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Changes to EBF National Hunt Mares’ Series

Fri 5 Oct 2018

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Some changes have been made to the National Hunt program and with it, the series that the European Breeders’ Fund support, have also been amended.

The first EBF supported National Hunt races of the 2018/ 19 season will be run at Worcester on 11th October.  Trainers and owners should be aware that in order to run in the high-value end of season finals of the EBF series, all entrants must now be eligible by running to the required place in a qualifying race.

Today’s edition of the Racing Calendar has a pull out detailing all National Hunt series in the country with qualification criteria.  The changes affect: EBF Mares’ National Hunt Flat Race Series, EBF Mares’ National Hunt Novices’ Handicap Hurdle Series and the EBF/ TBA Mares’ Novices’ Steeple Chase Series.

Details of the qualifying races can be found on the races section of the EBF website; qualification criteria are shown below and on the Race Series section of the BHA Racing Admin website where a list of qualified horses will also be published.

The E.B.F. & T.B.A. Mares’ Novices’ Steeple Chase Series culminates in the final to be run over two miles about five furlongs at Cheltenham on Thursday, April 18th, 2019.

Qualification for the final requires horses to have finished in the first eight in an E.B.F. and T.B.A. Mares’ Novices’ Steeple Chase Qualifier during the current season.

The E.B.F. Mares’ National Hunt Flat Race Series culminates in the final to be run over about two miles at Sandown Park on Saturday, March 9th, 2019.

Qualification for the final requires horses to have been placed in the first six in an E.B.F. Mares’ National Hunt Flat Race Series Qualifier during the current season

The E.B.F. Mares’ ‘National Hunt’ Novices’ Hurdle Series culminates in the final to be run over two miles about four and a half furlongs at Newbury on Saturday, March 23rd, 2019.

Qualification for the final requires horses to have finished in the first six in an E.B.F. Mares’ ‘National Hunt’ Novices’ or Maiden Hurdle Race Series Qualifier during the current season.

The E.B.F. ‘National Hunt’ Novices’ Hurdle Series culminates in the final to be run over two miles about four furlongs at Sandown Park on Saturday, March 9th, 2019.

Qualification for the final requires horses, prior to March 4th, to have been placed first, second, third or fourth in an E.B.F. ‘National Hunt’ Novices’ or Maiden Hurdle race Series Qualifier during the current season.

To read more about the wider changes the BHA have made to the National Hunt program, follow the link below:

https://www.britishhorseracing.com/press_releases/mares-focus-bha-jump-pattern-committee-announces-changes-2018-19-season/