Point to Point

Point to Point

The Heart of Irish Horse Racing

Written by Pat Healy and Richard Pugh

The true grassroots of Irish horse racing, Point-to-Point tracks are transformed from farmland by dedicated volunteers into temporary racetracks. Photographer Pat Healy and writer Richard Pugh introduce the riders, handlers, venues and famous horses that give Irish point-to-pointing such a unique spirit.

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Published: October
Hardback: 192 pages
Size:250x216 mm
ISBN: 9781788493444

Category: Photography, Sport

HEALY RACING photography and Richard Pugh share their passion and knowledge of Ireland’s unique point-to-point horse racing scene.
Steeplechasing began in Ireland in 1752. Today the sport of point to pointing is thriving as a favourite rural pursuit and is for many their first experience of horse racing. At hundreds of pop-up races around the country dramas are played out, and horses, such as Best Mate and Honeysuckle, and riders, including Derek O’Connor, Jamie Codd, Davy Russell and Rachael Blackmore, begin their glittering careers.


THE ORIGINS OF PTP * THE COURSES COUNTRYWIDE * THE HORSES
* THE RIDERS * THE HANDLERS * THE GRASSROOTS OF IRISH RACING

Racing photographer supremo Pat ‘Cash’ Healy is known to many in the horse-racing world. His father Liam senior began the family horse-racing photography business in the 1970s, and today Pat Healy and the other members of the HEALY RACING team, including his brother Liam, his nephews Kevin and Sean, and his son, Jack, are familiar figures at point-to-point races, racetracks around the country and the big race meetings abroad.

Richard Pugh enjoyed success as a point-to-point rider in the mid-1990s. In 1997 he undertook commentary duties and has been commentating at point-to-point races and on the racecourse ever since. In 2003 he set up Irish Point to Point Services Ltd which provides information and services to the industry, such as results, reports, ratings, photos and entry-taking ability. In 2012 Richard joined Tattersalls and has become closely involved with the sale of point-to-point horses through the Tattersalls Cheltenham Sales. Richard’s wife, Jennifer, is the Senior Medical Offficer of the IHRB and was Champion lady point-to-point rider in 2009.

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