National Hunt Sales Catalogues to Reference Point to Point Wins

Point-to-pointers competing in a National Hunt flat race |

There has been a change to the treatment of point-to-point performances in sale company catalogues, the International Cataloguing Standards Committee (ICSC) European sub-committee announced on Friday.

Currently, winning British and Irish point-to-point performers are classified as runners, but not as winners in either the subject horse detail or the dam summary line. For all National Hunt sales from April 2023 onwards, if the progeny of a dam has won a point-to-point in Great Britain or Ireland but the same animal has not won under rules the point-to-point only, winner(s) will be referenced as point-to-point only winners in the dam summary line and/or produce summary.

Progeny that have won both under rules races and in a point to point will continue to be described as a winner as currently. Sale catalogues which are designated 'Flat' will continue to not treat winning point-to-point performances as wins and not reference any progeny which were point to point winners only.

Tattersalls Ireland's Simon Kerins and Nick Nugent of Goffs jointly said, “This rule change gives greater clarity around the presentation of form in National Hunt catalogues. It addresses the clear anomaly whereby catalogues have listed any point-to-point performers to be runners for the dam, but do not consider a winner of such a contest to be relevant for the mare.”

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