Jockey Club Racecourses

With a portfolio of 15 racecourses including Aintree, Epsom Downs and Newmarket, Jockey Club Racecourses is the largest racecourse group in the UK by turnover, attendances and contributions to prize money, with a focus on hosting the highest quality Flat, Jumps and All-Weather Track racing.

Fast Facts

  • 15 leading racecourses
  • 357 fixtures scheduled in 2013 – a quarter of the UK fixture list
  • Attendances of more than 1.8m people in 2012 – a third of total UK racing attendances
  • Invested £16.5m in prize money in 2012 – nearly half of all racecourses’ contribution
  • Distributed over £350m in total prize money in the last 10 years
  • More than £150m invested in facilities in eight years
  • More than 200,000 people attended 24 'racing+music' nights in 2012

It hosts many of the world’s most iconic racing festivals, from the Crabbie’s Grand National Meeting at Aintree to the Cheltenham Festival and the Investec Derby Festival at Epsom Downs to the Guineas Festival at Newmarket’s Rowley Mile.

The Jockey Club formed its racecourse arm in 1964 with the objective of securing the future of racecourses. Its first purchase was Cheltenham Racecourse, which was nurtured back to health with considerable investment and now operates as one of the most revered racecourses in the world.

Today, Jockey Club Racecourses aims to be the best racecourse operator in Europe for customers and racing’s participants, generating the maximum funds available for reinvestment in the long-term development of its venues and British racing as a sport, in line with the mission of The Jockey Club.

Its 15-strong portfolio contains:

Racing’s largest investor

In the last eight years, Jockey Club Racecourses has distributed £287.1 million in prize money to the sport’s participants and invested more than £150 million in state-of-the-art developments to its facilities and turf surfaces.

The Group strives to ensure its courses are always in excellent condition so that racing is fair, safe and of a consistently excellent quality. Groundstaff continue to set international standards for turf management and Jockey Club Racecourses has led the way with its investment in frost covers to minimise abandonments for bad weather as much as possible.

Rewarding customer loyalty

Jockey Club Racecourses is setting new standards for rewarding customer loyalty. In early 2011, The Jockey Club launched Rewards4Racing, its unique cardless loyalty programme which offers members the ability to earn points to redeem for racing rewards simply through their everyday shopping at more than 4,000 online retailers and high street outlets, as well as any online spend with Jockey Club Racecourses.
Rewards include free or discounts toward tickets, upgrades, hospitality, racecards and a suite of special items and competitions, including money-can’t-buy experiences.
Rewards4Racing has already attracted more than 600,000 members. Its aim is to incentivise racegoers to attend more frequently, while rewarding those who already do.      
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Excellent conference and event facilities

Beyond the raceday, Jockey Club Racecourses maximises the use of its facilities for conferencing, events, exhibitions, weddings and non-racing leisure pursuits, such as golf, equestrian sport and karting, with profits supporting its core racing business.

In total, Jockey Club Racecourses offers 81 function rooms and 230 syndicate rooms, along with 40,000 free parking spaces. It can offer a room suitable for a meeting of half a dozen people through to an auditorium that can comfortably seat 2,000 delegates for a large conference.

Each course has its own unique character, from the historic to the highly modern, set in easily-accessible and often picturesque locations, which have proved attractive to business customers and the public. Please visit for more information.

Quality and consistency in catering

The Jockey Club prides itself on being able to offer excellence consistently around its Group and recognises catering is one of the most important elements of an excellent experience at its venues.

In 2010, Jockey Club Racecourses and Compass Group UK & Ireland formed a joint venture, ‘Jockey Club Catering’, which offers top quality catering, hospitality and service across The Jockey Club’s entire portfolio of venues on racedays and for conferences and events.

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Diversifying to attract new racegoers

Last year, Jockey Club Racecourses welcomed a record 302,000 people to its music nights programme, with top music acts following racing at a number of its venues throughout the summer.

In addition, Jockey Club Racecourses owns 5 of the 10 racecourses that feature in the QIPCO British Champions Series. For more information about the world’s finest Flat racing, please visit

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