Wilton Point-to-Point Milborne St Andrew.

A great family day out in the countryside.

Save the Date:
Saturday March 16th, 2024
When to arrive:
First race starts at 12.30

Location:
Milborne St Andrew, Blandford, Dorset
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Admission:
Adult Early Bird tickets – £12.50
£15 on the gate and free admission for children under 16

Action-packed horse racing, trade stands, bar, children’s entertainment and more…

  • Enjoy a card of 6 exciting races
  • Park right alongside the course
  • Enjoy a range of food and drink options on sale
  • Picnic at the boot of your car with friends and family
  • Beer tent
  • Shop at the stalls
  • Buy a racecard
  • Have a flutter with the on course bookmakers
  • Children’s entertainment
Wilton Point to point horse racing

At Milborne St Andrew where the Wilton Point-to-Point is held, the races are mainly over 3 miles, which is two and a third laps of the downland course so the runners and riders pass the paddock three times before the finish.

The 3 mile course at Milborne St Andrew has 19 fences.

All runners parade in the paddock before each race where the connections – the owner and trainer – will meet the jockey and give final instructions on how the race is to be ridden.

Fences are a minimum of 4 foot 3 inches high and 5 foot 6 inches wide but travelling at around 30 mile per hour the horses will take off and land many feet away from the fences

At the end of the card there will be 2 mile flat races which act as an introduction to racing for horses at the start of their careers.

The first 4 horses past the post will return to the winners area at the end of the paddock where a presentation will be made to the winner and photos will be taken!

The horses. It’s all about the horses!

  • Incredible athleticism is required to race at around 30 mph over 2-3 miles jumping 19 fences.
  • They receive the very best care and attention.
  • Nutrition and exercise must be carefully managed to produce a winner.
  • British racehorses are shod by some of the best farriers in the world.
  • Vaccination to protect against disease is mandatory.
  • Three veterinary surgeons are on duty to ensure the welfare of the horses on the day.

Meet our team. The human participants at Milborne!

Mr David Green is the clerk of the course having recently been handed the reins by Graham Tory. David is responsible for the racecourse including the turf and going, the jumps, wings, running rails, paddock, starts and finish. He is responsible for deciding the official going (heavy, soft, good, firm or any combination) and for stopping the race in an emergency.

Mr Tom Campbell-Hill Esq and Mrs Charlie Campbell-Hill are the fixture secretaries and the Wilton are very lucky to have them.  They organise the fixture along with the Committee. There’s lot to organise and do including the race planning, veterinary cover, horse ambulance, doctors, paramedics, ambulances, first aiders, marquees, loos, race sponsors, jump sponsors, the race card, public address, the announcer, the race commentator, car parking, trophies, mementos and much much more!

Owners can be anyone. Traditionally farmers but now all types of people even you! www.gopointing.com

Fence stewards volunteer for the day and are responsible for putting back the divots between races, checking the fence is safe to jump and if necessary arranging for a fence to be bypassed on the next circuit. The have flags to summon the doctor or vet if necessary. They are briefed by the clerk of the course.

The jockeys are all amateur and must be a minimum of 16 years and be approved as competent to ride in a race.

Trainers look after the horse day to day and get it fit for and place horses in suitable races. They are sometimes also the owners.

Stewards ensure the rules are followed. Our senior steward is the very experienced Mark Elgar who is also our treasurer. You can bid for a day shadowing a steward at the Wilton Point-to-Point Auction of Promises.

Starters ensure a fair start at the correct time. Starters assistants check girths are tight to hold the saddle and jockey in place!

The judge is on the finish line, with an i-Pad set up to video nowadays, and decides on the order past the post and therefore the winner.

The valet is based in the jockeys’ changing room in the marquee at Milborne St Andrew. The valet helps ensure the jockeys go out wearing the correct colours and carrying the correct weight.

The declaration clerk receives declarations from trainers who have entered confirming that their horse is present, who will be the jockey and whether any head gear such as blinkers, visors, sheep skin nose band, sheep skin cheek pieces or tongue ties will be worn.

More about the work of officials and how to get involved can be found at www.gopointing.com.

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  • One day to go!
    Only one day to go until this year’s event. The course is looking great and has taken this week’s rain well – the going is currently Good to Soft, Soft in Places. There is a hard standing track into the venue so we do not anticipate any issues with access. Early-bird tickets are still available… Read more: One day to go!
  • Entries Update – 11/3/24
    At close of entries we have received 96 entries and will be dividing the Flat Race into two races. The course was walked by the Senior Steward and Senior Course Inspector today and is in excellent condition
  • Going Update 9/3/24
    The going is currently Good to Soft and is not expected to change this week. The course was rolled on Friday 8th