Racing 'Behind Closed Doors'

Preparations are now underway to welcome owners back, safely, with effect from our following race meeting on Wednesday Evening 29th July.

We would like to thank all owners for their incredible support of racing ‘Behind Closed Doors’ over the past few weeks and look forward to hosting owners later this month.

For Thirsk Racecourse specific information please see the attached Owners' declaration letter which outlines in full detail the facilities and accessibility on course for Owners from Wednesday 29th July. 

The graphic below identifies the entrance and access/viewing areas for Owners' in Blue. 

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FAQ’s – Owners returning to racecourses

Q.        When will all racecourses allow owners to attend?

A.         Racehorse owners in Britain will be able to start attending selected race meetings behind closed doors from Saturday 4 July in a safe and risk-managed way. Thirsk Racecourse will commence host owners with effect from the fixture on Wednesday Evening 29th July 2020.

The protocols only apply to racecourses in England at this stage, but British racing continues to engage with the Scottish and Welsh Governments on the return of owners to the racecourse for behind closed doors fixtures.  If a racecourse is unable to accommodate owners, you will be notified in advance.

Prior to arrival at the racecourse:

Q.        What do all owners need to do before they arrive at the racecourse?

A.        Step1: All owners must ensure that they have read and understood the Owners Protocols, together with the relevant sections of the British Horseracing Authority’s (BHA) Guidelines and operating procedures  for behind closed doors racing, particularly Sections A and B. The Owners Protocols will be updated periodically, in line with changes to government guidance around COVID-19 and the return of sport.

Step2: Complete an online education module – Covid-19 information for participants of the racing industry – prior to raceday. This is hosted on the Racing2Learn website.

 Step3: Complete the health screening questionnaire prior to attending the racecourse – section 7 of the Owners Protocols

 Step4: All owners attending must have pre-registered the two individuals who will attend the racecourse, please log into PASS https://www.rcapass.com/

Q.        How do I register that I will be attending on raceday?

A.        As above Step 4 to register your attendees, please log into PASS https://www.rcapass.com/and submit the names of the individuals who will attend the racecourse. As explained above, all names must be submitted by 4pm the day before the fixture. Changes after that time will not be possible.

Q.        What if I am a member of a syndicate?

A.         For syndicates and racing clubs, it will be the responsibility of the syndicator/club manager to submit the names of those individuals attending the fixture. It is recommended that the syndicator attends as one of the allocated persons to help ensure the remaining syndicate members are kept updated. For more information on filming at racecourses please refer to: https://www.roa.co.uk/raceday/racing.html

Q.        How do I access the PASS system?

A.        Please visit https://www.rcapass.com or contact the PASS Helpdesk on 01933 270333.

Q.        I am an international owner without access to PASS, how do I register my attendance?

A.        Internationally based owners who are not registered in the UK, should contact the racecourse directly to register attendance. This should be completed by 4pm the day before the fixture. For Racing Managers who require assistance registering attendance on behalf of owners please contact the PASS helpdesk.

Q.        How many passes can I get?

A.        The return of owners to the racecourse will be a phased process, this includes limiting attendance to FOUR owners per horse until further notice.

Q.         Can children attend the racecourse? 

A.         Children can attend as one of the two nominated partners if pre-registered to attend.  All children attending will undergo the entry screening process as standard.   

Q.        I’ve got an entry/declared runner, but I haven’t received an email?

A.        Please contact the PASS Helpdesk on 01933 270333 and the team can assist you further.

Arrival at the racecourse:

Q.        What do I need to bring with me on raceday?

A.        Please make sure you arrive at the racecourse with your: 

  • Photographic ID (a copy on your phone is acceptable) – you will require this to gain entry to the racecourse. 
  • Your RCA PASScard - if you have been allocated one as a registered owner. 

You may also wish to consider bringing your own alcohol-based hand sanitiser and a face covering. 

Q.        What will happen if I arrive and my name is not on the list?

A.        The racecourse staff will be able to assist you on the day, however, please be prepared to assist the team by stepping away from the designated entrance to enable other owners to continue safely whilst the team and yourselves resolve the matter.  You may be required to contact the PASS Helpdesk on 01933 270333 to enable your details to be updated to the raceday list.

Q.        What if my horse is a non-runner on the day?

A.        Only owners who have registered their attendance using the RCA’s PASS system should travel to the racecourse. If a horse is declared a non-runner the attached owners should also not attend the fixture. 

Q.        What will happen when I arrive at the racecourse?

A.        Step1: On arrival at the racecourse you will be asked for your details and valid ID.

            Step2: You will be asked a series of three questions relating to your current health on the day

            Step3: A temperature check will be taken. Your temperature will be taken twice in quick succession, with the lower reading recorded.

Q.        What will happen if I fail the temperature check when I arrive?

A.        Your temperature will be taken twice in quick succession, with the lower reading recorded. If on both occasions this temperature exceeds 37.8°C, owners will not be granted access to the racecourse and will be advised to travel home. 

            Owners are reminded that if any member of the same vehicle fails to clear the entry screening process all those travelling together will be denied entry onto the racecourse.

Q.        I failed my temperature test when I arrived at the racecourse and couldn’t attend – when can I next visit a racecourse with a declared runner?

A.        Any individual that fails the on-course screening will be required to either:

provide evidence of a negative Covid-19 test, which can be booked on the NHS website

or complete a minimum of 7 days of isolation depending on advice received from NHS.

On the racecourse:

Q.        What areas of the racecourse will I be able to access?

A.        The owners' zones which we refer to as the 'Blue zone'  includes both outside and indoor space with exclusive use of our 'Gin and Fizz Bar'. Owners will be provided with a complimentary light meal and hot drink, with a cash bar for alcohol and soft drinks also available. 

Q.        Will I be able to access the Parade Ring?

A.        As part of the BHA COVID-19 safety protocols, Owners are not permitted to access the Parade Ring with this area strictly limited to BHA and Racecourse officials, one stable staff and one training representative per runner. 

Here at Thirsk, we have created a viewing area within the Blue Zone to enable Owners to view their horses whilst in the Parade Ring. 

Winning horses will be brought to the far side of the Parade Ring to our newly located Winners Enclosure to enable them to celebrate and see their horse, again at a safe and restricted distance. We are currently not conducting winning presentations, however winning owners will be contacted post-racing and arranged for a winning memento to be posted. 

Q.        Why can owners and raceday workers not interact on raceday?

A.        To mitigate the risk of the transmitting COVID-19, owners on course will have access to a dedicated owner zones, which will be separated from raceday workers (trainers, stable staff, jockeys, officials, media etc.). For infection control purposes, no movement will be permitted between the two areas of the racecourse.

This approach, supported by government, also means that there would be currently no need to revise other elements of the screening program such as by introducing laboratory testing for all racecourse attendees. 

Q.        How long can I stay on the course after my horse has run?

A.        Owners are requested to arrive at the racecourse no more 45 minutes before their first horse is due to run and leave the racecourse within an hour of the final race in which they have a confirmed runner. 

Q.        Will there be food and drink available on the day?

A.        A light chilled meal will be available for Owners' served with complimentary hot drinks in our newly designated Owners Bar (The Gin and Fizz). There will be a cash bar available for alternative soft and alcoholic drinks.   

Q.        Will there be presentations on the racecourse?

A.        Not at this stage of the proposal, therefore the current arrangements for distributing prizes to the winning and placed connections will continue unchanged.

Q.        Do I have to wear PPE/Facemasks?

A.        At present, in line with Government Guidance, face coverings are not mandatory for owners on racecourses as 2 metre Social Distancing will be possible.

Leaving the racecourse:

Q.        Do I have to leave the racecourse after my horse has raced?

A.        Following the conclusion of your race(s), owners are asked to leave the racecourse within an hour to allow for all owners to be accommodated.  Most racecourses will have one-way systems will be in place, so owners can return to their vehicle without crossing paths with others and hand hygiene stations will be provided on exit.  Upon leaving the racecourse, wristbands for the raceday should be removed by the owner and disposed of by racecourse staff. Wristbands cannot be retained for future use.

Q.        How long will owners be limited to 4 racing connections attending the racecourse?

A.        These temporary measures will be eased gradually in line with government guidance for sports venues and public health requirements. 

Q.        Who do I call if I have a query?

A.        If owners have any questions about PASS, they should contact the PASS Helpdesk on 01933 270333 and for all other queries should contact the ROA on 01183 385680. 

We thank you for your assistance in advance by supporting the measures in place.  As you will appreciate this is an evolving landscape and hopefully as cases continue to fall, we can look forward to a more integrated raceday experience, which we would like to achieve at the earliest opportunity.  To assist us with developing our protocols and support please do ensure any feedback following your return to racing is provided by email to the ROA info@roa.co.uk.


WHEN RACING IN 'NORMAL' TIMES ........

Thirsk extends a very warm welcome to all owners and trainers and our dedicated team will be on hand to ensure you have a unique and special day's racing.

Thirsk has a rich racing heritage and history, where its association with horse racing can be traced back as far as 1612.  The first race meeting on the current course was held in 1855 and the Thirsk Hunt Cup, run over 1 mile every spring, has been a feature of the Thirsk season for over 100 years.

Home exclusively to flat race meetings, Thirsk is a flat, left-handed oval of about 1 mile 2 furlongs in circumference, with a run-in of just over 3 furlongs from the home bend to the Winning Post. There is also a 6 furlong chute, which is slightly undulating.

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Badge Allocation and Car Parking

We operate the Pass Card System and the complimentary badge allocation is 6 badges per runner, irrespective of its ownership status.

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Up to 14 additional badges per runner may be purchased at the Owners & Trainers desk at a price of £24, subject to availability.  These must be pre-booked on the PASS system by the registered owner of the horse. Please contact the Racecourse Office on 01845 522276 with any enquiries.  All Owners' badges are issued with a complimentary refreshment voucher.

The Owners & Trainers Car Park is situated within the Premier Car Park, opposite Tesco on Station Road, where you will also find the Owners & Trainers Entrance.  Please remember to bring your PASS card.

Stabling and Accommodation

For all stabling and hostel enquires, including overnight bookings, please contact the Racecourse office on Tel: 01845 522276 or email info@thirskracecourse.net.  If you need to contact the stables directly, please call Tel: 01845 522096 (Racedays ONLY)


Facilities

The Owners & Trainers Stand

With its close proximity to the Weighing Room, Paddock and Winner's Enclosure, as well as spectacular views over the track and the Parade Ring from the roof terrace - The latest development at Thirsk, opened in 2019, is for the exclusive use of Owners & Trainers and is set to vastly improve the experience for those who run their racehorses here in 2020 and beyond.  Complimentary light refreshments, tea and coffee will be served. Additional refreshments may also be purchased and there is a full cash bar service in operation.  

If you would prefer to take advantage of our hospitality facilities you may wish to choose from one of the options below.

Dining & Hospitality

The Hambleton Dining Room - Thirsk’s traditional silver-service, à la carte restaurant is situated on the ground floor of the Hambleton Stand.  To make a reservation, please contact the Racecourse Office on T: (01845) 522276

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The Thomas Lord Suite Dine & View Restaurant - Offering sumptuous dining with unrivalled views of the racing action, this popular restaurant is situated on the first floor of the Hambleton Stand.  This package can either be booked on the website or by calling the Racecourse Office on Tel. 01845 522276. 

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Private Boxes & Hospitality – Should you wish to entertain in one of Thirsk's Private Boxes or enjoy one of our delicious 'All Inclusive' Hospitality Packages, please do not hesitate to contact Diane Pixckersgill on Tel: 01845 522276 or Email: info@thirskracecourse.net for more details and availability.

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Race Viewing

Owners & Trainers have access to the roof terrace of the new owners & trainers stand or alternatively, there is reserved outside viewing on the steps of the Hambleton Stand, which can be accessed via the external stairs situated at the east of the Hambleton Stand, adjacent to the new owners & trainers building.

Winning Connections

Winning connections will be invited to join us for a complimentary celebratory drink and the opportunity to watch the race again.  Winning owners will be presented with a race memento, a photograph of the trophy presentation and memory stick downloaded with the winning race to take home and enjoy time and time again.

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Going & Weather

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We take great pride in keeping our racecourse in excellent condition, however, the weather can sometimes be unpredictable! Going reports will issued from 6 days in advance of each race meeting and posted on this website, as well as the industry website: Racingadmin.co.uk. Should you require additional information on going, or latest details on the weather, please contact Clerk of the Course James Sanderson on T: 07850 058019, Head Groundsman Steve Kelsey on T: 07801 685611 or the Racecourse Office on T: 01845 522276.

The Official Going is: 

Weather Outlook:  

The latest BBC Weather reports can be found HERE