LEADING point-to-point competitors from across the North were at Hexham Racecourse for one of it’s most prestigious meetings of the year.

The seven race card on Saturday included the Maiden Hunter’s Chase for the coveted Heart of All England Trophy, which was won by Hafajay, ridden by jockey Jack Teal, and trained by Nigel Tinkler, of North Yorkshire.

In second place was Yorkshire’s Snow Castle, with Dee Star, of Cheshire, in third.

Despite overcast conditions, the going was good to firm for the third major event of the season at Hexham.

More than 100 horses entered the seven races, and the Saturday evening fixture was well attended by racegoers, including families enjoying their Bank Holiday weekend.

It was a big day for sponsors of the Maiden Hunter’s Chase, Hexham-based J. S. Hubbuck Agricultural Merchants, which is celebrating 70 years in business this year.

It’s a busy month for Hexham Racecourse, which will host its Carpet Gallop Raceday on Saturday. Another seven race card, gates will open at 12.05pm, with the first race at 2.05pm, and the final race at 5.35pm.

Free buses will depart Hexham Bus Station and Hexham Railway Station respectively, at 12.40pm. They will be available on a first come, first served, basis, and will return to Hexham town centre after the final race of the day. Families are being encouraged to attend, and there will be entertainment for children.

The season opened at Hexham in March, with the Cheltenham Festival Raceday, to coincide with the famous event in Gloucestershire. For more information visit https://hexham-racecourse.co.uk.