Arena Racing Company
Arena Racing Company (“ARC”) is the largest racecourse operator in the UK with its racecourses hosting racing on over 300 days a year. ARC is made up of the following fifteen racecourses: Bath, Brighton, Chepstow, Doncaster, Ffos Las, Fontwell Park, Great Yarmouth, Lingfield Park, Newcastle, Royal Windsor, Sedgefield, Southwell, Uttoxeter, Wolverhampton and Worcester.
ARC runs three of the five all-weather tracks in the UK offering three different types of surface for horses to run on: Polytrack at Lingfield Park, fibresand at Southwell and the only tapeta racing surface in Europe at Wolverhampton.
In 2014 ARC pioneered the first All-Weather Championships which see horses compete throughout the winter for the chance of qualifying for Finals Day on Good Friday at Lingfield Park with a prize fund of over £1 million.
ARC hosts racing at all levels of the sport from Class 7 through to Group 1s. Doncaster racecourse is home to the world’s oldest classic, the St Leger, run each year in September as part of the four-day St Leger Festival. Feature jumps races include the Grade 1 Fighting Fifth Hurdle at Newcastle racecourse, the Welsh National at Chepstow racecourse and Midlands National at Uttoxeter racecourse.
As well as racing, ARC also operates a hotel at Wolverhampton, a hotel, spa resort and golf course at Lingfield Park and The Border Minstrel public house at Newcastle racecourse in the grounds of Gosforth Park.
ARC is the majority shareholder in the horseracing TV channel At The Races which is broadcast on the Sky platform to c.14 million homes, and a JV partner with Racing UK in GBI Racing which sells UK and Irish Racing to betting shop operators around the world.
ARC plays a pivotal role in British Racing. It is a shareholder in British Champions Series and Racecourse Data Company; a signatory to a British Horseracing Authority’s and Horsemen’s Group Prize Money Agreement; and on the boards of the Racecourse Association (“RCA”), Racing Enterprises Limited (“REL”) and Great British Racing (“GBR”).
ARC employs over 500 permanent staff and engages with 3,500 casual staff for racing and events across its racecourses. Further information about ARC can be found at www.arenaracingcompany.co.uk.