The current racecourse was the brainchild of Johnny Wills, John Phillips and Charlie Brooks and is relatively new, having moved from Heythrop to Cocklebarrow back in 2014. Between them, they built the course from scratch. The fences are inviting and well positioned/sited and it is now one of the very best tracks in the country, renowned for its fantastic drainage and excellent viewing from the infamous mound stand.
As part of our continuous improvement program, the course has been recently verti-drained (Dec 2018) which will make the going amazing. It runs left handed and is wide and rectangular in shape with a distance of about 1m2f with minor undulations, built on site of former wheat fields. It is quick-draining Cotswold brash soil which is likely to ensure the surface doesn't become too testing, perfect for an early season outing. Portable fences are all metal-framed, well built and up to size.
There will be two pony races starting around 1030hrs before the main Point-to-Point racing at 12 noon. A 7 furlong 138cms & under OPEN race and a 9 furlong 148cms & under OPEN race. In addition to the main prizes, there will also be a prize for the highest placed Heythrop member of each race.
Dubarry, the Irish country clothing brand, has sponsored an Outstanding Performance Award at Cocklebarrow for the first time in 2019. The Award, comprising a voucher for £500 to spend in a Dubarry shop or online, will go to the Owner, Keeper or Rider adjudged to have put up the outstanding performance of the day, as judged by our panel comprising representatives of Dubarry, Cocklebarrow and the racing press.
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27 January 2019: The course is in cracking condition with a good covering of grass. Going is good following rain yesterday and this morning.
Generously sponsored by Webblite, Pony racing entries close at 2000hrs on Sunday 20th January. Entries can be made online at www.ponyracingauthority.co.uk. Racing will take place before the Point-to-Point racing. For any queries, please call the secretary, Mrs Cathy Twiston-Davies on 07778 000 419 or email her email@example.com. For Point-to-Point entries, these close on Monday 21st January at 1230hrs.
Tickets will be emailed prior to the race day and admit the Rider only. Guests can purchase their entrance via this website or may be charged a premium admission at the gate.
You are welcome to school horses immediately after racing but please contact Nick Phillips on 07976 240 874
Click on the following video to experience the thrill of Cocklebarrow!