Tuesday, April 2, 2019 - Ticket touts have been banned permanently from operating at Cheltenham Racecourse through a landmark High Court ruling this afternoon.
Ticket touting outside the venue was cited by customers as a blight on their raceday experience and has seen forged or invalid tickets sold to members of the public.
The High Court has granted a permanent injunction against ticket touting at the Home of Jump Racing. This prohibits the buying and selling of tickets by touts and the selling of tickets to touts by any person. It also includes anyone assisting in that activity. Breaching the injunction is a contempt of court, punishable by imprisonment, a fine and/or the seizure of assets.
It follows the granting of an 'interlocutory' injunction in October, 2018 to ban ticket touting that covered the duration of the Cheltenham's 2018/19 racing season. The success of this measure prompted Jockey Club Racecourses to seek this permanent ruling, supported by Cheltenham Borough Council and Gloucestershire Police.
Ian Renton, Cheltenham and South West Regional Director for Jockey Club Racecourses, said:
"We are absolutely delighted to secure a permanent injunction against touting at Cheltenham Racecourse. This landmark ruling follows the success of the temporary injunction the courts put in place for the current season, which has reduced the incidence of touts at the racecourse to an absolute minimum.
"We are very pleased to have now been granted a permanent injunction, which will be of great benefit to our racegoers who have been seriously inconvenienced by the actions of touts for many years. Other sports have been watching these developments closely, and I am sure will wish to introduce something similar."
John Steel QC, who has represented The Jockey Club in this case, commented:
"This is a great success for Cheltenham Racecourse and The Jockey Club, and will act as a massive deterrent to any tout considering operating at Cheltenham Racecourse at any time in the future, as they may be found in contempt of court and subject to the custodial sentence that this entails."
Cheltenham Racecourse is situated in Prestbury on the northern outskirts of the historic spa town of Cheltenham. The Home of Jump Racing, Cheltenham Racecourse is the venue for the world's pre-eminent Jump meeting. The Festival™ presented by Magners, which happens in March over four days every year, next takes place from Tuesday, March 10, to Friday, March 13, 2019 inclusive and tickets are on sale. Set against the beautiful backdrop of the Cotswolds, Cheltenham Racecourse is a stunning natural arena and offers the highest-quality action throughout the Jump season.
About The Jockey Club
Cheltenham is part of The Jockey Club which stages thrilling sporting occasions including The Randox Health Grand National, The Festival™ presented by Magners and The Investec Derby. Millions of people every year enjoy the special experiences The Jockey Club offers through racing, music, food and entertainment. Governed by Royal Charter, every penny made goes back into British Racing to help the sport thrive. The Jockey Club was founded in 1750 and today is the largest commercial group in Britain's second-biggest spectator sport, operating 15 racecourses nationwide, The National Stud, Jockey Club Estates, Jockey Club Catering, Jockey Club Live and the charity, Racing Welfare. For more information, visit www.thejockeyclub.co.uk
If you need any information about racing at Cheltenham, please contact: Megan Furse, Communications Executive - Jockey Club Racecourses South West 01242 537 683 Megan.Furse@thejockeyclub.co.uk