SPECIAL REPORT: Jockey Club Racecourses Plans Near £20 Million Contribution to Prize Money in 2015

March 4, 2015

JCR’s 340 fixtures offering more than £43 million total prize money in 2015 – a third of all prize money in the sport from less than a quarter of UK fixtures.

Average prize money increasing to record circa £127,000 per JCR fixture, from £120,642 in 2014, with record average JCR contribution per fixture of circa £58,500.

Jockey Club Racecourses (JCR) – which is governed by Royal Charter to reinvest all profits back into British horseracing – today announced it plans to contribute a record £19.9 million to prize money in 2015 from its own resources, with total prize money across its 15 courses nationwide scheduled to exceed £43 million this year.

2015 will see participants racing at JCR for record average prize money per fixture of circa£127,000, despite the UK’s leading racecourse group staging 24 fewer programmed fixtures than in 2014, which would otherwise have generated around £1 million in profits this year.

All figures are based on JCR’s forecast race programme and subject to abandonments.


In 2014, JCR made its largest-ever contribution to prize money to date of £19.13 million after abandonments, up from £18.24 million in 2013. Average prize money per fixture across the group was projected to be £118,000 in 2014, but instead this exceeded £120,000.

Given it is staging fewer fixtures, simply to maintain its 2015 contribution in actual terms JCR would have needed to increase the proportion of its profits going into prize money, as well as boost its average prize money per fixture. In planning to exceed its 2014 record and contribute £19.9 million, it is going even further to support British racing’s prize money levels.

The group’s 2015 plans mean by the end of the year its prize money contribution will have increased by £7.5 million – or 60 percent – since 2009 (2009: a then industry-record £12.4million).

JCR’s prize money contribution is over-and-above its investments of more than £190 million into facilities in the last decade.

These have been made to enhance the experience for racegoers and horsemen alike, and include investment in owners and trainers facilities and racing surfaces.


Paul Fisher, Group Managing Director of Jockey Club Racecourses, said:

“In 2015 horsemen are racing for record sums at JCR courses, despite the fact fewer fixturesgives us less income to reinvest. We continue to prioritise prize money because it’s the lifeblood of our sport and I hope this move will be well received by horsemen who can support us in return through entries.

“The Jockey Club is once again doing our maximum; now the sport as a whole needs to see progress in replacing its broken funding model. We stage fantastic racing in Britain and yet we’re the poor relation of other jurisdictions when it comes to funding, which needs improvement at all levels of racing’s pyramid.

“That’s why we welcome the Government’s consultation to replace the Horserace Betting Levy with a system where racing and the betting industry find more mutual benefit in creating value together and a level playing field for all types of betting operator. Long-term we all stand to benefit from a better funded sport.”

2015 by numbers:

Total JCR prize money: 

£43+ million

Total JCR prize money contribution:

£19.9 million

Total fixtures scheduled at JCR:


Average prize money per fixture at JCR:


All figures are forecasts based on current information and race programme and before abandonments.

Coming Soon: BIG Interview with Simon Bazalgette, CEO of Jockey Club. 










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