COMPETITION - Bring A Friend

Features | 11th August 2022

A free to enter competition to go behind the scenes at a racing yard with Chris Hughes

Bring A Friend

TV star Chris Hughes is encouraging racing fans to Bring A Friend and introduce somebody new to the sport of horseracing during National Racehorse Week which takes place 10-18 September. 

Members of the public who book a place and attend as part of Bring A Friend will also be in with a chance to win a package prize that includes a VIP morning with Chris Hughes at a yard later in the year. With over 150 venues opening their doors across the country, including training yards, studs and retraining centres, it’s the perfect opportunity to get behind-the-scenes and see what life as a racehorse is really like.

Hughes, who is a racehorse owner and ambassador for National Racehorse Week, recently visited Jackdaws Castle near Cheltenham to show his friend his friend Danny, who has never been to a racing yard what goes into caring for and training a racehorse. See video here. 

You can enter the Bring A Friend competition when registering for and booking a visit on by using the unique code, bringafriend22. 

Hughes said: “National Racehorse Week is a fantastic way to introduce people to the sport. Having Danny at Jackdaws Castle was brilliant, and he was genuinely impressed by all the detail and care that goes into looking after each horse. I loved being able to share the behind-the-scenes action with a friend. For me the training and love that goes into each equine athlete is one of the best bits of our sport and everyone should see it for themselves.

“There are not many other sports where you can come and see the stars in training for free and it is a great way to learn about racing. I am really excited to launch Bring A Friend and look forward to meeting some of the sport’s new fans and show them what it is about horseracing I love so much.”

A Team Effort

The open days during National Racehorse Week will allow people to get up close to the four-legged stars of the sport and will have a range of activities to showcase the life of a racehorse. Expect trainers and their teams to host a guided tour of their facilities, see horses exercise on the gallops and on treadmills and walkers. Some yards even have purpose-built equine swimming pools, an activity most horses enjoy just like humans. Physiotherapists, chiropractors and farriers are also an intrinsic part of any trainers’ yard, and many open days will offer demonstrations and insights into these all-important aspects of horse welfare. 

Even for those with little interest in horses and horseracing, these open days promise a unique and family-friendly ‘day out’, amidst beautiful countryside. 

National Racehorse Week is run by Great British Racing and funded primarily by the Racing Foundation and the Horserace Betting Levy Board, along with supporting partners The Jockey Club and Godolphin. This is a cross-industry platform that is supported and brought to life by a multitude of racing organisations and people from across the sport.

You can enter the Bring A Friend competition for free here