FAQ

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

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THE RACES

The Series is a dynamic new addition to the flat racing season

A first in UK horse racing, The Series 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 2019

The Series will take place across eight Thursday evenings from 25 July to 12 September 2019

Every race matters in The Series

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 £100,000.

Are you concerned that horses will not be the focus of The Series?

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 these three. We will have more time in our broadcast show to showcase all of these groups. Each one of these groups has their fans and we intend to shine a light on all of them.

THE TEAMS

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

There will be 12 teams, each having the exclusive use of a trainer, four jockeys and a stable of 30 horses for the duration of The Series. 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 finish as high as possible to earn as many points and money as possible.

THE FANS

Fans will be at the heart of The Series

Whether you’re a racing aficionado who knows and loves the sport, or you’re new to horse racing, The Series 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 Series will be broadcast to racing fans in the UK and across the globe

We have already secured a UK partner who will live broadcast every race of every night that The Series takes place. We will announce details of the broadcast partner and how viewers in the UK can access it in 2019. There is also worldwide TV interest in The Series 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 2019

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 Series is coming to some of the UK’s best-known racecourses

The teams will compete over eight meetings at some of the UK's leading racecourses in England, Ireland and Scotland. The racecourses that have committed to stage The Series are: Ayr, Epsom Downs, Goodwood, Haydock Park, Leopardstown, Newbury, Newmarket July Course and Sandown Park. 

Every course will provide a great evening’s entertainment

In addition to competitive horse racing, The Series 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 Series

You can have horses in more than one Racing Team.

Can my horse run in other races during The Series?

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

Have you spoken to owners about being part of The Series?

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. We recently spoke at a Racehorse Owners Association event and we are working with the ROA on an information pack that will soon be sent to owners.

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 Series.  

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 5. 

THE TRAINERS

For more information

Please consult the Document for Trainers.

Have you spoken to trainers about being part of The Series?

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 around England. We really welcomed the insight we got from these meetings because they will help make CHR a better experience for trainers.

THE JOCKEYS

Will a team competition not exhaust jockeys?

We hope that The Series will actually provide for a more relaxed environment for jockeys. There are four jockeys who can race at each meeting and six races, so the likelihood is that two jockeys will only race once in a meeting. Also, as jockeys won’t be changing silks, they will be less demands on them between races. We would love to use this time that jockeys have 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.