LARKHILL racecourse has been given the go-ahead to run Saturday's Royal Horse Artillery Hunt Point to Point meeting, despite recent outbreaks of the equine flu virus.

The British Horse Racing Society has given the event a clean bill of health despite the virus being reported in and around Wiltshire.

Heavy rain has also proved challenging for the course, and stewards at Larkhill are moving the fences to the best possible ground to ensure good going at Saturday's event.

The RHA meeting on Saturday and sees the first race now starting at 11.30am, as the planned charity side saddle race has been cancelled.

There is a very competitive Mixed Open race which is the highlight of the card and the meeting ends with the first ever running of a Flat race over 2 miles for four and five year olds at Larkhill.

Organisers say 77 horses have been entered over seven races. The Mixed Open may see the return of Monsieur Gibraltar, the leading horse at Larkhill last year, to point to point racing.