Jockey Club Racecourses' statement following the British Horseracing Authority's announcement on Tuesday 9th June 2015 on All-Weather racing.
Paul Fisher, Group Managing Director of Jockey Club Racecourses, said:
“With the introduction of another new All-Weather Track and planning permission in place for another, it is in the best interests of British racing for an urgent review of the distribution of All-Weather fixtures in conjunction with the 2016 and future Fixture List processes.”
Notes to Editors:
Some AWT courses go into the Fixture List process with as few as 12 racecourse fixtures with the majority of their final fixture list being sourced from allocations of BHA fixtures, while others start with a huge advantage of up to
77 pre-allocated fixtures and do not have the same annual risk to attain the required fixture volume.
The reason for this discrepancy is because of the past awarding of ‘blanket’ AWT fixtures prior to the existence of Chelmsford and Kempton Park. This sees ARC with 60 blanket fixtures that are now considered racecourse fixtures, whereas Chelmsford and Kempton Park have no access to comparable fixtures.
Kempton Park has the best field size averages of all AWT courses in British racing and offers prize money of £2.72m from its AWT fixtures alone (2015 scheduled). All profits it generates are put back into British racing as a result of being part of The Jockey Club. It has just 17 Flat racecourse fixtures before the annual leasehold process.