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.
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.
Grand National Thursday, 'A Day for Champions', celebrates the success of sport across Merseyside with a brand new Champions Lounge, which will include some of the very best sports stars from across Merseyside alongside Grand National ambassadors including Kenny Dalglish, Sir Anthony McCoy, Michael Owen, Graham Stuart, Sam Quek, Ed Chamberlin and Jon Wilkin.
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.
Baroness Dido Harding and Sandy Dudgeon will join the main board of The Jockey Club, which runs many of British horseracing’s events, including the Randox Health Grand National, The Cheltenham Festival and The Investec Derby.
Harding (pictured) and Dudgeon have been appointed to The Jockey Club’s Board of ‘stewards’ for three-year terms from 1st January 2018.
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 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 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.
Paul Fisher has been promoted to the role of chief executive of Jockey Club Racecourses, the move takes effect from 1st July 2017.
Currently group managing director of the 15-strong racecourse group, Fisher has led Jockey Club Racecourses to achieve eight consecutive years of growth, which have allowed it to make investments to racing's infrastructure.
Hope&Glory has been appointed by Great British Racing to provide PR support for its “Under 18s Go Free” summer activity.
The campaign to promote the sport of horse racing to a wider ‘social’ audience and to encourage more families to consider a day at the races will sit across digital, social and traditional PR channels.
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