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Three days to remember as Racing Post backs new northern jumping initiative

Grand National winner Lucinda Russell is among the trainers opening their yards
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Fancy a stable visit and a good day's racing? Snap up one of the tickets that are now on sale for the first Racing Post 'Go North' Weekend.

Three days of jump racing and behind-the-scenes access are coming to the north of England and Scotland in March, part of an initiative to boost jump racing in the region led by the BHA and sponsored by the Post.

A total of £400,000 in prize-money is on offer across the three participating fixtures, with local trainers opening their yards to the public on the morning of each fixture.

The schedule is as follows:

March 20 Nick Alexander and Lucinda Russell open their stables before racing at Musselburgh

March 21 Sandy Thomson, Rose Dobbin and Katie Scott open their yards before racing at Kelso 

March 22 James Ewart, Iain Jardine and Nicky Richards invite visitors before racing at Carlisle

A ticket covering all three days of racing is available for £40, with tickets also available for each individual fixture. A ticket for that day's racing will be required for access to the stable visits in the morning. Those who wish to attend need to register their interest via this page due to limited capacity at some yards.

A discounted weekend ticket will be available for Racing Post readers and members, giving access to three days of racing and stable visits for just £30.

The weekend's racing will feature all seven finals of the Northern Lights Series spread across the Musselburgh and Carlisle meetings, with Kelso's fixture televised live on ITV.

A prize for the top trainer/jockey/owner of the three fixtures will be presented at Carlisle on Sunday, March 22.

All three fixtures will receive support from the BHA development fund in order to boost prize-money on offer.

Nick Alexander said: "The region looks to be set for three great days of racing, and we'll be looking to target the weekend with as many runners as we are able to.

"We hope people will take the opportunity to come and take a look at how a racing yard works, all the care and attention that is involved in preparing a horse for a race and the facilities on offer to ensure they are looked so well after."

Nick Alexander: welcomed the initiative

Tom Kerr, editor of the Racing Post, said: "We're proud to be sponsoring the inaugural Racing Post 'Go North' Weekend, which is all about celebrating, promoting and supporting the sport in Scotland and the north.

"This is a superb initiative and we're genuinely thrilled to be involved in what is set to be three great days' racing and yard visits."

Paul Johnson, head of racing at the BHA, said: "We're communicating with trainers to let them know which of their horses are qualified for the Northern Lights series finals, and we're looking forward to a weekend of competitive and exciting jump racing to showcase the sport in the north."

Exclusive offer

Tickets are now on sale for the first ever Racing Post ‘Go North’ Weekend, three exciting days of jump racing and behind-the-scenes access, sponsored by the Racing Post.  
Use promo code RPOST1 to receive £10 off your three-day pass. Tickets can be purchased through the websites of participating racecourses

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This is a superb initiative and we're genuinely thrilled to be involved in what is set to be three great days' racing and yard visits
E.W. Terms