By News Team
Last Updated: 28th July 2021
With the brand new William Hill Racing League getting underway this Thursday, we’ve put together a handy guide including everything you need to know on this innovative and fun new event.
What is the format of the Racing League?
12 teams will participate in the William Hill Racing League, which will consist of 36 handicap races, taking place over 6 weeks.
Where will the William Hill Racing League events be held?
The William Hill Racing League will take in some of the best racing venues in the UK: From the riverside at Windsor, to the lush green of Lingfield, under the lights at Newcastle, and the prestige of Doncaster.
|3||Lingfield Park||12th August|
|4||Royal Windsor||19th August|
|5||Lingfield Park||26th August|
A guide to the teams participating in the Racing League
Each team consists of:
- Trainers – minimum of 2 and a maximum of 4
- 3 jockeys – who will ride exclusively for one team during the competition
- A squad of 30 horses – ‘squad reshuffle’ in Week 4 for fresh legs
- Team Manager – who will decide team selection for each race
The 12 teams are as follows:
|Team ThoroughBid||Andrew Balding, Richard Hannon||Sean Levey, Oisin Murphy, Hayley Turner, David Probert (reserve)|
|Team BullionVault||George Baker, David Menuisier, Gary Moore, Amanda Perrett||Jim Crowley, Pat Cosgrave, Hector Crouch|
|eToro Racing||Tim Easterby, Richard Fahey||Paddy Mathers, David Allan, Paul Hanagan|
|Goat Racing||Tom Clover, Charlie Fellowes, Hugo Palmer, George Scott||Laura Pearson, James Doyle, Callum Shepherd, Louis Steward (reserve)|
|Team ODDSbible||Roger Charlton, Alan King, Martyn Meade, Brian Meehan||Martin Dwyer, Thore Hammer Hansen, P J McDonald, Trevor Whelan (reserve)|
|Team Ireland||Donnacha O’Brien, Joseph O’Brien||Gavin Ryan, David Egan, Dylan Brown McMonagle|
|Team Arena||Mick Appleby, Michael Dods, David O’Meara, Paul Midgley||Danny Tudhope, Cam Hardie, Paul Mulrennan|
|Team Swish||Clive Cox, Charlie Hills, Jamie Osborne, Ed Walker||Adam Kirby, Saffie Osborn, Kieran Shoemark|
|Team talkSPORT||Michael Bell, Ed Dunlop, James Fanshawe, Roger Varian||Hollie Dole, Jack Mitchell, Cieren Fallon, Ray Dawson (reserve)|
|Remulate Racing||Mick Channon, Paul & Oli Cole, Keith Dalgleish, Eve Johnson-Houghton||George Bass, Rossa Ryan, Charles Bishop|
|Team Racehorse Lotto||George Boughey, James Ferguson, William Knight, Stuart Williams||Nicola Currie, Marco Ghiani, Daniel Muscatt|
|Newmarket Red||Robert Cowell, John & Thady Gosden, Sir Mark Prescott, David Simcock||Frankie Dettori, Luke Morris, Jamie Spencer, Rab Havlin (reserve)|
More about the races in the William Hill Racing League
All races are handicap races open to horses three-years-old and above with a handicap rating of 0-90. A team will enter 3 horses at the 6-day entry stage and declare one to run at the 48-hour declaration stage.
Each race has a guaranteed field of 12 runners, with £50,000 prize money per race.
What are the race distances?
Each meeting will have 6 races over the following distances:
- 5 furlongs
- 6 furlongs
- 7 furlongs
- 8 furlongs
- 10 furlongs
- 12 furlongs
How many points are there per race?
There are 100 points on offer for each race:
What is the prize money for the William Hill Racing League?
There is a total of £1,800,000 in prize money up for grabs, equating to £50,000 each race. This money is distributed to owners, trainers, jockeys etc as per standard BHA distribution.
The William Hill Racing League champions will also receive a winning team bonus of £150,000.
Each team will have a fan ambassador, or ‘Super Fan’, who will also win big if their team wins the William Hill Racing League.