The confusion surrounding Future Champions trip to Newmarket in October showed up no nearer to a resolution on Wednesday night, utilizing the racecourse insisting it has presented two possible alternatives for its mid-October routine to your British Horseracing Authority, whilst BHA could state just so it had “received a proposal from Newmarket within the last 24 hours”, not just how long it might need to ponder over it.
Consequently, the date whenever Newmarket will stage both the Dewhurst Stakes, the most important and prestigious two-year-old competition inside diary, plus the Fillies’ Mile, another of this Group One features of the period, stays uncertain. The sole certainty is the fact that the Group One center Park Stakes, which formed section of upcoming Champions times last season, will transfer associated with congested mid-October schedule is run using 26 September, providing a juvenile colts the opportunity to contest the Middle Park and Dewhurst.
The decision to stage Future Champions time in 2014 just 24 hours before the Champions Day card at Ascot in mid-October was described as “another huge step forward” when it comes to orgasm to your Flat period when it was announced because of the BHA in March 2013. Yet the new card couldn't attract the news protection and television audience that could ordinarily be likely for a fixture with three Group One events.
The decision to replace the length associated with the Group One Prix Jean-Luc Lagardère during the early October from seven furlongs to a mile, getting rid of a clear conflict using seven-furlong Dewhurst Stakes, ended up being greeted with comparable pleasure by the BHA this week as a chance to stage the season’s top juvenile occasion six times earlier in the day, on Saturday 10 October. Newmarket, however, has already been because battle on 10 October, when the Cesarewitch, among the season’s many historical handicaps, is the feature battle regarding card. It cannot stage a 13- or 14-race card, so an easy move of Future Champions Day into Saturday slot would efficiently remove a meeting from Newmarket’s fixture number and then leave a few events with considerable award funds with no place to go.