Kempton: stages three of the seven additional fixturesPICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
'Successful' trial of twilight cards extended
THE BHA on Wednesday announced details of an additional trial of Tuesday twilight fixtures scheduled for the autumn.
The trial has been agreed after what the BHA describes as a "successful trial" of twilight fixtures in September and October and following consultation with the Levy Board and bookmakers.
The first of the additional meetings is scheduled for October 15 at Kempton.
Ruth Quinn, director of racing for the BHA, said: "We have been pleased with the success of the trial of Tuesday twilight fixtures in September and October, when six fixtures have produced promising field sizes and competitive racing. As such we thought it appropriate to continue the trial.
"The seven additional fixtures will also hopefully provide opportunities for horses who have had limited options due to the long, dry summer we have experienced this year."
The Levy Board will contribute £2,500 per race in addition to the prize-money contributed by each racecourse. The programme at all fixtures will commence approximately ten minutes after the last afternoon race.
Due to autumnal sunset times, only Wolverhampton and Kempton were invited to apply for the additional fixtures as both tracks can race under floodlights.