Guide to the new Racing League

Features | 28th May 2021

Racing League is a new competition consisting of 12 teams in a league system over a six week period starting in July. Find out more...

Racing League is bringing a new type of competition to the sport of horse racing. It’s attracted big names including Talksport, Oddsbible, eToro and the Goat Agency who are partners of four of the teams.

Partnering with these big digital platforms will give fans more access to the stars of the sport with in-depth behind-the-scenes content.

The exciting new competition will feature 12 teams competing for a total prize pot of over £2 million. Each team will consist of between two and four trainers, three jockeys, stable staff, a squad of 30 horses and a racing manager. Everyone will be wearing their team’s colours throughout the competition.

There will be six consecutive Thursday evening race meetings all live on Sky Sports Racing starting from 29th July at Newcastle. The competition will be shining a spotlight on the amazing equine athletes, trainers, jockeys and stable staff.

When and where are the fixtures?

  • Thursday 29 July – Newcastle

  • Thursday 5 August – Doncaster

  • Thursday 12 August – Lingfield

  • Thursday 19 August – Windsor

  • Thursday 26 August – Lingfield

  • Thursday 2 September – Newcastle

What are the race details?

Each meeting will have six races over a range of distances from five up to 12 furlongs. All races are handicap races and the horses running will be three years old and above as well as have a handicap rating between 0-90. Each Team will only be allowed one runner per race.

There will be 36 races in total.

How does the point system work?

Each race is worth 100 points:

  • 25 points are awarded to the winner
  • 18 for 2nd place
  • 15 for 3rd
  • 12 for 4th
  • 10 for 5th
  • 8 for 6th
  • 6 for 7th
  • 3 for 8th
  • 2 for 9th
  • 1 for 10th
  • 0 points for 11th and 12th placed horses.

The team with the highest points after the last race on Thursday 2nd September at Newcastle will be crowned the Racing League champions.

For more details on the Racing League head to >>

Racing League

Reaction to the Racing League

Trainer Andrew Balding
“I look forward to being involved in the inaugural Racing League and welcome the innovation it brings to our sport.” 

Jockey Martin Dwyer
“The Racing League is a really exciting addition to the British horse racing calendar, and I believe the fans will welcome it. It’s a positive step for the racing industry to take, and the increase in prize money at handicap-level racing will be good for the sport.”