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New book worth pointing out

IRISH point to point racing may be on its 'summer holidays' but the staff and contributors at Irish Point to Point Services in Kilmeague, Co Kildare have been busy compiling and publishing the second annual Point to Point Book which is now on sale.

The monster guide to the past season of racing 'between the flags' has been summed up with pictures, statistics and information on every horse that ran in an Irish point to point this season in a bumper 1,048 page publication that could give punters a head start as horses graduate from the pointing sphere onto the track.

With all the information you could ask for and a fascinating introduction to pointing from editor Richard Pugh, the latest release is a must-read for jump racing enthusiasts.

One of the nuggets of information in the book is that 810 horses last year graduated from an Irish point to point to win on the track, which was a 23pc increase on 12 months previous and that figure included 18 Grade One winners.

To take an example of a pointer from last season that runs today, Watt A Diva is declared to run in the 3m maiden hurdle at Cork this evening and she finished third at Listowel last time at 12/1.

That price may have seemed big to those following the guide of the Point to Point Book, which states: "Acts on any (ground) and appears more effective when arriving from off the pace. Further opportunities in points could be limited and she may actually feature once more over hurdles."

This year's copy comes with a free DVD with highlights of the season and the Point to Point awards and further information can be found on www.p2p.ie.