Horse Racing

Stobart backs Flat Jockeys' Championship

Stobart Group will extend its support of the Flat Jockeys’ Championship for 2016 following the inaugural sponsorship of last year’s edition and the 2015/16 Stobart Jump Jockeys’ Championship.

The official Championship for flat jockeys begins in under two weeks’ time at Newmarket’s QIPCO Guineas Festival, concluding at Ascot on QIPCO British Champions Day.

Andrew Tinkler, chief executive, Stobart Group said: “It’s with pleasure that we continue our support of the Flat Jockeys’ Championship for a second season and we’re looking forward to another exciting year.

Godolphin partners with Under Armour

Godolphin, the global thoroughbred horseracing and breeding operation has announced a partnership with Under Armour, the performance footwear, apparel and equipment.

Under Armour, already a partner to Premier League football clubs and sports stars around the world, will now produce a kit that is worn by jockeys, trainers and members of Team Godolphin, as they train and compete in the UK, Ireland, Australia, the United States, France and Dubai.

New start time boosts Grand National figures

A peak live UK television audience of more than 10 million people watched‎ Rule The World win the 2016 Crabbie's Grand National, with the Channel 4 audience boosted by the race's new start time of 5.15pm.

The later start time saw an increase of 12% from a 2015 peak of 8.9 million and represented a 59% share of all TV viewers at that time. The peak was one of the highest of any programme in the history of Channel 4.

Irish gaming firm joins British horseracing

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) and the Jockey Club have agreed sponsorship deals with Irish gaming company SeanieMac and its affiliated betting company Apollobet UK.

The pair will become an Authorised Betting Partner (ABP) of British Racing, joining the likes of Betfair, BetVictor, bet365 and 32Red.

Under its agreement with The Jockey Club, the companies will sponsor over 40 events in the coming months.

Sky Betting & Gaming signs up as an ABP

British Racing and Sky Betting & Gaming have agreed a three-year deal, starting on 1st April 2016, which means the Leeds-based operator will become the latest company to be an Authorised Betting Partner (ABP).

The deal was concluded over the last few weeks, with the terms of the arrangement are confidential.

Sky Betting & Gaming will be making voluntary payments to racing over the next three years as part of being an ABP.

Randox Health joins Grand National from 2017

Global healthcare company, Randox Health, will become the new official partner of the Grand National, and the three-day Grand National Festival staged at Aintree Racecourse, in a five-year deal with Jockey Club Racecourses, commencing after next month’s 169th running of the race.

Based currently in London and Belfast, Randox Health offers advanced preventative health screening in its clinics and plans to roll out clinics nationally and internationally over the next 12 months, including in Liverpool, Manchester, Edinburgh and Dublin. 

BetVictor becomes Authorised Betting Partner

BetVictor has become the latest betting company to sign up as an Authorised Betting Partner (ABP) under the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) initiative.

The three-year deal will see the BetVictor make a voluntary contribution to racing based on its profits from the sport in the UK.

Signing up for ABP status comes with benefits such as promotional benefits and the opportunity to negotiate preferential commercial arrangements with participating racecourses.

BetVictor joins the likes of Bet365 and Betfair as operators that have signed up for the scheme.

At The Races reveals record 2015

At The Races (ATR) has announced that 2015 was a record year for the company with revenues up 15% compared with 2014 and ATR’s racecourse partners getting a 30% year on year increase in media rights payments.

ATR’s broadcast channel was viewed by 8.1 million different individuals across the year, a record for the company, and the number tuning in every month averaged over 2 million, according to BARB/Nielsen.

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