British EBF race headlines all Mares’ race day at Cheltenham

Wed 21 Feb 2018

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For the first time ever at a Jump racecourse, Cheltenham will host a raceday devoted exclusively to races for fillies and mares.

 Taking place on day two of The April Meeting, Thursday, April 19, the mares’ raceday offers a seven-race programme, with £190,000 in prize money.

The richest races are the £40,000 Listed European Breeders Fund/TBA Mares’ Novices’ Handicap Chase Finale and the £40,000 Kingston Stud Supporting The IJF 4-Y-O Fillies’ Juvenile Handicap Hurdle.

The British EBF have focused their support on mares in National Hunt racing for some years, following investment in projects run in conjunction with the TBA and British Horseracing Authority.  The organisation funds 12 mares’ novice/ novice handicap chases each season which culminate in this flagship event at Cheltenham.  The series is worth a total of £165,000 with EBF investment at around £30,000.

Simon Claisse, Regional Head of Racing, South West & Clerk of the Course, Cheltenham, said: “I am delighted that Cheltenham is to be the first Jump racecourse to stage an all-mares’ racecard.

“The running order on the second day of The April Meeting previously had four all-mares races on it and we very much hope that the seven races will be well-supported.

“With two mares-only races at The Festival and this card following four weeks later the mares’ programme is developing and, hopefully, owners be encouraged to run mares at the Home of Jump racing, especially late in the season.”

From British EBF/ Jockey Club Racecourses