Photography Guidelines

Photography & Filming  Guidelines

The Racehorse Syndicates Association has a positive working relationship with the two largest UK racecourse operators based on the spirit of mutual co-operation. Please see below to view the photography guidelines when viewing your runners at Jockey Club and ARC racecourses.

Information on fiming policy to RSA Members from Jockey Club Racecourses

  • All parties attending racedays at Jockey Club Racecourses may use smartphones to film content for personal use from any area their ticket / badge / accreditation allows, except within BHA- controlled integrity areas, including the stables and Weighing Room.
  • For parties with valid access to racing areas – such as Owners and Trainers – smartphone filming is permitted in the pre-parade ring, parade ring and winners’ enclosure. Any filming should not inhibit interviews or broadcast operations being undertaken in these areas by rightsholders including ITV, Racing TV and the Racecourse CCTV broadcast.
  • All parties should take great care when filming, particularly in proximity to racehorses. If JCR considers anything to present a health and safety concern we will take steps to mitigate this and ask for the cooperation and understanding of all parties concerned.
  • Content may be published on personal platforms, including social media accounts. Live broadcasts are not permitted due to media rights restrictions, so content should be recorded on smartphones and then posted.
  • For the avoidance of doubt, racing clubs and syndicates are permitted to gather and publish content from JCR racedays on their branded social media, online and closed-loop platforms.
  • Any content filmed on-course may not be exploited commercially or licensed to any third party.
  • Commercial entities may not gather and publish content without the prior agreement of the racecourse executive and Racecourse Media Group.
  • Professional filming equipment is not permitted on-course for health and safety reasons, without the prior agreement of the racecourse executive and Racecourse Media Group.
  • Professional quality digital replays of all races staged at JCR may be obtained via Racecourse Media Group through [email protected] No filming of any races can take place.

Please note:  JCR operates the following 15 racecourses where this policy applies: Aintree, Carlisle, Cheltenham, Epsom Downs, Exeter, Huntingdon, Haydock Park, Kempton Park, Market Rasen, Newmarket – July Course, Newmarket – Rowley Mile, Nottingham, Sandown Park, Warwick, Wincanton

Information to RSA Members from Arena Racing Company (ARC)

The key message is that we’re happy to help, but some advance notice of filming would be very helpful and there are just a couple of rules of thumb to bear in mind.  Happily, the vast majority of individuals andf groups who make such requests we get at the moment are all very aware of these. Obviously access to the Parade Ring/Winners Enclosure with camera equipment/tripods etc will remain discretion of the Clerk of the Course (This is typically only an issue on very busy days, for example) but phones and small cameras are not a problem.

  • Essentially, we do not have a problem with filming taking place on our racecourses.
  • Straight up filming or live streaming of a race, however, is prohibited.  We can assist anyone looking for race footage to contact Sky directly.
  • Certain areas of the racecourse remain out of bounds, specifically the BHA integrity areas.  These include, but are not limited to, the Weighing Room, Stables, Judges/Stewards Box.
  • We are happy to be as accommodating as possible to (for example) syndicates or trainers who would like to get some footage for their own marketing. We would, however, ask that anyone planning some filming of this nature get in touch in advance so that racecourse teams may be briefed accordingly.
  • We have no problem with Owners of any sort filming their jockeys/trainers on their phones in the winners enclosure after a race, for example.