Red Rum among Northern Racing legends honoured in 2021/22 Racing Post Go North Series

28 Oct 2021 BHA Features Racing/Fixtures

The BHA has today confirmed the names of the nine divisions of the 2021/22 Racing Post Go North Series, after racing fans were asked to nominate their favourite Northern equine stars.

This season’s Racing Post Go North Series finals are now worth a total of £270,000 in prize-money and will form part of an expanded Go North Weekend. Taking place over the weekend of 25 March 2022, the action begins at Musselburgh, before heading to Kelso on Saturday 26 March and concluding at Carlisle on Sunday 27 March.

Each of the above fixtures features the £30,000 final races for the various series staged across the campaign, with Kelso’s fixture hosting the newly added Middle-Distance Hurdle Series and Bumper Series finals.

On the opening day at Musselburgh, finals will take place for the Juvenile Hurdle, Mares Hurdle, Two-Mile Hurdle and Stayers Hurdle series’, with the Two-Mile Chase, Middle-Distance Chase and Staying Chase series’ reaching their conclusions at Carlisle on the final day.

Racing fans responded in significant numbers on social media to a request for legendary names to be carried by each of the nine series, with three-time Grand National winner Red Rum the clear choice for the 3m Chase series.

Monet’s Garden and Davy Condon

Another star who saved his best for Aintree is honoured in the 2m4f Chase series, with the beloved grey Monet’s Garden chosen to represent the discipline, while 1998’s Champion Chaser is remembered with the One Man 2m Chase series.

Lady Buttons and Adam Nicol

Stars who struck significant blows for the North at the Cheltenham Festival feature throughout the final list, with Sea Pigeon the selection in the 2m Hurdle series, and Brindisi Breeze in the 3m Hurdle series. The 2m4f Mares’ Hurdle series will carry the name of the prolific Lady Buttons, while The Grey Bomber 2m Juvenile series rounds off the Musselburgh finales.

The Mary Reveley-trained Cab On Target’s name will adorn the 2m4f Hurdle series, whose final will be staged at Kelso. Fittingly the Bumper series, which also concludes at Kelso, will honour Gold Cup hero Jodami, whose career began in a National Hunt Flat fixture at the Borders venue.

Stu Middleton, BHA Racing Manager, said:

“We were really pleased to see the response to our request earlier this year for names for the nine categories in the 2021/22 Racing Post Go North Series. The suggestions that poured in, and the discussions they provoked on social media, demonstrate the great passion that exists for the Jumps in the North.

“Whittling the list down to this final nine was a tough task but, thanks to input from the three courses staging Go North Weekend, we are delighted to unveil the selections. This was a project that brought back great memories for all of us as we worked through the suggestions and we look forward to continuing to add to the rich heritage of Jump racing in the North this season.”

Notes to editors:

1. Racing Post Go North Series 2021-22 details:

  • The Grey Bomber Juvenile Hurdle Series
    • Dist. – 2m; Final – Musselburgh on 25/03/22
  • Lady Buttons Mares’ Hurdle Series
    • Dist. – 2m4f; Final – Musselburgh on 25/03/22
  • Sea Pigeon Two-Mile Hurdle Series
    • Dist. – 2m; Final – Musselburgh on 25/03/22
  • Brindisi Breeze Stayers’ Hurdle Series
    • Dist. – 3m; Final – Musselburgh on 25/03/22
  • Cab On Target Middle-Distance Hurdle Series
    • Dist. – 2m4f; Final – Kelso on 26/03/22
  • Jodami Bumper Series
    • Dist. – 2m; Final – Kelso on 26/03/22
  • One Man Two-Mile Chase Series
    • Dist. – 2m; Final – Carlisle on 27/03/22
  • Monet’s Garden Middle-Distance Chase Series
    • Dist. – 2m4f; Final – Carlisle on 27/03/22
  • Red Rum Staying Chase Series
    • Dist. – 3m; Final – Carlisle on 27/03/22