RCA welcomes 2018 Fixture List publication as good for growth of the sport

Following the release of the 2018 Fixture List the RCA has welcomed the publication and believes that it provides a positive platform for growth in the sport.

RCA Chief Executive Stephen Atkin said: “We welcome the publication of the 2018 Fixture List at this early date, which will be helpful to racecourses as well as racing’s customers and business partners. It is, on the whole, a well balanced Fixture list which should aid further growth in our wonderful sport.

“As has been well documented, the RCA, BHA and Horsemen’s Group support the additional proviation for the grassroots, whilst ensuring fair funding for all levels of the sport. It is anticipated that this grassroots boost will come from both racecourses and the new income stream arising from the modernisation of the Levy.

“The additional £7m pa plus of investment we hope will be made available initially by the Levy Board, pending transfer of responsibilities to the Racing Authority, will take up a substantial majority of the additional money available in 2018, but we believe it is being well targeted. We hope it will encourage new owners into the sport and provide an incentive for existing owners to help boost field sizes. We, and our partners in racing, will be monitoring the effectiveness of this additional spend, alongside existing expenditure.

“There have been a number of improvements to the Fixture List during the year which we will hope to build on in 2018. We would like to thank the BHA team that led this project and also our respective racecourse and horsemen colleagues for their significant contribution.”