As part of a small handful of changes to its race programme unveiled by the British Horseracing Authority on Wednesday, the governing body published the auction value thresholds for its previously announced combined 2-year-old novice and maiden programme:
-Band A: auction value of £50,000 – £80,000 or, if not sold at a sale, sire’s auction median of <£60,000 (35 races)
-Band B: £30,000 – £50,000 or sire’s median of <£40,000 (65 races)
-Band C: £15,001 – £30,000 or sire’s median of <£25,000 (150 races)
-Band D: £1 – £15,000 or sire’s median of <£12,500 (75 races)
-Open races (565)
Any horse running in a Band A-D restricted race will receive a two pound weight allowance for each band it runs in above that which it is qualified for.
Driven by the continuing coronavirus pandemic, amateur riders will be barred from race riding until further notice from Jan. 16 onwards. This is in line with government restrictions around the definition of elite sport and the associated suspension of grassroots sport. Hunter chases will continue to be programmed but restricted to professional and conditional riders.