Racing: Millennium day fixtures rescheduled

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NEW DATES have been allocated for those race meetings that have suffered with the scrapping of racing on Millennium Day. The fixtures at Exeter, Lingfield, Plumpton and Uttoxeter will now be held 24 hours later on Sunday, 2 January. Cheltenham will race on Monday, 3 January with Catterick and Leicester moving to Wednesday, 5 January.

The finishing touches were put to the 2000 list by the BHB's Fixtures Allocation Group yesterday. Other recommendations are the allocation of 62 Sunday fixtures and 162 evening fixtures on 76 dates.

With Easter weekend being the latest since 1943 - Easter Monday is on 24 April - several major festivals have been put back. These include the Oaks and Derby meeting at Epsom (9 and 10 June) and Glorious Goodwood (1-5 August).