JCR to stage a quarter of British racing fixtures in 2013

1st October 2012

This year's Investec Derby Day welcomed crowds of more than 130,000 people

This year's Investec Derby Day welcomed crowds of more than 130,000 people

Jockey Club Racecourses, the largest racecourse group in the UK[1], whose profits go back into British racing, has secured a strong programme of fixtures in 2013, according to next year’s British racing fixture list published today by the sport’s governing body, the British Horseracing Authority (BHA).

The Jockey Club’s 15 racecourses, which include Aintree, Cheltenham and Epsom Downs, will host 361 fixtures. This represents a quarter of the British racing calendar, after JCR secured an additional three fixtures for 2013 (24.6% from 1,464 total), an increase on the 358 fixtures it was programmed to stage in 2012[2].

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

“We’re pleased to have secured a strong programme of fixtures for 2013, which includes increases on both the Flat and Jumps.

“It means once again Jockey Club Racecourses will offer something for everyone all-year-round and nationwide.

“We are proud to be the largest contributor to prize money and through staging a quarter of the British racing calendar in 2013, once again we will be able to demonstrate this commitment to reinvest in our sport.”

Richard Norris, Group Racing Director, Jockey Club Racecourses, said:

“We invest heavily in prize money at all levels of the sport through our fixture portfolio; aiming both to maximise the rewards on offer and deliver opportunities to run for the horsemen.

"Through the 2013 fixture process, Racing has worked hard to strike the right balance on a number of levels for horsemen, racecourses and betting media.

"We now look forward to working with the BHA to construct as high quality a race programme as possible in the current environment."

The Jockey Club’s 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.

[1]By turnover, attendances, quality racing (Group and Graded), contribution to prize money and total prize money
[2]Prior to abandonments