WARWICK Racecourse has secured an extra fixture in next year’s racing calendar and it will act as the curtain raiser for the jumps season.
The British Horseracing Authority has announced Warwick – part of Jockey Club Racecourses (JCR) – will open the season with a two-day meeting on September 23 and 24, bringing the number of fixtures held at the racecourse to 19 for the year.
JCR is scheduled to stage 347 racing fixtures in 2019, according to British Racing’s Fixture List.
The total is nearly a quarter of all 1,511 fixtures run in Britain and is made up of 186 flat fixtures, 160 jumps fixtures and one mixed card.
JCR stages four of the five classics on the flat and the Randox Health Grand National and the Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup during the jumps season.
The Jockey Club, which has a nationwide portfolio of 15 racecourse venues, reinvests all profits back into British Racing.
Andre Klein, general manager at Warwick Racecourse, said: “It is exciting that we have been provided with another date at Warwick, expanding our fixture list to 19 meetings from September to May.
“It shows a lot of confidence in what we have achieved at the racecourse in recent years.
“This is a reflection of the wonderful work carried out by our track staff and contractors that have been engaged to get our racing surface to the level it currently is.
“There has been a lot of investment, both time and money, and now racing fans in the Midlands can enjoy more local Jumps racing on their doorstep.”