Big bucks for point-to-points

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  • Point-to-point organisers will receive nearly £200,000 towards the cost of running events during 2001.

    The Horserace Betting Levy Board has approved grants totalling £193,000, which is an increase of £5,000 on this year.

    The money will be distributed across 120 courses, which stage over 200 individual point-to-point fixtures.

    The grant is in recognition of the significant contribution that point-to-points make to National Hunt racing, particularly as a training aid for both horsesand riders.

    The number of registered hunter certificates increased to a record 4,455 horses last season, while the number of individual point-to-point runners increased to 3,886, a rise of 17 per cent against 1999.

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