13 Oct 2009 Pre-2014 Releases

Tuesday 13th October, for immediate release


From Tuesday 13th October 2009, a portable Public Address system will be used by starters for all jumps races. The system has been approved by the British Horseracing Authority following a series of trials which took place during the spring.

The system has been introduced to enable the Starter’s instructions to be heard by all the jockeys at all times – for example in windy conditions or with big field sizes – helping ensure safe and fair starts are carried out.

A different, fixed P.A system has been in place at Aintree and Cheltenham for a number of years and the new system will be used at all other jumps courses.

Sean McDonald, Manager of starters, clerks of scales and judges for the British Horseracing Authority, said:

“The benefit of using this equipment will be felt across the sport and the new system received very positive feedback following trials in the spring.

“Even more efficient starts are better for all the trainers, owners and punters as well as racing generally in terms of the positive image they convey.”

For further information please contact Paul Struthers, Media Relations Manager, on 020 7152 0166 or 07966 590105.

Notes for Editors:

1. The system will be introduced at Huntingdon, the only jumps meeting scheduled on Tuesday 13th October. The introduction coincides with the conclusion of the Jump Jockeys Seminars, held the preceding day, Monday 12th October.

2. Cheltenham and Aintree will retain their fixed PA system while a portable system will be introduced to all other courses.

3. A number of kits have been purchased to allow transportation across the country, with each kit costing just over £700

4. The Irish Turf Club introduced a portable system at jumps starts in Ireland at the beginning of June this year.