Horse Racing

BHA says horse racing to return 'within a week' of government green light

Horse racing could be ready to return within a week of being given any government all-clear to return to action, according to British Horseracing Authority (BHA) CEO Nick Rust.

The sport has been suspended since 17th March, but has been preparing to return to action when it is safe to do so, while racing in other countries such as Hong Kong has resumed.

Virtual Grand National raises £2.6m for NHS charities

The Virtual Grand National, held in lieu of the Randox Health Grand National at Aintree, was watched live by peak of 4.8 million on Saturday 4th April, while the event also saw £2.6 million raised for NHS Charities Together.

The event, which was broadcast live on ITV in the slot originally reserved for the Grand National, saw 18-1 shot Potters Corner win the race. Bookmakers, who took bets on the virtual race, paid out to winners who had backed Potters Corner, but donated the rest of their takings to the NHS charities.

Jockey Club Racecourses and BHA announce CEOs to step down

Jockey Club Racecourses (JCR), the racecourse arm of The Jockey Club, and the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) have both confirmed that their CEOs are to stand down this year.

JCR's CEO Paul Fisher will stand down in February, having joined the organisation in 2001 as Finance Director of its three London racecourses.

He was promoted to the role of Managing Director, Kempton Park in 2005 before becoming JCR’s COO in 2008. He was appointed as the organisation's Managing Director in 2013 and then as its CEO in 2017.

Spotlight on Sponsorship: Cheltenham’s The Park

Cheltenham Racecourse is affectionately known across the sporting landscape as the ‘Home of Jump Racing’, the central hub to which the sport orbits around. Sitting at the heart of that nucleus is The Cheltenham Festival™ presented by Magners, taking place in March (10th – 13th), which features the big ticket Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup, Champion Hurdle and Queen Mother Champion Chase.

Bryony Frost lands brand new Jockey Club deal

Bryony Frost has become the first jockey to be sponsored by Jockey Club Racecourses.

The 24-year-old, who is the only British woman to win a Grade 1 race at the Cheltenham Festival, has been a Jockey Club ambassador for almost two years but the latest news solidifies that partnership.

Frost has supported Jockey Club Racecourses in a series of films and public appearances, and will now wear the racecourse operator’s logo on her clothing as well as filming a new behind-the-scenes series over the next 12 months.

Zara Tindall named Cheltenham Director

The Jockey Club has appointed Zara Tindall as a non-executive director of Cheltenham Racecourse 

Taking up her new role at the course on New Year’s Day 2020 - when the first fixture of the 2020 season will begin - she will support the operation of the jump racing course.

Tindall is herself a regular visitor to Cheltenham Racecourse, while her grandmother, HRH Queen Elizabeth II, is patron of The Jockey Club. She has also owned, bred and trained several racehorses.

Chris Hughes and Kieran Shoemark star in Movember Video

Former Love Island contestant Chris Hughes and jockey Kieran Shoemark have stepped in front of the cameras to star in a new video for the QIPCO British Champions Series.

The spot promotes the series’ charity partner Movember ahead of the QIPCO British Champions Day at Ascot Racecourse. 

For the video, Hughes and Shoemark entered Movember’s The Man Van to discuss mental health. The van will also be stationed at Ascot on Champions Day where the charity will invite men to come into the van, chat about mental health and get a free haircut.
 

Game of Thrones inspires QIPCO British Champions Series

Building up to the Yorkshire Ebor Festival at York Racecourse, the QIPCO British Champions Series has launched a promotional Game of Thrones themed video series.

The series features guides to each of the ten racecourses in this year’s British Champions Series. The first one showcases the York Racecourse ahead of four Champions Series races this week, and subsequent videos in the series will look at each of the other nine ‘kingdoms’ which will act as venues for the flat racing series this summer.

Goodwood extends global media reach

This year’s edition of the Qatar Goodwood Festival event will benefit from widespread media coverage, Racecourse Media Group (RMG) has revealed.

For the first time, the event - which runs from 30th July to 3rd August - will be broadcast by NBC in the US, CBC in Canada and Network Ten in Australia.

NBC will broadcast a live two-hour show on Wednesday, while CBC will show all five days of racing. Horse-racing channels TVG and HPI TV will also provide coverage in the US and Canada, respectively.

Former BT Sport head Bushell named Group CEO of The Jockey Club

Former BT Sport Managing Director, Delia Bushell, has today been announced as the new Group Chief Executive of The Jockey Club, British horseracing’s biggest commercial organisation.

Bushell, who has over 20 years’ experience within media and sport, will oversee all of The Jockey Club’s properties, including The Cheltenham Festival, the Randox Health Grand National and The Investec Derby Festival.

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