01 Dec 2009 Pre-2014 Releases

· Britain’s racecourses pledge over 30,000 of free entry tickets to our soldiers, sailors and airmen

· Children under 16 go FREE to Britain’s racecourses, so Troops can enjoy family day at the races at no cost

The British Horseracing Authority has joined up with Tickets For Troops (T4T) to offer servicemen and women thousands of free tickets to a number of racecourses across Britain. 45 racecourses have agreed to participate in the initiative, which aims to support the work of serving military personnel and veterans by offering free tickets to big events. Some courses, such as Carlisle, Musselburgh and Ffos Las, have pledged unlimited tickets to all their 2010 fixtures, while other courses such as Wolverhampton, Lingfield Park, Ayr and Southwell have donated tickets well into their thousands.

As every racecourse across Britain offers FREE entry to children aged 16 and under at nearly all fixtures, this generous offer means that Troops could enjoy a day at the races with their family, at absolutely no cost. In recognition of the extraordinary work of our Armed Forces, Britain’s racecourses have included over 800 fixtures within their donation to T4T, including top racedays such as The Ebor Festival at York, The St Leger at Doncaster and The Midlands Grand National at Uttoxeter. With such a good geographical spread of participating racecourses, location need not be an issue with a participating course sure to be close by.

Tickets for Troops is a new and independent not-for-profit organisation. The sole aim of the initiative is to secure the donation of tickets to major sporting and cultural events across the country from the organisers, and to make them available through a dedicated website to all serving members of HM Forces and all those medically discharged from the Forces since the commencement of military action in Afghanistan in 2001. Applicants simply register at and can then choose to make their booking from one of thousands of available events. For each booking a donation of just £1 is requested, with all proceeds being donated across various Service charities.

This noble initiative has attracted maximum support from a host of Patrons, including Vera Lynne, Lawrence Dallaglio and James Blunt and thousands of tickets have been made available for top Premier League football matches, rugby games, cricket matches, boxing, athletics meetings, big music acts, tennis tournaments, snooker halls and West End theatres, in addition to horseracing.

Nic Coward, Chief Executive of the British Horseracing Authority, said:

“We are very proud to be a part of Tickets For Troops and to champion the remarkable work of our country’s service men and women. We have attracted an enormous amount of support from racecourses around the country and hope that this pledge from British Horseracing goes some way to recognising the brave work carried out by our Armed Forces.”

To find out more about this initiative, visit or visit to register.

For further information please contact Amy Sherman, Promotions Manager at the British Horseracing Authority, on 020 7152 0115 or 07554 400150 or email her at [email protected]

Notes for Editors:

The racecourses that have pledged support of the Tickets For Troops initiative to date are as follows:

Aintree Racecourse
Ascot Racecourse
Ayr Racecourse
Bath Racecourse
Beverley Racecourse
Brighton Racecourse
Carlisle Racecourse
Catterick Racecourse
Cheltenham Racecourse
Doncaster Racecourse
Epsom Downs Racecourse
Exeter Racecourse
Fontwell Park Racecourse
Ffos Las Racecourse
Goodwood Racecourse
Great Yarmouth Racecourse
Hamilton Park Racecourse
Haydock Park Racecourse
Huntingdon Racecourse
Kelso Racecourse
Kempton Park Racecourse
Leicester Racecourse
Lingfield Park Racecourse
Market Rasen Racecourse
Musselburgh Racecourse
Newbury Racecourse
Newcastle Racecourse
Newmarket Racecourse
Newton Abbot Racecourse
Nottingham Racecourse
Perth Racecourse
Plumpton Racecourse
Pontefract Racecourse
Salisbury Racecourse
Sandown Park Racecourse
Sedgefield Racecourse
Southwell Racecourse
Taunton Racecourse
Thirsk Racecourse
Uttoxeter Racecourse
Warwick Racecourse
Wincanton Racecourse
Wolverhampton Racecourse
Worcester Racecourse
York Racecourse

About the British Horseracing Authority:

It is the British Horseracing Authority’s role to ensure the continued health and successful development of the sport. As both the Governing and Regulatory body it is the British Horseracing Authority’s responsibility to:

provide the most compelling and attractive racing in the world;
be seen as the world leader in raceday regulation;
ensure the highest standards for the sport and participants, on and away from the racecourse;
promote the best for the racehorse; and represent and promote the sport and the industry
For more information visit

About Tickets For Troops:

Tickets For Troops is a brand new and independent not for profit organisation dedicated to offering tickets for big events to our soldiers, sailors and airmen.

Thousands of tickets are being made available for top Premier League football matches, rugby games, cricket matches, boxing, horseracing, athletics meetings, big music acts, tennis tournaments, snooker halls and West End theatres.

For each booking a donation of just £1 is requested and all proceeds will be donated across various Service charities.

All serving military personnel and any veterans who have been medically discharged through injury since 2001 qualify for tickets.