Horse Racing

Gloucester Rugby owner joins Cheltenham Racecourse

Martin St Quinton, owner and chairman of Gloucester Rugby, has been announced as the next chairman of Cheltenham Racecourse.

The new appointment as chairman of Cheltenham Racecourse will not affect Martin’s position at Gloucester Rugby.

Set to replace Robert Waley-Cohen at the end of the 2018/19 jumps season, the appointment follows Martin’s previous involvement in racing, and Cheltenham in particular, where he chaired the funding committee that oversaw the £45m redevelopment of The Princess Royal Stand.

Working 'Together for the Tote'

After racehorse owners united to secure a landmark agreement for the future of the Tote last month, Sport Industry Group speaks to Alex Frost, CEO of ‘Together for the Tote’,  about the new deal – worth up to £150m – what it means for the industry, and why it’s a win-win for British racing…

Firstly, tell us about the recent deal, what was the reasoning behind it and why have you decided to buy it?

Ascot confirms trio of partner renewals

Ascot Racecourse has announced it has renewed sponsorship agreements with three of its existing partners; coffee brand Lavazza, jeweller Garrard and mineral water brand Harrogate Water.

Under the new agreements, Lavazza will retain its position as the official coffee of the racecourse for a further three years, investing in additional retail outlets across the site as part of the renewed agreement.

Walliams joins GBR for new campaign

Great British Racing has released the first episodes in a new series of comedy sketches, ‘Horsing Around,’ starring David Walliams and young actor Billy Jenkins to promote its new ‘Under 18s Race Free’ campaign.

The two stars feature in five short episodes showcasing a day out at the races.

The online series forms part of an integrated marketing campaign developed by Pitch Productions and Pitch PR, following the appointment by Great British Racing in April.

Jockey Club reports record revenue

The Jockey Club, the largest commercial group in British horseracing, has unveiled a record set of financial results, including breaking through the £200m (€228.2m/$279.2m) revenue barrier for the first time.

The Jockey Club, which is governed by Royal Charter to act for the long-term good of British racing, reported revenues of £201.1m for 2017, up 5.2% on 2016, driven by gains general admissions, media, hospitality and commercial partnerships.

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.


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