Tag Archives: British Horseracing Authority (BHA)

Bevan Gibson to replace Tom Phillips as RaceTech Chairman

RaceTech Chairman Tom Phillips has announced his intention to step down from the position on 30 September, after a ‘distinguished career’ of 15 years. Having first joined RacingTech as a non-executive Director and Chair of the Audit Committee in 2006, Phillips has overseen a number of major initiatives and milestones whilst serving as Chairman of the organisation. The outgoing Chairman …

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Racing attendance raised in parliament as industry calls for greater reopening

The issue of spectator attendance at British racetracks has been raised in parliament, as calls for an increase in venue capacity from leading industry figures and organisations continue to mount. Raised during a debate regarding the Events Research Programme, MPs discussed the success of pilot events in helping inform decisions about the safe relaxation of social distancing measures. Questioning sports …

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Racing to ‘continue to press hard’ for 10,000 racecourse capacity

UK horse racing industry leaders have confirmed that the sector’s representatives will ‘continue to press hard’ to receive the 10,000 capacity limit enjoyed by seated stadiums, as the government pushes ‘Freedom Day’ back until 19 July. The delay in the relaxation of COVID-19 restrictions was announced yesterday by Prime Minister Boris Johnson – having originally been scheduled for 21 June …

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British horse racing makes commitment to diversity and inclusion

British horse racing’s leading authorities have made a commitment to improving diversity and inclusion within the sport in order to ensure it continues to ‘grow and thrive in the future’. The new commitment will build on existing initiatives employed by the sector to promote diversity, including community engagement, education activity and charitable work. Stating that British horse racing is ‘proud …

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RCA: Reopening of racecourses a ‘huge milestone’

England’s racecourses are preparing to reopen their doors to spectators next week, an event described as a ‘huge milestone’ by the Racecourse Association (RCA). Up to 4,000 racing fans will be able to reenter the racecourses as of 17 May,  under the government’s official roadmap for the easing of the UK’s national lockdown. Further lifting of restrictions will take place …

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Horse racing announces support for social media boycott

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has announced that it will join other sporting organisations in this weekend’s social media boycott to highlight awareness of online racism and abuse. Horse racing will join the boycott from 9pm today (30 April), following a commemoration for Lorma Brooke, the amateur jockey who passed away of injuries from a racing accident this month, and …

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BHA tightens syndicate regulations to ‘support public confidence’

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has announced plans to tighten regulations of syndicates and racing clubs in order to ‘support public confidence’. Central to the enhancement of the regulations is a strengthening of the Code of Conduct for Syndicates. First introduced in 2017, the Code requires syndicates to provide members with a contract covering specific areas in order to advertise …

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Horse racing expresses debt concerns over DCMS relief

The reluctance of many horse racing bodies to take on more debt has led to the sport receiving only half of the £40 million originally earmarked by the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). According to the Racing Post, racetracks have been unwilling to take on more debt due to the financial impacts of the coronavirus pandemic, instead …

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Horse racing receives financial boost from latest DCMS relief tranche

Horse racing will receive a much needed financial boost as part of the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport’s (DCMS) latest tranche of funding. As a result of the DCMS’ latest round of sports funding, horse racing will receive £21 million in loans, committed to the Horse Betting Levy Board (HBLB). This funding ‘will ensure essential race day integrity …

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Racing TV debuts virtual studio to take coverage ‘to the next level’

Racing TV has unveiled a new virtual studio, based at Ealing Studios in West London, to ‘take horseracing TV coverage to the next level’ with the aim of ‘revolutionising how viewers enjoy the sport’. Timeline TV, which has served as Racecourse Media Group’s technical managed services provider since 2012, has collaborated with the firm on the creation of the studios, …

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