Warwick Racecourse has secured an extra fixture in next year’s racing calendar and it will act as the curtain raiser for the Jumps season.
The British Horseracing Authority has announced that Warwick - part of Jockey Club Racecourses (JCR) - will open the season with a two-day meeting on September 23 and 24 – bringing the number of fixtures held at the racecourse to 19 for the year.
JCR is scheduled to stage 347 racing fixtures in 2019, according to British Racing’s Fixture List. The total is nearly a quarter of all 1,511 fixtures run in Britain and is made up of 186 Flat fixtures, 160 Jumps fixtures and one mixed card.
JCR stages four of the five Classics on the Flat and the Randox Health Grand National and the Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup during the Jumps season. The Jockey Club, which has a nationwide portfolio of 15 racecourse venues, reinvests all profits back into British Racing.
Andre Klein, General Manager at Warwick Racecourse, said: “It is exciting that we have been provided with another date at Warwick, expanding our fixture list to 19 meetings from September to May.
“It shows a lot of confidence in what we have achieved at the racecourse in recent years. This is a reflection of the wonderful work carried out by our track staff and contractors that have been engaged to get our racing surface to the level it currently is.
“There has been a lot of investment, both time and money, and now racing fans in the Midlands can enjoy more local Jumps racing on their doorstep.”
Paul Fisher, Chief Executive of Jockey Club Racecourses, said: “We are delighted to once again be staging nearly a quarter of all of British Racing’s fixtures in 2019, including more Grade One races over Jumps and Group races on the Flat than anyone else.
“Our racing department has worked hard to secure a fixture list for 2019 which showcases our commitment to all levels of British Racing, from grassroots to the very pinnacle of our sport. It is fantastic to see that our investments in prize money and facilities, the experience we offer to all connections and our efforts to increase field sizes have been recognised again in the fixture process.
“I am especially pleased that Warwick will stage an extra fixture in 2019, starting the Jumps season with a two-day meeting.
“This comes after the successful expansion of its ‘May Racing Carnival’ this year and really highlights how Warwick is continuing to go from strength to strength to now be recognised as one of the country’s top small Jumps courses.”
As part of the 2019 Fixture List there will be a three week gap between The Festival at Cheltenham and the Randox Health Grand National next year. The Festival will run from Tuesday 12 to Friday March 15 and the Randox Health Grand National will be staged at Aintree on Saturday, April 6.
Tickets are now on sale for all the remaining 2018 fixtures at Warwick and racegoers are encouraged to buy in advance to secure the best prices from www.warwickracecourse.co.uk
Warwick Racecourse’s fixtures for 2019
Saturday, January 12 – afternoon
Monday, January 21 – afternoon
Saturday, February 9 – afternoon
Friday, February 22 – afternoon
Sunday, March 10 – afternoon
Thursday, March 28 - afternoon
Wednesday, April 10 – afternoon
Thursday, April 25 – afternoon
Monday, May 6 – afternoon
Saturday, May 11 – evening
Wednesday, May 22 – afternoon
Wednesday, May 29 - evening
Monday, September 23 – afternoon
Tuesday, September 24 - afternoon
Thursday, October 3 – afternoon
Friday, November 11 - afternoon
Wednesday, November 20 – afternoon
Thursday, December 12 - afternoon
Tuesday, December 31 - afternoon