Changes on the cards for racing calendar

Charming Thought, left in blue silks and William Buick, defeat Ivawood, purple silks in the vision.ae Middle Park Stakes. ANL-141021-105351002
Charming Thought, left in blue silks and William Buick, defeat Ivawood, purple silks in the vision.ae Middle Park Stakes. ANL-141021-105351002
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Major changes in the racing programme could potentially see Dubai Future Champions Day at Newmarket’s Rowley Mile revert to a Saturday.

Following an on-going review of the autumn two-year old programme by the European Pattern Committee, and pending negotiations between Newmarket Racecourses and the British Horseracing Authority (BHA), Dubai Future Champions Day could be run on Saturday, October 10.

Should this route be selected it would see the card moved from the Friday slot it was run on last year and bring to the end of Champions Weekend after just a year.

“The European Pattern Committee ruling means that we are able to move Dubai Future Champions Day although it does not mean we will,” said Amy Starkey, Newmarket Racecourses boss.

“At this stage I can’t say any more but we are working with the BHA and exploring all options and will act in the best interests of Newmarket Racecourses and British horseracing.”

In other changes announced by the EPC on Monday it was revealed that the Group One Middle Park Stakes will be moved to an earlier slot on the calendar on September 26, while the Zetland Stakes has been reinstated to Listed status, and will be moved forward to the potentially new Dubai Future Champions Day date.

Changes have also been made to one of the Group races on Qipco 1000 Guineas day on Sunday, May 3, with the Dahlia Stakes being upgraded from Group Three to Group Two status.

“We are very pleased our application to move the Group One Middle Park Stakes has been accepted as part of a review of the two-year-old programme and welcome the upgrade of the now Group Two Dahlia Stakes,” said Miss Starkey.

In other news it has been announced that the first act to play after racing at the town’s July Course as part of their popular Friday night Adnams Newmarket Nights bill will be unveiled on Monday.

“I think the line up for the Newmarket Nights looks very strong this year,” said Miss Starkey.

“The first act that will be announced is one that has a career spanning several decades.”

What do you think? Email graham.clark@newmarketjournal.co.uk with a view.