Fixture Criteria 2020
Changes to the Fixture Criteria have been made for the 2020 Fixture List with the aim of building on recent initiatives which have delivered improved outcomes for the welfare of the sport’s participants. There have also been some changes recommended to the bank holiday criteria, aimed at increasing attendances and on-course spend.
The Fixture Criteria is reviewed annually and sets out which fixture slots will receive funding from HBLB.
Prize money funding and grants towards Raceday Services (regulation) will be provided for all fixtures within the criteria for 2020, subject to each fixture offering a minimum sum (including prize money and appearance money) relevant to the day of the week. Fixtures outside of the criteria are not eligible for any form of funding in 2020.
All fixtures in receipt of funding must take place at staggered times throughout the duration of the day.
The following criteria will be followed as far as possible, with the level of funding dependent on the designation of the fixture:
(a) Two afternoon fixtures on Mondays and Tuesdays between 1 January and the start of the Turf season, with the exception of the week of the Cheltenham Festival, and the scheduled Flat break in March. This increases to three afternoon fixtures outside of this period, with the third fixture between the Derby and the end of the core summer racing period inclusive subject to horse population consideration.
(b) Three afternoon fixtures from Wednesday to Friday.
(c) Four afternoon fixtures on Saturday to receive full prize money funding and a Raceday Services Grant.
(d) Two afternoon fixtures on a Sunday to receive full prize money funding and a Raceday Services Grant. This increases to five afternoon fixtures on Easter Sunday. Up to four fixtures will now be funded on other bank holiday Sundays in May and August. With the May Day bank holiday moving to Friday 8th May 2020, Sunday 3rd May will retain three funded fixtures.
(e) For the Sunday between Christmas and New Year three afternoon fixtures to receive full prize money funding and a Raceday Services Grant. In addition, unlike other fixtures in this period, Newbury’s Challow Hurdle fixture is not always staged on the same date. In the event that the fixture does not take place on a Saturday, it will be considered a criteria fixture along with the three other fixtures already in place on that day.
(f) All afternoon fixtures on bank holidays that are ratified by the BHA to receive full prize money funding and a Raceday Services Grant. For 2020 only, the movement of the May Day bank holiday to Friday 8th May has seen the net movement of one funded fixture from Monday 4th May onto the new bank holiday. 8th May will still feature evening racing, with no evening racing on 4th May.
(g) Funding to be provided for a maximum of two evening fixtures on Mondays to Saturdays between the start of the core summer racing period in April and the end of that same period in September; increasing to three evenings on Fridays only between the Saturday of the late May bank holiday and 31 August inclusive
(h) Prize money funding and grants towards Raceday Services to be provided for floodlit fixtures to be scheduled during the periods 5 September to 16 April, Monday to Saturday, on the basis of one fixture per session. Floodlits are not staged on a Sunday, or bank holiday Mondays. Funded fixtures outside of the criteria
(i) Between the Saturday of the late May bank holiday and 30 September inclusive, potential for a fifth Saturday afternoon fixture to receive full prize money funding and a Raceday Services grant, subject to (i) offering a minimum sum (including prize money and appearance money) agreed by the sport in the 2020 Fixture Policy and (ii) payment of a minimum rental fee (for BHA Fixtures) and a minimum contribution (for Racecourse Fixtures) of £25,000, as agreed as part of the 2018 Fixture List process. In both cases sums will be allocated to the BHA Development Fund.
Minimum thresholds by day of the week
(j) To be eligible for full prize money funding and a Raceday Services Grant all criteria fixtures, regardless of the session, must offer a minimum of £30,000 (including prize money and appearance money). Saturday afternoon, Sunday and bank holiday fixtures must offer at least £40,000.
(k) Certain days or fixtures might have to offer a higher sum agreed by the sport, particularly with regard to the allocation of BHA Fixtures. Such fixtures or days will not receive funding unless offering the higher amount stipulated at the point of the fixture’s allocation.
“Core summer racing period” – This period commences on the Friday after the Craven meeting in April and concludes on the Friday before Haydock’s Sprint Cup meeting in September (start and end dates of the period inclusive).
“Floodlit” – The term floodlit refers to any post-afternoon fixture being run outside of the core summer racing period.