Over 20 MOPS registered horses entered for Goffs Spring Sale

Over 20 NH Mare Owners Prize Scheme (MOPS) registered horses have been entered for the Goffs UK sales next week commencing Tuesday 22nd May. NHMOPS horses at the sale have no additional scheme registration fees to pay.

NHMOPS is a National Hunt incentive scheme to promote NH filly/mare ownership where registered horses can win up to £10,000 in bonuses per win in qualifying races.

The winning trainer receives 15% of the bonus prize, whilst their yard receives 5% for pool money. The other recipients are the owners, who collect 70%, and jockeys, who receive 10%. Terms and conditions apply. Registered horses will have a NHMOPS logo printed on their catalogue page.

For more information on the scheme’s prizes and qualifying races please click on the NHMOPS link on the TBA website homepage; thetba.co.uk

Lot numbers of registered horses by sale

Goffs UK Spring Store Sale

16, 21, 32, 34, 63, 65, 72, 107, 110, 119, 123, 158, 166, 174, 205, 226, 235, 238.

Goffs UK Spring HIT/P2P Sale
292, 344, 368.


Grand National schooling fences ready from Monday April 2

Special Grand National schooling fences, located at four venues in Britain and Ireland, will be available for use from tomorrow, Monday, April 2.

The fences are for any trainer to school horses entered in the three races run over the Grand National fences at the Randox Health Grand National Festival at Aintree – the £1-million Randox Health Grand National (Saturday, April 14), the £140,000 Randox Health Topham Handicap Chase (Friday, April 13) and the £45,000 Randox Health Foxhunters’ Chase (Thursday, April 12).

The schooling fences have been prepared by Aintree’s groundstaff and are situated at David Pipe’s yard on the Devon/Somerset border, at The Jockey Club’s Lambourn Gallops, at the Malton Schooling Grounds and at the Curragh Training Grounds in Ireland.

GN schooling fence Lambourn 1.4.18

Aintree Clerk of the Course Andrew Tulloch commented: “With just under two weeks to go until the Randox Health Grand National Festival, we are pleased to once again offer Aintree-style schooling fences at four different venues across Britain and Ireland.

“The schooling fences have proved useful for trainers preparing horses for any of the three races over the Grand National fences at the Randox Health Grand National Festival.

“I would like to thank everyone involved at the four venues for their help, which enables Aintree to offer this very valuable facility.”

The 2018 Randox Health Grand National Festival takes place at Aintree Racecourse from Thursday, April 12 to Saturday, April 14.

For further information please contact:

Grant Rowley, Regional Communications Manager, The Jockey Club (North West) on 07884 655990 email: grant.rowley@thejockeyclub.co.uk


Nigel Payne, Press Officer for Aintree for the 2018 Randox Health Grand National, on 07768 025265 email: nigel@earthsummit.demon.co.uk

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 racing@britishhorseracing.com .

Horses running in Hunter Chases for a Permit Trainer

We have asked the BHA for further clarification about the restrictions on horses switching between runs in normal handicap chases and Hunter Chases. This is because the rule refers only to runs for a licensed trainer.

The BHA has confirmed that if a horse has run in a Hunter Chase after 1st January 2018 for a permit trainer, then the horse is restricted to Hunter Chases for the remainder of the season.  It cannot run in a handicap if moved to a licensed trainer because the restriction stays with the horse. We have asked the BHA to revise the wording of the rule.

Northern Lights Series nearing its conclusion

The Northern Lights Series was launched earlier this year to provide a further incentive to own and train jump horses in the north, and stimulate investment into the grassroots of the sport in this region.

A series of 75 qualifiers are taking place which will culminate in five £25,000 finals, which will be class 2 handicaps, at Carlisle on 3 December.

The series are not confined exclusively to horses trained in the North and to qualify horses must have started in at least two series qualifiers and been placed in the first eight on at least one occasion. This qualification is specific to each individual series and cannot be mixed and matched across two different series. The dates, locations and ratings bands of remaining series qualifiers and locations can be seen below:

There remain significant, valuable and winnable opportunities for horses partly qualified for the finals so the BHA is communicating with trainers and owners via text and e-mail to ensure they are aware of the series, which only has a few qualifiers left. Trainers or owners wishing to see if their horse is fully or partially qualified can do so via the BHA notices section on the Racing Admin site: https://support.racingadmin.co.uk/racing-admin-support/bha-notices/series_qualifiers/.

Lowering of the weights in jump handicaps

As part of the discussion on including horses rated +1lb or +2lb above the top of the rating band in jump handicaps, the BHA Racing Group has considered the Rule governing the raising and lowering of weights in Jump handicaps. It has now been agreed to mirror the way in which the rule operates on the Flat with regard to the lowering of weights when all declared runners are above 9st 2lb.

This has been operating successfully on the Flat for some years now and was introduced principally to remove the incidents of horses carrying unnecessarily high weights in races where all declared runners are above an agreed weight.

Rule (F)45.5 is being changed to bring those same benefits to Jump racing. After consulting the NTF, the BHA has agreed that where all declared runners are above 11st, the weights should be lowered to 11st accordingly.

Novice chase recommendations welcomed

Four current or recent members of the NTF’s National Hunt Committee were part of a working group that has made recommendations announced today on the Novice Chase system.

A detailed data analysis was carried out, supported by a questionnaire for Jump trainers and the exploration of a variety of proposals. Thanks to all trainers who responded to the questions. It is essential for the future health of the sport that the race programme provides incentives for trainers and owners to send horses of all abilities Chasing.

The recommendations, which were approved by the sport’s cross-industry Racing Group and the BHA Board and will be implemented from 1 October 2017, are as follows:

  • No handicap rating increase in weight-for-age Novices’ Chases of Class 2 and below other than for the winner. This will only apply to horses that have already run four times over obstacles (either hurdles or fences.)

    The working party felt that perception can be as important as reality and to encourage more horses to run in weight-for-age Novices’ Chases, trainers’ preconceptions of the handicappers’ reaction needs to be addressed. This has been shown to be effective in flat conditions races.

  • An increase in the number of weight-for-age Novices’ Chases, to be balanced by a decrease in number of Novices’ handicap Chases. A maximum increase of 25% on the current programme of 200 weight-for-age Chases was proposed
  • Programming of six ‘confined’ races during the autumn for horses which have not won more than one race over hurdles. This proposal is aimed at providing a pathway for the later-maturing type destined for Chasing.

Analysis of the horse population revealed a pool of 948 horses went chasing who       would have fulfilled these criteria in 2016/17

  • Rating band for the Listed Novices’ Handicap Chase at the Cheltenham Festival to be increased to 0-145 (from 0-140).

    This race has become a key seasonal target for many Novice Chasers, resulting in the cut off for elimination this year being 137. Increasing the banding to 0-145 was considered a more sensible cut off for the handicap and key to the success of the new system, with horses rated 146 and above capable of holding their own in Graded company.

  • Valuable Novices’ Handicap Chase Series Final to be programmed in the spring. Racecourses to be given the opportunity to apply to stage the £100,000 Final, which will be supported by the BHA Development Fund. Horses must run in at least two weight-for-age Novices’ or Beginners’ Chase during the season in order to enter the Final.

Trainers involved directly on the working group were Nick Alexander, Philip Hobbs, Emma Lavelle and Dan Skelton.