Rad­i­cal change for Chel­tenham race decs

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The Bri­tish Horserac­ing Au­thor­ity has an­nounced that all races at next year’s Chel­tenham Festival will de­clare at the 48-hour stage. Pre­vi­ously, only the non­novice Grade Ones de­clared two days in ad­vance, with the other races stick­ing to the usual Na­tional Hunt 24-hour stage.

How­ever, in a rad­i­cal move from the BHA, who has been sup­ported by Chel­tenham and Jockey Club Race­courses, the switch has been made in re­sponse to feed­back from var­i­ous sec­tions of the rac­ing in­dus­try.

The BHA chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer, Richard Way­man, said: “We have taken on board feed­back from rac­ing fans, the bet­ting pub­lic and the me­dia, and we’re pleased to in­tro­duce 48-hour dec­la­ra­tions for all races at the Festival, which we be­lieve will have a pos­i­tive im­pact on the pro­mo­tion of the event.

“We ap­pre­ci­ate that, in some cir­cum­stances, this could cre­ate an ex­tra chal­lenge for train­ers but we want to en­sure Tony Pa­ley’s tips Carlisle

2.10 Ex­cel­lent Times 2.40 In­gleby Spring 3.10 Voice Of The North 3.40 Saint Equiano 4.10 Isle Of Avalon 4.40 Cir­cuitous

5.10 Starshell (nap) 5.40 Bo­da­cious Name Doncaster

2.20 Shabaaby

2.50 Lethal Lunch

3.20 Fi­nal Ven­ture

3.50 Sol­dier Blue

4.20 Im­por­tant Mis­sion 4.50 Mi­rage Dancer (nb) 5.20 Dis­creet Hero Kemp­ton

5.45 Red Trooper

6.15 Sun­break

6.45 Gold Club

7.15 Sym­bol

7.45 Mun­stead Star 8.15 Thecor­nish­bar­ron 8.45 Widnes

9.15 Just In Time Ut­tox­eter

2.00 Or De Vassy

2.30 Deb­deb­deb

3.00 Waltz Dar­ling

3.30 Cool Sky

4.00 River Of In­trigue 4.30 Border­linede­ci­sion that the sport is in a po­si­tion where it can make the most of what are such an im­por­tant four days in the rac­ing cal­en­dar.”

With the ex­cep­tion of the non-novice Grade Ones, no horse will be able to de­clare for more than one race – un­less it has been elim­i­nated from an­other con­test or de­clared as a re­serve. All the hand­i­caps will have two re­serve slots, the dead­line for which will be 1pm the day be­fore.

Si­mon Row­lands, chair of the Horserac­ing Bet­tors’ Fo­rum, said: “This move is wel­comed by the Horserac­ing Bet­tors Fo­rum, which re­ceived a fair amount of cor­re­spon­dence from the pub­lic around the time of the last two Chel­tenham Fes­ti­vals sug­gest­ing dec­la­ra­tions be made 48 hours, or even longer, in ad­vance.

“All roads over jumps in the win­ter lead to Chel­tenham in March, and this ini­tia­tive should help to en­sure that rac­ing can pro­mote the oc­ca­sion it­self more ef­fec­tively, to the ben­e­fit of the bet­ting pub­lic and the wider sport.”

PA

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