Bath’s 20 April Fixture to be all-sprint card

11 Apr 2018 BHA Features Racing/Fixtures

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has today announced that Bath’s fixture on the afternoon of Friday 20 April will constitute a seven race card of sprint contests.

This is due to parts of the round course remaining unraceable following the recent prolonged spell of wet weather.

Entries for the seven races will close and declare at the normal stages on Saturday 14 April and Wednesday 18 April respectively.

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

Richard Russell, Race Planning Executive at the BHA, said:

“This prolonged spell of wet weather continues to frustrate all who have an interest in our sport, so we’re pleased to be able to potentially safeguard next Friday’s turf fixture at Bath with four new races over their sprint distances.

“Whilst it is never ideal to stage a full card of races with such limited starts, Bath’s track remains raceable at the minimum trips and this card should provide opportunities for horses suited to those distances.”

Jon Pullin, Racing Director at Arena Racing Company, said:

“Following the recent weather conditions and challenges Bath has faced with its turf management, there is an area on the round course that requires additional recovery time. We are grateful for the flexibility the BHA has shown in supporting a sprint only card to facilitate this additional time and allow the fixture to go ahead on the straight course.”

Notes to editors:

  1.  For further information please contact the BHA Racing Department on 0207 152 0050 or via [email protected]