The new season’s nationwide point-to-point series the “Mares Maiden Series” is to be sponsored by The Jockey Club.

The series consists of 16 races that will be run between December 2011 and May 2012.

The Jockey Club – which runs 14 racecourses including Aintree, Cheltenham and Epsom – is offering connections of the horse that wins the series the chance of winning double prize money (of up to £10,000) for its next run at any of the company’s racecourses.

“Point-to-Pointing is a truly exciting sport with a great atmosphere. This partnership is partly about attracting other horse lovers to our racecourses and partly about giving something back,” said Simon Bazalgette, of The Jockey Club.

Simon Claisse, the chairman of the Point-to-Point Authority, said: “The Mares Maiden Series has always been considered an important start point for many fillies and mares, several of whom will transfer to the breeding industry once their racing days are over, whether just on point-to-point courses or latterly on jump tracks.

“Historically these races have always been well supported and we obviously hope the coming season’s Champion Mare goes on to draw the generous bonus being offered by The Jockey Club.”