The Jockey Club backs British Mares Point-to-Point Racing Series

4th December 2013

Champagne Rosie wining at the Larkhill Racing Club Meeting in January

Champagne Rosie wining at the Larkhill Racing Club Meeting in January

The Jockey Club, the largest commercial group in British horseracing, governed by Royal Charter to invest all profits
back into the sport, today has renewed and expanded its support for point-to-point racing in the UK through sponsorship of a nationwide series.

For the last two years, The Jockey Club has been the headline sponsor of the 'Mares Maiden Series', which in the 2013/14 season is scheduled to include 17 races between December 2013 and May 2014.

As part of the sponsorship, The Jockey Club will give Thermatex rugs for the winner of each race in the series and a trophy to the connections of the horse crowned the National Champion Novice mare for winning the Mares Maiden Series, as well as offering a double prize money opportunity of up to £10,000 for the horse's next run at Jockey Club
Racecourses nationwide.

The Jockey Club receives promotional opportunities in the racecard and on-course at each fixture in the series, in
the Point-to-Point Authority's 'The Pointer' magazine and various other platforms.

Commenting on the sponsorship, Simon Bazalgette, Group Chief Executive of The Jockey Club, said:

"The Jockey Club exists for the good of British horseracing and every penny we make gets reinvested back into
our sport. We believe this partnership with point-to-point racing supports an important part of grassroots jumps racing. It also helps us to get closer to fans of exciting equine sport, many of whom go racing at our courses, along with others who are potential new customers. I am delighted we have been able to expand our sponsorship with the Point-to-Point Authority and look forward to the series launching this weekend at the PPORC Point-to-Point meeting."

Lucy Tucker, Executive of the Point-to-Point Authority said:

“We are delighted to be working alongside The Jockey Club again knowing that those fixtures who stage one of the sponsored races within the series are really grateful and proud to have the sponsorship. Organisers, owners and
riders alike are also really appreciative of the ongoing support from The Jockey Club and I have been made aware, on more than one occasion, individuals have bought and are training mares to specifically aim at this series.”

The 2012/13 Mares Maiden Series was won by Champagne Rosie, owned by Mr J Meaden.

The series of races this year will be staged at the following Fixtures:

08 December 2013 - Point-to-Point Owners’ & Riders’ Club - Barbury Castle
26 January 2014- Jedforest - Friars Haugh
08 February 2014 - Combined Services - Larkhill
16 February 2014 - South Pool - Buckfastleigh
22 February 2014 - North Hereford - Whitwick
02 March 2014 - Ross Harriers - Garnons
15 March 2014 - Duke of Buccleuch - Friars Haugh
16 March 2014 - Bicester with WC - Whitfield
23 March 2014 - Brocklesby - Brocklesby
23 March 2014 - Croome & West Warwickshire - Upton-on-Severn
23 March 2014 - Holcombe - Whittington
06 April 2014 - Tedworth - Barbury Castle
06 April 2014 - West Wales Area Club - Lydstep
13 April 2014 - Atherstone - Clifton-on-Dunsmore
21 April 2014 - V&C - Hackwood Park
11 May 2014 - Four Burrow - Trebudannon
17 May 2014 - Clifton on Teme - Upper Sapey

Please note that the condition of entry relating to Membership of the PPORA has been removed for this season.

The Champion Novice Mare Award will be presented at the National Awards Dinner at Cheltenham Racecourse on Saturday 15th November 2014. Points will be awarded as follows:

Maiden Race: 1st - 4pts      2nd - 2pts     3rd - 1pt
Restricted Race: 1st - 5pts      2nd - 3pts     3rd - 1pt
Any other Point-to-Point: 1st - 6pts      2nd - 4pts     3rd - 2pts
Hunter Chase:                             1st - 10pts     2nd -6pts      3rd - 4pts