What's happening at Sedgefield


Mon, Nov 21, 2011

The Blue Square Novices’ Hurdle Series fourth leg has attracted a strong entry at Sedgefield tomorrow [Tuesday 22nd November], with 12 horses declared and the powerful yards of Donald McCain and Mordon-based trainer John Wade both in the mix.

McCain’s Bound For Glory showed an abundance of promise on his British debut and has the profile of a horse who could be a contender for the £20,000 Grand Final of the series in February.

Raven’s Secret will represent Wade’s yard, local to Sedgefield and a regular supporter of the track. The six-year-old has shown definite promise on both of his starts this season and furthermore may be favoured by the fact that the race is open only to Conditional Jockeys, seeing as the up and coming Daryl Millar has already ridden the horse on both occasions.

North Yorkshire trainer Ferdy Murphy will also be looking for series points with Frosty Lad and Badgers Retreat, while Julie Camacho will be hoping for a good run from Trojan Gift.

The Blue Square Novices’ Hurdle Series, run in conjunction with Sedgefield’s owners, Northern Racing, culminates in a £20,000 race run in February at Uttoxeter. All of the races in the series are run over trips between 2 ½ and 3 miles and the objective is to identify jump racing’s most promising young stayers.

For each leg in the series horses, trainers and jockeys are awarded Grand Prix style points for the first six finishers. The horses with the most points will be guaranteed a run in the final in February while Blue Square will also reward the most successful jockey and trainer in the Series.

Richard Jaques, Blue Square PR and Sponsorship Manager, said: “The Blue Square Novices’ Hurdle Series is really starting to hot up and we’re looking forward to coming up to Sedgefield on Tuesday. We will also be visiting Newcastle twice over the next couple of months, so there are plenty of opportunities for northern trainers to pick up some valuable points to guarantee a place in the Grand Final at Uttoxeter.”

After Tuesday’s race there are four more legs in the Series before the February final, two of which are staged at Newcastle Racecourse, the first of which is on Saturday 17th December.

Protection from elimination in the final will be given to those that have amassed points during the qualifying rounds. Points will be awarded as below:

1st – 10, 2nd – 8, 3rd – 6, 4th – 4, 5th – 2, 6th – 1

For more information on the Blue Square Novices' Hurdle Series visit or contact:

Ben Cleminson
Square in the Air
020 7239 8242

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