At its annual meeting held on Thursday 23rd January at the offices of the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) in London, the European Pattern Committee (EPC) discussed a number of changes to Flat Pattern and Listed races in Europe for 2020.

Following the meeting Brian Kavanagh, Chair of the EPC, said:

“Modest changes were the order of the day as the EPC approved a total of 427 Group and 426 Listed races to be run on the flat in Europe this year.  The quality of the European programme was noted and while numerous races may have qualified for upgrade on their ratings, the changes were limited to 3 new Group 3 and 3 new Listed races.

“A similar number of races were downgraded including two Group 2 races in Germany.  The Committee agreed to a change of the distance of the Group 1 Prix Jean-Luc Lagardère on Arc weekend on a two year trial basis and noted that France will be undertaking a full review of its two year old programme.

“The Committee approved further changes to its ground rules to improve quality control throughout Europe and noted with regret the continuing difficulties in Italian racing.”

Upgrades and new races

The Committee approved upgrades for 3 Pattern races and 3 new Listed races in 2020.

Races listed by date, handle, racecourse/country, age/sex and distance.

Upgraded from Listed to Group 3

23/05/2020

Marble Hill

Curragh, IRE

2yo

6f

24/07/2020

Valiant

Ascot, GB

3yo+ f

8f

16/08/2020

Francois Boutin

Deauville, FR

2yo

1400m

New Listed Races

22/07/2020

TBC

Naas, IRE

2yo f

5f

11/10/2020

Peas & Carrots Mile AWT

Jagersro, SWE

3yo+

1600m

Dec-20

TBC AWT

Deauville, FR

3yo+

2500m

Downgrades

A similar number of races were also downgraded for 2020, i.e. 3 Pattern races and 5 Listed races.

Races listed by date, handle, racecourse/country, age/sex and distance.

Downgraded from Group 2

21/07/2019

Meilen Trophy

Dusseldorf, GER

3yo+

1600m

25/08/2019

Goldene Peitsche

Baden-Baden, GER

3yo+

1200m

Downgraded from Group 3

 25/08/2019

Polar Cup

Ovrevoll, NOR

3yo+

1370m

 Downgraded from Listed

 23/05/2019

Coupe de Trois Ans

Lyon-Parilly, FR

3yo

2400m

15/08/2019

Copa de Oro

San Sebastian, SPA

3yo+

2400m

25/08/2019

Norsk Derby

Ovrevoll, NOR

3yo

2400m

06/10/2019

Norsk Jockeyklubs Sprintlob

Ovrevoll, NOR

3yo+

1170m

20/10/2019

Duque de Toledo

Madrid, SPA

3yo+

2400m