The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has today announced that an additional Jump fixture will take place at Exeter on Sunday 16 February 2020.
This is due to the races lost as a result of Storm Ciara.
The afternoon fixture will be a seven-race card, with entries closing tomorrow, Tuesday 11 February at 12 noon and declarations required by Friday 14 February at 10am.
The race programme will mirror that of the fixture lost at Exeter on Sunday 9 February. All horses declared to run for yesterday’s races will be required to enter and declare again.
Race conditions, further race times and other fixture information will be available via the BHA Racing Admin site www2.racingadmin.co.uk shortly.
Stuart Middleton, Racing Operations Manager at the BHA said:
“Having lost yesterday’s fixture due to bad weather the usual process was followed to assess whether suitable opportunities were available in the race programme for the horses which were declared to run.
“Given the time of year and the specific opportunities that were due to take place yesterday, we felt that on balance the most suitable option was to put on an additional fixture which mirrored the races that were lost.”
Tom Byrne, Operations Manager at the Horserace Betting Levy Board said:
“It is unusual for the Levy Board to fund a third fixture on a Sunday in February but we are pleased to be providing a substantial sum in prize money to support the rescheduling of this fixture.
“The meeting includes some significant races in the build-up to the Cheltenham Festival and we recognise the benefits to horsemen of this particular card at the current time. It will also offer another opportunity to assess the impact of non-standard race times, which the Levy Board has been keen to see trialed as part of the sport’s attempts to reduce race clashes.”
Notes to editors:
1. For further information please contact the BHA Racing Department on 0207 152 0050 or [email protected].