Arena Racing Company (“ARC”) and Towcester Racecourse are pleased to announce they have reached an agreement which will see seven jumps fixtures transfer permanently from the Northamptonshire track to ARC tracks commencing in 2015. All seven fixtures will remain as jump fixtures and will benefit from a double-digit percentage increase in prize money.
The new location of each of the seven fixtures will be considered by the British Horseracing Authority (“BHA”) prior to confirmation of the 2015 Fixture List.
ARC will work with the BHA to ensure a fair geographical spread, in particular to help benefit the jumps programme in the north. This follows the announcement in July that the northern jumps programme will be strengthened with Doncaster Racecourse hosting the £31,000 Grade 2 December Novices Steeple Chase and a brand new £30,000 Mares Listed contest before the end of the year.
Tony Kelly, ARC Managing Director, said: “As part of ARCs continued investment in the race programme across all of its courses we are pleased to have been able to reach this agreement with Towcester Racecourse. This agreement ensures these seven fixtures will benefit from a wider geographical spread, particularly in the north, together with increased prize money. Our focus continues to be on working with the BHA to finalise the 2015 Fixture List.”
Kevin Ackerman, Towcester Racecourse Chief Executive said: “We are pleased to have come to an agreement with ARC which ensures improved prize money for the seven fixtures they have acquired. The agreement will enable Towcester to further invest in its facilities and infrastructure for the benefit of all our customers.”