Additional race in the OLBG Mares’ Road To Cheltenham on day two of The International next month

Thursday, November 26, 2015 – A new race in the OLBG Mares’ Road To Cheltenham series is going to be staged on day two of The International, Saturday, December 12, at Cheltenham Racecourse.

The £30,000 OLBG Mares’ Handicap Hurdle (3.35pm), run over two and a half miles, is the final race on the tremendous seven-race card on December 12 and takes the place of the Grade Two Dornan Engineering Relkeel Hurdle, which moves to Cheltenham’s New Year’s Day fixture as previously announced.

Dean Goddard, PR Manager at OLBG, said: “We are thrilled to be able to add an additional mares’ race to the calendar and especially at Cheltenham, the Home of Jump Racing.

“We see this as an ideal opportunity for trainers and owners to give their mares a look round the course with a view to possibly coming back in March to contest the Grade One OLBG Mares’ Hurdle at The Festival.”

The OLBG Mares’ Road To Cheltenham 2015/16 series:

Wetherby – Saturday, October 31, 2015 – 2m 110y Listed Hurdle – won by Blue Buttons
Kempton – Monday, November 23, 2015 – 3m 110y Listed Hurdle – won by Morello Royale
Cheltenham – Saturday, December 12, 2015 – 2m 4f 56y Handicap Hurdle
Ascot – Saturday, January 23, 2016 – 2m 7f 118y Grade Two Hurdle
Doncaster – Saturday, January 30, 2016 – 2m 140y Grade Two Hurdle
Warwick – Saturday, February 13, 2016 – 2m 5f Listed Hurdle
Cheltenham – Tuesday, March 15, 2016 – 2m 3f 200y Grade One Hurdle

The two feature races on Saturday, December 12 at Cheltenham are the £100,000 Caspian Caviar Gold Cup, a handicap chase run over two miles, five furlongs which has attracted an excellent entry of 41, and the £130,000 International Hurdle over two miles and one furlong. Total prize money of £363,000 is offered on the day.

Simon Claisse, Regional Director of Racing, Jockey Club Racecourses South West & Clerk of the Course, Cheltenham, commented: “We are very much looking forward to The International at Cheltenham on Friday and Saturday, December 11 and 12, with total prize money of £524,000 and are delighted to offer owners and trainers another opportunity for mares through the OLBG Mares’ Handicap Hurdle on the second day.

“Following on from the record attendance at The Open earlier this month and the official opening of The Princess Royal Stand, part of our well-received £45-million redevelopment which is fully completed, we offer excellent racing during The International, with an especially strong programme of races on the Saturday.”

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