A new round of eight valuable Sunday meetings is one of the key developments in the 2022 fixtures list, released by the British Horseracing Authority on Monday.
Each card, scheduled between May and August, is expected to feature more than £ 100,000 in prizes.
A total of 1,482 games are scheduled – four fewer than last year – with discussions underway regarding the volume of races that will take place.
Three “rider restricted periods” will be organized to allow for a slight extension of breaks for riders – in March and November on the flat and in August on the obstacles – an idea which has been successfully tested in Ireland this year.
Both Flat meets will be reserved for jockeys who have ridden 30 winners or less in the previous calendar year, as well as all professional apprentices and contenders, while the National Hunting Card will be limited to those who have ridden 20 winners or fewer in the previous calendar year, as well as all conditions and claim professionals.
The six games that made up the first Racing League this summer have not been added as discussions are ongoing after the end of this year’s competition.
Richard Wayman, COO of the BHA, said: “In producing the 2022 fixture list, our overarching goal has been to make racing more attractive to its followers.
As always, this involved balancing a number of considerations such as finding a competitive and compelling sport, while supporting the income that encourages the acquisition and retention of owners and their horses.
“In addition, stage devices at times when the audience can enjoy them while being aware of the impact on the well-being of the participants who serve them.
“Match policy is an area of tripartite decision-making – and while there will inevitably be differences of opinion from time to time, there is full agreement that the match list must continue to evolve as we listen to what racing fans, sports fans and customers in the betting industry tell us.
“We have built on some of the initiatives tested during the pandemic, such as creating relatively high value additional meetings on Sundays, and we will continue to look for more opportunities to use the meet list to support the future of the sport. “
Riders who do not qualify for the restricted days will now have two six-day breaks in March and November on the flat, the equivalent of the jumps having six days of vacation in April and a 14-day break from July 30 to August 12 .
Dale Gibson, executive director of the Professional Jockeys Association (Racing), welcomed the blank spells for participants, but highlighted continued concerns about the number of fixtures scheduled for 2022.
He said: “Scheduling the matchlist is always a tough job and has been particularly tough this year. While we, as well as other riders and women, are concerned about the volume of matches scheduled for next year , we are happy to note improvements elsewhere in the calendar.
“The results of the comprehensive PJA Jockeys Spring Welfare Survey clearly indicated the need for longer code breaks for our members under both codes.
“We would have preferred more progress in this area but we are happy that after extensive consultation and lobbying the existing breaks are being extended using rider-restricted meetings.
“With another intensive date list to maintain in 2022, the burden on everyone who serves her will be significant.
“However, we are happy to note that there is also a Sunday with no additional dish scheduled next summer to break up the long period of continuous racing, as well as subtle device movements to reduce excessive movement of participants, including shopping and stable staff.
“There is still a lot to do, but it is encouraging that the sport is slowly starting to consider the welfare of the workforce when producing the fixture list, and we thank the BHA and others organizations for their continued help and support on this vital issue. “