A multi-million-pound package of financial support for the racing industry has drawn backing from a range of participants as the sport continues to deal with the impact of the coronavirus.
The UK’s Horseracing Betting Levy Board and Racing Foundation pledged a total of £22 million in a bid to help some of the key areas of the sport suffering hardship because of the closure of racing, with the likes of the Professional Jockeys Association (PJA), Injured Jockeys Fund, National Trainers Federation (NTF) and Racecourse Association (RCA) welcoming the funding commitment.
The assistance was also well received by the Racehorse Owners Association (ROA), although prominent owner David Robinson expressed significant disappointment at its contents and believes it highlights the “disregard owners are held in by the racing hierarchy”.
Charlie Liverton, ROA chief executive, said the financial support, which includes the establishment of a £2.5m Racing Relief Fund to help horses at risk if owners can no longer support them, was helpful and supportive for the industry.
He added: “We understand that some owners, as the lifeblood of the industry, are struggling too. For us, it is important to try to provide some security to those horses who are most at risk as a direct result of Covid-19. We will be providing further details in due course.”