Fixture volume maintained for 2016 despite increased competition

13th August 2015

Jockey Club Racecourses, the UK’s leading racecourse group, is scheduled to stage 340 racing fixtures next year, according to the 2016 British Racing Fixture List today published by the British Horseracing Authority.

This is the same number as scheduled in 2015, despite an additional racecourse applying for floodlit twilight fixtures and several others making applications for BHA-controlled fixtures compared to 2015.

This outcome was achieved as a result of the entirety of the BHA fixture allocation process taking into account performance measures including prize money contributions and field sizes, where The Jockey Club’s racecourses perform well on the back of its continued and record reinvestments in the sport. In the last decade alone, The Jockey Club has put more than £400 million back into British racing through prize money and facilities for customers and
participants, including investments in racing surfaces. 

Paul Fisher, Group Managing Director of Jockey Club Racecourses, said: 

“We’re pleased to maintain 340 fixtures in the face of additional competition this year. As British racing’s Fixture List is beginning to align the allocation of leasehold fixtures with performance measures, this outcome reflects our reinvestments in prize money, racing surfaces and facilities for horsemen, which in turn see Jockey Club field sizes outperforming the average.

“As we said in the past Fixture Consultation process, we’re keen to see British racing take every opportunity to reward and incentivise actions that help the sport. Building on recent efforts behind a more performance-driven Fixture List, further strengthening the link between Levy funding and positive performance can also deliver more for our sport.” 

Three-day Craven Meeting boosts midweek racing in 2016

As part of The Jockey Club’s ongoing commitment to supporting British racing, The Craven Meeting staged at Newmarket’s Rowley Mile in April 2016 will become a three-day midweek fixture, run Tuesday to Thursday. It is
currently run as a two-day meeting on Wednesday and Thursday. 

In 2014, of the 47 Group and Grade 1s staged by Jockey Club Racecourses, 28 were midweek (60%) and 19 at weekends (40%). The figures for the wider industry are 72 Group and Grade 1s staged, with 39 midweek (54%) and
33 at weekends (46%). Of the 240 Class 1 races Jockey Club Racecourses staged, 102 were midweek (42%) and 138 at weekends (58%), which mirrors the industry split of 206 staged midweek (42%) and 286 at weekends (58%) from the 492 run in total. Jockey Club Racecourses’ completed race programme last year saw it stage an average race class of 3.92, with record levels of prize money contribution at all levels of the sport. The industry average race class was 4.31.

Three-week gap between The Cheltenham Festival and the Crabbie’s Grand National Festival

In 2016 The Festival will be staged at Cheltenham between 15th and 18th March, with a three-week gap to the Crabbie’s Grand National Festival scheduled 7th to 9th April at Aintree.

Jockey Club Racecourses 2016 fixtures: Course-by-course