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."
 

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. 

Towcester's 13 February fixture moved to Musselburgh

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has today announced Towcester's 13 February fixture has been moved to Musselburgh,

The afternoon fixture will be a six-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. 

Musselburgh's 7 November fixture moved to all-hurdle card

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has today announced that Musselburgh's fixture on Wednesday 7 November will be an all-hurdle card.

This is to allow for watering to be concentrated on the hurdles track following the recent spell of dry weather.

The two chases originally programmed for Musselburgh's fixture have been re-arranged as follows:

  • Novices' handicap chase (Class 4) (0-105) 2m4f - moved to Kelso 10 November

  • Handicap chase (Class 4) (0-105) 2m - moved to Ayr 14 November

The all-hurdle card at Musselburgh on 7 November, which will have two new races alongside the four originally planned, will close as normal at 12 noon on Thursday 1 November with declarations at the 24-hour stage. 

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