ARC introduce stayers series
Arena Racing Company have announced a new series of races that is designed to support grassroots jump racing in the North of England.
ARC have introduced a new series at their northern tracks
The Sun Bets Northern Stayers Series will consist of eleven qualifiers across ARC's Northern jump racecourses with a final, worth £20,000, which will take place at Newcastle Racecourse on Saturday March 18 2017.
The race programme has been framed to benefit young horses, specifically novice hurdlers who would be looking to race over 2m 3f and further.
The first race of the series takes place at Sedgefield on October 27, the Sun Bets Novices' Hurdle at 2.30pm, which has been well supported by Northern trainers.
In 2016, the series will continue with races at Doncaster on November 25, Uttoxeter on October 28 and December 31 and Newcastle on December 8. The 2017 programme, leading to the Final has yet to be confirmed.
All horses that take part in a qualifier will be eligible to run in the Final.
ARC Regional Clerk of Course for the North, Roderick Duncan said, "We're delighted to have been able to work with Sun Bets and BHA to frame this series to support the Northern Jumping scene.
"The Sun Bets Northern Stayers Series will culminate in a nice prize pot at Newcastle in March, so we are hopeful that we'll find some nice staying hurdlers lining up at ARC's Northern racecourses over the coming months."
The sponsors' Tim Reynolds added, "The Northern Stayers series is a really exciting initiative and one which we're proud to be associated with.
"It gives us the perfect platform to promote the Sun Bets name, shout about our passion for horse racing and demonstrate the benefits of being an Authorised Betting Partner of British Racing"