Betfair sponsors new novice hurdles aimed at pointers
A £5,000 prize awaits the horse that crosses the line first in either of our races at Towcester
"The two Betfair-sponsored races, which carry a prize money fund of £5,000 per race, will take place on Thursday November 3 and Sunday November 20 2011."
Prizes of £5,000 await the winners of our two new races for emerging point to pointers
Betfair today announces a sponsorship deal which will see two newly-designed races being run at Towcester, with the sole purpose of supporting the production of steeplechasers emanating from the British point-to-point scene.
The two Betfair-sponsored races, which carry a prize money fund of £5,000 per race, will take place on Thursday November 3 and Sunday November 20 2011.
These will be novice hurdle races and will be confined to novices of four years old and upwards, which have not won more than three hurdle races and which have run at least once in a point to point steeple chase in Great Britain.
Betfair spokesman Tony Calvin said: "We see this as an opportunity to help stimulate commercial interest in British-produced point-to-point horses. We believe they are every bit as good in quality as their Irish counterparts.
"By introducing these races at Towcester, a course that complements this type of young horse, we hope to promote the grass roots of the sport by giving potential steeplechasers the opportunity to progress through the system.
"Strike permitting, of course....."
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