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.

Owners – 12 June 2021

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.

We kindly ask that you follow our racegoers code of conduct to ensure a safe and secure day for all attendees at Chester Racecourse. Click here to view the full code of conduct.

Before your Visit

Owners are provided with 6 complimentary badges per horse.

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.

Owners will be provided with a complimentary three course lunch in the Pavilion Suite with alcohol. You must be seated to consume food and drink.

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.

Your Journey and Car Parking

For those choosing to travel by road, Chester is located within easy reach of major roads such as the M53, M56, M6 and A41. The Owners Car Park is located in Saddlery Way (CH1 4LZ), this is near to the current stable yard.  Please note that there is a one-way system around the City at present so allow plenty of time!

For those choosing to travel by train or air, Jeannie Chantler will be delighted to arrange free transport from local airports and stations in advance.

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.

Upon Arrival

The Owners and Trainers Car Park is only a short walk to the Owners and Trainers Reception at the Leverhulme Stand and is clearly marked, however a buggy service will operate for those wishing to ride! Buggies will depart from the marked location in the Owners and Trainers Car Park and will also operate after racing.

Owners Viewing and Parade Ring

Access to the Pre-Parade Ring and Parade Ring will be allowed but only for the race in which you have a runner.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions the movement across the racecourse needs to be strictly controlled. This means we will not be able to allow you to watch racing from the County Stand side of the racecourse. Instead, viewing will be available from the Owners Viewing Roof located next to the Pavilion.

Winning Connections

A presentation will be made in the Parade Ring and winning Owners will be invited into our Entertainment Suite to watch a reply of the race and enjoy a glass of Champagne.

Chester’s official racecourse photographer is Alan Wright, and he will be delighted to supply any images that you require. He can be contacted by phone on 01695 724 504 or by e-mail: offphoto@talk21.com

Face Coverings

We please ask that you wear a face covering whilst indoors, apart from when seated. Face coverings are also required in the Pre-Parade Ring, Parade Ring, and on horse walks.

Dress Code

Gentlemen are required to wear a well-tailored suit or a blazer/sports jacket with smart trousers, together with a shirt, collar and tie. Ladies are required to wear smart dress. No denim jeans of any colour, no trainers, no sportswear and no fancy dress will be permitted.

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>.