15 Dec 2008 Pre-2014 Releases

Following the abandonment of racing at Cheltenham on Saturday 13th December, the British Horseracing Authority has been co-ordinating extensive discussions between all parties (sponsors, trainers individual racecourses and racecourse groups) in an attempt to reschedule the Boylesports International Hurdle.

As of 6pm on Monday 15th December, no final decision has been reached and a final decision is expected tomorrow morning.

Paul Struthers, Media Relations Manager for the Authority, said:

“We understand that delaying the announcement is not ideal but, contrary to some people’s view, rescheduling races is not a simple process. We have spent a large amount of time and effort today co-ordinating attempts to reschedule the race to the satisfaction of the sponsor, racecourses and connections.

“As far as we were concerned, rescheduling to Cheltenham on 24th January was a non-starter, coming some seven weeks after the original date, let alone it being only a week after the Haydock Champion Hurdle Trial and the day before the Irish Champion Hurdle.

“We are now awaiting a final decision. There have been negotiations throughout the day between all parties and we hope to make a final announcement tomorrow.”