By Racinguk.com staff
Cheltenham will stage the first ever mares-only jumps card on April 19.
There will be seven races and over £190,000 in prize money up for grabs, with two events worth £40,000, a novices' handicap chase and a four-year-old handicap hurdle.
Simon Claisse, Cheltenham's clerk of the course, said: "I am delighted that Cheltenham is to be the first Jump racecourse to stage an all-mares' racecard.
"The running order on the second day of The April Meeting previously had four all-mares races on it and we very much hope that the seven races will be well-supported.
"With two mares-only races at The Festival and this card following four weeks later the mares' programme is developing and, hopefully, owners be encouraged to run mares at the Home of Jump racing, especially late in the season.
"My thanks go to British Horseracing Authority for their help in bringing this concept together - we are very much looking forward to hosting the mares' card in April."
Stuart Middleton, Racing Operations Manager at the BHA, underlined that the day was to help make ownership of fillies and mares more attractive.
"We have been working for some time towards Jump racing's first all-mares' card," he said.
"Cheltenham has long since held the same ambition and, having between us, expanded their card to include four mares' races already, it is the obvious venue to give this exciting venture a try.
"This initiative forms yet another part of our ongoing commitment to bolstering the overall mares' programme and providing an incentive to own and train Jump mares.
"We hope that the fixture will garner positive publicity and the promise of being part of a unique event at such an iconic venue will, we hope, be yet another reason to be excited about ownership of mares at all tiers of the sport."
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