Thursday, 14 September 2017

Cheltenham Festival fields to be finalised two days in advance

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Punters will now be given an extra day to study the form, as the final declarations for the Cheltenham Festival has been moved to the 48 hour stage.

In most national hunt fixtures the racecards are finalised only a day before the race itself, however the adjustment to the final stage means that racecards are revealed an extra day before.

In a shake-up of the procedures at the Cheltenham Festival, two reserve spots have also been added to the meeting's larger handicaps. This allows more competiton should any horses be pulled-out of the race.

Another change means that no horse can be declared twice for the Festival, unless those declarations are in the six non-novice Grade One races.

The BHA believe their changes will provide a better experience to everyone involved in the meeting.

“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," said Richard Wayman, Chief Operating Officer at the BHA.

"We believe will have a positive impact on the promotion of the event and be welcomed by the sport’s various customer groups.

“We appreciate that, in some circumstances, this could create an extra challenge for trainers but we want to ensure that the sport is in a position where it can make the very most of what are such an important four days in the British Racing calendar.”

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