Fixture retention justifies Warwick switching to jumps

Warwick Racecourse's all-jumps fixture list will feature 17 meetings in 2016.
Warwick Racecourse's all-jumps fixture list will feature 17 meetings in 2016.

Warwick Racecourse has retained 17 racing fixtures for next year after the 2016 British Racing Fixture List was released by the British Horseracing Authority (BHA).

The figure is down from 21 in 2014 which comes as a result of the The Jockey Club racecourse switching to become an all-jumps track last year.

Lee Moulson, acting general manager of Warwick Racecourse, said: “We are delighted to have secured the same number of fixtures for 2016 [as 2015].

“As we look forward to our second season as an all-jumps track getting underway in September, it is an encouraging foundation upon which to deliver our vision of becoming one of the UK’s leading small jumps courses.”

Jockey Club Racecourses, the UK’s leading racecourse group, is scheduled to stage 340 racing fixtures in 2016, the same number as scheduled in 2015, despite increased competition.

This was achieved as a result of the BHA fixture allocation process taking into account performance measures including prize-money contributions and field sizes.

Paul Fisher, group managing director of Jockey Club Racecourses, said: “We’re pleased to maintain 340 fixtures in the face of additional competition this year.

“As British racing’s fixture list is beginning to align the allocation of fixtures with performance measures, this outcome reflects our reinvestments in prize money, racing surfaces and facilities for horsemen, which in turn see Jockey Club field sizes outperforming the average.”

Warwick Racecourse’s 2015/16 season, which runs from September to May, gets underway with an afternoon meeting, The Raceday, on Tuesday September 22.

The festivities start with The Eventmasters Christmas Raceday on Thursday December 10, followed by the New Year’s Eve Raceday on Thursday December 31.

Fixture highlights include the Grade 2 Leamington Novices’ Hurdle (Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle) and Grade 3 handicap Betfred Classic Chase on January 16 and the Grade 2 Kingmaker Novices’ Chase on February 13.

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