Horse Racing

AP McCoy joins Randox Health

Randox Health, the new sponsor of the Grand National has unveiled 20-time Champion jump jockey Sir Anthony McCoy as its brand ambassador.

The Northern Ireland-based company is also a partner sponsor for The Jockey Club, which own Aintree Racecourse and Haydock Park as well as other tracks in the United Kingdom.

The three-year long deal was negotiated with Lloyd Burns Management.

The diagnostics company, the new sponsor of the Grand National and The Jockey Club, is opening healthcare clinics across the UK, Ireland, US and Middle East.

Balding joins Epsom Downs Racecourse committee

Clare Balding has been appointed by The Jockey Club as a racecourse committee director at its Epsom Downs Racecourse.

Balding joins a committee whose chairman is Julia Budd, the founding partner of The Zygos Partnership, the Board search firm. Budd was appointed to The Jockey Club’s main Board of Stewards in 2012 and succeeded Anthony Cane as Epsom Downs Racecourse’s chairman at the end of this year’s Investec Derby Festival.

Randox Health expands racing portfolio

Randox Health has expanded its racing portfolio to include Cheltenham, after backing two £50,000 handicap chases at the track next month.

The new deal makes the Randox Handicap Chase and Randox Health Handicap the richest contests staged at Cheltenham’s two-day showcase meeting.

In March, Randox Health agreed a five-year deal to become the title sponsor of the Grand National from 2017 and the company was also unveiled as official healthcare partner of The Jockey Club.

188bet agrees 50-race Jockey Club deal

Jockey Club Racecourses has announced 188BET, one of British Racing's Authorised Betting Partners, as the new sponsor of a number of races including the Grade 2 Old Roan Chase at Aintree in October, Grade 2 Haldon Gold Cup at Exeter in November and next Saturday's Prelude Hurdle at Market Rasen.

The online bookmaker has agreed a package of 50 race sponsorships across Jockey Club Racecourses from this month through until January 2017, with 25 run at Exeter and another 25 spread around The Jockey Club's racecourse group.

Close Brothers signs AP McCoy

Sir Anthony McCoy has been appointed as an ambassador for Close Brothers, UK merchant banking group, in a three-year deal negotiated by Lloyd Burns Managements.

AP McCoy will join clients at numerous events throughout the year and will help further Close Brothers’ brand activation around its sponsorship of The Jockey Club, helping increase the awareness and understanding of Close Brothers across the UK.

Matchbook becomes British horseracing ABP

Matchbook has announced it has signed up to become an Authorised Betting Partner (ABP) of British horseracing.

The announcement follows the news it will be the official betting partner of the first three days of the Qatar Goodwood Festival.

The development means that Matchbook will have a fair and mutually sustainable funding relationship with British Racing in the coming years and will receive the official designation as an ABP. 

Female jockeys race for development award

Jockey Club Racecourses North West has announced a £20,000 development award for female jockeys.

The award will be presented to a female jockey who rides a winner at Carlisle’s #AmazingMonday fixture on Monday 1st August and then goes on to win the Betfred Haydock Park Ladies’ Trophy Handicap Stakes at Haydock Park on Saturday 6th August.

The £20,000 prize is designed to provide an opportunity for personal development to support requirements for female jockeys, which could take the form of extra tuition or course fees, and will be dictated by the winning jockey.

Jon Wyatt joins Event Rider Masters

Event Rider Masters (ERM), the newly launched series of eventing, has appointed Jon Wyatt as commercial director.

Wyatt joins ERM having recently left sports marketing agency Fast Track where he served for 13 years, most recently as managing director. In his new role, he will be responsible for building the profile of this new series, increasing its broadcast reach and attracting commercial partners.

The Jockey Club posts record annual turnover

The Jockey Club has announced record turnover and an increase in profits on the back of record attendances last year, which comes in spite of making record reinvestments back into racing.

The owner of many of British horseracing’s assets, including the Grand National, the Cheltenham Festival, The Investec Derby and The National Stud, has put more than £415m back into horseracing over the last 10 years through contributions to prize money and upgrading facilities for customers and participants, according to its annual results.

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