Preview: Point-to-Point Combined Services set to take place at Larkhill Racecourse

Watch: Point-to-Point Combined Services set to take place at Larkhill Racecourse.

Larkhill Racecourse is set to host its second meeting of 2023 this coming Sunday, as personnel from across the Armed Forces gather for the Point-to-Point Combined Services.

With up to 70 confirmed entries, the meeting will consist of six races, including the renowned Coronation Gold Cup where 18 jockeys have submitted entries. 

One of the national classic races since its first running in 1953, the Coronation Gold Cup is the headline event of the day and previous winners have submitted entries. 

The Novice Riders' Race is set to be the first race of the day with up to 23 entries, and the Restricted Race will include three horses who have already won their maiden races this season. 

The Ladies Coronation Race had seen the biggest number of entries with a total of 24 horses and is expected to be one of the highlights of the entire race day. 

Event organiser Major Annabel Felton said: "The Combined Services Point-to-Point is a really special event. In 1953 the Queen presented the Coronation Gold Cup which is one of the key races of the Combined Services.

"There are six races that will be running on Sunday, the Coronation Gold Cup being one of them.

"We will see entries come from local trainers which is fantastic, but there will be trade stands, food stands, great racing,dogs are always welcome on leads and under-16s are free."

This event comes after Defence Secretary Ben Wallace made a last-minute intervention to save the racecourse from permanent closure in November last year. 

The event takes place at Larkhill Racecourse, Wiltshire on Sunday 5 February, with the first race beginning at 12:45 UKT. 

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