Chester Racecourse is indebted to the support it receives from professionals within the racing industry and the Owners and Trainers who choose to run their horses at Chester. We hope that any queries you may have are answered in this section. However, please do not hesitate to contact us if we can be of further assistance to you both prior to and during your visit.

Boodles May Festival 2021 – Owners

We are very much looking forward to welcoming you back to Chester for the 2021 season. We please ask that you read the information below carefully so that you make the most of having a runner with us.

The current Government regulations do require us to make some changes to our Owner’s experience, that you will no doubt be familiar with, however, we will endeavor to make your visit an enjoyable and memorable one nonetheless.

Our aim is to take care of everything that you might need. Your dedicated point of contact is Jeannie Chantler, who can be contacted on 07968 963664 or jchantler@chester-races.com. She will be delighted to answer any query you may have no matter how large or small.

Before your Visit:

The allocation of badges is 6 per ownership for this meeting. Please provide us the with details of those who will be attending by no later that 4pm on the day before racing via the Racecourse PASS System.  Children can attend as one of the owners / representatives and will be included within the allocation. If you do not have access to the PASS System or need any assistance, please contact the PASS Helpdesk on 01933 270333 or pass@weatherbys.co.uk.

If you have reduced mobility or a disability of any kind and require additional assistance on raceday, please notify us directly once you have registered your attendance through PASS and we will assist you.

The BHA encourages owners to complete the COVID-19 online learning module before attending a racecourse. The link for which can be found here.

Your Journey and Car Parking:

For those travelling by road or as pedestrians, please use the racecourse’s main entrance off New Crane Street, CH1 2LY. Please note, this is not the usual Owner’s & Trainer’s Car Park. You can approach from either direction, but please be aware there is currently a one-way system in place around the City. From the main entrance, you will be directed to the Owner’s Car Park and Reception.

We will happily assist with transfers from local airports and train stations – this should be done in advance of the day by contacting Jeannie Chantler on 07968 963664 or jchantler@chester-races.com.

Please note that attendees accessing different zones (Amber Zone for owners Green Zone for trainers and jockeys) must not share transport. Admittance to the racecourse will be refused if this occurs.

Helicopters:

Helicopter landing facilities are available by prior arrangement. Please contact our designated Heliport Specialist Service Agent to arrange your flight on 01202 622 049 or  info@helipad.co.uk.

Please follow the above booking through the PASS system and let Jeannie Chantler (07968 963664 or jchantler@chester-races.com) know your time of arrival so a buggy service can be arranged to collect you from the Helipad.

Arrival:

Gates will open at 11.30am.

We please ask that face coverings are worn at all times on the racecourse, apart from when seated at your table. A supply of which will be provided at the Owner’s Reception if required. At the Owner’s Reception, please be prepared to show a form of identification, have your temperature taken and answer several health-related questions.

Dining and Viewing:

Upon arrival you will enjoy a Champagne Reception and be allocated a table next to the Parade Ring, which will be yours for the whole afternoon. Table service will be provided for both food and drinks. Due to the current protocols, our Owner’s hospitality will be outside, however should the weather be inclement, we will endeavor to have them undercover where possible.

There will be ample race viewing from the County Stand, viewing roof, or on one of the various screens from the comfort of your table next to the Parade Ring.

Post-race there will be designated debrief areas which will be clearly marked, with presentations taking place for the winning connections close to the Parade Ring.

Dress Code:

Please dress smart casual.

Please remember if you have any questions do not hesitate to contact us.

Becoming an Owner

The ROA has produced a useful handbook – A Guide to Racehorse Ownership. This is a free, comprehensive resource, designed for existing and potential racehorse owners alike. The Guide covers a broad range of subjects, designed to demystify racehorse ownership and make it more accessible to a wider audience.

Who can become a new owner?

Anyone over 16 years of age (applicants aged 16 or 17 require a personal guarantee from a currently registered owner) can apply. Event applicant will be subject to identity and credit checks and have to be approved by the British Horseracing Authority (BHA).

Register as an owner. Owners can register to be an owner online via the BHA website here.

Types of Racehorse Ownership:

–   Sole ownership (An individual has 100% share in the horse)

–   Company (A company can register as an Owner, owning horses 100%)

–   Partnership (Two or more people who all members of the Partnership are registered owners share a percentage of the horse)

–   Syndicate (A share in a percentage of a horse that is managed and administered by the Syndicator/s. It isn’t necessary for members of the Syndicate to register as owners.)

–   Racing Club (A subscription to experience racehorse ownership. It isn’t necessary for members of the Syndicate to register as owners.)

–   Leasing (Ownership of a racehorse for a set period of time)

Information as supplied by the ROA, for more information please click here>.