Point-to-point handlers last week welcomed the news that Horse Racing Ireland (HRI) has scheduled five additional National Hunt meetings in March following the Government’s announcement of continued Level 5 COVID-19 restrictions, which means no point-to-point fixtures can take place until 5 April at the earliest.

Three of the five meetings (Punchestown, Wexford and Tipperary) will be open to horses with hunter certificates and trainers with a point-to-point handlers’ permit can make entries.