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This week’s pic­ture from our ar­chives shows a cou­ple of race­go­ers re­lax­ing at the Croom Har­ri­ers point-to-point races, at Lisken­nett, Co Limerick, dated 1931.

Or­gan­ised by lo­cal com­mitt e e s a n d u s u a lly r u n o n farm­land, point-to-point rac­ing con­tin­ues to thrive in Ire­land. The first of­fi­cial recog­ni­tion of point-to-point races was in the Na­tional Hunt Rules of 1889.

Now, about 100 fix­tures are held per sea­son from Oc­to­ber to June, ad­min­is­tered by the Turf Club, and grant aided by Horse Rac­ing Ire­land. Sev­eral Chel­tenham Gold C u p a n d A i n t r e e G r a n d Na­tional win­ners be­gan their rac­ing ca­reers in the point-to­point fields.

For more in­for­ma­tion, see web­sites such as www.tur­f­club.ie or p2p.ie.

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