Tag Archives: British Horseracing Authority

BHA adds further ‘preparatory steps’ for June reopening

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has confirmed that from 1 June, it will be compulsory for all trainers to declare runners 72 hours prior to the race. The announcement comes as the racing body ramps up its plans for a 1 June resumption that is in line with the UK Government’s provisional timetable for the return of sport behind closed …

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Racing committee plans for 1 June restart

Senior executives from British horseracing have “committed to plan for resumption” after the government gave the green light for the sport to return behind closed doors from 1 June at the earliest. In its document, Our Plan to Rebuild, the government said it planned for sporting and cultural events to resume behind closed doors as part of the second step …

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Racing Post ups international content to replace shortfall in British racing

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The Racing Post has committed to delivering ‘all available global racing content’ to both its customers and partners, as the sport faces an unprecedented time of cancellations and postponements. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Racing Post has scaled up its coverage of horse racing content from territories where racing is continuing, including USA, South Africa and Hong Kong. This …

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Racing APPG calls for government support in ‘uncertain times’

The All Party Parliamentary Group for the Racing and Bloodstock Industries has urged the government to play a role in ‘securing the future and sustainability’ of the sport after the COVID-19 outbreak brought about widespread disruption. In a letter signed by Conor McGinn MP and Laurence Robertson MP, the APPG has emphasised its support for the ‘difficult but correct decision …

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BHA outlines plans to resume racing ‘at the earliest possible opportunity’

British Horseracing Authority (BHA) CEO Nick Rust has emphasised that ‘racing will not be beaten’ by the COVID-19 pandemic which has resulted in the widespread cancellation of race meetings across the UK. Issuing a statement on the outbreak, senior executives from the BHA, Racecourse Association (RCA), National Trainers Federation (NTF) and the Racehorse Owners Association (ROA) have published the details …

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SIS extends greyhound offering to replace shortfall in horse racing

Racing content and data services provider Sports Information Services (SIS) has confirmed that it will be extending its current greyhound offering to ‘temporarily replace the British horse racing fixtures’. As part of the extension, effective from 23 March, SIS has committed to increasing the number of greyhound races in its schedule to 532 races per week, an increase of 54 …

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BHA seeks new CEO as Rust confirms 2020 leadership departure

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has begun its search for a new leader, after Nick Rust confirmed that he will end his Chief Executive tenure at the end of the year. A former Ladbrokes executive, Rust was appointed BHA CEO in November 2014, becoming British horseracing’s first leadership appointment from the betting sector. Upon taking charge of the BHA, Rust was …

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BHA and HRI to carry out non-standard race times trial

In collaboration with Horse Racing Ireland (HRI), the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) will carry out a four-week trial of non-standard race times which will be held in February 2020. Non-standard race times refers to races not programmed on the standard 5-minute marks (e.g. 3:08pm). The trial seeks to explore the potential benefits to the sport and its customers of adopting …

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ARC purchases Towcester fixtures as racecourse confirms closure

Historic UK racecourse and greyhound track Towcester is due to close down after its owners have confirmed they will be selling its remaining fixtures to Arena Racing Company (ARC). The racecourse, which entered into administration in August of last year, was sold to Fermor Land LLP after a period of ‘trading difficulties.’ The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has since confirmed …

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Racing must ‘adapt where necessary’ says BHA’s Nick Rust

Releasing its annual report and accounts for 2018, the British Horseracing Authority (BHA)’s chief executive Nick Rust explained that the ‘the BHA’s mandate to regulate independently on equine welfare was regularly questioned’ as it has been ‘challenged on multiple fronts.’ The report, released yesterday, includes a foreword from both Rust and new BHA chair Annamarie Phelps. Rust explained that while …

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