Tag Archives: Annamarie Phelps

Racing dealt another ‘hammer blow’ as DCMS refuses levy review

The Daily Mail has reported that the UK racing industry has been dealt another ‘hammer blow’ after the government has refused to review the duties and timetable of the Betting levy.  The newspaper cited a letter from DCMS sports minister Nigel Huddleston, who claims that he has ‘made it clear’ that a review of levy terms will not form any …

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BHA’s Nick Rust honoured with OBE

Nick Rust, the British Horseracing Authority’s Chief Executive, will receive an OBE for his services to the sport of horse racing.  Having served in his position for nearly six years, Rust will officially step down as chief executive from 1 January.  During his tenure, Rust has dealt with various challenges including the changes to the Levy, overseeing the review of …

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BHA welcomes government review into levy reform

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has reacted positively to the recent announcement by Sports Minister Nigel Huddleston that the government will re-evaluate the timetable for reviewing the betting levy.  Originally scheduled for 2024, racing’s Levy review has been brought forward to next year. The levy is a significant source of income for the horseracing industry, as it returns 10% of …

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Sunday Times award ushers the ‘Doyle Era’ for racing

Champion jockey Hollie Doyle has won ‘The Sunday Times Sportswomen of the Year’ award, having been recognised as a pioneer on course to become the face of global horseracing. In her third year on the pro-racing circuit, Doyle (24) secured a record-breaking 135 wins from 900 races (15% strike rate), ranked as the fifth-best jockey by GB Racing – the …

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UK racing launches first directory to track the progress of community directives 

UK racing has launched its first ‘community directory’ to highlight the work of key stakeholders that are leading projects and directives to improve the sport’s health, welfare, education, participation and community involvement. Backed by the British Horseracing Authority (BHA), the directory has been developed by sports charity Racing Together in collaboration with The Racing Foundation and thoroughbred news source Godolphin. …

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UK Racing moves forward on joint approach to reform Levy

UK racing leadership has formed a ‘steering group’ which will present a ‘single set of proposals’ to reform horseracing’s Levy to the government at a critical time for all racing stakeholders. The formation of a new steering group tackling Levy reforms was agreed by the British Horseracing Authority (BHA), Jockey Club and The Horsemen’s Group – representing all levels of …

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Julie Harrington takes the reins as BHA CEO

Julie Harrington, Chief Executive of British Cycling, has been selected as the new head of the British Racing Authority, effective as of 4 January 2021. In addition to working for British Cycling, Harrington is also a former member of the BHA Board and was a senior executive with Northern Racing for eight years, having also served as the Managing Director …

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Charlie Parker joins BHA Board of Directors

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has confirmed that Charlie Parker, the new President of the Racehorse Owners’ Association (ROA), will join the company Board of Directors. Parker will replace former ROA President, Nicholas Cooper, as one of the two member nominated directors appointed collectively by the ROA, Thoroughbred Breeders Association (TBA) and National Trainers Federation (NTF). He will begin a …

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Racing DiRSG launches LGBT+ awareness module for PRIDE 

The Diversity in Racing Steering Group (DiRSG) has launched a new ‘e-learning module’ to improve LGBT+ awareness and inclusivity with UK racing. The digital module has been launched to coincide with the month of PRIDE and has been further sanctioned as one of the mandatory licensing courses at the British Racing School and National Horseracing College.  DiRSG has made the …

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BHA outlines ‘emergency financial plan’ to tackle COVID-19 costs

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has committed to supporting the racing industry during the UK lockdown, after agreeing an ‘emergency financial plan to cut its costs to the industry by up to a million pounds a month’. Under the plan, agreed by the BHA Board, nearly 80% of staff will be temporarily stood down from work using the government’s Coronavirus …

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