Rescheduled races from Ascot’s cancelled Clarence House Chase raceday

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  • Clarence House Steeple Chase (Grade 1) transferred to Cheltenham on Saturday, 28 January
  • OLBG.com Mares’ Hurdle (Grade 2) transferred to Huntingdon on Friday, 27 January
  • New entries to be taken for both races
  • Cheltenham to run a nine race card

Following the abandonment of racing at Ascot racecourse on Saturday, the British Horseracing Authority, in conjunction with Jockey Club Racecourses is pleased to confirm that the Clarence House Steeple Chase (Grade 1) has been transferred to Cheltenham on Saturday, 28 January.

The Race will be run with a total prize fund of £70,000 and take place at 1.45pm.
 
Original entries will not stand and new entries will close at noon on Tuesday, 24 January. 48 hour declarations must be made by 10am on Thursday, 26 January.
 
In addition the OLBG.com Mares’ Hurdle Race (Registered as The Warfield) (Grade 2) has been transferred to Huntingdon on Friday, 27 January.  The Race will be run with a total prize fund of £32,500 and take place at 2.35pm.
 
Original entries will not stand and new entries will close at noon on Tuesday, 24 January.
 
The British Horseracing Authority wishes to thank Cheltenham racecourse and the Horserace Betting Levy Board for their assistance with this transfer.

The Grade 1 Clarence House Chase will be sponsored by Spectra Group, a leading international provider to Defence & Security, Public and Commercial organisations of secure Voice and Data networks and Satellite communications. 

Simon Davies, CEO, Spectra Group (UK) Ltd commented, “Spectra Cyber Security Solutions is delighted to be sponsoring the rescheduled Grade 1 Spectra – Cyber Security Solutions Clarence House Chase at Cheltenham this Saturday. The race is always competitive as 2 mile chasers complete their preparations ahead of The Festival and, as this is Spectra’s first sponsorship at the home of jump racing, I am really looking forward to Saturday.”

Ian Renton, Regional Director of the south west region of The Jockey Club added, “I am delighted that we have been able to work with the BHA to reschedule the Clarence House Chase to Cheltenham this Saturday, as part of Festival Trials Day and that Spectra Group will be sponsoring the race, the first sponsorship under this brand. Myself and the team are looking forward to a marathon day with nine races scheduled to take place on Saturday.”

Gates will open 30 minutes earlier on Saturday at Cheltenham, at 10am. 

Revised running orders for both races are shown below:
  
Cheltenham, Saturday 28 January 2016

12.00   The JCB Triumph Hurdle Trial (A Juvenile Hurdle Race) (Grade 2) 
12.35   The Timeform Novices’ Handicap Steeple Chase (Class 2) 
1.10     The Hugo's Restaurant Barbados Trophy Steeple Chase  (A Handicap) (Grade 3) 
1.45     The Spectra – Cyber Security Solutions Clarence House Steeple Chase (Class 1) (Grade 1)                  
2.15     The BetBright Trial Cotswold Steeple Chase (Class 1) (Grade 2)     
2.50     The Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Steeple Chase (Class 2) 
3.25     The Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 2)
4.00     The galliardhomes.com Cleeve Hurdle Race (Grade 2)                   
4.35     The Steel Plate & Sections Handicap Hurdle (Class 2)
 
Huntingdon, Friday 27 January 2016
 
12:30   The Equimark Horseboxes Based In Suffolk Novices' Hurdle Race (Class 4)
1:00     The Equimarkhorseboxes.Com 'National Hunt' Novices' Handicap Hurdle Race (Class 4)
1:30     The Equimark Horseboxes Sport Pro Beginners' Steeple Chase (Class 4)
2:00     The Equimark Horseboxes All New Racing Collection Handicap Steeple Chase (Class 3)
2:35     The OLBG Mares’ Hurdle Race (Registered as The Warfield) (Class 1) (Grade 2)                         
3:10     The Pertemps Network (Series Qualifier) Handicap Hurdle Race (Class 2)
3:40     The Equimark Horseboxes The UK's Premier Horseboxes Handicap Hurdle Race (Class 4)
4:10     The Equimark Horseboxes The Professionals Choice Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race (Class 6)