Point to Point at Wincanton

52| Peter Biegel (British, 1913-1989)

Point to Point at Wincanton

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Oil on board, 14" x 11"

Auction Expired because there were no bids

$4000 - $6000

Wincanton Racecourse is a Thoroughbred horse racing venue in Wincanton, Somerset, England. The steeplechase fences are large, making it a good test of a chaser. Three fences in quick succession in the second half of the home straight make for exciting racing and often change the complexion of a finish dramatically, resulting in a great many close finishes.

From the beginning of the 19th century, cross country match races among hunting men had become commonplace. Matches soon developed into races, mostly confined to qualified hunters, and in 1861 the National Hunt Committee was formed to regularize these meetings.

Wincanton Races held its first meeting at Hatherleigh on August 1, 1867, and several thousand spectators threw themselves into the occasion, dressed in all their finery “as though they were going to the Derby.”

In 1893 the Wincanton Hunt Steeplechases were formed and on Easter Bank Holiday held the first meeting under what was known as the “Grand National Rules.” In 1897 a company was officially incorporated, leases were obtained on the land at Hatherleigh Farm, and Wincanton Hunt Steeplechases were instituted under National Hunt Rules. This body remained in operation until 1913, when ownership passed to the Wincanton Races Company. However, racing ceased during World War I and was not resumed until 1920. In 1925 the lease of Hatherleigh Farm expired. With Lord Stalbridge’s help, the company purchased Kingwell Farm on the high ground above Wincanton, and a new course was laid out and constructed at considerable expense. The first meeting on the present site was held on Easter Monday 1927, and a third meeting was added the same year.

The stands were rebuilt in 1968; the offices, weighing, and changing rooms were built in 1978; and the Hatherleigh Stand opened in 1990. Wincanton now holds 17 meetings during the jumps season.

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