Lingfield Park’s new race, which could figure as Johannesburg’s prep-run for the Kentucky Derby, will be called the Foster’s - International Trial Stakes.
The one-mile contest, which will carry total prize money of £50,000 (€81,500), will be run at 2.10 on Martell Grand National day in order to benefit from Channel 4’s live coverage.
Trainer Aidan O’Brien sent last season’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner to the Surrey track for a workout on the Polytrack last week and expressed his satisfaction with the surface.
Officials at Churchill Downs, home of the Kentucky Derby, are assisting Lingfield’s owners, Arena Leisure, in promoting the new race to American racing fans.
Karl Schmitt, senior vice-president of communications at Churchill Downs, said: ‘‘Observers on these shores are following Johannesburg’s training schedule with great enthusiasm.’’
Exact details of the field are yet to be confirmed but Ian Renton, Arena’s director of racing, said: ‘‘We hope that our new race, great sponsor and the opportunity to see some of the world’s leading horses on our Polytrack surface will result in an exciting day’s racing.
‘‘Being run before the Grand National, the Foster’s International Stakes will provide a great warm-up for racing fans.’’