PREVIEW: Golden day expected at Horspath

All roads in the South-West will lead to Oxford on Sunday afternoon for the Gold Cup final, which will be fought out by the region’s three Elite League clubs Newport, hosts Horspath and defending champions Poole, plus the winners of the preceding Rose Bowl Trophy which features a three way contest between Hellingly, Exeter and Swindon. (Tapes up 1pm).

Now operating as a fours event, the Gold Cup is one of the longest running knock-out competitions in the sport dating back to the days of the British CS Federation, and was a major feature of the racing calendar 50 years ago. Although it survives in very different circumstances, it is still a highly cherished trophy and is sure to generate a wealth of good racing at the “village”.

Moving on 7 days to October 18th, racing in the SW&W region reaches it climax at Exeter where the league play-offs will feature the top three clubs in the table – Newport, Poole Comets and Swindon.

Competitors and spectators are warned that the Oxford marathon takes place tomorrow, which involves some road closures. Please give yourself plenty of time to get to the Village, as there is likely to be heavy traffic on the Oxford ring road.