Race programme update: nine additional fixtures announced to increase opportunities for lower-rated horses 

02 Jun 2020 BHA Features Racing/Fixtures

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has today announced nine additional fixtures across June and July.

The fixtures have also been programmed to provide more depth to offer increased opportunities for horses rated in the 50s and high 40s and to provide more depth to the overall race programme . The additional fixtures are as follows:

10 June – Wolverhampton
11 June – Newbury
15 June – Kempton Park
16 June – Chelmsford City
30 June – Leicester
2 July – Catterick Bridge
6 July – Thirsk
13 July – Ayr
14 July – Ripon

These fixtures will also feature more novice races to ensure inexperienced horses have as many opportunities as possible to run. An updated Fixture List is available here, with an updated race programme up until 30 June now available on the Racing Admin site. The race programme for July will be published by early next week.

The race programme and fixture list have been revised to include race meetings at Scottish and Welsh courses. This follows the announcement last week that Scottish racing will provisionally return on Monday 22 June at Ayr, and confirmation yesterday that racing will resume in Wales on Monday 15 June at Chepstow.

Please note, work is ongoing to remove the abandoned fixtures from the Racing Admin site so that the new race programme is clearly identifiable.

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

“Both the Fixture List and race programme for the weeks and months ahead are constantly evolving, as we aim to provide as many chances to run as we can for all sectors of the horse population.

“With the Levy Board being asked to provide almost all of the funding for fixtures, we are currently limited to staging three fixtures on most days rather than the five or six we would normally schedule at this time of year.”Competition for places in all races is expected and it is not possible at present to stage as many races as we would like, but we are trying to provide races as and where we can for horses and their owners who have stood by the sport despite the recent uncertainty.

“The possibility of adding further opportunities, including for Jump racing after its return in July, will be considered once there is greater clarity about the sport’s income streams in the weeks ahead.”

Tom Byrne, HBLB Operations Manager, said:

“The three new fixtures next week are in recognition of the high level of immediate demand to run, which is a reflection of the loyalty and commitment of racehorse owners having kept their horses in training.
“We are therefore pleased to be able to provide the funding for these and for additional fixtures when no Irish racing is being staged. This funding is on top of our previously announced £15.7m for the first ten weeks of racing and gives further opportunity to maximise the exposure of British Racing.”