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Jockey Club Racecourses to support Horsemen’s travel costs after Kempton Park abandonment

Press Release 1st November 2016 Kempton Park

Following the racing accident that led to the abandonment of the remainder of the fixture at Kempton Park yesterday afternoon, Jockey Club Racecourses will make a goodwill payment of £250 to the connections of each unraced horse engaged in the final four races and an additional £50 per jockey in those same races, to help cover travel expenses. 

In addition, bookmakers will be offered their pitches for free on Wednesday 9th November, that will now include the rearranged £55,000 32Red London Middle Distance Final.

Barney Clifford, London Head of Racing for Jockey Club Racecourses, said:

"Yesterday's incident during racing was dreadful for all involved and our thoughts remain with Freddy Tylicki and his family while he remains in hospital.

"Racing is one big family and I'm proud of the way everyone pulls together at times like these. No one has asked for us to cover their costs and the decision to abandon the rest of the card was unanimously taken between horsemen, the stewards and the racecourse.

"Participants have incurred costs in good faith and given the exceptional circumstances we just want to do our bit to help cover some of these costs as a gesture of goodwill."

There were 39 unraced horses declared in the remaining four races of yesterday's card and 30 jockeys due to ride. The ex gratia payment amounts to £11,250.

Notes to editors:

The Jockey Club has been at the heart of British racing for more than 260 years. Today the largest commercial group in the sport, The Jockey Club runs the leading racecourse group in the UK by turnover (2015: £174.2m), attendances (2015: 1.95m), total prize money (2015: £43.9m), contribution to prize money (2015: £19.9m) and quality racing (Group and Graded races); more than 3,000 acres of world-class training grounds in Newmarket, Lambourn and Epsom Downs; The National Stud breeding enterprise and education provider; and the charity for racing's people in need, Racing Welfare. Governed by Royal Charter, every penny The Jockey Club makes it puts back into British racing. More information is available at www.thejockeyclub.co.uk.

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