Trialing of live televised Stewards’ Enquiries continues into the Jumps Season, starting with all three days of Cheltenham’s Open Meeting after the British Horseracing Authority and Professional Jockeys’ Association agreed to continue the trial every weekend to the New Year.
The meetings and dates have been chosen as each is broadcast on terrestrial television and either include Group 1 Races or are part of bigger ‘Festival’ meetings. The dates are:
12 – 14 November The Open Meeting, Cheltenham (Channel 4 & RUK)
20 November Betfair Chase Day, Haydock (Channel 4 & RUK)
27 November Hennessey Cognac Gold Cup Day, Newbury (Channel 4 & RUK)
4 December Tingle Creek Day, Sandown (Channel 4 & RUK)
11 December The International Meeting, Cheltenham (Channel 4 & RUK)
18 December BGC Christmas Meeting, Ascot (Channel 4 & ATR)
26 December William Hill King George VI Day, Kempton (Channel 4 & RUK)
27 December Coral Welsh National Day, Chepstow (BBC and ATR)
Jamie Stier, Head of Raceday Operations and Regulation at the British Horseracing Authority, said: “The trial started well during the summer, with the first live televised enquiry taking place at Glorious Goodwood. Following on from this, we are delighted to be able to continue this trial into the Jumps Season at these high profile meetings.
“I am grateful for the PJA’s continued support and the cooperation of the Jump Jockeys. We hope that this trial will again provide those watching at home with a more comprehensive understanding of the processes and considerations undertaken by the Stewards in determining the result of a race which is subject to an enquiry.’’
Kevin Darley, Chief Executive of the PJA, said: “Having worked closely with the BHA on the Flat trials over the summer, the PJA and the Jump Jockeys are quite relaxed about continuing the trial into the Jumps Season. On that basis, we have agreed to continue the trials to cover all the major televised meetings from Cheltenham through to the end of the year.”