Tatts Ire To Host 2 Day P2p In May 2013

Fri 25th Jan 2013, 12:50

Action from the last meet at Tattersalls Farm
©Healy Racing Photos
Tattersalls Ireland are to hold a two day international point to point in conjunction with the Louth Hunt at Tattersalls on the 24th and 25th May this year.

The two day point to point will feature a number of Mares only races, a number of international invitational races for Gentlemen and Lady Riders’ and Cross Country races for Mares and Geldings. The joint sponsored Mares only race Final, on Friday 24th is confined to 4 – 7 years only that have finished in the first four throughout the season in any Mares only point to point and will result in the winning owner receiving a bonus of €5,000 by Tattersalls Ireland which will matched by the ITBA. This initiative reflects Tattersalls Ireland ongoing support for Mares only races in the National Hunt sector.

Tattersalls Ireland Managing Director: Roger Casey said:

“Following on from the successful running of the Point to Point featuring the Cross Country race in December we are delighted to announce this exiting new initiative of a two day point to point at Tattersalls on Friday and Saturday 24th and 25th May.

There is an excellent programme of races on offer including the Mares Only Final, which is an exciting climax for all Mare owners and I would like to commend the ITBA for their joint sponsorship of the Bonus prize. There is industry wide support to help create demand for national hunt mares and we are delighted that the majority of our 30 sponsored point to points will be confined to Mares only this year”.

ITBA Chief, Shane O'Dwyer said:

"The ITBA are delighted to be supporting any initiative that will raise the profile of the National Hunt Mare and this bonus will hopefully create an added incentive along with other initiatives, soon to be announced, for National Hunt Mare Owners"

The first sale at Tattersalls Ireland will take place on Tuesday 5th February.

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