Britain: Plans Unveiled For A Team Competition/Horse Racing Series To Start In 2019

by | 02.12.2018 | 9:51am

Plans have been revealed to launch a multi-million pound team horse racing series staged at some of the UK's leading racecourses in summer 2019.

Championship Horse Racing has unveiled ‘The Series', a unique new racing competition in which 12 branded teams would compete over eight consecutive Thursdays at a different Group One racecourses around the country, in an early summer evening televised slot.

The concept is for each team to have a squad of 30 horses under the direction of leading trainers with four jockeys.

Each raceday will have six handicaps, with all 48 races having prize money in excess of £100,000.

The competition will operate on a points system, similar to F1 to determine the winners of the team and jockeys' championships.

Jeremy Wray, chief executive of Championship Horse Racing, said: “This is a fantastic chance for racing to lead the way in changing how people watch sport, both live and in terms of bite-size, interactive content.

“The viewers will become fans and engage with brands like never before, on a global scale.

“Furthermore, everyone in racing benefits, be they stable staff, owners or jockeys.”

The Jockey Club is a keen supporter of The Series and has helped develop the idea.

Simon Bazalgette, Jockey Club group chief executive, said: “The Jockey Club is all about the long-term health of British racing, so The Series is something that makes complete sense for us to support.

“Jeremy and his team are bringing a really far-thinking approach to the offer they're taking to market for brands to get involved.

“I hope that will result in a fantastic new competition launching next year that can excite existing and new fans alike and welcome some great new partners for our sport.”

Leading trainer John Gosden said: “The Series is the most creative and positive racing sponsorship opportunity I have seen and I hope it will become a tremendous success.”

Richard FitzGerald, chief executive of Racecourse Media Group, said: “The Series promises to be a compelling spectacle for viewers and has the potential to take racing to a whole new audience.”

  • Bryan Langlois

    Been saying it for the last 3-5 years now that something like this needs to be done in the US. Put the money up and maybe…just maybe…horses will stick around and actually race longer. Maybe not quite to this setup…but the ability to let racing prosper under new viewership and fans is ripe for the taking. All it takes is a little cooperation.

    • Joakim Muth

      Difference is this will be for HCP horses, and they tend to stick around longer, US equivalent would be $50.000 claimers/allowance horses.

      • Bryan Langlois

        I have no problem with that. Make it that there might different series for levels of competition. The MATCH is coming back for the Mid Atlantic circuit this year…and that would be very similar to this.

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