Ayr fixtures on 29 & 30 April cancelled

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has today announced that Ayr's Flat fixtures on 29 & 30 April have been cancelled. This is due to areas of Ayr's Flat track not being raceable. 

The BHA will seek to re-allocate these fixtures to other racecourses in line with usual procedure and will provide an update on this in due course. 

Explaining the situation, Clerk of the Course Graeme Anderson said:

"As part of a programme of ongoing investment we have been carrying out drainage work in the home straight for the long term good of the track following issues in recent years. 

"We have a relatively short window to complete major works and unfortunately with unseasonably low temperatures in the past few weeks it has meant the course has not recovered at the rate we would like. 

"Naturally we are hugely disappointed that areas of our Flat track will not be raceable for our fixtures at the end of April but human and equine welfare is paramount to and we will never seek to compromise safety in order to achieve a quick fix or outcome."

Provisional changes to Taunton's race programme for 24 April

The British Horseracing Authority has today announced two provisional new races at Taunton's fixture on 24 April. This is because, in light of the current going and weather forecast, the ground may not be suitable for the two steeple chases currently programmed.

The current going description at Taunton is currently Good to Firm and watering, with limited chance of showers in the forecast between now and next Wednesday. As such two hurdle races have been provisionally programmed. Entries for these two contests as well as the six existing races will close at 12 noon, Thursday 18 April. 

A decision will then be taken as soon as it can be to see if the original six-race card can go ahead, or whether the two existing chases are replaced by the two new contests. 

Declarations will be made as usual by 10am on Tuesday 23 April. Full race details and conditions for all existing and provisional races, as well as further fixture information, will be available via the BHA Racing Admin site www2.racingadmin.co.uk shortly.

Provisional changes to Exeter's race programme for 9 April

The British Horseracing Authority has today announced two provisional new races at Exeter's fixture on Tuesday 9 April. This is because, in light of the current going and weather forecast, the ground may not be suitable for the three steeple chases currently programmed.

Exeter’s ground is currently Good to Firm, Good in places with limited chance of showers in the forecast between now and Tuesday. As such a National Hunt Flat race and a hurdle race have been provisionally programmed. Entries for these two contests as well as the seven existing races will close tomorrow at 12 noon, Wednesday 3 April. 

A decision will then be taken on Sunday morning to see if the original seven-race card can go ahead, or whether the three existing chases are replaced by the two new contests to make a six-race card. This would then mean the team there will be able to focus the watering on one course only rather than have to water two courses in order to provide safe jumping ground.

Declarations will be made as usual by 10am on Monday 8 April.Full race details and conditions for all existing and provisional races, as well as further fixture information, will be available via the BHA Racing Admin site www2.racingadmin.co.uk shortly.

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. 

Towcester's 11 April fixture moved to Huntingdon

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has today announced Towcester's 11 April fixture has been moved to Huntingdon.

The afternoon fixture will be a seven-race card, with race programme details and further fixture information available via the Racing Admin website www2.racingadmin.co.uk in due course. 

Entry and declaration deadlines will remain as previously. 

Listed Bumper to be run at Newbury on Friday 22 March

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has today confirmed that Newbury Racecourse will host a Listed bumper worth £20,000 at their meeting on Friday 22 March.

This is to replace the opportunity lost when the fixture on Saturday 9 February, at which a Listed bumper  was due to take place, was cancelled due to equine influenza. 

Entries for the race will close at 12 noon on Saturday 16 March along with the rest of the card with declarations at the 24 hour stage as normal. Race conditions and other fixture information will be available via the racing admin site www2.racingadmin.co.uk shortly. 

Six additional fixtures confirmed between 20-28 February

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has today announced that six additional fixtures will take place between 20-28 February following the loss of six days of racing due to equine influenza. The fixtures are as follows, with two Flat floodlit fixtures followed by four Jump fixtures:

Chelmsford City - Wednesday 20 February
Wolverhampton - Thursday 21 February
Catterick - Friday 22 February
Uttoxeter - Monday 25 February
Ffos Las - Tuesday 26 February
Musselburgh - Thursday 28 February

Entry and declaration deadlines will be 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. 

The BHA has also lifted the restriction on races dividing for all races up until the end of February. This means that courses opting in can divide contests on their originally programmed card up to eight races to provide more opportunities where demand exists.

Paul Johnson, Head of Racing at the BHA, said:

Given the extraordinary circumstances of recent days we were acutely aware of the number of horses that will be needing to run next week throughout all levels of the horse population. As such, we have moved as quickly as possible to add six fixtures next week across both codes.

"Race programmes at these fixtures are being finalised but will reflect feedback from trainers received in recent days and weeks.  Coupled with increased flexibility on divisions at many racecourses, the aim is very much to ensure that suitable opportunities exist for those horses that need them

"Our thanks go to the Horserace Betting Levy Board and the racecourses involved for their help in staging these fixtures so quickly."
 

Towcester's January meeting cancelled

The BHA has announced that Towcester’s fixture on 3rd January has been cancelled. This fixture was leased from the BHA on a one-year basis and, within the terms of the lease, in circumstances where it is not possible for the racecourse to stage the fixture, it is handed back to the BHA to be re-offered to alternative racecourses. Having gone through the process of re-offering the fixture there were no applications.

This is the only fixture of this type that was due to be staged at Towcester in 2019 and the BHA will continue to work with Towcester’s owners regarding the racecourse’s upcoming fixtures and the longer-term status of the course.

Towcester's 20 December fixture moved to Hexham

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has today announced Towcester's 20 December fixture has moved to Hexham.

The afternoon fixture is now a six-race card, with race programme details and further fixture information available via the Racing Admin website www2.racingadmin.co.uk.

Details will also appear in this week's Racing Calendar. Entry and declaration deadlines will remain as previously. 

Additional Jump fixture at Hereford on Monday 19 November

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has today announced that an additional Jump fixture will take place on Monday 19 November at Hereford.

This is following Leicester's Jump fixture on the same day being abandoned due to hard ground. 

The afternoon fixture will be a seven-race card, with entries closing tomorrow, Wednesday 14 November at 12 noon and declarations as normal at the 24-hour stage.

Race programme details and further fixture information are available via the Racing Admin website www2.racingadmin.co.uk

Towcester's 29 November fixture transferred to Warwick

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has today announced that Towcester's 29 November Jump fixture has been transferred to Warwick.

The afternoon fixture will remain a seven-race card, with race programme details and further fixture information available via the Racing Admin website www2.racingadmin.co.uk

Entry and declaration deadlines will remain as previously. 

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 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.

Alterations to fixtures at Epsom and Salisbury

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has announced alterations to fixtures at Epsom on Sunday, 30th September and Salisbury on Wednesday, 3rd October owing to damage caused to both tracks by chafer grubs. In both cases, races will only be run over distances of one mile and under, in order to avoid the areas of damaged ground. In order to achieve this it is necessary to programme three new races at Epsom’s 30th September fixture and two new races at Salisbury’s 3rd October fixture. Full race programme details and further fixture information are available via the Racing Admin website www2.racingadmin.co.uk.

Alterations announced for Salisbury's Friday 14 September fixture

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has today announced alterations to Salisbury's fixture on Friday 14 September following the abandonment of today's fixture. 

Due to an area of unsafe ground on the round course, Friday's fixture will take place on the straight course only, with an eight-race card comprised of four of the five races due to be run on the straight course today along with the four races originally scheduled to be run on the straight course on Friday.

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The four races due to be run today which have been transferred to Friday will revert to original entries, and declare along with the four races originally planned for Friday tomorrow at 10am as per the usual procedure. 

Full race programme details and further fixture information are available via the Racing Admin website www2.racingadmin.co.uk

Racing returns to Bath on 5 September following inspection

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has today confirmed that Bath will be able to stage the fixture scheduled for Wednesday 5 September, having passed an inspection this morning, 29 August.

Entries, declarations, and fixture details will be as previously published and are available via the racing admin site, www2.racingadmin.co.uk. Further details are also available via the Bath Racecourse website, www.bath-racecourse.co.uk.

Executive Director of Bath Racecourse, Russell Smith said:

“We are absolutely delighted to have passed today’s BHA inspection and that racing will resume at Bath next Wednesday, 5 September.
 
"It has been a very difficult time for the team here, but I’d like to express our thanks to all of our customers, horsemen, sponsors, bookmakers and everyone who has been incredibly accommodating during this time.  We look forward to welcoming everyone back to Bath for our final five fixtures of the season.”

Bath's 8 and 18 August fixtures transferred to Chepstow

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has today announced that due to the continuing spell of dry weather, Bath's 8 and 18 August fixtures have been transferred as follows:

Wednesday 8 August (afternoon) - Chepstow
Saturday 18 August (evening) - Chepstow

Entry and declaration stages for both fixtures will be as normal with entries closing for Chepstow on 8 August tomorrow, Thursday 2 August at 12 noon.
 

Bath's 3 August fixture transferred to Wolverhampton


The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has today announced that due to the continuing spell of dry weather, Bath's 3 August fixture has been transferred to Wolverhampton.

Entries will close as previously at 12 noon on Saturday 28 July, with declarations at the 48 hour stage on Wednesday 1 August. 

The race programme will be equivalent to the one originally planned and further fixture information will be available via the racing admin site www2.racingadmin.co.uk in due course. 

Additional All Weather fixtures at Wolverhampton on 29 July and Lingfield Park on 30 July

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has today announced that due to the continuing spell of dry weather, two additional afternoon fixtures, which will be 7 race cards, have been arranged as follows:

Wolverhampton (AWT) – Sunday 29 July
Lingfield Park (AWT) – Monday 30 July

Entries for Wolverhampton on Sunday 29 July close at 12 noon on Wednesday 25 July, with declarations on Friday 27 July.

Entries for Lingfield Park on Monday 30 July close at 12 noon on Wednesday 25 July with declarations on Saturday 28 July

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.