How many racecourses does the Jockey Club own?
At the last count, Jockey Club Racecourses, which was established, as Racecourse Holdings Trust, in 1964, owned 14 racecourses. In chronological order, by the date on which they were acquired, those racecourses are Cheltenham, Wincanton, Nottingham, Market Rasen, Newmarket, Haydock, Aintree, Huntingdon, Epsom Downs, Kempton Park, Sandown Park, Carlisle and Exeter.
Epsom Downs, Kempton Park,Sandown Park were added to the Jockey Club portfolio in 1994, a year after the formation of the British Horseracing Board (BHB), which took over the governance of the sport. Carlisle was added in 2001 and Exeter in 2007, by which time the Horserace Regulatory Authority (HRA) had been established to replace the Jockey Club as the regulator of horse racing in Britain.
Shortly after Exeter joined Jockey Club Racecourses, the BHB and HRB merged to create the British Horseracing Authority (BHA), a single body to govern and regulate the sport of horse racing. The formation of the BHA freed the Jockey Club to focus on its commercial interests, which include not only Jockey Club Racecourses, but also the National Stud in Newmarket.