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    parlo
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    Why don’t race-titles of Heritage Handicaps show the traditional name of the race but the sponsor’s name?

    Why doesn’t work in Heritage Handicaps what in Pattern Races works (… registered as “The xxx Stakes”)?

    The tradition of these races is one of their most important features as tradition and history is probably the biggest asset of racing anyway.

    And even sponsors will benefit as they show their respect to their races.

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    apracing
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    Parlo,

    The terms ‘heritage’ and ‘traditional’ don’t always apply together. A Heritage handicap is simply one that has prize money of £40,000 or more and an open ended rating band – e.g. 0-105, rather than 86 – 105.

    It doesn’t necessarily mean that the race has any ‘heritage’ or a traditional name associated with it. Take out the obvious traditional candidates, like the Lincoln, Ebor, Cambridgeshire etc (which all seem to have retained their name despite sponsorship) and you have a lot of races that only came into existence in the first place under the banner of the sponsor.

    I’m guessing that it’s the race at Ayr yesterday that prompted your question, but that race never existed previously under any ‘traditional’ name.

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    #240367
    Gerald
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    :shock:

    What, you can create a new race, and so long as it is valuable enough, it can be called a Heritage H’cap???

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    apracing
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    Gerald,

    Precisely – as an example, Newmarket did it two years ago. They had a new meeting two weeks after the Guineas and introduced a 1M 6F Heritage Handicap as the feature race.

    It ran as the ‘Betdirect Heritage Handicap’ in 2007, and the Betiniternet in 2008/9.

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    Gerald
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    They could have named it the Top Cees Heritage H’cap, or The Swaffham (?) Heritage H’cap, as that Chester Cup prep/trial has, I think, disappeared from the Craven meeting.

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