FAQs

What is a Point-to-Point?

The name Point-to-Point, and indeed Steeplechase, harks back to the first recorded race, between the two Tipperary villages of Doneraile and Buttevant in 1784. The race was between two points, the steeples of the churches in each village, and each rider took his own line between the two.  The winner was a Mr Blake.

How many races will there be?

There are a minimum of six steeplechases, generally every 30 minutes. You’ll find respective start times for each meeting in the Race Conditions under the Owners & Trainers menu tab.  

Is there any public transport to Barbury?

There are no bus services to Barbury. Taxis run from the centre of town or from the rail station in Swindon.

Where can I park?

Public parking is free. You can park, have a picnic, or come over to the main Paddock area to eat and drink. There are also Reserved Car places for individual fixtures where you will be allocated a trackside parking place by the rail. These are best ordered in advance.

Is there a charge for children?

No, Under 16s are admitted free. There's plenty of space for them to let off steam.

Is there a dress code for the races?

No, it's a relaxed informal event; bring wellies though and warm weather gear! There's no hard standing, and Barbury is often a windswept place.

Can I bring my dog?

Dogs are welcome, but only on a lead. Generally loose dogs and horses lead to loose dogs and loose horses. Please help us keep the event safe for horse and rider.

How do I find the runners?

In advance of the meeting, visit www.pointtopoint.co.uk for details of each race. On the day, buy the official racecard, which is full of information about the day, including runners, their colours and details of all the connections.

Can I eat or have a drink?

Yes, there's the Barbury Buttery, with a range of fast food options from home-grown organic pork baps, to pizza and Mediterranean wraps. There's also a licensed bar - for craft ales, spirits and wines. 

You can also book a Barbury Brunch in our restaurant for January 14. Follow this link for more detail

Can I walk the course?

Yes, you are welcome to walk the course, but only the fences are stewarded, so please remember when the races take place. Please keep dogs on a lead as there are livestock in adjacent fields and plenty of pheasants too!

Can I bet?

Yes, we have bookmakers present. There is no tote. 

Is there a cashpoint?

There's no cashpoint on the course, but a hole in the wall operates from the filling station on the A40 just outside Chiseldon and also in Marlborough town centre.

 

 

Next Event

When?

 

This Saturday ABANDONED due to lack or emergency cover

Next fixture Sunday April 5th 

 

 

 

 

Where?

Barbury, 3m N of Marlborough, off A346, Jn 15 M4

 

Latest News

17-02-2020 08:00:00 in General by Admin
Marlborough trainers have long grown used to playing second fiddle to the weight of steeplechasing talent that is housed throughout the Lambourn Valley, not 30 minutes drive hence. But that is all changing. Alan King, Emma Lavelle and Neil King, who all train within 3 miles of each other and within hailing distance of Barbury Racecourse, the best regarded Point-to-Point course in the South West, ...

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13-02-2020 16:50:01 in General by Admin
THE rearranged Vine & Craven Hunt point-to-point meeting at Barbury on Saturday has been called off. The fixture, which fell victim to high winds from Storm Ciara on Sunday, has been postponed this time after heavy rain overnight left the course inaccessible to emergency vehicles. Organisers are considering their options, and any further updates will follow in due course.

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12-02-2020 09:49:00 in General by Admin
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12-02-2020 09:30:13 in General by Admin
SAM Jukes has reported his Cheltenham Festival hope Marcle Ridge remains on course for the rearranged Vine & Craven Hunt meeting at Barbury on Saturday, writes Russell Smith. The fixture, which was postponed last weekend due to high winds from Storm Ciara, has been rescheduled subject to the necessary officials being found. And Jukes, who is based at Dymock, near Ledbury, is keen to run the ...

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