Course; Barbury Castle

Location; 5 miles south of Swindon, Wiltshire


With its sweeping turns and manicured turf set in the rolling Marlborough Downs, this racecourse has to be one of the most attractive in the country.

A left-handed and undulating course, the runners negotiate their very own Tattenham corner into the home straight.

The Point-to-Point Owners and Riders Club meeting held in January normally finds many of the country's best point-to-pointers in action and a huge crowd assembles to witness some first class racing.

Nothing is left to chance as far as organisation is concerned and the world's supply of Portaloos was on site last year.

As the PPORC meeting is held on a Sunday and the venue is close to Lambourn, many professional jockeys and licensed trainers make an appearance, along with a sprinkling of boys from the famous public school in Marlborough.

Nearly always muddy, occasionally foggy and often rainy, proper kit is essential, as demonstrated by mystery visitor below.