JUST a few short weeks ago, the point-to-point community – the bedrock of the entire National Hunt racing in this country – heaved a collective sigh of relief with positive news on the insurance front. However, unexpected hurdles have apparently yet to be jumped on that score, reigniting deep concerns.

As plenty of hunt clubs hold their breath waiting for relief on the insurance front while protracted negotiations carry on behind the scenes with European-based companies, what’s needed is a bold new player or players to send a proverbial rocket up the insurance market here.