London Mile Series
The London Mile Series culminates in the final to be run over about One Mile at Kempton Park on September 7th, 2019, with a Total Prize Fund of £70,000.
Qualification for the final requires horses to have started in a London Mile Series qualifying race.
In the event of the abandonment of this qualifying race, any horse which has been declared to run in this race under the provisions of Rule (F)89, or any horse entered to run in this race if the time of the abandonment was prior to the declaration stage, will be qualified to enter the Final. Any horse which has been eliminated from this qualifying race will also be eligible, subject to the Rules of Racing, to enter the Final.
The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) have announced a trial of a brand new type of race, known as Optional Claiming Handicaps – a hybrid of handicaps and claimers.
These new races form part of a cross-industry commitment to diversify the race programme and create more options for trainers to campaign horses in races which are not solely based on their handicap rating.
In addition, Optional Claiming Handicaps are designed to help stimulate trade in a group of higher rated horses that are less likely to attract interest from abroad and lack the stamina to appeal to the jumping market.
Starting in July, the 10-race trial is pitched at horses rated in the 80s and 90s. These events will be staged over distances from 6f to 1m and each carry a total prize fund of £30,000.
When entering a horse in an Optional Claiming Handicap, trainers can ‘buy’ a handicap rating up to 7 lbs lower than its published rating but, in doing so, they make that horse available to claim for a pre-determined price which is in line with the reduced rating chosen. A guide to entering optional claiming handicaps can be viewed here and an explanatory video with BHA Handicapper Graeme Smith can be viewed below: