"Down at the Start for the Last"

"Point-to-point race meetings are informal versions of National Hunt racing (races over fences). Organised by the various Hunts around the United Kingdom, they literally take place in fields. There are no grandstands and few facilities but they attract terrific crowds. One of the pleasures of these meetings is their informality and walking around the course to watch the racing from various vantage positions.

It was a glorious, warm spring day when I went to Penshurst for the West Kent Point-to-Point. Late in the afternoon I went down to the start which was in the depths of the Kent countryside. The sun was low in the sky and shone on the many competitors for the last race who were milling around, checking their girths etc. They threw long shadows on the grass and were almost silhouettes against the background. There was a false start to the race with several runners jumping a few fences before being called back by the starter! There is a small pencil remarque in the border of the print showing the horses lining up for a false start."

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