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Musselburgh and Exeter handed extra fixtures

Musselburgh is to stage an extra meeting on Sunday

Musselburgh will this weekend be able to stage several of the races which were lost to the frost when its Cheltenham Trials meeting was abandoned.

The British Horseracing Authority announced on Monday afternoon that a number of races originally scheduled to take place over the past weekend will instead do so on Sunday, February 10.

Exeter will then also stage an additional jumps fixture on Monday, February 11 following the spate of abandonments around Britain during the cold spell over the past week.

The BHA’s press release read: “Musselburgh will stage an eight-race card on February 10, worth £160,000 and comprising a number of races originally lost from their Scottish Cheltenham Trials weekend.

“Exeter’s existing fixture on Sunday, February 10 will now be extended to a two-day meeting with an additional six-race card worth £50,000 to be staged on Monday, February 11.”

Entries for both fixtures will close a 12 noon on Tuesday, February 5.

BHA head of racing Paul Johnson said: “With weather conditions looking set to improve this week, we have taken the opportunity to review whether it would be possible to stage additional jump fixtures in order to fill gaps that have appeared in the race programme due to abandonments.

“It is not always possible to find racecourses that are able to add jump fixtures in at short notice – but on this occasion, we were pleased to receive applications from Musselburgh and Exeter.”

Musselburgh’s Sunday card is set to include the £40,000 bet365 Edinburgh National over four miles.

Other key races are the Listed £25,000 bet365 Scottish Triumph Hurdle, the £20,000 Albert Bartlett Scottish Trial Novice’s Hurdle and the £20,000 Pertemps Handicap Hurdle qualifier.

Musselburgh general manager Bill Farnsworth said: “Despite a valiant effort by our ground staff, we were very disappointed to lose the bet365 Scottish Cheltenham Trials weekend due to circumstances out with our control.

“However, working closely with the BHA, we are delighted to be able to stage this new fixture, which promises a cracking day of high quality jumps racing.

“I am confident the £160,000 prize fund will catch the attention of the country’s leading stables and provide a fitting test for horses which could be serious contenders at the Cheltenham and Aintree festivals.”

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