New ‘national’ at race course

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SUSSEX has one, Lincolnshire has one, Durham has one. Now Cambridgeshire is getting one … a ‘National’ long-distance horse race over steeple chase fences.

The inaugural Cambridgeshire National will be run at Huntingdon Racecourse on Saturday 23 November. The fixture, which is the new Winter Ladies’ Day, is to be sponsored by KIA Motors.

At an extended three and three-quarter miles, the race is the longest run at the Cambridgeshire jump racing track and forms the centrepiece of the only Saturday meeting during the year.

With the annual feature race, the £60,000 Grade 2 Betfred Peterborough Chase, also being run at the track on Thursday 12 December, and Boxing Day racing a fortnight later, it makes for a thrilling conclusion to the year for followers of jump racing in the east of England.

Nadia Gollings, General Manager of Huntingdon Racecourse, said: “We are delighted to be launching the first ever Cambridgeshire National race on our new Winter Ladies’ Day. Thanks for the support of Boongate KIA of Peterborough, we will be putting on a thrilling day’s sport. Not only will there be some great jump racing to watch, we’ll also have valuable prizes to be won in our winter best dressed competitions.

“Britain’s ‘National’ steeple chases are famous the world over and it’s superb to be adding the county of Cambridgeshire to that list. While I doubt this season’s eventual Crabbie’s Grand National winner will be running, we’re looking forward to watching some very talented staying steeple chasers here on 23 November and to the race capturing the imagination of racing fans.”

The autumn and early winter is the busiest time of the year for racing at Huntingdon Racecourse.