McCoy making guest appearance at autumn point-to-point fixture

Action from last year's Mid-Antrim point-to-point at Moneyglass. Picture courtesy of Noel Graham
Action from last year's Mid-Antrim point-to-point at Moneyglass. Picture courtesy of Noel Graham

Great excitement is brewing at Moneyglass, near Toome, as the village will be the centre of the action on Saturday, September 26, from 12.30pm.

The Mid Antrim Point-to-Point committee has announced that AP McCoy is presenting the cup to the winner of the first race of their autumn point-to-point.

Over the fences at Moneyglass

Over the fences at Moneyglass

AP will be revisiting his birthplace of Moneyglass which seems to breed notable sportsmen, as Willy John McBride also hails from the village.

Tony McCoy will attend the Mid Antrim Point-to-Point to award the cup for the Dennison Commercials Maiden Race for four year olds, with this, the first race, starting at 12.30pm.

The point-to-point is back for the autumn in the lovely surroundings of the Higgins Estate, by kind permission of the Higgins brothers. There will be the usual programme of races with the second race being the Maiden Race for five year old plus Mares, the third the Maiden Race for five year old plus Geldings, the fourth the Open four year old plus race, the fifth the Winner of Two, finishing off with the Maiden race for six year old plus geldings.

The committee would like to thank all the sponsors for their generosity and the Higgins Brothers for providing the venue once again.

There will be all the usual attractions of the point-to-point with a bouncy castle if the weather is reasonable and it should be a great day for all the family with the exceptional attraction of the racing legend that is AP McCoy.

Spectators will be familiar with the beautiful surroundings of the Estate with all the racing very easily viewed from the spectators’ area.

When the racing is over spectators can watch AP McCoy in action nearby, on a very different sort of steed from his usual, at a Charity Donkey Derby at 5.30pm hosted by the Tumbledown Inn, Moneyglass.

It promises to be a great day out for all AP MCCoy fans and some of the donkeys in the running include some who recently competed at the Parkgate Donkey Derby on September 12.

Among the runners will be “Two Stroke Harry” owned by Harry Irvine, “Joey’s Jem” by Joe Hamilton, “Lucy Locket” by Bob Hamilton, “Parsley” by Ellen Harkness and “Basil” owned by Ruth Harkness. It will be some excitement for the owners of these donkeys to know that they will have such famous riders and let us hope they step up to the mark.

As everyone who is used to donkeys knows, they are unpredictable creatures with very strong minds of their own, and it remains to be seen how AP and his fellow top jockeys will cope on these unusual mounts.

The Tumbledown event is in aid of an very worthwhile charity, The Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice, and its main sponsor is Creagh Concrete, supported by MMG Contracts, Boyd’s Filling Station, the Tullyglass Hotel and the Tumbledown Inn.

After the Donkey Derby, once the jockeys have a chance to catch their breath, there will be a question and answer session with AP and his fellow jockeys with a late bar.

A double bill of entertainment with two events going on in Moneyglass and all racing fans and those who just go for the craic should have a great time.