November Handicap Transferred To Newcastle Racecourse


04 November 2023

Doncaster Racecourse is currently unraceable, with numerous areas of saturated ground and standing water on the flat course. Since racing on Saturday 28 October, there has been further rainfall each day, totalling over 30mm. 

As such, the decision has been made to relocate the VirginBet November Handicap meeting on Saturday 11 November to Newcastle Racecourse. 

Field size limits at Newcastle will mean that all races at this fixture will be run with a maximum of 14 runners. 

Managing Director of ARC's Racing Division, Mark Spincer, said, "The VirginBet November Handicap is a really popular fixture at the end of the turf season in Britain. It is a huge shame to lose the fixture at Doncaster, but there is simply no chance that the track will be in a position to be fit for racing in time." 

"Doncaster raced on very heavy ground at the Kameko Futurity meeting just over a week ago, and we have seen significant rainfall since then with anywhere between 25mm and 50mm more forecast through the coming week. We appreciate the impact on those looking for a final opportunity on the turf before the season comes to a close, but the track will simply not be ready in time." 

"We would like to thank our colleagues at BHA, as well as sponsors VirginBet and the European Breeders Fund and to ITV for facilitating this move." 

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