Image copyright Getty Images <p>Coach operator National Express has signed up as a sponsor of the horse racing operator the Jockey Club.<p>As well as running 15 racecourses the Jockey Club stages the high-profile Cheltenham Festival and Grand National meetings each year.<p>The firm will provide coach services direct to all major events in The Jockey Club's race calendar. <p>The size of the deal has not been revealed but it is understood to be a six figure sum.<p>Paul Fisher, boss of Jockey Club racecourses, said: "This is the first arrangement of its kind for [us]."<p>The new services will provide customers with drop off and pick up points from locations close to the racecourses.<p>National Express and the Jockey Club will also offer travel tickets and combined travel and racing packages to major events.<p>The Jockey Club is the largest commercial group in British horseracing. It is governed by Royal Charter, with all profits invested back into the sport.<p>Last month it announced it was extending its £25m racecourse bond, first issued in 2013 to help fund its major development at Cheltenham racecourse.
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