Today Arena Racing Company (“ARC”) announces changes to its ambulance policy. This is aimed at improving jockey welfare and minimising potential disruption during race meetings at any of its racecourses.
Following an incident at Lingfield last month where the final race of a meeting had to be abandoned ARC committed to reviewing its policy on ambulances. Subsequent to this ARC will now ensure that, as of today, there are three ambulances at every flat meeting at all tracks, excluding Newcastle and Brighton due to their very close proximity to their local Major Trauma Unit. This is over and above the current requirements of the British Horseracing Authority General Instructions (BHAGIs) which stipulate a minimum of two ambulances for flat racing.
In practice this will mean if a jockey needs to be transported to hospital in a racecourse ambulance there will still be two ambulances at the track, ensuring racing can continue with full cover.
The additional spending commitment this requires will be covered by ARC.