Following the announcement in January that Royal Ascot will be run for a record £6.6m next week, (after an increase of £1m on 2015 values), Ascot Racecourse today unveils enhanced facilities and benefits for horsemen, for next week and beyond.
Owners & Trainers Badging & Facilities – Royal Ascot
The new Unsaddling Enclosure, equipped with equine misters, was completed and opened in April.
The whole of the upstairs first floor of the Pre-Parade Ring building has been dedicated to Owners’ and Trainers’ dining facilities for Royal Ascot, doubling its capacity.
The Grundy Bar on lawn level next to the Pre-Parade Ring has been dedicated an exclusive Owners’ and Trainers’ area. There are now three dedicated Owners’ and Trainers’ bars at Royal Ascot.
Across prize money, participants’ facilities and equine facilities, Ascot has invested an additional £2 million in horsemen’s facilities and prize money this year.
Owners will be allocated 10 Parade Ring Passes per horse this year – up from six. This was by far the most significant request fed back last year.
Breeders – Royal Ascot
As announced in March, all breeders of winning horses at Royal Ascot will receive a memento of their achievement - Royal Ascot-branded Strawberry Dishes, designed by Official Trophy and Silverware Suppliers, Garrard. This will take place at a lunch at Ascot on Friday 22ndJuly, the opening day of King George Weekend.
In another first, two Owners’ and Trainers’ badges will be available to the listed breeder for all runners on the day that the horse they bred runs. Applications must be made via the Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association (TBA), to:[email protected]
Ascot will be hosting members of The Thoroughbred Club, the TBA initiative for young breeders or those interested in the industry, at the Goffs London Sale on the eve of Royal Ascot.
A group will also be hosted later in the year at a Tattersalls Sale at Ascot.
Looking Ahead - The Horsemen’s Lounge
Following Royal Ascot, a suite will open in the clock tower building at the heart of the Pre-Parade Ring, which will be dedicated to syndicate owners, and breeders.
The racecourse will set up a Syndicates Advisory Committee, comprising Ascot personnel, the Racehorse Owners’ Association (ROA) and selected syndicates, large and small in profile and budget, to discuss how best to welcome syndicates to Ascot and how to enhance the enjoyment of racing at Ascot with their horses.
TBA Chief Executive, Louise Kemble, said:
“We commend Ascot’s ongoing efforts to support breeders. In recognising breeders’ key position in racing, Ascot is acknowledging the years of skill, hard work and determination that people have put into their bloodstock operations.
“Ascot have put together a fantastic package of benefits for breeders in addition to the previously announced Strawberry Dishes and presentation lunch for those successful at Royal Ascot. We look forward to the start of this programme and thank the team at Ascot once again for their generosity.”
ROA Chief Executive, Charlie Liverton, added:
“The ROA wholeheartedly supports Ascot’s commitment to improving the owner’s race day experience and welcomes the changes that are being introduced for Royal Ascot and beyond.
“It is important that syndicate ownership is encouraged and we look forward to working with Ascot on that project.
“The doubling in size of the owners’ facility at Royal Ascot is particularly welcome and reinforces the importance Ascot places on the owner.
“Increasing the number of Parade Ring Passes is another much valued change and will allow owners to share this special element of the race day experience with a greater number of family and friends.
“On behalf of our members I congratulate Ascot Racecourse for continuing to recognise and reward owners, the single biggest contributors to the racing industry.”