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Showcase meeting to be moved

Cheltenham's Showcase meeting is to be moved back a week from next year to avoid a clash with Qipco British Champions Day.

The meeting at the headquarters of jumps racing will be held on October 23 and 24 in 2015, with British Champions Day at Ascot on October 17.

This is one of several changes made by the British Horseracing Authority, in conjunction with Jockey Club Racecourses, British Champions Series and Channel 4.

Another switch is the Old Roan Chase at Aintree being run on a Sunday (October 25), with the Saturday fixture moving two weeks later to November 7.

BHA chief executive Paul Bittar said: "This is a positive development and makes sense for everyone involved.

"From the point of view of Qipco British Champions Day and Cheltenham it benefits both not to be competing against one another.

"We believe it brings benefits for the racegoer, punter and the racing industry as a whole and is also in the interests of broadcasters, bookmakers and those responsible for promoting the sport."