Chelmsford City to host new fixture on 1 April to replace Ayr

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has today announced that Chelmsford City Racecourse will host a new fixture on 1 April which will replace the one due to take place at Ayr.

Graeme Anderson, Clerk of the Course at Ayr Racecourse, said:

"Following the end of the Flat season at Ayr last October we invested in some new drainage work in the home straight, following which the ground was reinstated and reseeded.

"Unfortunately there has been insufficient growth for the ground to be ready for our scheduled Flat meeting on April 1.

"We are unable to stage a Flat meeting on the hurdles track due to the close proximity of the Coral  Scottish Grand National Festival."

The afternoon fixture at Chelmsford City will be a seven-race card, with entry and declaration deadlines remaining as normal. 

Race programme details and further fixture information will be available via the Racing Admin website www2.racingadmin.co.uk in due course. 

Additional Jump fixtures at Musselburgh on Sunday 10 February and Exeter on Monday 11 February

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has today announced that additional Jump fixtures have been scheduled for Musselburgh on Sunday 10 February and Exeter on Monday 11 February following the loss of multiple Jump fixtures due to the weather in recent weeks.

The decision to stage these extra fixtures has been taken in line with the BHA's agreed policy to review the impact of abandonments on the race programme in order to determine any need for additional opportunities for Horsemen.

Musselburgh will stage an eight race card on 10th February worth £160,000 and comprising a number of races that were originally lost from their Scottish Cheltenham Trials weekend.

Exeter’s existing fixture on Sunday 10th February will now be extended to a two day meeting with an additional six race card worth £50,000 to be staged on Monday 11th February. 

Entries for both fixtures will close tomorrow, Tuesday 5 February at 12 noon, with declarations at the 24 hour stage as normal. 

Race programme, times and further fixture information for both fixtures will be available via the Racing Admin site www2.racingadmin.co.uk shortly. 

Additional fixture at Chelmsford City on Monday 4 February

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has today announced that an additional fixture will take place at Chelmsford City on Monday 4 February.

This is because of the continuing unfavourable forecast over the next few days.

The afternoon fixture will be a six-race card. Entries will close tomorrow, Saturday 2 February at 12 noon, with declarations on Sunday 3 February by 10am.

The deadline for jockey bookings for all races taking place on Monday 4 February will be delayed until 1pm on Sunday 3 February. 

Race programme, times and further fixture information will be available via the Racing Admin site www2.racingadmin.co.uk shortly. 

Additional fixture at Chelmsford City on Saturday 2 February

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has today announced that an additional fixture will take place at Chelmsford City on Saturday 2 February.

This is due to the unfavourable forecast over the next few days which offers cause for concern for Saturday's Turf fixtures.

The afternoon fixture will be a six-race card. Entries will close tomorrow, Thursday 31 January at 12 noon, with declarations on Friday 1 February by 10am.

The deadline for jockey bookings deadline for all races taking place on Saturday 2 February will be delayed until 1pm on Friday 1 February. 

Race programme, times and further fixture information will be available via the Racing Admin site www2.racingadmin.co.uk shortly. 

Additional fixture at Wolverhampton on Friday 1 February

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has today announced that an additional fixture will take place at Wolverhampton on Friday 1 February.

This is due to an adverse weather forecast threatening Turf racing on Friday, during the current spell of cold weather.

The afternoon fixture will be programmed as a six-race card, with the possibility for two races to divide if required.

Entries will close tomorrow, Wednesday 30 January at 12 noon, with declarations on Thursday 31 January by 10am.

The deadline for jockey bookings deadline for all races taking place on Friday 1 February, will be delayed until 1pm on Thursday 31 January.

The race programme, times and further fixture information for Wolverhampton will be available via the Racing Admin site www2.racingadmin.co.uk shortly. 

Additional floodlit fixtures

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has today announced that an additional floodlit fixture will be staged each week for the next eight weeks having been agreed by British Racing's tripartite structure of BHA, Racecourses and Horsemen. 

This is to provide additional opportunities for the high number of horses that have been eliminated from races in recent weeks as well as large numbers of horses that are looking for opportunities as the Flat season draws to a close. Since the beginning of September, there have been over 1,500 eliminations from Flat races.

The first of the eight fixtures will be on Thursday 18 October at Wolverhampton and then as follows:

Wednesday 24 October - Chelmsford City 
Thursday 1 November - Newcastle
Wednesday 7 November - Chelmsford City
Thursday 15 November - Kempton Park 
Wednesday 21 November - Wolverhampton 
Thursday 29 November - Kempton Park
Wednesday 5 December - Newcastle


Entries for the 17 October fixture will close tomorrow, Saturday 13 October at 12 noon with declarations at the 48-hour stage as normal. Full race programme and fixture information will be available on the Racing Admin website www2.racingadmin.co.uk shortly.

Entry and declaration deadlines for the remaining seven fixtures will be as normal with further fixture and race programme details available in due course. 

Additional Flat meeting at Gowran Park

Horse Racing Ireland (HRI) has announced an additional Flat meeting to be held at Gowran Park on Tuesday 23rd October. Entries for the races close on Thursday 18th October with declarations to be made by 10am on Monday 22nd October.

In response to a request from the Irish Racehorse Trainers’ Association for specific sprint races, HRI has altered the conditions of the Navan card on Wednesday 24th October. Full details can be found on the HRI RAS website at http://www.hri-ras.ie/

Additional Jump fixture at Bangor on Thursday 11 October

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has today announced that following Exeter's 11 October fixture being abandoned, an additional Jump fixture has been programmed at Bangor-on-Dee Racecourse on the same day. 

The seven-race afternoon card will begin 1.45pm, with full race programme and fixture information due to be available on the Racing Admin website www2.racingadmin.co.uk shortly.

Entries will close tomorrow, Tuesday 9 October at 12 noon, with declarations by 10am on Wednesday 10 October.

Additional Jump Fixture at Southwell

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has today announced that an additional Jump fixture will take place on the afternoon of Sunday 13 May at Southwell Racecourse.

Entries for the seven race card will close at 12 noon on Wednesday 9 May with declarations as normal on Friday 11 May.

The full race programme and further fixture information will be available via the racing admin site www2.racingadmin.co.uk in due course. 

Additional Jumps Card at Newcastle

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has announced that an additional Jump fixture will take place on the afternoon of Sunday, 15th April at Newcastle.

The full race programmes and further fixture information will be available via the racing admin site www2.racingadmin.co.uk from 3pm today. This is to allow time to take today’s afternoon fixture at Hexham into account in light of current weather conditions.

Entries for the seven-race card will therefore close at 12 noon on Wednesday, with declarations at the 24-hour stage as normal on Saturday, 14th.