Point to Point: Weather knocks out meetings

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Not surprisingly all seven of this weekend's meetings have fallen victim to the weather, but only the United Services at Larkhill will not be rearranged.

The Harkaway Club (Chaddesley Corbett); Cambridge University Draghounds (Cottenham) and the South Midlands Area Club (Tweseldown) try again on Sunday, 15 February, while the Old Raby Hunt (Witton Castle) has been rescheduled for Sunday, 22 February. The South Devon (Ideford Arch) hope to race on the 21st while the South Dorset (Milborne St Andrew) are looking for a new date. Following drainage problems at the Netherby course in the Borders, near the fast-following River Esk, the Dumfriesshire & Stewartry meeting on 22 February, has been moved to the Overton course near Carluke, Lanarkshire.

Due to problems of a more agricultural nature, the Cilwendeg course in Dyfed, West Wales, cannot be used this season. Cattle grazing on the track have been isolated due to the threat of bovine tuberculosis though none of the herd is carrying the disease. The Tivyside meeting planned for Saturday, 14 March has been transfered to Lydstep, Dyfed, and will take place on Sunday, 19 April, while the Llandeilo Farmers on Saturday, 4 April will be run on that day but at Erw Lon, Carmarthenshire.

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