BHA announce ‘Northern Lights’ series

The British Horseracing Authority has launched a series of races which are intended to boost jump racing in the north.

Carlisle will host the Northern Lights finals day

Five series aimed at mid-tier jumpers will be programmed at tracks from Doncaster northwards, 72 in all, culminating in a Finals Day at Carlisle in December 2017.

Each final will be worth £25,000 and to qualify horses, who do not need to be owned or trained in the north, must have run in a minimum of two qualifiers and have finished in the first eight at least once.

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The five races will be collectively know as the Northern Lights Series.

Fife-based trainer Nick Alexander said: "It is fantastic that the BHA and Jockey Club Racecourses have come together to put on this series and the Finals day at Carlisle on the first Sunday of December next year promises to be a competitive card racing for excellent prize money at what can be a quiet time of year.

"It is really encouraging to see support for mid-tier horses whose owners deserve decent prizes to aim at, there are a lot more owners with this type of horse than top-class horses and they need encouragement to invest in the sport as much as anyone."

James Ewart, based in Dumfriesshire, said: "It is very exciting to have a jumps series such as this to benefit the northern-based owners and trainers.

"The Northern Lights series will give us all something aspirational and valuable to aim towards with jumps horses who are competing at below the highest level. It's an excellent incentive to own and train jumps horses in the north."

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