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.

Race DayRacecourseDate
1Newcastle 29th July
2Doncaster 5th August
3Lingfield Park12th August
4Royal Windsor19th August
5Lingfield Park26th August
6Newcastle2nd September

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:

TeamTrainersJockeys
Team ThoroughBidAndrew Balding, Richard HannonSean Levey, Oisin Murphy, Hayley Turner, David Probert (reserve)
Team BullionVaultGeorge Baker, David Menuisier, Gary Moore, Amanda PerrettJim Crowley, Pat Cosgrave, Hector Crouch
eToro RacingTim Easterby, Richard FaheyPaddy Mathers, David Allan, Paul Hanagan
Goat RacingTom Clover, Charlie Fellowes, Hugo Palmer, George ScottLaura Pearson, James Doyle, Callum Shepherd, Louis Steward (reserve)
Team ODDSbibleRoger Charlton, Alan King, Martyn Meade, Brian MeehanMartin Dwyer, Thore Hammer Hansen, P J McDonald, Trevor Whelan (reserve)
Team IrelandDonnacha O’Brien, Joseph O’BrienGavin Ryan, David Egan, Dylan Brown McMonagle
Team ArenaMick Appleby, Michael Dods, David O’Meara, Paul MidgleyDanny Tudhope, Cam Hardie, Paul Mulrennan
Team SwishClive Cox, Charlie Hills, Jamie Osborne, Ed WalkerAdam Kirby, Saffie Osborn, Kieran Shoemark
Team talkSPORTMichael Bell, Ed Dunlop, James Fanshawe, Roger VarianHollie Dole, Jack Mitchell, Cieren Fallon, Ray Dawson (reserve)
Remulate RacingMick Channon, Paul & Oli Cole, Keith Dalgleish, Eve Johnson-HoughtonGeorge Bass, Rossa Ryan, Charles Bishop
Team Racehorse LottoGeorge Boughey, James Ferguson, William Knight, Stuart WilliamsNicola Currie, Marco Ghiani, Daniel Muscatt
Newmarket RedRobert Cowell, John & Thady Gosden, Sir Mark Prescott, David SimcockFrankie 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:

PlacePoints
1st25
2nd18
3rd15
4th12
5th10
6th8
7th6
8th3
9th2
10th1
11th0
12th0

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.