The UK Queen’s Grandson Puts Forward the ‘City Racing’ Project:
The Queen’s grandson Peter Philips, the 14th in line for the throne, has been working on his ‘City Racing’ project for five years. Finally, he has taken action to accomplish it and shared with the world his concepts.
What Is the ‘City Racing’ Project?
‘City Racing’ is the name of the project which will involve pop-up horseracing tracks in some of the most iconic metropolises across the globe. Some of the names included on the Philips’ wish list are Paris and London, however, big cities in the US, the Middle East and Asia are also on the list. In addition, the races will take place down the most epic streets in this cities, and the potential locations include New York’s Fifth Avenue, the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Melbourne’s Collins Street and Singapore’s Orchard Road.
Philips has already shown the Brits that the ‘City Racing’ idea could work, with the Global Champions Tour. It was demonstrated that the pop-up racetrack can be set up and removed in the course of three days. He is working with that same company that organized the 2018 Aintree racecourse.
The idea is to include five 1,000m-long straight tracks with internationally recognized jockeys riding the racing horses before countless spectators. The funding, as Philips said, will come from live betting, ticketing and sponsors.
What Has Philips Said?
Safety will come first, promises Philips. He detailed that there will be a pedestrian crowd barrier, but it will be up to three meters back from the edge of the racetrack, so the crowd still be close to the horses, which will run at 30 mph, but not too close.
Philips says equine safety is of paramount importance. A veterinary advisory board is planned, and a welfare framework with gold-standard. Everything on the track will be sanctioned by the BHA (British Horseracing Authority).
The Queen’s eldest grandson also disclosed that he has initiated the process of talking to many big cities about hosting the races later this year and next year. He added that he hoped he will sign agreements with some of these cities by the end of March.
Reaction to This Plan:
Philips didn’t want to reveal much on what the Queen has to say about the project, but he said that she was following it with interest, regularly asking him about what the latest updates were.
The Chief Executive of the Jockey Club, which owns the Kempton Park, Newmarket, Cheltenham and Aintree racecourses said that this is a brilliant concept that will help bring horseracing to a younger, urban audience, basically a whole new audience, all around the globe.