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Haydock Park's first jumps fixture of the autumn moved to Carlisle
11:02am Friday 13th September 2013 in Sport
HAYDOCK PARK is taking the precaution of switching its opening jumps fixture of the autumn to its sister racecourse within The Jockey Club at Carlisle.
The transfer of the races on Wednesday 30 October is caused by a delay in the establishment of a good grass sward following drainage improvement work on the hurdles track at the Merseyside racecourse.
The prize-money at Carlisle will be unchanged and length of the races will be based on the nearest corresponding distance.
For both days of the Betfair Chase Festival on Friday 22 and Saturday 23 November at Haydock Park, all steeple chases will be run over the footprint of the inner Flat course and hurdles races will be run on the footprint of the steeple chase course.
This will have the effect of increasing the distance of steeple chases, as a result of them running around the Flat course bend out of the back straight. Steeple chases over two miles and half a furlong become two miles and one furlong. All races of two and a half miles and more are increased by one furlong as horses travel round the relevant bend twice.
From Tommy Whittle Chase day at Haydock Park on Saturday 21 December, all races will return to the normal configuration, as the grass sward is expected to be sufficiently established to accommodate the remaining fixtures of the 2013/14 jump racing season.
Clerk of the Course Kirkland Tellwright said: “Transferring the first scheduled jump fixture of the autumn to Carlisle Racecourse is a sensible precaution which gives the sward in the drained areas a better chance to establish.”
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