Tag Archives: British Horseracing Authority

BHA to review +2,000 responses to whip inquiry

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has disclosed that it has received over 2,000 responses to its online questionnaire on horse whip practices. The update follows the closure of the initial phase of UK racing’s review of the use of foam-padded whips during races and the improvement of equine welfare.  Feedback submitted by industry stakeholders including riders, breeders, owners and the …

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UK Racing maintains its one ride limit jockey safety protocol 

UK racing will maintain its COVID-safety approach, limiting professional jockeys to riding only one meeting per day.  The decision was announced by the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) and the Professional Jockeys Association (PJA) following consultation with riders, trainers and further safety stakeholders. A limit on jockey runs was introduced during 2020 as part of a series of initial measures designed …

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UK Racing’s bloodstock rights strengthened by new BIF code of practice

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has confirmed that a new ‘Bloodstock Industry Code of Practice’ will be incorporated into the rules of UK racing as of 16 August. The Code has been developed by the newly established Bloodstock Industry Forum (BIF), which was tasked with updating the rules and practices on the buying and selling of horse bloodstock rights – …

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Tristan Wootton joins Fitzdares as new Director of Growth

Fitzdares has strengthened its senior leadership team after naming Tristan Wootton as the company’s new Director of Growth. In his new role, Wootton will oversee Fitzdares’ growth strategy by “helping to scale the business, grow revenues in a responsible manner” as well as consider new opportunities for expansion in new markets. Commenting on his new role, Wootton said: “I am …

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UK Racing seeks youth feedback on marketing appeal 

CareersinRacing.com, the recruitment and talent development arm for UK racing, has launched a ‘Youth Collaboration Group‘ which aims to provide young people with direct opportunities to reshape the heritage sport of horse racing. Supported by the British Horseracing Authority (BHA), CareersinRacing.com is looking for ‘young people with an interest in horse racing and marketing’ to contribute their views and opinions …

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Betting shops could reopen on 12 April says Prime Minister

Betting shops could reopen on 12 April says Prime Minister

Betting shops are hoping to reopen their doors in mid-April after Prime Minister Boris Johnson laid out his ‘roadmap’ for the UK’s COVID recovery, with adult gaming centres, bingo halls and casinos scheduled to follow on 17 May. In a press conference last night, Johnson outlined his ‘cautious but irreversible’ four-stage COVID recovery plan where he set out provisional dates …

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Elite sport to continue under new national lockdown

Elite sport to continue under new lockdown

Elite sport has been given the green light to go ahead across the UK following the government’s announcement to introduce a third lockdown. Yesterday, Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Prime Minister Boris Johnson introduced a series of measures to curb the spread of coronavirus, including the closure of schools and universities. The retail betting sector was also dealt a …

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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 – UK Racing is well prepared for spectators safest return

UK racing will maintain the tightest control on spectators reattending its racetrack and hospitality venues, following the government’s announcement that it will lift lockdown restrictions across England from 3 December. The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) welcomed the decision by the government to allow ‘limited crowds’ to return to tier-1 and tier-2 sporting venues, having been in lockdown since 1 June. …

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UK racing launches ‘Racehorse Relief Fund’ to maintain stud welfare

UK racing has announced the launch of a ‘Racehorse Relief Fund’, managed by the Racehorse Owners Association (ROA) in support of stud owners, trainers and UK stables mitigating the financial hardships brought on by the ongoing global COVID-19 crisis. The ROA’s fund has been granted approval by the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) to serve as a relief programme for UK …

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