The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has confirmed the dates and venues for the Racing League, a new competition scheduled to launch next summer.

The team-based competition, which will feature £1.8m (€2m/$2.3m) in prize money, will begin at Newcastle Racecourse on July 29. Newcastle will also host the final leg of the six-event series on September 2.

Other events have been pencilled in for Doncaster (August 5), Lingfield Park (August 12 and 26) and Royal Windsor (August 19). The Racing League has been launched by Championship Horse Racing and will be sanctioned by the BHA.

The Racing League is set to bring increased levels of innovation and fan engagement to British horse racing. The competition will feature 12 teams, each consisting of two to four trainers working together, three jockeys, stable staff and a squad of 30 horses. Each meeting will be shown live on Sky Sports.

The Racing League had been due to launch this year but organisers were forced to postpone its inaugural season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Each of the Racing League’s 36 races will offer £50,000 in prize money. The teams are set to be announced in the coming weeks.

“At this moment in time the injection of £1.8m from the Racing League project is a welcome boost to the sport’s finances and therefore, to aid the project’s launch, we have taken the step to schedule the six fixtures that comprise this series now,” a spokesman for the BHA told the Racing Post. “It is our plan to provide updates on the dates of major meetings in 2021 by the end of October.”

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