PICTURE GALLERY: Don’t miss the return of historic racing event

Organisers say they are ’looking forward’ to the return of a historic horse racing event which has been absent for 40 years.

The South Wold Hunt Point-to-Point event, Revesby Races, will be held tomorrow (Saturday, March 11) at Revesby Estate, a country park between Boston and Skegness.

One of the jumps on the Revesby Races course. EMN-170303-091137001

One of the jumps on the Revesby Races course. EMN-170303-091137001

An open day event was held towards the end of February, to give owners, trainers and jockeys the chance to see the course ahead of the event.

Sally Spink, secretary of the South Wold Hunt said: “We had a really good turn out. It was really positive.”

Seven jumps are now in place on the estate, with six of them being sponsored by local businesses.

Mrs Spink said: “We are busily working hard and hopefully people will enjoy it. We are looking forward to it.”

An action shot at the Revesby Races in 1960. EMN-170603-104042001

An action shot at the Revesby Races in 1960. EMN-170603-104042001

Gavin Wiggins-Davies, the senior member of the family that owns Revesby Estate, said: “It is marvellous for us to have this historic race meeting in the Revesby Park once again. Quite simply the Point-to-Poiint is coming home and not before time.

“It was always very much a part of the Revesby Estate for over 40 years and it was a sad day when it moved away.

“The Point-to-Point races were strongly supported by my grandmother Lady Beryl Groves and by my mother Ann Lee, but in 1977 the committee of the day decided to move to Market Rasen racecourse due to heavy cost of maintaining the permanent jumps.

“I remember meeting members of the committee with my mother in the park to try to persuade them not to move to a different venue but they would not change their decision, so the last meeting was held in 1977.”

Since announcing the return of the races, interest has been building.

Gavin Wiggins-Davies said: “There has been an enormous amount of interest in the Revesby Races and lots of people are contacting us for details of the event.

“This type of racing provides a venue for amateurs as well as professional riders to race horses that otherwise they might not be able to and to do so on a traditional course other than a racecourse.

“I am confident that it will be a very well attended day out, and with trade stands and a refreshment tent and of course the races what more could anyone ask for on a Saturday afternoon.

“We really hope that it may be possible, once the course is back to everyone’s liking, to get more than one meeting a year to happen at Revesby.”

Eight bookmakers will be attending the event, as well as 35 trade stands selling items.

Entry will be priced at £10, but free to under 16s, and group discounts are available.

Doors open at 11am.

The first race is at noon with races every 35 minutes.

For more details, search Revesby Races on Facebook.