ARC, Doncaster Racecourse, Qatar Racing Join Forces For Futurity Trophy Sponsorship

Arena Racing Company (ARC), Doncaster Racecourse and Qatar Racing have partnered this year to sponsor the G1 Kameko Futurity Trophy, the organisations announced in a joint statement on Friday. The one-mile event, worth £200,000, is the final Group 1 of the British Flat season and is set to be contested on Saturday, Oct. 28. A total of 66 entries remain, including Aidan O'Brien's unbeaten G1 National S. winner Henry Longfellow (Ire) (Dubawi {Ire}). "We are delighted to be able to support the 2023 Kameko Futurity Trophy, a race that consistently...

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ARC 1 Million All-Weather Bonus Scheme Returns

The £1 million All-Weather Bonus Scheme, which runs from the winter of 2023 through Good Friday in 2024, will return this season, the Arena Racing Company (ARC) announced on Wednesday. ARC's four all-weather racecourses, Lingfield Park, Newcastle, Southwell and Wolverhampton will once again host horses to compete for a range of bonus prizes, including five 'Horse of the Month' competitions and the overall 'Horse of the Year' title, which carries a first prize of £100,000. The bonus scheme will include all races across the four ARC all-weather racecourses from Oct....

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Nassau Mission Handed To Superstar French Filly Blue Rose Cen

Blue Rose Cen (Ire), one of the most exciting horses in France, is set to make her British bow in the Qatar Nassau S. at Goodwood on August 3. Christopher Head's star completed a rare treble at Chantilly when strolling to victory in the Prix de Diane earlier this month, adding to victories in the Poule d'Essai des Pouliches and last year's Marcel Boussac-a feat previously achieved by the likes of Zarkava (Ire) (Zamindar), Divine Proportions (Kingmambo) and Allez France (Sea Bird {Fr}). Blue Rose Cen, who has won seven...

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ARC And Sky Sports Racing Release Statement On UIR

After the news that the United Irish Racecourses (UIR) rejected a media rights deal earlier this week, Arena Racing Company (ARC) and Sky Sports Racing released a statement in support of the UIR on Thursday. The two companies will be negotiating with Horse Racing Ireland (HRI), UIR, and the Association of Irish Racecourses (AIR) for the UIR's media rights in the near future. The statement read, "Arena Racing Company and Sky Sports Racing are delighted that the opportunity to develop a partnership with the five United Irish Racecourses is now...

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Five Irish Tracks Reject Media Rights Deal

For the first time in history, Irish racing looks set to have two separate providers of pictures after five racecourses rejected a media rights deal on Tuesday. At a groundbreaking general meeting of the Association of Irish Racecourses (AIR) held at the Keadeen Hotel in Newbridge, the five members of the United Irish Racecourses (UIR) voted against the five-year deal worth €47 million. That means that the five tracks--Kilbeggan, Limerick, Roscommon, Sligo and Thurles--are now free to negotiate their own separate deal, presumably with Arena Racing Company, which could pave...

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Betfred To Sponsor The St Leger Festival

Betfred will sponsor the Betfred St Leger Festival after a multi-year partnership was reached between Betfred, Doncaster Racecourse, and the Arena Racing Company (ARC). Running from Sept. 14-17 in the autumn, the four-day festival will feature the final UK colts' Classic of the year--the G1 Betfred St Leger--as well as the G2 Betfred May Hill S., G2 Doncaster Cup, G2 Champagne S., and G2 Park S. Doncaster was granted city status as part of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth's Platinum Jubilee celebrations in 2022 which will be commemorated with the renamed...

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Hurricane Lane Set For Newbury Return With Arc The Ultimate Aim

Charlie Appleby has revealed that the sole reason behind the 2021 Irish Derby and St Leger hero Hurricane Lane (Ire) (Frankel {GB}) staying in training as a five-year-old is to have a crack at winning the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.  Hurricane Lane, who was put through his paces at Newmarket racecourse on Tuesday morning ahead of his seasonal reappearance in the Dubai Duty Free Finest Surprise S. at Newbury on Saturday, was third in the Arc as a three-year-old.  All systems go for Hurricane Lane to run @NewburyRacing on...

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Full Speaker Line-Up Announced For ARC

The complete list of speakers for the 39th Asian Racing Conference on Feb. 14-19, was announced by the Asian Racing Federation (ARF) on Tuesday. Themed "Breaking Barriers", the ARC will feature a three-day Business Programme, where the latest trends will be examined, as well as the most pressing issues and brightest opportunities facing the industry today. The full list of speakers can be found here.

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ARC Business Programme Announced

The 39th Asian Racing Conference Business Programme was revealed on Friday. Set for Wednesday, Feb. 15, the ARC Business Programme will begin with "The Landscape", a scene-setting session that will explore the changing landscape of sport. ARF Chairman Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges, also CEO of the Hong Kong Jockey Club, will share his vision for the future of global racing and the opportunities and the barriers that line that path to that future. Other speakers include Masayuki Goto, Vice-Chairman of ARF and President and CEO of the Japan Racing Association, British Horseracing...

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ARC Awards Joint Winners Of The Horse Of The Month Prize

Bobby Joe Leg (GB) (Pastoral Pursuits {GB}) and Queen Of Ipanema (Ire) (Teofilo {Ire}) will share the Horse Of The Month prize for October and November. Part of the new ARC £1-million All-Weather Bonus initiative, each horse will receive £15,000 for finishing tied at the top of the leader board having won their first three starts between the start of the competition and the end of November. The bonus runs from Oct. 18 to Good Friday, Apr. 7. Trained by Ruth Carr, Bobby Joe Leg scored his wins at Wolverhampton...

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IFAR To Be Held During The ARC In Melbourne

The seventh edition of the International Forum for the Aftercare of Racehorses (IFAR) will be held alongside the 39th Asian Racing Conference (ARC) in Melbourne, Australia from Feb. 14-19, 2023. IFAR and ARC will be hosted by the Asian Racing Federation (ARF) and Racing Victoria. Besides an aftercare facility visit, IFAR will also host panels with speakers from around the world on such topics as new models for industry cooperation; training for success on and off the track; practical tools to screen for temperament and the importance of transition training;...

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ARC Business Programme Topics Announced

The Business Programme topics for the 38th Asian Racing Conference (ARC) were announced on Tuesday. Scheduled from Feb. 14-19 and hosted by Racing Victoria in Melbourne, the ARC will offer an expansive range of themes and topics including: the changing racing and wagering landscape of today; engaging with fans amidst evolving consumer habits; the critical role of the owner and their modern needs and expectations; the importance of welfare for racing's athletes and participants; sustainability and climate change; technological disruptors and what they mean for racing and other sports; the...

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