The British Horseracing Authority is to repeat last year’s flirtation with Tuesday Twilight meetings during the autumn. Yesterday it released details of six additional meetings that will form this year’s trial.
The trial follows discussions with the Levy board and bookmakers. It will run for six consecutive Tuesdays, beginning at Lingfield on 3 September, and concluding at Wolverhampton on 8 October. They, along with Beverley, Stratford, Carlisle and Kempton, were selected after racecourses were invited to apply for the fixtures. Without be explicit, the BHA hinted that the key factor in their choice of racecourses was the amount each was able to contribute to add to that allocated by the Levy Board.
Inevitably at those courses without floodlights there will be some overlap with the afternoon programme, but as those tracks come first in the schedule, the timing will minimise that. The last race is planned for as close to sunset as possible, so here’s racing offering an alternative way of checking out sunset times. The final two meetings, at Kempton and Wolverhampton do not depend on daylight, so the first race at those meetings will go off ten minutes after the final afternoon race.
Stuart Middleton, racing manager for the BHA, said, “The Levy Board and bookmakers are keen to expand the twilight programme and as far as we are concerned, these come at a time of year when demand for opportunities outstrips the number of fixtures available. On that basis we are keen to make best use of the available horse population and programme these extra fixtures.”
Stephen Lambert, managing director at Stratford was particularly pleased to be included. The meeting there takes place on 17 September. He said, “It introduces a welcome extra fixture into out summer jumping calendar, without which the course would have sat idle for seven weeks.”