The Jockey Club is proud to play its part in supporting the Great British Racing campaign, Racing Is Everyone's Sport, during its Unibet Becher Chase Day at Aintree Racecourse and Betfair Tingle Creek Saturday at Sandown Park Racecourse on December 4th, as well as at Kempton Park Racecourse's floodlit fixture on Wednesday 8th December.
Racing Is Everyone’s Sport will encourage and welcome LGBTQ+ participation in the sport of horseracing, bringing the racing community together to champion inclusion for everyone. The campaign runs hand-in-hand with Stonewall's Rainbow Laces initiative to unite everyone who cares about sport and fitness, to create a world where every LGBTQ+ person can thrive wherever they train, play or watch sport.
On Saturday 4th December, Aintree and Sandown Park racecourses will join forces with GBR and the headline race sponsors, Unibet and Betfair, to drive awareness of the campaign.
Rainbow number cloths will be worn by the horses running in the highest profile races of the day, namely the Betfair Tingle Creek and Betfair London National at Sandown Park and all four ITV races at Aintree including the Unibet Becher Chase. Unibet will also incorporate rainbow stripes into the winner's blankets for the four ITV races at Aintree. In addition jockeys will be given the opportunity to pledge their support by wearing rainbow arm bands.
Spectators and racecourse staff will be able to display their support by wearing a rainbow pin badge, which will be handed out at each of the three Jockey Club courses. The campaign will also receive increased visibility through advertising hoardings, posters, big screen adverts and videos.
Jennifer Loomes, The Jockey Club's Inclusion and Diversity Lead, said: “We are delighted to be working with Great British Racing to ensure greater visibility of their Racing Is Everyone's Sport campaign. The high-profile nature of these fixtures demonstrates to the thousands of people in attendance and watching from home how committed The Jockey Club and the whole of racing is in making everyone feel welcome.
"On December 8th at Kempton Park Racecourse we will also be celebrating The Rainbow Laces ‘Lace Up and Speak Up’ campaign and making a pledge of commitment; a commitment to speak up in the conversations that matter.
"Joining us on the day will be members of Racing With Pride. We are really looking forward to hosting them, discussing and learning how we can continue the work to make our sport inclusive, attracting fans from every community."