WITH changes to the Northern Area Point-to-Point season, action gets under way earlier than usual on Sunday.

And the horses will be off in the Tyne Valley as Hexham Racecourse will host the first race of the new season in the Border fixture.

Last season’s national champion horse, Winged Crusader, is expected to feature under jockey Amie Waugh.

Point-to-point will return to the district later in the season with the Tynedale fixture being held at Downhills, near Corbridge, on Sunday, February 23, and the Haydon fixture being held at Hexham on May 16.