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Monday, February 8, 2010



TRAINERS REMINDED ABOUT CHRISTIE’S FOXHUNTER QUALIFICATION AND ELIMINATION GUIDELINES




Cheltenham Racecourse today reminded trainers of the qualification criteria and elimination guidelines for horses being aimed at The Christie’s Foxhunter Steeple Chase on Friday, March 19.


The race closes on March 2 and all entries must have finished first or second twice in Hunter Chases under rules, or won two open point-to-point races, or won one open point-to-point race and finished first or second in a Hunter Chase since December 1, 2007.

If more than 24 horses are declared to run, priority will be given to horses which have run in Steeple Chases and Hunter Chases under the rules of racing. On this basis, horses that have qualified through point-to-points can still run in a Steeple Chase or Hunter Chase up to and including Friday, March 12, to enhance the chance of gaining a place in the final field. The BHA Head of Handicapping will assess the order of elimination, but does have the right to guarantee a place in the line up for one ‘wild card’, should he so wish.


Simon Claisse, Cheltenham’s Director of Racing and Clerk of the Course, said: “We are particularly keen to stress the rules regarding elimination, as with a safety factor of 24 there is every chance that the field will have to be reduced to that number at the overnight stage.

“Trainers who have an entry which has qualified via the point to point route are strongly advised to run the horse in a race under rules to maximise the chances of being in the final field for the Christie’s Foxhunter Chase at The Festival.”


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