The British Horseracing Authority has agreed to a switch in dates that will allow racing to take place on the Rowley Mile at Newmarket Racecourse Saturday, Oct. 1, instead of the following Friday, Oct. 7.
The new date will help enable horsepeople to spend sufficient time at the October yearling sale at Tattersalls as well as attend Future Champions' Day Saturday, Oct. 8. The race program for Future Champions Day includes the Dubai Dewhurst Stakes (Eng-I), Middle Park Stakes (Eng-I), Rockfel Stakes (Eng-II), Challenge Stakes (Eng-II), Autumn Stakes (Eng-III), Darley Stakes (Eng-III) and totesport.com Cesarewitch Heritage Handicap.
The fixture move will also create the opportunity to run the £500,000 Tattersalls Millions 2-Year-Old Trophy Stakes and the £300,000 Tattersalls Millions 2-Year-Old Fillies' Trophy Stakes Oct. 1.
Initially, the two Tattersalls Millions races were scheduled for Sept. 24, ten days before Book One of the October yearling sale at Tattersalls.
"We're pleased to have worked with the BHA and Tattersalls to deliver a 2011 race program that benefits the British bloodstock community,” said Michael Prosser, director of Racing and Newmarket’s Clerk of the Course, in a release. “Once the criteria gap on Oct. 1, was identified it presented the opportunity to host the series of Tattersalls Millions races in the same positions as 2010, where they have proved highly successful."
We are grateful to both Newmarket Racecourses and the British Horseracing Authority,” said Tattersalls’ chairman Edmond Mahony. “All parties have worked together in order to get the Tattersalls Millions races back on their original dates. The fixture change also allows far greater flexibility for all those participating in our October yearling sales, the vast majority of whom will want to attend 'Future Champions Day' at Newmarket on Oct. 8. The new fixture is good news especially with entries for the 2011/2012 Tattersalls Millions closing Jan. 11."
The 2011/2012 Tattersalls Millions series of races in 2011:
Aug. 27: 6 furlong £100,000 Tattersalls Millions Median Auction Stakes
Sept. 17: September 6 furlong £100,000 Tattersalls Millions Fillies' Median Auction Stakes
7 furlong £200,000 Tatersalls Millions Median Auction Trophy
Oct. 1: 7 furlong £500,000 Tattersalls Millions 2yo Trophy
7 furlong £300,000 Tattersalls Millions 2yo Fillies' Trophy