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There is over $3.5million in prizemoney up for grabs in the 2017 jumps racing season (Image: Racing Photos)
All-jumps meeting scheduled for 2017
The first all-jumps race meeting to be held in Australia since the 1800s headlines the 2017 jumps racing program that was released by Racing Victoria on Friday.
The $350,000 Grand National Steeplechase meeting at Ballarat on August 20 will be a six-race jumps program with no flat races conducted, believed to be the first time in more than a century that this has occurred in Australia.
A total of $3.51million in prizemoney will be offered for the season across 63 jumps races, split between 43 hurdle and 20 steeplechase races.
Racing.com Park Pakenham will stage the first races, with two hurdle contests programmed to commence the season on March 16, being the first time in Australia that jumps races have been programmed on a night meeting.
Sale will also stage jumps races for the first time since 2009, with five jumps races programmed over two meetings.
Warrnambool, home of the world famous May Carnival, has the busiest schedule of the nine venues that stage jumps racing with 14 races programmed.
The season will conclude with the Coleraine meeting on September 24.
Paul Bloodworth, Racing Victoria's Manager of Racing Operations, believes that the 2017 program will enhance participation across the state.
"We're excited to showcase the country's premier hurdle and steeplechase horses with Australia's first all-jumps race meeting of the modern era at Sportsbet-Ballarat on Sunday, 20 August," Bloodworth said.
"For jumps racing enthusiasts and participants alike, this all-jumps meeting is sure to be one of the highlights of the calendar in 2017 and will really place our premier hurdle and steeplechase horses in the limelight.
"It's also exciting to expand the jumps racing footprint at Racing.com Park with three meetings programmed for next year, while Sale return to the fold and will host jumps races for the first time since 2009."
Click here for the 2017 Victorian Jumps Racing Program