The BHA has today confirmed the addition of two new categories to the Racing Post Go North Series, with a Middle-Distance Hurdle Series and Bumper Series added to the original programme for the forthcoming 2021-22 campaign.
This year’s Racing Post Go North Series will culminate with Go North Weekend, which will take place over the weekend of 25 March 2022, beginning at Musselburgh, before heading to Kelso on Saturday 26 March and concluding at Carlisle on Sunday 27 March.
Each fixture features the final races for the various series staged across the campaign, with Kelso’s fixture hosting the newly added Middle-Distance Hurdle Series and Bumper Series finales.
On the opening day at Musselburgh, finals will take place for the Juvenile Hurdle, Mares Hurdle, Two-Mile Hurdle and Stayers Hurdle series’, with the Two-Mile Chase, Middle-Distance Chase and Staying Chase series’ reaching their conclusions at Carlisle on the final day.
To celebrate the introduction of the two new categories, each series is to be renamed in honour of a Northern racing star who excelled at the particular discipline or whose story speaks to what makes Northern racing special, and the BHA is asking racing’s fans to nominate their favourites on Twitter.
Fans who wish to suggest the name of their favourite horse should head to the BHA’s Twitter account (@BHAPressOffice), or use the hashtag #GoNorthSeries, to suggest the names they think should be carried by each of the nine series before by Monday, 16 August 2021, before the titles are announced later in the year.
Stu Middleton, BHA Racing Manager, said: “Racing has a rich and colourful heritage in the North and through the Go North Weekend and series of races we aim to shine a spotlight on the equine and human stars of the past and present who have done so much to shape the story of racing in Britain.
“We are delighted to add a Middle-Distance Hurdle Series and Bumper Series to this season’s programme and look forward to each series culminating in some exciting and competitive action at three of the North’s best venues next year.”