper or rider putting up the outstanding performance of the day.
Paul Nurden, Divisional Director for Brewin Dolphin, remarked, ”This meeting goes from strength to strength in an area where racing tops the sporting agenda. I was recently at Newbury to see Poetic Rhythm, an Andoversford Races winner in 2016, win the Grade I Challow Hurdle, putting him in contention for a tilt at the Festival. Brewin Dolphin is delighted to support efforts to reward owners of horses at this amateur level who make into tomorrow’s champions.”
Peter McNeile, for Andoversford Races, added, “I am very heartened by the support from racing folk and the Gloucestershire business community to our efforts to improve Andoversford. Cotswold folk love their racing and love Andoversford too, and we hope owners will respond with alacrity to this terrific set of measures to make their day special.”