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RACING SERIES SECOND LEG COMES TO UTTOXETER ON FRIDAY

Wed, Oct 26, 2011

The second leg of an exciting new horseracing series will take place at Uttoxeter on Friday, as one of the largest interactive betting services in the UK looks to find its champion jumps horse, jockey and trainer of the 2011/12 season.
The Blue Square Novices' Hurdle Series kicked off at Chepstow on 8th October, with jockey Joe Tizzard taking the early lead with a win on African Broadway, trained by Colin Tizzard. BBC Sports Personality of the Year AP McCoy is currently in second place, while Tom Scudamore, Ruby Walsh and Richard Johnson also scored points to take a place on the leaderboard.

The 2.00pm Blue Square Novices' Hurdle at Uttoxeter Racecourse on Friday has attracted such a strong entry it may be split into two divisions, with many of the top stables considering entering runners including Paul Nicholls, Jonjo O'Neill, Nicky Henderson, Tim Vaughan and Philip Hobbs.

The series is made up of eight qualifying races, returning to Uttoxeter in February for the final when the overall winners will be crowned.

David MacDonald, Executive Director at Uttoxeter Racecourse said: "Friday's race looks set to be fiercely competitive and as it's so early in the series there is everything to play for. Racing series like this helps to create continuity from course to course for spectators to follow throughout the season and I'm very excited that the final will be held at Uttoxeter.

"The card on Friday comprises seven races in total and with a staggering 277 entries it's going to be a great day's racing."

Gates open at 12.00pm with the first race — The Blue Square Novices' Hurdle — ready for the off at 2.00pm. Tickets are priced from £9.00 in advance. For more information visit www.uttoxeter-racecourse.co.uk.

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