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BHA: Parliament must address racing realities on affordability checks 

SBC News BHA: Parliament must address racing realities on affordability checks 

The Petitions Committee has confirmed that Parliament will debate British horseracing’s concerns on affordability and financial risk checks on 26 February. The date was scheduled following a petition led by Nevin Truesdale, Chief Executive of The Jockey Club, reaching the requirement of 100,000 signatures needed for parliamentary debate. Endorsed by British racing stakeholders, the petition called on the UK government …

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Julie Harrington, BHA: “Great racing in Britain is enjoyed far and wide”

SBC News Julie Harrington, BHA: “Great racing in Britain is enjoyed far and wide”

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has emphasised the importance of the UK horse racing sector as a global sport, but also acknowledging an urgent need to maximise engagement in the domestic market. The British Racing’s Sports Economy Breeders’ Cup Trade Mission on 1 November began with a welcome reception held in California, which BHA CEO, Julie Harrington, addressed with an …

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BHA backs 2024 fixtures list promoting Premier Racedays

SBC News BHA backs 2024 fixtures list promoting Premier Racedays

British racing will undertake significant changes and customer-facing innovations following publication of the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) 2024 Fixture List.  A key directive of the BHA and its stakeholders, the 2024 fixtures list will showcase new initiatives designed to grow racing, by engaging new audiences with the heritage sport. In a statement, the association noted: “The innovations introduced through the …

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BHA adds key jobs to SOL to match labour shortfall in UK Racing

SBC News BHA adds key jobs to SOL to match labour shortfall in UK Racing

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has added six job categories related to horseracing and breeding to the UK government’s Shortage Occupation List (SOL), which is overseen by the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC). The independent Committee, tasked with advising the government on the migration of skilled workers, has been alerted by the BHA and stakeholders to a “shortfall of around 2,000 …

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Stuart Andrew: Government needs Racing’s input for a brighter future

SBC News Stuart Andrew: Government needs Racing’s input for a brighter future

DCMS Gambling Minister, Stuart Andrew, has stated that the government has heard UK racing’s call to improve funding of the heritage sport.  The statement was made at the ‘Parade Ring Reception’ hosted by the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) at the House of Commons on 5 September. The event showcased to MPs the importance of horseracing to the UK’s economy, safeguarding …

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BHA rejects ‘lack of confidence’ in leadership of UK racing

SBC News BHA rejects ‘lack of confidence’ in leadership of UK racing

The senior leadership team of the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has stated that it remains united with stakeholders to address UK racing’s pending challenges. The statement follows questions raised about a ‘lack of confidence in the regulatory body‘, following recent disputes with counterpart organisations over its handling of controversies and disciplinary actions taken. The summer schedule saw the BHA criticised …

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HBLB expects steady £99m levy contribution for 2022/23

Bookies Corner: Grand National trading trends ahead of ‘the public’s race’

Following the conclusion of the 2022/23 financial year and the publication of the UK’s gambling White Paper, the Horserace Betting Levy Board (HBLB) has revealed its estimation of levy contributions. The racing funding organisation projects that, after receiving provisional submissions from levy-paying bookmakers, the total payment as of 31 March 2023 will stand at £99m.  Contributions from operators have therefore …

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BHA agrees on new governance structure to deliver unity on funding, integrity and sustainability

SBC News BHA agrees on new governance structure to deliver unity on funding, integrity and sustainability

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) will undertake a restructure of its corporate governance to strengthen the long-term development of UK racing and its implementation of a new industry strategy to improve funding.  BHA members approved the initiative this morning at the EGM of the Racecourse Association (RCA) attended by all stakeholders of UK racing. The revamp of the BHA’s corporate …

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