The Betfair Chase: Haydock Grade 1 to be run over longer distancePICTURE: Martin Lynch
Drainage work forces Betfair Chase switch
THE Betfair Chase will be staged over 3m1f - one furlong further than usual - and moved to Haydock's Flat course due to delayed drainage work.
The extra distance for the first Grade 1 of the jumps season arises from the switch to what is normally the Flat course, a move necessitated by a delay in turf repair following drainage improvement at Haydock.
All chases during the Betfair Chase meeting on November 22 and 23 will be extended, with chases over 2m½f becoming 2m1f and all chases over 2m4f-plus increased by one furlong.
The opening fixture of Haydock's jumps season on Wednesday October 30 is also being transferred to Carlisle.
Clerk of the course Kirkland Tellwright said: “Transferring the first scheduled jump fixture of the autumn to Carlisle racecourse is a sensible precaution which gives the sward in the drained areas a better chance to establish.”