Racehorse ownership comes with a number of benefits, notable owners will get free entry to any racecourse where their horse is running. Owners badges are made available to sole owners and syndicates, badges usually allow access to parts of the racecourse which are off limits to the general public, like the parade ring and hopefully the winners enclosure.
Generally, owners have a dedicated car park and separate entrance from other race goers, along with these standard benefits you may also enjoy a number of other perks. At Aintree (Home of the Grand National) you’ll get a free lunch in the swanky Papillon Suite, Ascot provide a complimentary lunch and afternoon tea in the dedicated hospitality area in the Weatherbys Owners Dining Room. Ayr racecourse goes even further offering a free lunch with Wine and for owners of winning horses the Champagne Bar awaits, where they can enjoy a glass of bubbly and canapés.
The idea is for racecourses to recognises the importance of owners, and the contribution they make to racing, a good day out watching your horse run may offset the pain of those monthly training fees. As each racecourse operates slightly different rewards for owners the RCA (The Racecourse Association) has produced a handy guide to the benefits owners can expect at each of Britain’s courses. The new 2014 guide has just been released and you can now download it here.