Extra point to point meeting at Overton Farm is possibility

AFTER the stunning success of Saturday's point to point horse racing at Overton Farm in Crossford, event organiser Willie Young says there is a good chance that an extra meeting will be held there before the annual spring meeting returns in March 2011.

Willie, thrilled that around 4000 spectators basked in brilliant spring sunshine while enjoying an exciting weekend card featuring a hospitality tent, 28 bookmakers and a big screen showing seven adult races and two kids' pony races, said: "There is a better than 50 per cent chance that we'll have another point to point at Overton Farm in either early December 2010 or late January 2011.

"The public is demanding this, because our annual spring meeting is well established as being the best attended amateur sporting event in Clydesdale.

"It's an event which offers great value for money and is popular with spectators, owners, jockeys and bookmakers alike.

"The bookies who come here are all great characters and rave about our set-up.

"They say that they get more business at this course than when they go to Ayr Racecourse.

"On Saturday, one of the old boys came over to me and said that he'd just been over for a drink and had been charged only 1 for a half.

"He told me it was a long time since he'd bought a half for as cheap as that!"

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