By Dan Walsh
The 2021 Point-to-Point season has been suspended with immediate effect and no upcoming fixtures will take place until further notice following updated Government guidelines clarified by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.
Paul Murtagh, Registrar of the Irish National Hunt Steeplechase Committee (INHSC), said: “Point-to-Points should not take place until further notice, recognising the difficult situation the country finds itself in presently.
“We will now begin to investigate the options available to us around the fixture list and race programming for when we are permitted to recommence. We will continue to liaise closely with HRI on this matter and will remain racing-ready to run Point-to-Points once we get the green light.”
The Autumn fixture list was completed ‘behind closed doors’ Two fixtures were planned for this weekend. The Ballinagore Harriers fixture at Ballycrystal, Kiltealy, was penciled in for next Sunday, and the Shillelagh & District Hunt’s fixture originally intended for January 10th, but postponed due to weather conditions, was resheduled for next Saturday.