WHEN the autumn point-to-point season was first introduced to the programme in 2001, hunts in the northern region showed their support for the initiative by staging eight of the 24 meetings.

Following the cancellation of the Mid-Antrim fixture at Toomebridge, there will be five meetings in the region this autumn, starting today at Loughanmore where the opening Dennison Commericals four-year-old maiden has attracted 25 entries.