Jockey Club Racecourses

With a portfolio of 15 racecourses including Aintree, Epsom Downs and Newmarket, Jockey Club Racecourses is the largest racecourse group in the UK by turnover, attendances and contributions to prize money, with a focus on hosting the highest quality Flat, Jumps and All-Weather Track racing

Fast Facts

  • 15 leading racecourses
  • 357 fixtures scheduled in 2013 – a quarter of the UK fixture list
  • Attendances of more than 1.8m people in 2012 – a third of total UK racing attendances
  • Invested £16.5m in prize money in 2012 – nearly half of all racecourses’ contribution
  • Distributed over £350m in total prize money in the last 10 years
  • More than £150m invested in facilities in eight years
  • More than 200,000 people attended 24 'racing+music' nights in 2012

It hosts many of the world’s most iconic racing festivals, from the John Smith’s Grand National Meeting at Aintree to the Cheltenham Festival and the Investec Derby Festival at Epsom Downs to the Guineas Festival at Newmarket’s Rowley Mile.

The Jockey Club formed its racecourse arm in 1964 with the objective of securing the future of racecourses. Its first purchase was Cheltenham Racecourse, which was nurtured back to health with considerable investment and now operates as one of the most revered racecourses in the world.

Today, Jockey Club Racecourses aims to be the best racecourse operator in Europe for customers and racing’s participants, generating the maximum funds available for reinvestment in the long-term development of its venues and British racing as a sport, in line with the mission of The Jockey Club.


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