Cottesmore will open the new season

Cottesmore Hunt will host the first point-to-point race of the season at Garthorpe on Sunday, March 3.

The first race starts at midday and the course is then set to stage four more days of racing during 2013.

Since the final meeting of last season, there have been a number of improvements to the facilities at the track which is now widely acknowledged as one of the finest venues for point-to-pointing in the country.

The track is reported to be in excellent condition and new irrigation equipment has been installed to deliver even more consistent ground and the best possible going throughout the season from March through to June.

Punters at Garthorpe races have the choice of the bookmakers or the Tote for betting.