A new race in the OLBG Mares’ Road To Cheltenham series is going to be staged on day two of The International, Saturday 12th December, at Cheltenham Racecourse

The £30,000 OLBG Mares’ Handicap Hurdle (3.35pm), run over two and a half miles, is the final race on the tremendous seven-race card on 12th December and takes the place of the Grade Two Dornan Engineering Relkeel Hurdle, which moves to Cheltenham’s New Year’s Day fixture as previously announced.

Dean Goddard, PR Manager at OLBG, said: “We are thrilled to be able to add an additional mares’ race to the calendar and especially at Cheltenham, the Home of Jump Racing.

“We see this as an ideal opportunity for trainers and owners to give their mares a look round the course with a view to possibly coming back in March to contest the Grade One OLBG Mares’ Hurdle at The Festival.”

The OLBG Mares’ Road To Cheltenham 2015/16 series:

Wetherby: Saturday 31st October 2015 – 2m 110y Listed Hurdle – won by Blue Buttons

Kempton: Monday 23rd November 2015 – 3m 110y Listed Hurdle – won by Morello Royale

Cheltenham: Saturday 12th December 2015 – 2m 4f 56y Handicap Hurdle

Ascot: Saturday 23rd January 2016 – 2m 7f 118y Grade Two Hurdle

Doncaster: Saturday 30th January 2016 – 2m 140y Grade Two Hurdle

Warwick: Saturday 13th February 2016 – 2m 5f Listed Hurdle

Cheltenham: Tuesday 15th March 2016 – 2m 3f 200y Grade One Hurdle

The two feature races on Saturday 12th December at Cheltenham are the £100,000 Caspian Caviar Gold Cup, a handicap chase run over two miles, five furlongs which has attracted an excellent entry of 41, and the £130,000 StanJames.com International Hurdle over two miles and one furlong. Total prize money of £363,000 is offered on the day.

Simon Claisse, Regional Director of Racing, Jockey Club Racecourses South West & Clerk of the Course, Cheltenham, commented: “We are very much looking forward to The International at Cheltenham on Friday and Saturday 11th and 12th December, with total prize money of £524,000 and are delighted to offer owners and trainers another opportunity for mares through the OLBG Mares’ Handicap Hurdle on the second day.

“Following on from the record attendance at The Open earlier this month and the official opening of The Princess Royal Stand, part of our well-received £45-million redevelopment which is fully completed, we offer excellent racing during The International, with an especially strong programme of races on the Saturday.”