IT’s hard to believe that the autumn point-to-point season in the Northern Region concludes with today’s North Down meeting at Kirkistown.

The first autumn fixture at this flat, left-handed track on the Ards peninsula took place in November 2006 and it’s also hard to believe how much the sport has changed since then when there was a total entry of 184 (compared to 98 this afternoon) with nine races being contested on the day.