Newbury Racecourse Announce 16% Increase In Prize Money Across 2023 Season



Newbury Racecourse has announced a 16% increase in prize money to be distributed
throughout the 2023 Flat and Jumps season, with total prize money on offer amounting to a
record £6.06 million.

The injection in prize money has been largely funded by a record executive contribution of
£3.1 million, an increase of £650,000 from 2022 which represents a 26% year-on-year rise,
with further increases planned in 2024. The additional investment signifies Newbury’s
ongoing commitment to maintaining its position as one of the leading racecourses in the

For the first time in 2023, Newbury Racecourse will have two races featured in the World Pool
fixture list: The Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes and The BetVictor London Gold Cup Handicap
Stakes. Subsequently, the 2023 London Gold Cup will be worth £100,000 and the Al Shaqab
Lockinge Day race card will feature a new £75,000 1-mile Handicap.

The additional prize money on offer will be spread across the Flat and Jumps fixture list. The
Flat season will see the introduction of six high value novice and maiden races scheduled
between April and September with total prize money between £30,000 and £50,000. The total
race value of Al Shaqab Lockinge Day will increase by £95,000, with prize money boosts for all
Group 3, Listed, Class 3 Handicaps and Class 4 Novice and Maiden races.

Throughout the Jumps schedule, all midweek cards will receive, on average, an additional
£20,000 towards the total prize fund and all Grade 2 races will be worth £10,000 more than
the minimum value. Challow Hurdle Day will see its total prize fund increase by £39,000 to
£188,000. Newbury will also host the Goffs UK Spring Sale Bumper, with prize money on offer
of £100,000.

Julian Thick, Chief Executive of Newbury Racecourse, said: “We are pleased to be able to
announce a 16% increase in prize money with a record executive contribution for the
forthcoming 2023 season. The financial challenges for horseracing and its participants are
considerable, but we remain confident in the future of the racecourse and are happy to make
this valuable investment at a time when racing needs it most. As an independent PLC we must
run the racecourse on a sustainable basis and this year sees the largest amount the racecourse
has ever invested in prize money, with £3.1 million in executive contribution which represents
a 26% uplift.

We are extremely grateful to our sponsors and partners who continue to support
Newbury and have helped us boost the prize money on offer.”

Andrew Balding, multiple Group 1 winning trainer said: “Newbury is our local track and we’ve
enjoyed many great successes here over the years as a family. My father, Ian, won the
Lockinge on multiple occasions; it’s a fantastic place to win big races as a local trainer. Prize
money is critical for trainers to retain their owners and keep their horses in training. The steps
taken by Newbury to prioritise an increase in prize money will go a long way in maintaining
the competitive and compelling racing on offer at this fantastic racecourse.”

Nicky Henderson, six-time National Hunt Champion Trainer, said: “This is a positive step
forwards from Newbury, and one which will be welcomed by owners and trainers alike. Being
our local track to Seven Barrows, we like to run horses at Newbury and the measures taken
this year by the racecourse will ensure that our loyal owners, who invest so much in the sport,
are rewarded for their success.”