This Saturday our local point to point course @ArmaghTynan hosting it’s annual meeting.
We caught up with the main man Philip Gordon, to get all the information.
Give us the directions to the course from Armagh?
2 mile outside Armagh city on Armagh to Keady road (A29)
Explain the track?
Stiff galloping track, just under 10 furlongs in circumference. Start at farthest point of track to crowd/winning post and relatively short run to first fence and second fence on back straight both met on the level, After jumping fence two turn right handed and race downhill into dip before steep climb to the third (final fence) and continue climb passed winning post through gap before turning right handed down hill for over 2 furlongs to fence 4 at the bottom of the hill with a slight drain at the back of the fence, then begin to climb on right handed turn to fence five before beginning to straighten up across back straight to complete circuit. It is 2 1/2 laps (3 mile) and 13 fences.
Is the track in good shape this year?
The track is in great shape and the fences are in excellent condition. We had a Turf Club representative at the track to inspect it on Thursday past and he was very complimentary on the track as a whole but particularly how nicely presented the fences were and how inviting they are for a horse.
When is the meeting?
This Saturday (24th February) with the first race of at 1pm with admission £5
What is your aims for the track?
Our meeting has been running now for over 100 years. We are one of the few Point to Points who still hold a confined hunt race, where only horses registered with the local hunt can compete, ensuring a bit of local success. Our meeting has produced some very successful future track horses, Grand National winner Bindaree, Truckers Tavern, Beaumont and Nowhere to name a few.
Who would you like to thank for helping in preparation?
We would like to thank the Leeman family for kind permission of their land.
Along with Oliver & Donald Gribben, Sean & Philip Gordon and Gerald Mckinny for track preparations.
For any other information follow @ArmaghTynan