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Byline: PETER BURGON

THE 2-7 point-to-point season is scheduled to kick off in the North on Sunday January 21, with the West Percy fixture at the Ratcheugh Farm course near Alnwick, writes PETER BURGON.

Sunday racing has been in the ascendancy for more than a decade but that will not be the case in 2007 with only seven of the seventeen meetings scheduled for the Sabbath, compared to nine Saturday fixture.

The other Northumbrian dates are College Valley and North Northumberland at Alnwick (February 18), Tynedale at Corbridge (March 4), Percy at Alnwick (April 7), Morpeth at Tranwell (April 9), Braes of Derwent at Corbridge (April 22), Haydon at Hexham Racecourse (May 20) and Border at Hexham Racecourse (May 26).

Last season's seventeen Northern Area fixtures attracted a total of 21,444 entries, the second lowest total since 1992, with 917 runners, the lowest figure since 1991.

2007 POINT-TO-POINT FIXTURES

JANUARY: Sunday 21 - West Percy v Alnwick

FEBRUARY: Saturday 3 - Jedforest v Kelso, Sunday 18 - College Valley and North Northumberland at Alnwick, Sunday 2 - Dumfriesshire at Netherby Park

MARCH: Sunday 4 - Tynedale at Corbridge, Saturday 10 - Cumberland Farmers at Dalston, Saturday 17 - Duke of Buccleugh's at Kelso, Saturday 24 - Eglinton, Lanarkshire and Renfrew at Crossford, Saturday 31 - Berwickshire at Kelso.

APRIL: Saturday 7 - Percy at Alnwick, Monday 9 - Morpeth at Tranwell, Sunday 22 - Braes of Derwent at Corbridge, Saturday 28 - Fife at Balcormo Mains.

MAY: Sunday 6 - Lauderdale at Moss-houses, Saturday 12 - Cumberland at Aspatria, Sunday 20 - Haydon at Hexham Racecourse, Saturday 26 - Border at Hexham Racecourse.
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Nov 11, 2006
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