ROA members who don’t qualify for nationwide complimentary racecourse admission are to receive a new benefit from membership of the Racehorse Owners Association this year.
The Arena Racing Company, in partnership with the 7,700-member ROA, is offering them the chance to visit 16 racecourses twice each during 2017, free of charge.
The admission schemes arranged for members by the ROA that allow owners to go racing without a runner are highly valued. While members with half a share in a horse – or shares that amount to 50 per cent – qualify for the Racecourse Badge Scheme for Owners, those with less do not.
From this month, all ROA members not in the RBSO arrangement, can obtain 32 complimentary admissions at racecourses managed by or associated with the Arena Racing Company. They can choose from more than 500 of 559 fixtures.
The new ARC initiative compliments the popular Jockey Club Racecourses and Scottish Racing admission schemes that the ROA operates.
ROA Chief Executive Charlie Liverton said: “In 2016 the ROA and BHA undertook the largest ever survey and it was clear that admission schemes are highly prized by members. I’m thrilled that ARC has created this new scheme for 2017 and my sincere thanks are extended to them for working with us and providing our members with another benefit of their ROA membership. We have a growing number of syndicate and partnership owners and I am hopeful that this benefit should really resonate with them.
“This scheme means members can enjoy our wonderful sport even when they don’t have a runner. And, combined with our existing free admission schemes, it means there’s a wealth of meetings that members can attend.”
ARC Chief Executive Martin Cruddace said: “We are delighted to work with the ROA to launch this scheme to allow their members, with less than 50% of a share in a horse, to have up to 32 complimentary visits to ARC racecourses every year. Owners are the lifeblood of the sport and we want to play our part in recognising this. We hope as many eligible owners as possible will make use of this scheme and we look forward to welcoming them to our racecourses.”
ROA members can obtain their free ROA/ARC card online at www.roa.co.uk/roaarc, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by writing to the ROA are 1st Floor, 75 High Holborn, London WC1V 6LS with name, postcode and, if possible, their membership number.
The 16 racecourses involved in the ARC scheme are: (Mixed) Newcastle, Doncaster, Southwell, Ffos Las, Chepstow and Lingfield Park; (Flat) Wolverhampton, Great Yarmouth, Royal Windsor, Bath and Brighton; and (Jumps) Sedgefield, Uttoxeter, Worcester, Hereford and Fontwell Park.
ROA members must register for the ROA ARC card to obtain one and this must be swiped for entry. Please see the ROA website www.roa.co.uk/roaarc for full terms and conditions, exclusions and FAQs.