Horses jumping a fence

13th April 2017

Tom George on the Challenger Series final at Haydock Park

Why is trainer Tom George is aiming a team at the Challenger Series final at Haydock Park on Saturday?

"It’s a day that I’ve always had in the back of my mind as the prize money and value of the races is really good.

"It’s a great initiative that should be supported by trainers as it can be very hard to find races for horses rated around the 130 mark with good prize money."

Each of the six finals carries £50,000 in prize money, resulting in a £300,000 raceday, which provides a substantial incentive and boost not only for mid-tier owners and trainers, but also for jump racing in the north.

He is hoping to follow up on last year's success when he saddled a winner on the first ever Challenger Series Finals Day with No Duffer in the Staying Chase Handicap Final.

George added: "All eight of mine will probably run and I actually had a couple more lined up that we sadly haven’t been able to get there for one reason or another.

"As a yard we are always trying to look for good prize money opportunities rather than just finding small races that we can win and so to aim for a day like this is great.

"We may come away empty handed but we had a winner there last year and we’ll be hoping for one this year. Either way my owners certainly appreciate the prize money opportunities as well."

Tom George’s runners

Middle Distance Chase Series 2.05pm
Popular chaser Some Buckle heads the field in the Middle Distance Chase Series Final for Tom George. George has also entered Ballinvarrig who qualified when finishing fifth in a Qualifier at Exeter and Cernunnos who was fifth in an Aintree Qualifier in December.

Stayers Handicap Chase 2.40pm
Aiming to win the race for the second year running, George has entered Moss On The Mill who won a Wincanton Qualifier in March and six-year-old Behind The Wire who was second at Doncaster in January.

Two Mile Handicap Hurdle 3.15pm
Stamp Your Feet will be George's only representative in the Two Mile Hurdle Final if he makes the cut after finishing fourth at Musselburgh in January.

Stayers Handicap Hurdle 4.20pm
Some Are Lucky is George's representative in the Stayers Hurdle Final and he earned his place at Finals Day by finishing second at Chepstow back in November.

Mares Handicap Chase 4.55pm
George's final runner on the card is likely to be Song Saa in the first ever Mares Chase Final who qualified at Cheltenham in December.