Fast-paced fun at Balcormo races

Action at the Point to Point racing at Balcormo Mains
Action at the Point to Point racing at Balcormo Mains

Despite the lingering fog and cold, breezy conditions, 1800 visitors flocked to Balcormo near Leven for the annual Point to Point races on Saturday.

Organised by Fife Foxhounds, the event marked the 50th anniversary of the first Point to Point being run on the Gilmour family estate.

In a tribute to Sir John Gilmour, the first president of the Point to Point Associaton who died last year, organisers said he should be “remembered and saluted for the paramount part he played in making Balcormo Races the spectacular event it is and a ‘must’ in the diaries of so many people.”

In addition to trophies and cash prizes for the first three horses past the finishing post , the event also included prizes for the best turned out horse.

Event secretary Fiona Drysdale said: “The atmosphere was good and there was some competitive racing. We were thrown some challenges by the weather in the week running up to the meeting with the course having to be watered but on Friday night nearly 3/4” rain fell, and on Saturday morning the brooms and buckets were put to use to clear standing water off the track.

“Tractors were on hand to tow some vehicles in to the ground, then the sun appeared briefly. The Gilmour family and Rae Grieve, the landowners, had prepared the grass track all winter with a view to the racing in the Spring, and it paid off well with what the jockeys described as good safe racing ground.

She added: “There was a good win in the first race, the Turcan Connell Fife Foxhounds Members race, for Fife girl Gemma Cochrane on Tipsy Dara.”