Jockey Club to Inject £31 million to Improve Facilities in 2014

August 15, 2014

The Jockey Club, which operates some of the UK’s leading racecourses,, has revealed it will be spending more than £31 million in 2014 on its facilities.

The new expenditure will further enhance the experience on offer to racegoers and horsemen, and to maintain top quality racing surfaces at its 15 courses.

More than £7 million is going into projects including amenities for racegoers, Owners & Trainers facilities and maintenance works, over-and-above an outlay of more than £24 million this year on its flagship development project at Cheltenham Racecourse. In the last three years alone, more than £5 million has been spent at Jockey Club Racecourses just on track surface projects, drainage and maintenance.

The Jockey Club’s 2014 commitment follows a programme of £150 million of investment across its racecourse estate over the previous 10 years. That rises to £175 million when including improvements at its world-class training public grounds at Newmarket, Lambourn and Epsom Downs, and The National Stud in Newmarket.

2014 investment projects – some completed and others underway – include: Owners & Trainers facilities at Carlisle, Exeter, Kempton Park, Nottingham and Wincanton; the Boulevard project for racegoers at the Rowley Mile; replacing the Family enclosure grandstand at Market Rasen with improved facilities; improved racegoer facilities at Sandown Park; and upgrading hospitality facilities at Aintree, Haydock Park and the Rowley Mile; in addition high standard maintenance of facilities and track surfaces and other projects at all 15 of The Jockey Club’s racecourses.

Paul Fisher (pictured), Group Managing Director of Jockey Club Racecourses, said: “We’ve invested £150 million in the past 10 years in our racecourse facilities, but every year we need to maintain and improve the experience we offer to the racegoing public and horsemen, while at the same time making industry-leading contributions to prize money.”

Check Out our Interview with Paul Fisher below:

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