Auction cap in Median Auction races

In 2018, the auction cap (£20,000 above the media price) in median auction races will only apply to races restricted to 2yos and will be expanded to include all other median auction races in 2019. The revised wording for the rule reads:

Rule (F)4.6.4 a Median Auction Maiden Race if it is a flat race which is restricted to Maiden Horses which are the progeny of stallions which established a median price for the sale of yearlings contemporary with the entrants in the race based on the sale or bought in price of one or more animals at specified sales. In addition, two-year-old horses are excluded which have been sold or bought in by public auction under the hammer at specified sales at a price more than £20,000 above the median price stated in the race conditions.

Six-run restriction for novice flat races

Due the uncompetitive nature of some of the new novice races for three year olds and up, the BHA is altering the definition of novice flat races for this age group with effect from the beginning of the Flat Season, 24 March 2018.

From that date, horses aged three years old and upwards which have won a race and have run more than six times will not be eligible for Novice Flat races (or as otherwise specified in the race conditions); maiden horses will continue to be eligible regardless of the number of previous runs they have had.

British EBF 2017 review demonstrates investment in racing

The British EBF’S £1.6million investment in racing has been reported in the organisation’s first dedicated annual review. The report can be read online at this link.

Over 630 flat races carried EBF conditions in 2017, the races being confined to the progeny of stallions contributing income to the fund or individual horses “opted in” by their owners. The record breaking contribution to prize money covered races that held a total prize fund of £6,713,900.  Of equal importance to the remit of the British EBF is a responsibility to NH racing; 84 jumps races were run in 2017 under the EBF banner supporting over £650,000 of prize money.

Working with the BHA and racecourses, the British EBF has developed a series of races to bolster industry initiatives to enhance the racing opportunities for fillies and staying juveniles.  NH projects are focused on fillies’ programmes but the ever popular EBF National Hunt Novice Hurdle Qualifier series with its valuable £75,000 final continues to be a flagship investment of this discipline.

Remember 48-hour declarations at The Festival

Don’t forget that 48-hour declarations apply to all races at this years’ Cheltenham Festival. This was announced by the BHA in September 2017 to provide earlier clarity with regards to running plans for racing fans, bettors, the media and bookmakers and enhance their ability to focus on the race and its participants when promoting the event.

Full information about declarations and reserves can be viewed in this week’s Racing Calendar or on the Racing Admin Site.

For further information please contact the BHA Racing Department on 0207 152 0050 or via .

ROA enhances Owners Jackpot for 2018 with trainer prize

The ROA’s successful Owners Jackpot, which every week offers a £2,000 bonus to the winner of a middle or lower tier horse race in Britain, is being enhanced further this year.

Four times a year one of the races, Jackpot+, receives special promotion and, in addition to the £2,000 bonus for the owner of each winning horse and champagne, travel expenses of £250 are paid out for every qualifying ROA-owned runner in the race. Hospitality for association members with or without a runner is also provided including a complimentary drink and light refreshments.

In 2018, a new bonus is being added to Jackpot+. If the Trainer of a qualifying winning horse in the Jackpot+ race is an ROA member, his or her yard will also receive £500. The Jackpot+ days are at:

  • 9 February – Chelmsford City;
  • 11 May – Market Rasen;
  • 13 July – Chester (evening meeting);
  • 24 October – Fontwell Park.

The ROA Owners Jackpot initiative, which is aimed at boosting grassroots racing, has been supported by the Racing Post since its inception in 2014.

Consistently the field sizes in ROA Jackpot races have outperformed the industry standard. A key focus for the ROA is the flow of funds to grassroots racing, and this is something that it and other members of the Horsemen’s Group continue to work in partnership with racecourses and the BHA to develop.

Support for stayers in European Pattern changes; Black Type snakes and ladders

The European Pattern Committee has announced changes aimed at enhancing the attractiveness of breeding, buying, owning and racing quality horses which have an aptitude for stamina. The enhancements to the staying race programme agreed for 2018 are listed below:


New Group 3 (Bronte Cup) 4yo+ fillies’ race over 14 furlongs at York on May 26th
Listed Grand Cup (14f, 4yo+ York) moved from May 26th to June 16th
Listed Silver Cup (14f 3+ – 14 July York) – upgraded to Group 3 and convert to 4yo+
Group 3 Lillie Langtry (14f 3+ fillies – 2 Aug Goodwood) – upgraded to Group 2
Listed March Stakes (14f 3yo – 25 Aug Goodwood) – upgraded to Group 3


New Listed race for fillies, Prix Gold River (4yo+ 2,800m), at Longchamp on 3rd May
Listed Prix Michel Houyvet (Deauville, 3,000m 3yo, mid-August) – distance reduced to 2800m
Listed Prix Belle de Nuit (St Cloud, 2500m 3+ fillies, 27 October) – upgraded to Group 3 and distance increased to 2800m

New Listed 4yo+ fillies’ race over 14 furlongs at Gowran Park on May 9th
Listed Stanerra (3yo+ fillies, 20 July) – moved to 12 July and upgraded to Group 3
New Listed 3yo only race over 14 furlongs at Leopardstown on 26 July
Listed Her Majesty’s Plate at Down Royal (14f, 27 July) – converted from 3yo+ to 4yo+


New Listed 4yo+ race over 3000m at Cologne on German Guineas weekend (6 May)

Other changes to the European Pattern are:

Upgraded from Group 2 to Group 1
16/09/18       Flying Five, The Curragh, 3yo+ , 5f

Upgraded from Group 3 to Group 2
11/05/18       Huxley, Chester, 4yo+, 10f
02/08/18       Lillie Langtry, Goodwood, 3yo+ f, 14f
18/08/18       Calvados, Deauville, 2yo f, 1400m
15/09/18       Golden Fleece, Leopardstown, 2yo, 8f

Upgraded from Listed to Group 3
14/07/18       Silver Cup, York, 4yo+ (from 3+) , 14f
29/06/18       Hoppings, Newcastle, 3yo+ f, 10f
12/07/18       Challenge, Leopardstown, 3yo+ f, 14f
28/07/18       Six Perfections, Deauville, 2yo f, 1400m
25/08/18       March, Goodwood, 3yo, 14f
19/10/18       Mercury, Dundalk, 2yo+ , 5f
27/10/18       Belle de Nuit, Saint-Cloud, 3yo+ f, 2800m

New Group 3 Race
26/05/18       Brontë Cup, York, 4yo+ f, 14f

New Listed Races
TBC               Spring Mile (dirt), Jagersro, Sweden, 4yo+ , 1600m
25/04/18       Investec Derby Trial, Epsom Downs, 3yo, 10f
06/05/18       As yet unnamed, Cologne, 4yo+, 3000m
07/05/18       As yet unnamed, Naas, 3yo f, 5½ f
08/05/18       As yet unnamed, Gowran Park, 4yo+ f, 14f
21/06/18       As yet unnamed, Chelmsford City, Britain  4yo+ f, 7f
08/07/18       Kistena, Deauville, France, 3yo, 1200m
26/07/18       As yet unnamed, Leopardstown, 3yo, 14f
04/08/18       Criterium Varesino, Varese, 2yo, 1500m
15/09/18       As yet unnamed, Leopardstown, 2yo f, 7f

Downgraded from Group 3
19/08/17       Curragh, Curragh, 2yo, 5f
12/10/17       Andre Baboin, Bordeaux, 3yo+, 1900m

Downgraded from Listed
08/07/17       Derby de l’Ouest, Nantes, 3yo, 2400m
08/12/17       Crit. Dell’Immacolata, Siracusa, 2yo, 1400m
11/11/17       Giovanni Falck, Milan, 3yo+ f, 2400m
02/07/17       Gran Premio de Madrid, Madrid, 3yo+, 2500m
24/09/17       Grand Prix Jockey Club, Dielsdorf, 3yo+, 2470m

Removal of Listed status
18/05/17       Hambleton Handicap, York, 4yo+, 8f
21/06/17       Sandringham Handicap, Royal Ascot, 3yo f, 8f

Race distance changes at Southwell, Mon 5th Feb

Due to waterlogged areas on the bends, the BHA has agreed to significant race distance changes to give the meeting on Monday 5th February best chance of going ahead. These will be clear on the racing admin site when trainers make entries.

Changes detailed below.

Race Title Published Distance Revised Distance
THE NOVICES’ STEEPLE CHASE (CLASS 4) 2m 4f 62yds 2m3f 182yards
THE HANDICAP STEEPLE CHASE (CLASS 4) 1m 7f 153yds 1m7f 71yards
THE MAIDEN HURDLE RACE (CLASS 5 ) 2m4f 62yds 2m3f 182yards
THE NOVICES’ HURDLE RACE (CLASS 4) 1m7f  153yds 1m7f 71yards
THE HANDICAP HURDLE RACE (CLASS 4) 2m4f 62yds 2m3f 182yards
THE MARES’ HANDICAP HURDLE RACE (CLASS 5) 3m1f 129yds 3m 216yards