Race sponsors’ clothing need not be worn

An enquiry to the NTF office last week prompts us to confirm that your staff are not obliged to wear race sponsors’ clothing. It is very tempting for racing staff to accept clothing offered to them by racecourse officials or sponsors’ representatives. However, it is for the trainer to decide if it is appropriate for the clothing to be worn.

In some cases wearing the clothing may infringe the requirements of the Racehorse Owners Sponsorship Framework. Where a horse and/or jockey carries owners’ sponsorship, at least one sponsorship site must be visible in the parade ring. Race sponsors’ clothing must not be worn if it would obscure the only visible owners’ sponsorship site.

The only exceptions are at the Investec Derby meeting and Randox Health Grand National meeting – both have exclusive sponsorship deals and owners receive a compensatory payment from the race sponsors.