The 2017 Challenger Series Finals Day takes place this Saturday (15 April) at Haydock Park and looks set to be a superb day of racing with strong entries across the six Series Finals.
A total of 115 entries were received for the culmination of the Challenger Series which has been running across 35 racecourses throughout the core part of the 2016/17 Jump season. The Series is designed for horses rated between 0-135 and offers excellent prize money for the middle tier of Jump racing.
Each Series Final is a Class 2 Handicap with a total prize fund of £50,000 and £30,950 for the winner. The total Series prize fund for the Finals is therefore £300,000.
More than 40 trainers have made entries across the six Finals helping the Series to achieve one of its key aims of offering mid-tier Jumps trainers and owners from across the country the chance to win excellent prize money.
John Baker, Regional Director of the Jockey Club Racecourses North West, said: “We are delighted to, once again, host the Challenger Series Final Day at Haydock Park. With 115 entries across six Series Finals, including the first ever Mares Handicap Chase Series Final, it looks set to be a fantastic day’s racing.
“While the Series is a great nationwide initiative, it has certainly been a major boost to Jump Racing in the North and quite rightly supporting an important level of our sport by giving more meaningful targets for the middle-tier jumps population – it is important we do whatever we can to offer good value prizes to connections competing at this level.”
Paul Johnson, Head of Racing at the BHA, said: “Challenger Series Finals Day at Haydock promises to be a feast of competitive racing and a highlight of the Easter weekend.
“The BHA and Jockey Club devised the Challenger Series to provide a boost to jump racing in the north, a series of valuable opportunities for mid-tier trainers and a competitive and compelling jump fixture on what was traditionally one of the quieter Saturdays. After just two years it is pleasing to see the Series delivering on all those fronts.”
For a round up of the entries please follow this link.