THE new Point-to-Point season is set to get under starter’s orders at Sheriff Hutton later this month.

The Yorkshire Area Point-to-Point Club get the 2013 campaign under way on January 13 as veteran horse trainer Mick Easterby again allows his East End Farm to play host to the scene’s top jockeys and horses.

The hugely popular meeting is held on a three-mile course on land close to Easterby’s New House Farm yard and the eagerly awaited fixture should once again bring in a big crowd.

Chiefs walked the course earlier this week and, despite the deluge in rain over the last month, have confirmed the meeting will go ahead and are crossing fingers that the cold snaps which have caused postponements in recent years will stay away.

Scackletonbased rider Jacqueline Coward, who has been almost unassailable over the last few years, will once again defend her lady jockey’s title, while the men’s arena continues to be competitive with Guy Brewer and Sheriff Hutton’s Mark Walford among the main contenders.

Christine Drury, club secretary, said: “Mick Easterby has given us the land again and has been a great supporter of the meeting.

“It’s had good support from both local and national businesses and it usually brings a really big crowd.

“The course has been walked and it is fine for racing this year despite all the rain. I was very worried but it is definitely going ahead. Point-to- Point crowds stand up to the worst of the weather, though. It doesn’t stop them.

“Point-to-Point meetings are a little bit about learning the trade but they are also at the heart of the racing community.

We are looking forward to this year’s event.”

Admission on the day is £10 per person, with a racecard an additional £3.

The first race is at noon but pony racing takes place before that, starting at 11.15am. A seven race card finishes at 3.30pm. Drivers with satellite navigation should type the postcode YO60 7TN.