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FIND OUT ABOUT THE RACING LEAGUE, WHAT IS HAPPENING WHEN, WHO IS TAKING PART, AND HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED

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THE RACES

The Racing League is a dynamic new addition to the flat racing season

A first in UK horse racing, the Racing League is a league competition created by Championship Horse Racing, where teams vie for points over a race season.

It’s coming to summer nights in 2021

The Racing League will take place across six Thursday evenings from July 2021.

Every race matters in the Racing League

There will be six races per meeting and each team will have one runner in each race. Points will be awarded for where teams finish in each race and the points added to a league table.

Teams and jockeys compete for points, money and trophies

Across the season the teams will vie for the Team Championship. All of the races will have prize money in excess of £50,000.

Are you concerned that horses will not be the focus of the Racing League?

Quite the opposite. We aim to raise awareness of all the groups that work tremendously hard within racing: the jockeys, the training staff, the owners and the horses. We want to have public interaction both on course and via the media with all of these groups. We will have more time in our broadcast show to showcase the stories of the tens of thousands of people who work in racing, as well as meeting horses and explaining more about breeding and what it takes to train a racehorse. 

We want to explain what really goes into nurturing a thoroughbred from foal to the starting gate.

What are the race distances?

5F, 6F, 7F, 8F, 10F and 12F. 

THE TEAMS

The Racing League will feature high profile teams and the biggest names in racing

There will be 12 teams, each having the exclusive use of a racing manager, 2-4 trainers, three jockeys and a stable of 30 horses for the duration of the Racing League. Every team will represent a global brand and will race in colours specially chosen by that organisation.

The spotlight will be on the amazing trainers, jockeys and horses

The stars of the show have great stories to tell. The trainers and the stable staff who bring each horse to the peak of their physical ability. The jockeys that harness that energy and use their skill to race them to the finish line. And the amazing athletic machines that are the horses and whose names become the stuff of sporting legend.

Are there any concerns that races could be more tactics based, with them running to race orders or having pacemakers?

We don’t have that concern. Each team has one horse in the race and so they will want to finish as high as possible to earn as many points and money as possible.

THE FANS

Fans will be at the heart of the Racing League

Whether you’re a racing aficionado who knows and loves the sport, or you’re new to horse racing, the Racing League will have something for everyone.

We will demystify horse racing for those new to the sport

We know that some people find horse racing a little confusing and feel they would like more insight and knowledge to get the best out of it. We want to demystify racing and make it simpler to understand. Our aim is to create new, innovative and ethically driven ways to engage the public with the sport.

The Racing League will be broadcast to racing fans in the UK and across the globe

Sky Sports Racing will live broadcast every race of every night that the Racing League takes place. There is also worldwide TV interest in the Racing League and our host broadcaster will provide a stream and highlights package for an international audience.

Fans engaged through our app will be rewarded

All fans, wherever they are, will be connected by our app, which will act as central engagement and content hub. The App will also be home to our unique ‘we win, you win’ concept. We think fans should be rewarded for their engagement, so when they back a team and it wins then the supporters will also benefit from that success in the form of prizes, giveaways and experiential opportunities.

Tickets will go on sale in Spring 2021

And we aim to make it an affordable evening of entertainment for fans.

What entertainment will be provided at meetings and what will the balance be between racing and entertainment?

We fully intend to provide great entertainment in addition to the horse racing. However, the main event we want people to come and enjoy is the race competition provided by the teams, jockeys and horses.

Is this not dumbing down horse racing? Why can’t the industry celebrate its complexity and nuances?

Throughout our research, one of the things we found was that many people who might be persuaded to watch horse racing, or come back to racing, were put off by its complexity and the feeling that they had to have a certain level of knowledge either to enjoy it or benefit from it. For the industry we think one of the key elements of helping secure people’s long-term engagement in horse racing is making them feel comfortable from the beginning. The more they come to horse racing the more knowledgeable they can be, but we need to try and ensure as many people as possible come racing for that to happen.

THE RACECOURSES

The Racing League is coming to four UK’s racecourses

The teams will compete at four diverse different tracks; Doncaster, Newcastle, Lingfield and Royal Windsor. 

Every course will provide a great evening’s entertainment

In addition to competitive horse racing, the Racing League will include eSports tournaments, local food festivals and live music.

THE OWNERS

I have horses with more than one Trainer, but I would like them all to be part of the Racing League

You can have horses in more than one Racing Team.

Can my horse run in other races during the Racing League?

Of course. There are no restrictions imposed on your horses other than they can individually only be part of one Racing Team in the Racing League.

Have you spoken to owners about being part of the Racing League?

With any new idea it’s important to consult as much and as widely as possible. We’ve been seeking the advice and guidance of owners and trainers since the idea of Championship Horse Racing first came about in the summer of 2017.

As with trainers, we’ve sought opinions from across the ownership spectrum. As a result, we’ve shaped the CHR offering so it works for owners, and we will continue to do that. In 2019 we spoke at a Racehorse Owners Association event and an information pack was sent to ROA members and hosted on their website. If you require an information pack, please get in touch.

What happens if a team doesn’t have a horse suitable for a race – will the team be forced to “find” a horse for the team?

We will ensure that all teams are well equipped for the Racing League.

The squad of 30 horses will be put forward based on suitability over a variety of distances and a transfer window will open in week 4. 

THE TRAINERS

Have you spoken to trainers about being part of the Racing League?

With any new idea it’s important to consult as much and as widely as possible. We’ve been seeking the advice and guidance of owners and trainers since the idea of Championship Horse Racing first came about in the summer of 2017.

What has really pleased us is the backing we have received from some of the most respected names in the training business.

We have been consulting widely. In October 2018, working with the National Trainers Federation, we sent an information pack to 480 trainers registered in the UK. We then hosted three question and answer sessions in Newmarket, Lambourn and Doncaster. We really welcomed the insight we got from these meetings because they will help make CHR a better experience for all involved.

Which trainers are involved?

We plan to announce each team and trainers involved shortly, so stay tuned for announcements on our social channels. Each team is headed up by one or more trainers; these trainers are grouped together based on location and each trainer must put forward a minimum of 5 horses to join the squad.

THE JOCKEYS

Will a team competition not exhaust jockeys?

We hope that the Racing League will actually provide for a more relaxed environment for jockeys. Each team has a squad of 3, of which any combination and number can ride on a race night. As jockeys won’t be changing silks, there will be less demands on them between races. We will use this extra time to introduce more opportunities to engage with the owners, the public and the media – we want to explain more about the skill that goes into being a jockey.

Which jockeys will be involved?

Each team has 3 jockeys each. Jockeys are selected by trainers to ride for their team. We will announce the jockeys and their related teams soon, stay tuned!

How often will a jockey ride for their team?

A jockey can have a maximum of 18 rides over the course of the Racing League. At least two jockeys per team will be riding at each meeting, as no jockey can ride in more than 3 races per meeting.