Goodwood highest profile curtailment payout yet

10 August 2023

The inclement weather at Goodwood this year really did test the “Glorious” moniker to its limits, not least on the Saturday of the meeting, which was abandoned with three races to go. Over the course of the week, the track endured 31.6mm of rain, and after the Stewards Cup, an inspection took place on the round course, with officials forced to abandon.

In the three races which were lost, 31 horses qualified for a payment of £100 under the ROA Raceday Curtailment Scheme.

The following week, Brighton lost six races due to fog enveloping the course. The first race was run in fog and with a flip start due to the stalls handlers being stuck in traffic, and with the conditions not clearing, this was the only race run on the day. The Raceday Curtailment Scheme kicked into action with this premature end to the meeting, with 27 horses qualifying for the £100 payment.

The scheme pays out to any members who own at least 51% of a horse that had been due to run at a meeting that is abandoned after at least the first race has taken place. It has been set up in collaboration with Weatherbys Hamilton, insurance brokers for the ROA's Third Party Liability Insurance scheme and aims to reduce the financial blow to an owner who is left disappointed that their horse is unable to race but still has incurred transport costs, both for the horse and, often, themselves.

Members do NOT need to apply for this Scheme. As long as the affected owner's ROA membership is up to date the payment will be made automatically.