Jockey Club Racecourses to host Grassroots Jumps Series

23rd November 2012

Jockey Club Racecourses (JCR), the UK’s largest racecourse group today announced it will stage ‘The Jockey Club Grassroots Jumps Series’ in 2012/13.

Aimed at supporting grassroots levels of the sport, the Series launches at Carlisle Racecourse on Saturday 2 December 2012 and culminates in two £50,000 finals at Haydock Park Racecourse on 30 March 2013. 

The Jockey Club Grassroots Jumps Series will consist of 32 Class 3 and 4 qualifiers split into 16 Hurdle qualifiers and 16 Chase qualifiers, run at eight of its Jumps tracks. To qualify for entry into either of The Jockey Club Grassroots Jumps Series finals – a 2m6f Open Handicap Chase and a 2m4f Open Handicap Hurdle – horses must run at least once in a corresponding qualifying race. 

The initiative follows on from the highly successful one-year Betfair Jumps Series run exclusively at JCR tracks. Betfair’s previous voluntary investment has been directed into the Levy funding pot as part of British Racing’s major five-year deal with the betting exchange, worth at least £40m to the sport. Such was the appetite among horsemen for the previous Series and its commitment to supporting competitive racing at all levels of the sport, The Jockey Club’s racecourse arm will repeat the initiative for 2012/13 without the support of additional sponsorship funding. 

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

“We’re really proud to be the largest racecourse contributor to prize money in British racing. Protecting quality is really important to The Jockey Club, but so is supporting all levels of our sport. We think this grassroots series is a great way to do that, so we’re stepping up to the plate to invest in the initiative for 2012/13. “With £100,000 worth of finals in March on offer we hope owners and trainers will get behind the series and build on the real success of the Betfair Jumps Series last year.” 

After winning both 2011/12 Betfair Jumps Series finals, Brian Ellison said: 

“Initiatives like this are valuable to support the foundation levels of British racing. This support can make a real difference to those operating at the grassroots level of horseracing.”

2012 races (2013 announced in due course): 

The Jockey Club Grassroots Hurdle Qualifiers

02/12/12              Carlisle – 2m1f Handicap Hurdle (Class 4)
06/12/12              Market Rasen – 2m3f Handicap Hurdle (Class 4)
06/12/12              Wincanton – 2m Handicap Hurdle (Class 3)
13/12/12              Huntingdon – 2m Handicap Hurdle (Class 3)
20/12/12              Exeter – 2m1f Handicap Hurdle (Class 3)
26/12/12              Market Rasen – 2m3f Handicap Hurdle (Class 4)
30/12/12              Haydock Park – 2m4f Handicap Hurdle (Class 4) 

The Jockey Club Grassroots Chase Qualifiers

06/12/12              Wincanton – 3m1f Handicap Chase (Class 4)
09/12/12              Warwick – 2m Handicap Chase (Class 4)
16/12/12              Carlisle – 3m2f Handicap Chase (Class 4)
20/12/12              Exeter – 2m3f Handicap Chase (Class 4)
30/12/12              Haydock Park – 2m4f Novice Handicap Chase (Class 4)
31/12/12              Warwick – 3m Handicap Chase (Class 4)
31/12/12              Warwick – 2m4f Handicap Chase (Class 4)