The Dragon (TV & Film) Studios PRA Summer Racecourse Series has started!

The winners of the first races in the 2022 Series run at Warwick Racecourse were Freddie Fletcher riding Veno Star in the 138 race and Megan Ridsdale riding Mallow Royale in the 148 race.

Two good and competitive races run to start the Dragon (TV & Film) plenty of promise shown from both riders and ponies. Lots to look forward to throughout the season.

Best Turned Out Awards, sponsored by Howdens, went to Dillan’s Girl (138) and Roy Boy Green (148)

The Rose Bengal Nominees, chosen by the Jockey Coach and Steward on the day were:

Jack Dace (138)

Barnaby Adler (148)

The Jockey with the most nominations at each height category over the season will be crowned the Rose Bengal Award winner.

View the two races run.

2022 Dragon (TV & Film) Studios Racecourse Series

 

  • 2nd May – Warwick Racecourse. 138cm – 6f. 148cm – 1m
  • 22nd May – Nottingham Racecourse. 138cm – 6f. 148cm – 1m 2f
  • 5th June – Goodwood Racecourse. 138cm – 6f. 148cm – 6f
  • 2nd July – Carlisle Racecourse. 138cm – 6f. 148cm – 1m
  • 3rd July – Market Rasen Racecourse. 138cm – 7f. 148cm – 1m 2f
  • 9th July – Ascot Racecourse. 138cm – 6f. 148cm – 1m
  • 19th July – Musselburgh Racecourse. 138cm – 7f. 148cm – 1m
  • 24th July – Uttoxeter Racecourse. 138cm – 7f. 148cm – 1m
  • 28th July – Stratford-upon-Avon Racecourse. 138cm – 7f. 148cm – 1m1f
  • 4th August – Yarmouth Racecourse. 138cm – 6f. 148cm – 8f
  • 7th August – Haydock Racecourse. 138cm – 5f. 148cm – 1m2f
  • 12th August – Wolverhampton Racecourse. 138cm – 6f. 148cm – 1m2f
  • 15th August – Bangor-on-Dee Racecourse. 138cm – 7f. 148cm – 1m 2f
  • 19th August – Newbury Racecourse. 138cm – 6f. 148cm – 1m
  • 29th August – Southwell Racecourse. 138cm – 7f. 148cm – 1m
  • 4th September – York Racecourse. 2 x 148cm races over 7f and 1m2f
  • 10th September – Chelmsford Racecoures. 138cm – 6f. 148cm – 7f
  • 25th September – Ffos Las Racecourse. 138cm – 1m. 148cm – 1m2f
  • 8th October – Chepstow Racecourse. 138cm – 1m2f. 148cm – 1m3f
  • 22nd October – Cheltenham Racecourse. 138cm – 7f. 148cm – 1m1f

The above is subject to BHA approval. 

Changes to the Racecourse Series Handicap System

December 2021

These changes will be used for the 2021/22 AW Winter Championships and the 2022 Racecourse Series.

All ponies participating in the Racecourse Series will be Graded prior to the season. This grading will be based on previous Racecourse Series form (including the winter series) and will take into account Point-to-Point Pony racing form but will not rely exclusively on this as ponies do not carry a minimum weight in Point-to-Point pony races.

138 cm ponies will be Graded A to D carrying the following minimum weight at the start of the Racecourse Season: 

                                Grade A                 8 st

                                Grade B                  7 st 10 lbs

                                Grade C                  7 st 5 lbs

                                Grade D                 7 st 

For each race won in the 138 cm and under Racecourse Series race a pony will carry a cumulative 3 lb penalty. The maximum penalty a 138 cm and under pony may carry is 9 lbs.

148 cm ponies will be Graded A to E carrying the following minimum weight at the start of the Racecourse Season:

                                Grade A                 9 st 3 lbs

                                Grade B                  8 st 12 lbs

                                Grade C                  8 st 8 lbs

                                Grade D                 8 st 6 lbs

                                Grade E                  8 st 3 lbs 

For the first and second race won in the 148 cm and under Racecourse Series race a pony will carry a 5 lb penalty. For a third win a pony will carry a 3 lb penalty. The maximum penalty a 148 cm pony and under may carry is 13 lbs. 

First season ponies will start the season in Grade B. The PRA will revisit the grading of first season ponies during the season at their discretion.

A list of ponies registered to participate in the Racecourse Series will be published on the website with their grade.  The Grading system will be subject to review at the end of the season. Any owner wishing to challenge their grading must do so in writing to the PRA Chief Executive by emailing  clarissa@ponyracingauthority.co.uk.  This will then be reviewed by the PRA Board.

The reason for these changes is to give all ponies and riders a fairer chance and therefore make pony races more competitive, improving participation and thereby the spectacle. All ponies except those in Grade A will in fact start the season carrying less weight than in previous years.

As the season progresses, we may introduce some Graded races for ponies. View the gradings here.

                                                                                                                                                            

The 2021 PRA Awards

All PRA Members are invited to the 2021 PRA End of Season Lunch and Awards at Newbury Racecourse on 28th November.

We will celebrate both the Point-to-Point and Racecourse Pony Racing Series and will present awards for the 2021 Racecourse Series. This is a chance for the pony racing community to come together and celebrate being back pony racing after a year off!

Please book your tickets now.  Bookings will close on Monday 15th November.
PRA Members are free to attend but please purchase tickets for those accompanying them here.  Numbers are limited. 

New AW Winter Series

We are thrilled to announce the new Arena Racing Company Winter AW Championship Series.

This will be a series of pony races for 148cm Racecourse Series combinations whose riders are aged 14 and above.  One race will be run at the following race fixtures:
Saturday 11th December 2021 – Newcastle Racecourse
Sunday 9th January 2022 – Southwell Racecourse
Saturday 5th February 2022 – Lingfield Racecourse
Saturday 12th March 2022 – Wolverhampton Racecourse
Finals : Friday 15th April – Lingfield Racecourse

The series will mirror ARC’s All Weather Winter Championship concluding with the finals at Lingfield on Derby Trials day held on Good Friday. 
We look forward to some competitive racing over the Winter months!

The 2020 PRA Racecourse Series – Fixture List Released.

The Pony Racing Authority are delighted to announce dates for the 2020 Racecourse Series.

We will continue to run open races for ponies measuring 138 cm and under and 148 cm and under.  The 138 cm ponies will carry a minimum weight of 7st 10 lbs and the 148 cm ponies will carry a minimum weight of 9 stone.

New for 2020
We will run a Novice Series for ponies measuring 148 cm and under, carrying a minimum weight of 9 stone. We have introduced a new 146 cm and under category for all ponies measuring under 146 cm including 138 cm novice ponies. Ponies measuring under 138 cm will carry a minimum weight of 7 st 10lbs and those measuring between 138.1 cm and 146 cm will carry a minimum weight of 8 st 10lbs.

Any novice ponies measuring 146 cm and under wanting to compete in a 148 cm and under open race will carry a minimum weight of 8st 7lbs.

Any novice ponies competing in 148 cm and under open races will carry a minimum weight of 8st 10lbs until they are no longer a novice.

Novice Series
The novice series is for all individual children or ponies who have not been placed (1st – 4th) in any Racecourse Series Final in the previous 2 years (2018 and 2019). The aim of the Series is to allow novice combinations to start competing in the Racecourse Series. The races are run as any other Racecourse Series pony race and points won count towards both the Novice Finals and the Racecourse Series Final. Points for Novice Races will be awarded as follows:
6 points for a win,
4 points for second,
2 points for third
1 point for fourth.

All winners of novice races will carry a 3lbs penalty for each win in the Novice Series.
The first 2 placed combinations in each Novice race will automatically qualify for the Novice Finals. The next combinations with the most points will qualify for places until all places are filled.
Any combination winning more than 2 Novice races is no longer eligible to enter further races in the Novice Series, except the Novice Final, in that season.
The Novice races will this season be for ponies measuring 148 cm and under and 146 cm and under. 146 cm ponies will carry a minimum of 8st 10lbs and 138 cm ponies will carry 7st 10lbs. Penalties will be carried in the Novice Finals.
All those riding in Novice Races gain points for the prestigious Racecourse Series Finals at the end of the season.

 

FIXTURE DETAILS

Sunday 19th April – Wincanton Racecourse. Before the main card.
138cm Open over 8f.  148cm Open over 1m 2f.

Monday 25th May – Huntingdon Racecourse. Before the main card.
138cm Open over 7f.  148cm Open over 1m 1f.

Sunday 31st May – Fakenham Racecourse. After the main card.
138cm Open over 7f.  148cm Open over 1m 1f.

Sunday 7th June – Goodwood Racecourse. Before the main card.
138cm Open over 6f.  148cm Open over 6f.

Sunday 5th July – Market Rasen Racecourse. Before the main card.
146cm Novice over 7f.  148cm Novice over 1m 2f.

Saturday 11th July – Ascot Racecourse. Before the main card.
138cm Open over 6f.  148cm Open over 1m.

Friday 17th July – Haydock Racecourse. After the main card.
138cm Open over 5f.  148cm Open over 1m 2f.

Tuesday 21st July – Chelmsford Racecourse. Before the main card.
146cm Novice over 6f.  148cm Novice over 7f.

Thursday 30th July – Nottingham Racecourse. Before the main card.
138cm Open over 6f.  148cm Open over 1m 2f.

Monday 3rd August – Carlisle Racecourse.  After the main card.
With special prizes for ‘Northern’ based riders.
146cm Novice over 6f.  148cm Novice over 1m.

Thursday 6th August – Great Yarmouth Racecourse. Before the main card.
138cm Open over 6f.  148cm Open over 8f.

Tuesday 11th August – Chepstow Racecourse. Before the main card.
138cm Open over 1m 2f. 148cm Open over 1m 3f.

Friday 14th August – Wolverhampton Racecourse. Before the main card.
146cm Novice over 6f.  148cm Novice over 1m 1f.

Monday 17th August – Lingfield Racecourse. Before the main card.
138cm Open over 7f.  148cm Open over 1m.

Thursday 20th August – Stratford Racecourse. After the main card.
138cm Open over 7f.  148cm Open over 1m 1f.

Tuesday 25th August – Bangor-on-Dee Racecourse. After the main card.
146cm Novice over 7f.  148cm Novice over 1m 2f.

Thursday 27th August – Newbury Racecourse. Before the main card.
138cm Open over 6f.  148cm Open over 1m.

Monday 31st August – Southwell Racecourse.  Before the main card.
138cm Open over 7f.  148cm Open over 1m.

Sunday 6th September – York Racecourse. Before the main card.
146cm Novice Finals over 7f.  148cm Novice Finals over 1m 1f.

Sunday 13th September – Ffos Las Racecourse. Before the main card.
138cm Open over 1m.  148cm Open over 1m 2f.

Sunday 27th September – Musselburgh Racecourse. Before the main card.
138cm Open over 7f.  148cm Open over 1m.

Sunday 25th October – Aintree Racecourse. Before the main card.
138cm Open Finals over 6f.  148cm Open Finals over 1m 1f.

All race details correct at time of going to print (13 February 2020). 
Please go to the PRA website for updates and further information.