Warwick readies to stage £50,000 Betfair Flat Series finale

2nd October 2012

The Betfair Flat Series, launched this year in support of grassroots racing by Jockey Club Racecourses (JCR), the largest racecourse group in the UK[1], and Betfair, will climax at Warwick Racecourse on Thursday 4th
October with two £25,000 finals.

The Series, run exclusively at JCR, began at Nottingham Racecourse in May and has consisted of 32 qualifiers split into two distance categories – Sprint and 10 Furlongs. All horses that have run in any of the Class 4 and 5 handicap qualifiers throughout the Series were eligible to enter the corresponding finals; the Betfair Sprint Series Final and Betfair 10 Furlong Series Final.

Betfair has supported additional prize money throughout the Series and for the two Finals as part of a £250,000 voluntary contribution in 2012 to support grassroots racing through Jockey Club Racecourses.

To reward and celebrate the foundation levels of British racing at the Flat Series Finals, Betfair is also sponsoring the stable staff canteen, offering free food and refreshments throughout the day to those working behind the scenes, while Warwick Racecourse will provide a complimentary lunch to connections with runners in the two finals.

The Betfair Flat Series follows the highly successful 2011/2012 Betfair Jumps Series, which was won by North Yorkshire based trainer Brian Ellison. Both initiatives were created to focus on the grassroots of British racing through JCR.

Brian Ellison, winner of both Betfair Jumps Series Finals who also has a declared runner in each of the Flat finals, said:

 "Initiatives like this are valuable to support the foundation levels of British racing. With each final worth £25,000 in prize money there is a real incentive for connections to run their horse. This support can make a real difference to those operating at the grassroots level of horseracing and I am delighted they have chosen Warwick Racecourse as the venue for these finals.”

Huw Williams, General Manager at Warwick Racecourse, said:

 “Betfair contribute a great deal to British Horseracing and we are delighted that they have chosen Warwick to stage the final of their inaugural Flat Series. This provides us with a great showpiece with which to close our flat season and celebrate flat racing at its grassroots.”

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

 “After a very successful 2011/2012 Betfair Jump Series, I’m delighted the Betfair Flat Series has been equally well received within racing. I’m pleased that JCR and Betfair have been able to offer another successful initiative to support the grassroots of British racing.” 

Martin Cruddace, Betfair Executive, said:

“Betfair is thrilled to be supporting another really successful Series with JCR. The Series aims to recognise and reward the people that work in the grassroots of British Racing. Therefore, along with boosting prize money for owners we have also provided a free lunch for all stable staff in the racecourse canteen. 

“Since 2010, Betfair has invested over £3m into the grassroots of racing, which along with a five-year £40m commercial deal, highlights Betfair’s confidence in the future growth and success of the British
Racing Industry.”

The Betfair Flat Finals is the final Flat racing fixture of the 2012 season at Warwick Racecourse. Gates open at midday with the first race at 2.10pm and the last race at 5.10pm. Tickets are available to buy from www.warwickracecourse.co.uk or by calling 01926 491 553. Tickets cost from £13.50 for a Grandstand entry

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

2012 Betfair Flat Series Winners

2012 Betfair Sprint Series winners (horse, trainer, jockey)

12/5 Nottingham - 5f Handicap 4yo+ (Class 5) – Dispol Grand, Paul Midgley, Ned Curtis
22/5 Nottingham - 6f Handicap 3yo (Class 5) – Available, John Mackie, Franny Norton
4/6 Carlisle - 6f Handicap 4yo+ (Class 5) – Lucky Dan, Paul Green, Joe Fanning
18/6 Carlisle - 5f Handicap 3yo+ (Class 5) – Red Roar, Alan Berry, Graham Lee
23/6 Haydock Park - 5f Handicap 3yo+ (Class 5) – First In Command, Daniel Mark Loughnane, Shane B Kelly
28/6 Warwick - 6f Handicap 3yo+ (Class 4) – Perfect Pastime, Jim Boyle, Tom Queally
4/7 Kempton Park - 6f Handicap 3yo (Class 5) – Impel, Richard Hannon, Pat Dobbs
5/7 Haydock Park - 6f Handicap 3yo+ (Class 4) – El McGlynn, Peter Salmon, Hannah Nunn
12/7 Epsom Downs - 6f Handicap 3yo+ (Class 4) – Silvee, John Bridger, Kieran O’Neill
20/7 Newmarket - 6f Handicap 4yo+ (Class 4) – Trojan Rocket, Michael Wigham, Mickael Barzalona
9/8 Haydock Park - 6f Handicap 3yo (Class 5) – Chester Aristocrat, Eric Alston, Jason Hart
17/8 Nottingham - 6f Fillies Handicap 3yo+ (Class 4) – Jade, Ollie Pears, Lee Topliss
17/8 Newmarket - 6f Handicap 3yo+ (Class 4) – Goldream, Luca Cumani, Kieren Fallon
24/8 Newmarket - 6f Handicap 3yo+ (Class 4) – Piscean, Tom Keddy, Ryan Clark
29/8 Carlisle - 6f Handicap 3yo (Class 5) – Blue Shoes, Tim Easterby, David Allan
13/9 Epsom Downs - 6f Handicap 3yo (Class 4) – Pettochside, Stuart Williams, David Probert

2012 Betfair 10 Furlong Series (horse, trainer, jockey)

11/5 Nottingham - 1m2f Handicap 4yo+ (Class 5) – Tilsworth Glenboy, J R Jenkins, Frederik Tylicki
17/5 Newmarket - 1m2f Handicap 4yo+ (Class 5) – Knowe Head, James Unett, Liam Jones
25/5 Haydock Park - 1m2f Handicap 3yo (Class 5) – Watheeq, Roger Varian, Paul Hanagan
28/5 Carlisle - 1m Fillies Handicap 3yo+ (Class 4) – Act Your Shoe Size, Keith Dalgleish, Tom Eaves
31/5 Sandown Park - 1m2f Handicap 4yo+ (Class 5) – Chain Of Events, Sarah Humphrey, Hayley Turner
7/6 Sandown Park - 1m2f Handicap 4yo+ (Class 4) – Choral Festival, John Bridger, Kieran O’Neill
18/6 Carlisle - 1m1f Handicap 4yo+ (Class 5) – Watts Up Son, Declan Carroll, Jason Hart
5/7 Epsom Downs - 1m2f Handicap 3yo+ (Class 4) – John Biscuit, Andrew Balding, David Probert
7/7 Nottingham - 1m2f Handicap 3yo (Class 5) - abandoned
20/7 Newmarket - 1m2f Handicap 3yo+ (Class 5) – Minstrel Lad, Lydia Pearce, Simon Pearce
9/8 Haydock Park - 1m2f Handicap 3yo+ (Class 5) – The Lock Master, Michael Appleby, Silvestre De Sousa
16/8 Newmarket - 1m2f Handicap 3yo+ (Class 4) – Sequence, Sir Michael Stout, Ryan Moore
27/8 Warwick - 1m2f Handicap 3yo+ (Class 4) – Mazeydd, Roger Varian, Neil Callan
28/8 Epsom Downs - 1m2f Handicap 3yo+ (Class 5) – Debating Society, Sir Michael Stout, Neil Callan
15/9 Kempton Park - 1m2f Handicap 3yo+ (Class 5) – Spin Cast, Brian Ellison, Silvestre De Sousa
19/9 Sandown Park - 1m2f Handicap 3yo (Class 4) – Quixote, Clive Brittain, Robert Winston