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Great British Racing International

Opening the door to the ‘Sport of Kings’ for those in search of high-octane excitement

Owning a racehorse in Britain is an aspirational pursuit steeped in tradition, which offers unrivalled excitement. While it can be commercial, it is more commonly a luxury enjoyed by those with disposable income.

 

Great British Racing International (GBRI), a not-for-profit subsidiary of the British Horseracing Authority, offers a comprehensive service to clients wanting to become involved in the exciting world of British horse racing. It opens doors to potential investors, granting those interested in the ‘Sport of Kings’ an extraordinary insight into its inner workings. GBRI can provide the ultimate raceday experience, help clients to buy thoroughbred horses for racing or breeding and arrange commercial sponsorship agreements.

Owning a racehorse in Britain represents a tantalising opportunity to get involved in a sport in a special way

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The increasing involvement of wealthy American investors in British racing is a particular cause for optimism. The love affair between owners from across the pond and Royal Ascot has never been more intense, and the recent expansion of the US turf racing programme has seen the desire to buy into Britain’s most renowned pedigrees skyrocket. GBRI’s concierge facility is popular with internationals from around the globe and this area of the business looks set to grow further in 2020 as it hosts more high-net-worth individuals and racehorse owners.

 

Yet Royal Ascot is not the only race meeting that Britain can be proud of and, in 2020, GBRI looks forward to enjoying several other flagship festivals at Britain’s most famous racecourses during the summer months.

 

In 2019, the Qatar Goodwood Festival – affectionately known as ‘Glorious Goodwood’ – celebrated its first-ever Japanese runner. The filly, Deirdre, overcame the home team to win the Group One Nassau Stakes, thereby proving that valuable opportunities for international visitors do exist beyond Royal Ascot. GBRI looks forward to spreading this message in 2020 as racing becomes an ever more global sport.

The economic uncertainty surrounding Brexit may have some racehorse owners pondering the need to keep horses in training and may also unsettle commercial breeders if demand from domestic buyers dwindles. On the other hand, such a scenario would present those less affected by Brexit – as well as international buyers taking advantage of the weak pound – with an unmissable opportunity to buy into the world’s most treasured pedigrees more reasonably than ever before.

Owning a racehorse in Britain represents a tantalising opportunity to get involved in a sport in a special way. While enjoying GBRI’s unparalleled access to one of Britain’s most historic stud farms, a guest explained: ‘When you own a racehorse, the sport gets under your skin in a way no other sport does. You are not only a spectator, but you can own a player. You cannot buy Messi or Ronaldo, but you can buy a competitor to race in your own silks, and further down the line you can nurture a whole team to compete in racing’s equivalent of the Premier League. It is quite simply spell-binding.’