The Frequent Runner Championship, which has taken place at Cheltenham Racecourse since 1992, has been expanded this year, to take in all venues in the Jockey Club Racecourses South West region.
The competition is held to promote the running of horses at local tracks. Cheltenham, Exeter, Wincanton and Warwick are the qualifying courses. Trainers are awarded points based on a number of criteria, but principally for the number of entrants they have at a meeting. Scores will be updated regularly and published on participating racecourses’ websites.
Horsebox and trailer specialist’s Equi-Trek is the event’s sponsor. The competition runs from October until May. On February 20, 2015, the leading eight trainers will all receive the terrific prize of an all-expense paid table for ten at The Festival. That should be some party! The overall winner on May 12 receives the main prize of a box at the following year’s Festival, and a year’s lease of an Equi-Trek horsebox.
Simon Claisse, Cheltenham’s clerk of the course and Head of Jockey Club Racecourses South West, commented “After the success of the Frequent Runner Championship, I am delighted that the decision has been made to include all South West Jockey Club Racecourses. Equi-Trek has been involved for a few years, and last season Jonjo O’Neill won the horsebox. I’m sure there will be a strong competition this year. ”
The Jockey Club formed its Racecourse group in 1964, with Cheltenham its first acquisition. The company’s aim was to promote quality and profitable racing, ensuring investment took place to give the regular punter the best possible ‘at the races’ experience. The addition and promotion of conference and events facilities plays a vital financial role. Music events taking place after racing, though not popular with all, has certainly played its part in attracting new racegoers, and generating much needed income.
Jockey Club Racecourses has a trustee ownership ensuring that profits are not swallowed up by shareholders, but instead are re-invested into racing, in the form of improved facilities and greater prize money. With 15 racecourses in total, they currently stage around 25% of all UK fixtures. These include some of the highest profile meetings in the racing calendar. The Cheltenham Festival, the Grand National meeting, the Epsom Derby and the Guineas Festival at Newmarket are all part of their portfolio.
For more information visit The Jockey Club website.