Horse Racing

Plans for team horse racing competition announced

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.

Betfair joins Rewards4Racing

Rewards4Racing, the rewards programme for racegoers, has announced that Betfair Sportsbook has joined the programme as the fourth exclusive bookmaking partner.  

The programme’s 1.2 million members will now have the chance to collect points on their betting activity with Betfair Sportsbook, building on Rewards4Racing’s long-standing incumbent partnerships with bet365, Betfred and Coral.

The Jockey Club signs Smarkets deal

The Jockey Club has agreed a new partnership with Smarkets, which will see the betting exchange become the sole sponsor of 35 leading Jockey Club fixtures across 11 of the group’s 15 racecourses throughout 2018.

Smarkets will sponsor a total of 240 races, including the Rose of Lancaster Stakes at Haydock Park in August, with the partnership beginning with this Saturday’s fixture at Wincanton.

The sponsorship - the exchange’s first move into the horseracing sector - represents more than one tenth of the 348 fixtures that Jockey Club racecourses will stage this year.

Jockey Club extends mini-bond

The Jockey Club has extended its mini-bond after five years, retaining 96% of original investors.

Investors in The Jockey Club's Racecourse Bond – which was the first 'mini bond' issued in British sport – have chosen to retain more than £23.6m (96%) in the financial product after they were offered the opportunity to rollover or extend their investment in the scheme.

Jockey Club Racecourses launches Champions Lounge

Jockey Club Racecourses has announced a ‘Celebration of Merseyside Sport’ for Grand National Thursday of the Randox Health Grand National Festival at Aintree Racecourse, 12th April 2018.

The newly renamed Grand National Thursday – A Day for Champions, will celebrate the successes of sport across Merseyside with a brand new Champions Lounge which will include sports stars from across Merseyside. The stars will also be part of a new Opening Ceremony on the day.

The new Champions Lounge will be located next to Aintree’s Parade Ring and hosted by BBC Breakfast’s Dan Walker.

GREAT BRITISH RACING LAUNCHES U18s CAMPAIGN

Great British Racing has launched an under 18s campaign to encourage more families to take advantage of free entry for children and young people at racecourses across the country.

There are more than 200 racing fixtures up and down the country over the school holidays, with under 18s admitted free to the vast majority of these, when accompanied by a paying adult. Amongst these are 58 special family days with additional activities put on for families and young people including pony rides, fairground attractions, bouncy castles and face painting.

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