Racing UK now available in Wetherspoon pubs
Monday 19 September 2011
Live horseracing from 30 of the UK’s top tracks is now available in 10% of the JD Wetherspoon (JDW) estate, following a recent deal between the pub operator and Racing UK TV.
Racing from top venues such as Cheltenham, Aintree, Newmarket, Newbury, York, Epsom, Kempton and Sandown, is on offer at 75 Wetherspoon pubs.
With the Jumps season around the corner, showpiece events such as The Open and International meetings from Cheltenham, Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup meeting (Winter Festival) from Newbury and the Tingle Creek Christmas Festival from Sandown will all be shown, along with the climax of the Flat racing season, British Champions Day at Ascot on October 15.
Interest in Racing UK was initially sparked after the channel sent a racing whip to JDW Chairman Tim Martin, which subsequently led to a successful six-month trial of the channel in Wetherspoon’s Liquorice Gardens pub in Worksop.
The deal with JDW illustrates Racing UK’s strong growth with more than 3,500 pubs and clubs in the UK and Ireland now showing the channel.
Nick Mills, Commercial Director of Racing UK, said: “We are delighted to add such a major player as JD Wetherspoon to our portfolio of pubs.
“Horseracing has a tradition of bringing communities together and is proven to attract business during the quieter times, such as the afternoons and early evenings, and the partnership looks an excellent fit.”
JDW spokesman Eddie Gershon added: “We’re confident that our customers will welcome the addition of horseracing through Racing UK in a number of our pubs.”