'Broad support' from independent racecourses for premierisation fixture changes

CATTERICK, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 28: Racegoers watch the action from the Sky Bet Extra Places Every Day Maiden Hurdle at Catterick Racecourse on December 28, 2020 in Catterick, England. (Photo by Tim Goode - Pool / Getty Images)
Catterick: no problems envisaged at the Yorkshire trackCredit: Tim Goode (Getty Images)

Small independent courses have given a cautious welcome to the significant fixture list reforms unveiled on Thursday.

In the build-up to Tuesday's crucial BHA board meeting, at which the proposals were approved, some tracks not aligned to major groups - Jockey Club Racecourses (JCR) and Arena Racing Company (Arc) - had been vocally fearful of the premierisation initiative.

James Sanderson, chief executive at Catterick and Thirsk, had even suggested they could launch a legal challenge against a policy which courses were concerned could have a huge impact on attendances and revenue.

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David CarrReporter
Published on 25 May 2023Last updated 20:02, 25 May 2023