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BHA appoints Nick Rust as CEO

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has announced the appointment of Nick Rust, former Retail Director of Ladbrokes as new Chief Executive Officer. Rust will replace outgoing CEO Paul Bittar, who ends a three year tenure at the helm of BHA. Rust has been involved in the racing and the betting industry since 1987, having served in numerous senior management positions …

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Arena Racing comments on BHA small field initiatives

Following the publication of the 2015 Fixture List and today’s announcement by the British Horseracing Authority’s (“BHA”) approach to small field sizes Tony Kelly, Arena Racing Managing Director, said: “Following the publication of the 2015 Fixture List, today’s announcement sets out what ARC expected from the very outset. In July, as part of our detailed response to the BHA’s 2015 …

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BHA reveals initiatives to address small field races

Following the publication of the 2015 Fixture List, the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has today announced a series of measures designed to address issues regarding the increasing number of uncompetitive, small-field races. Paul Bittar, BHA Chief Executive, said: “Set against a list of positive developments such as increased prize money, healthy racecourse attendances and the exceptionally high quality of racing …

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McGrath facing ‘inside information’ betting rule breach

Scottish Grand National-winning jockey Richie McGrath has temporarily stepped down from his role at the Professional Jockeys Association after being charged with breaching betting rules by the British Horseracing Authority (BHA). McGrath, a board member with the PJA, has been charged with using inside information, along with former licensed trainer Kate Walton and ‘registered persons’ Mark Aspey, Carl Flint, Kristian …

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Chief Exec Paul Bittar set to leave BHA

Paul Bittar Chief Executive of the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) is set to leave his leading governance role with BHA at the end of the year, once his three year contract ends.Paul Bittar was appointed Chief Executive of BHA in September 2011, having previously worked for Racing Victoria (Australia) and for the New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing Association. BHA senior management …

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BHA shuffles 2015 fixture list to avoid clash

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The British Horseracing Authority (BHA), in conjunction with Jockey Club Racecourses (JCR), British Champions Series and Channel 4, is pleased to announce a series of alterations to the Fixture List from 2015 with the result of ensuring that Cheltenham’s Showcase meeting is no longer held on the same day as QIPCO British Champions Day in mid-October. The Showcase meeting will …

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Queens prize horse tests positive for banned substances

The Queen’s Estimate filly, winner of last year’s Ascot Gold Cup, has tested positive for banned substance morphine. The British Horseracing Authority said that a number of post-race samples obtained from recent meets have found, upon analysis of the ‘A’ samples, to have morphine, prohibited under raceday regulations. Although permitted for use in-training, five horses have so far tested positive for alleged race day breaches. The …

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BHA making plans for independence

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The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has announced that it is making changes to its Board and its way of working. These changes are designed to fit with governance best practice and help the implementation of the current Strategy for Growth work. The BHA has started the process of finding a number of new Directors and has appointed specialist search firm …

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Two new racecourse applications approved

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has announced that two applications for new or converted racetracks to enter the 2015 fixture allocation process have been approved by its Board. The two applications are: From Great Leighs Estates Limited (GLEL) for a new racecourse on the site of the former racecourse Great Leighs, now to be known as Chelmsford City racecourse. From …

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