Point-to-pointing is now well underway in the South East after a disappointing season last year due to FMD

Point to point racing in the South East is worth around £4million a year to the rural economy of Kent, Sussex and Surrey. This year the short season started on 3 February at Charing, Kent and will finish 6 May at Aldington, Kent.

The 2001 season saw just three meetings take place in wet conditions before the rest of the season fell casualty to FMD.

This year, spectators, riders and owners are hoping for a better season. The sport has received a boost as trainers have more horses because with no hunting, there have been less injuries. The mild autumn has also provided trainers with better working conditions to get the horses fit.

Many of the south east courses viewing friendly and people can watch from the comfort and safety of their own car. Most make a day of it bringing picnics with plentyof food and drink.

Car parking costs at around £15 – £20 and £5 for pedestrians, which includes a racecard.

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