Tag Archives: British Horse Racing Authority

Bookmakers continue to take the hit after equine influenza outbreak

Bookmakers have reported that revenues have taken a hit following the news that new cases of the Equine Influenza virus have been identified, resulting in an industry-wide halt on the sport. The horseracing industry is currently facing its largest health and financial challenge since the the 2001 outbreak, with Ladbrokes-Coral owner GVC reported to be down 1.45 per cent, while …

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BHA states schedule 5 ruling is “there for good reason” amid backlash from racing community

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The British Horseracing Association (BHA) has defended its decision to fine trainer Henry Oliver, citing that the schedule five ruling which discourages trainers and representatives from encouraging horses to start, “is there for good reason”. Schedule five on starting procedures explicitly states that no trainer nor representative is allowed to initiate the start of a race without the permission of …

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Uncertainty continues as February Towcester meeting is moved

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The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has announced that Towcester’s 13 February fixture has been moved to Musselburgh. It comes after the historic venue entered into administration due to trading difficulties causing its three scheduled meetings for the end of 2018 to be moved. Prior to entering into administration, a statement from the course revealed: “Towcester Racecourse Company Limited, proprietors of …

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BHA strengthens safeguarding measures with new policy

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The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) is aiming to strengthen racing’s safeguarding methods, with the publication of a new, overarching Safeguarding Policy, Regulations and Code of Conduct for the sport, . The policy, which will come into effect from 1 January 2019 will work alongside the existing safeguarding methods and will cover areas such as abuse, inappropriate relationships, reporting safeguarding concerns …

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Winning Post – UK racing puts safety first

Regulus Partners, the strategic consultancy focused on international gambling and related industries, takes a look at some key developments for the gambling industry in its ‘Winning Post’ column. New Zealand: NZRB – the trouble with monopolies? New Zealand Racing Board’s results to July 2018 demonstrate continued progress online, with 20% growth in customers to 230,000 (nearly 5% of NZ’s population), …

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BHA recommends total riders reduction for Cheltenham races

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has recommended cutting the maximum number of runners in races at Cheltenham from 24 to 20 to decrease the amount of fallers at the Festival. This was part of a review into the annual meeting – one of the biggest events on the sports betting calendar – designed to increase the sport’s welfare and subsequently secure its …

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Government rejects calls for new racing body

The government has issued its support to the British Horseracing Authority (BHA), after a petition lobbied for the group to cease responsibility of racehorse welfare. The e-petition, which was signed by more than 105,000 signatures, led to the issue being debated in Westminster. However, the government used the debate to praise of the work of the BHA, before confirming that …

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Brant Dunshea lands key role at the BHA

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The British Horseracing Authority has chosen Brant Dunshea to succeed Jamie Stier as its new Chief Regulatory Officer, after Stier opted to return to Australia to take up a post with Racing Victoria. Dunshea has been with the BHA since March 2015 and is currently the Director of Integrity and Regulatory Operations, he will take up his duties immediately. The BHA worked with recruitment …

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BHA “delighted” with the appointment of Matt Hancock

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has reacted positively to the appointment of Matt Hancock as Culture Secretary, in the cabinet reshuffle of Prime Minister Theresa May.   Within the UK Parliament, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport are accountable for all gambling matters, including Horseracing. Speaking about the appointment, BHA Chairman Steve Harman stated: “We’re delighted with the appointment …

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Rule 4 debacle results in “very lenient” punishment for trainer Evans

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The general consensus among racing fans and pundits is that trainer David Evans was right to describe his punishment from the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) as “very lenient.” The saga of events that landed Evans in trouble occurred on 9 January 2015, when the trainer had both Black Dave and Tango Sky scheduled to run in the same race, he …

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