Dynaste and Rocky Creek among familiar names to contest Veterans’ Final

A big field and plenty of betting interest show the success of racing’s new series for ageing handicap chasers

Attendances at race meetings set new records over Christmas and the New Year and there is no need to look beyond the penultimate race at Sandown on Saturday for a reason why jump racing continues to expand and enthral its audience through the cold, dark months. The final of the 2016 Veterans’ Chase Series has attracted 19 runners, all at least 10 years old, to race for a first prize of £62,000, and for several thousand racegoers it will be part spectacle, part reunion as the field sets off with three miles ahead of them.

The British Horseracing Authority inevitably attracts its share of criticism from all sorts of directions over the course of an average year, at least some of which is thoroughly deserved. But it is only fair to acknowledge its successes, too, and the Veterans’ Series, which was launched in the autumn of 2014 and now concludes its second season, is perhaps the most widely applauded BHA initiative of recent years.

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