Proposals for a new Formula 1 style format for horse racing where 12 teams compete each other over an eight week period are still a way off
- There are proposals for a new racing format in the same style as Formula 1
- 12 teams captained by high profile figures would race against each other often
- All races could be worth £100,000, with £5million up for grabs across them all
Proposals for a new racing concept next summer in which 12 teams captained by high-profile figures compete against each other over an eight week period still appear a long way from fruition despite an announcement that tracks have been secured to host the events.
Championship Horse Racing (CHR) said ‘The Series’ would be held at Ayr, Epsom Downs, Goodwood, Haydock Park, Leopardstown, Newbury, Newmarket July Course and Sandown Park.
It claimed the fixtures proposed would take place on eight consecutive Thursday evenings from 25 July to 12 September 2019 but, as these meetings are outside the current approved fixture list, they will need BHA approval.
‘The Series’ would be a F1 style format for racing where teams compete against each other
There would be 12 teams captained by high profile figures competing for big prize money
Currently no proposals have been lodged with the BHA. Their spokesman Robin Mounsey said: ‘We are in dialogue with the organisers of The Series and will consider any applications for extra fixtures on their merits once received, including consultation with participants and stakeholders.’
The team behind The Series claim they want to set up a team racing event which would appeal to a new audience based around a format similar F1 motor racing.
There would be 12 teams, each having the exclusive use of a trainer, four jockeys and a stable of 30 horses for the duration of The Series.
Every team would represent a global brand and will race in colours specially chosen by that organisation. It is claimed all races would be worth £100,000. With six races per meeting that would mean almost £5million in prize money. The aim would be to secure terrestrial TV coverage.
Sceptics, and there will a be a queue of them, will question not only feasibility of the concept of The Series but also why the public will buy into a team concept in a sport which is built on the success of individuals be they horses, trainers or jockeys.
However, Jeremy Wray, Chief Executive of CHR, said: “Agreeing the likely racecourse schedule is a key milestone for CHR. Over the next few months we’ll be announcing the teams and the media partners who will broadcast The Series across the world.
“We’re thrilled that The Series is due to take place at such prestigious courses and that it will debut in three countries. They are great locations and have superb facilities for summer evening racing that promises fans something they’ve never experienced before. Fans will be encouraged to engage with the teams and our aim is to help tell the stories about the tens of thousands of people involved in the sport.”