Arena Racing Company is delighted to announce a new series of races that is designed to support grassroots jump racing in the North of England.
The Sun Bets Northern Stayers Series will consist of eleven qualifiers across ARC’s Northern jump racecourses with a final, worth £20,000, which will take place at Newcastle Racecourse on Saturday 18 March 2017. The race programme has been framed to benefit young horses, specifically Novice Hurdlers who would be looking to race over 2m 3f and further.
The first race of the series took place at Sedgefield Racecourse on 27 October, the Sun Bets Novices’ Hurdle at 2.30pm, which has been well supported by Northern trainers and won by Ballycrystal who previous won at Doncaster on 24th February 2016. In 2016, the series will continue with races at Doncaster on 25 November, Uttoxeter on 28 October and 31 December and Newcastle on 8 December. The 2017 programme, leading to the Final on 18 March will be confirmed in due course.
All horses that take part in a qualifier will be eligible to run in the Final.
ARC Regional Clerk of Course for the North, Roderick Duncan said, “We’re delighted to have been able to work with Sun Bets and BHA to frame this series to support the Northern Jumping scene.
“The Sun Bets Northern Stayers Series will culminate in a nice prize pot at Newcastle in March, so we are hopeful that we’ll find some nice staying hurdlers lining up at ARC’s Northern racecourses over the coming months.”
Head of PR for Sun Bets, Tim Reynolds said, “The Northern Stayers series is a really exciting initiative and one which we’re proud to be associated with. It gives us the perfect platform to promote the Sun Bets name, shout about our passion for horse racing and demonstrate the benefits of being an Authorised Betting Partner of British Racing”