Plans have been revealed to launch a new multi-million pound team horseracing series staged at some of the UK’s leading racecourses in summer 2019.
Championship Horse Racing has unveiled ‘The Series’, a new racing competition in which 12 branded teams – in a similar set-up to the likes of Formula One and cycling – would compete over eight consecutive Thursdays at a different Group 1 racecourse around the country, in an early summer evening televised slot.
Each team will have a squad of 30 horses under the direction of leading racehorse trainers and have four dedicated jockeys, who will only ride for that team during the series events.
Each raceday will feature six handicap Flat races, with each branded team nominating one runner for each race to create 12-runner fields.
All 48 races across the eight fixtures of The Series will have prize money in excess of £100,000 per race, with racehorse owners, trainers, yards and jockeys all benefiting. A points system, similar to Formula One, will be used to determine the winners of the team and jockeys championships.
Championship Horse Racing will now offer the opportunity to own each of the 12 teams to brands from around the world.
Jeremy Wray, chief executive of Championship Horse Racing, said: "This is a fantastic chance for racing to lead the way in changing how people watch sport, both live and in terms of bite-size, interactive content. The viewers will become fans and engage with brands like never before, on a global scale. Furthermore, everyone in racing benefits, be they stable staff, owners or jockeys.”
The Jockey Club, whose racecourse arm stages the likes of the Cheltenham Festival, the Randox Health Grand National and The Investec Derby, is a supporter of The Series and has helped Championship Horse Racing to develop its concept.
Simon Bazalgette, group chief executive of The Jockey Club, said: “The Jockey Club is all about the long-term health of British Racing, so The Series is something that makes complete sense for us to support. Jeremy and his team are bringing a really far-thinking approach to the offer they’re taking to market for brands to get involved. I hope that will result in a fantastic new competition launching next year that can excite existing and new fans alike and welcome some great new partners for our sport.”