Jockey Club Racecourses (JCR), the UK’s largest racecourse group whose profits are reinvested back into Britain’s second biggest spectator sport, today announced a collaboration with the Racehorse Owners Association to offer part-owners free admission to a variety of fixtures across the Group's racecourses.
JCR will offer free Premier Enclosure admission to a choice of 70 fixtures between 1st July and 31st December to ROA members who own up to 50% of a horse-in-training as a joint owner or a non-nominated partner within a racing partnership and who don’t currently qualify for the ROA Racecourse Badge Scheme for Owners.
Free admission under the scheme applies only to those who reserve badges in advance, and not to members who turn up on the day. Members can book free admission badges by using a special link in the Members Area of the ROA website.
Each member will be able to claim a total of 30 badges over the course of the scheme, with a maximum of two badges at any one fixture.
Richard Wayman, ROA chief executive said: “We are always looking to extend the package of benefits associated with ROA membership, including for those who are part of a syndicate and don’t qualify for the Racecourse Badge Scheme. I am particularly grateful that Jockey Club Racecourses has agreed to launch this pilot scheme which will allow free admission at selected fixtures to ROA members who own part, but less than half, of a horse.
These owners are often contributing a significant amount of money each month towards the costs of their horse and, as a sport, we need to do much more to ensure that they feel valued and appreciated. The Jockey Club deserves enormous credit for understanding that many of these ROA members could go on to increase their ownership interests in the future and this scheme can only increase the chances of that happening.”
Stephen Wallis, The Jockey Club’s Group Director of International and Racing Relations, remarked: “It is a pleasure to have worked with the ROA to find a way of recognising and showing appreciation to the large number of ROA members who had previously not qualified for the existing RCA/ROA Badge Scheme. We hope that more ROA members will now enjoy more racing on Jockey Club-owned racecourses by dint of this gesture.”
The Jockey Club’s 15 racecourses are: Aintree, Carlisle, Cheltenham, Epsom Downs, Exeter, Haydock Park, Huntingdon, Kempton Park, Market Rasen, Newmarket July Course, Newmarket Rowley Mile, Nottingham, Sandown Park, Warwick and Wincanton.
Fixtures in July that come under the ROA/JCR racecourse admission scheme:
- Friday, July 4 - Sandown Park (Flat)
- Sunday, July 6 - Market Rasen (Jump)
- Friday, July 18 - Haydock Park (Flat)
- Saturday, July 19 - Newmarket (Flat)
- Tuesday, July 22 (eve) - Carlisle (Flat)
- Thursday, July 24 - Sandown Park (Flat)
- Saturday, July 26 - Newmarket (Flat)
- Thursday, July 31 - Nottingham (Flat)
A list of all fixtures through to December 31 can be found on the ROA website in the Members Area.