Horse Racing

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 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.

Jockey Club North West Offers Female Jockey Award

Jockey Club Racecourses North West (JCRNW) has announced the £20,000 development award for female jockeys will return for a second year, with Olympic gold medallist, Sam Quek supporting the award as the JCRNW ambassador.

Last year saw the inauguration of the development award, a £20,000 prize designed to provide an opportunity for personal development and professional support for female jockeys in their racing career. Emma Sayer successfully won the award in 2016 against Rachel Richardson, who was also in the running for the prize.

WiR calls to progress gender diversity in horseracing

Research into diversity in British horseracing, entitled ‘Women’s representation and diversity in the horseracing industry’, has been published by the Centre for Diversity Policy Research and Practice at Oxford Brookes University and Women in Racing (WiR).

It demonstrates the requirement to develop a diversity agenda within the sport.  The research was unveiled at the sixth annual WiR AGM held at York Racecourse, with the research supported by The Racing Foundation.


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