Tag Archives: Nick Rust

Horseracing prize money facing cuts as levy drops £17m

British horseracing stakeholders have had to urgently initiate a plan of action following the recent Horserace Betting Levy Board’s (HBLB) announcement that estimated Levy income for the year ended 31st March 2019 will be some £78m, a fall of £17m from last year. News of the fall in yield were presented to racing’s HBLB representatives, Andy Clifton from the Racecourse …

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Viewing figures for Grand National rise as Tiger Roll emulates Red Rum feat

This year’s Randox Health Grand National at Aintree Racecourse has continued to grab the attention of the nation, as viewing figures for the ITV-covered race have increased by 12 per cent. The broadcast, fronted by Ed Chamberlin, is reported to have hit figures of 9.6 million at peak viewing time, which is up from the 8.5 million viewers in 2018. …

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WATCH: BHA’s Nick Rust defends decision to bring back racing

In a video released by the British Racehorse Association (BHA), Chief Executive Nick Rust defends the decision to permit racing to go ahead despite the worries from trainers and horse-owners regarding the prevalence of equine influenza in the UK. As announced last night, the BHA has decided to put an end to the industry hiatus from the sport following the outbreak of …

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BHA announces commitment to tackling gender pay gap in new report

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has committed to becoming an open and transparent regulatory and governing body following the release of its gender pay gap report. The report comes as a follow up to its report published in March 2018. It follows a change in legislation introduced in 2017 whereby companies with over 250 employees are obliged to disclose information …

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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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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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British Racing reveals increase in meetings for 2019

Publishing its 2019 Fixture List, British Racing has outlined a slight increase in the number of race meetings in 2019. The announcement comes after a unanimous agreement from the British Horseracing Authority (BHA), Racecourse Association (RCA) and Horsemen’s Group, as well as the approval by the BHA Board. It has emphasised that the focus in compiling the 2019 Fixture List …

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Action plan seeks enhanced diversity & inclusion in British racing

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The first ever Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan, devised by the Diversity in Racing Steering Group (DiRSG), seeks to place diversity and inclusion at British racing’s heart. Containing a series of recommendations regarding eight core areas, it is hoped a plethora of long and short term core benefits will be felt, better reflecting the diversity of wider society “in terms …

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New Dawn… UK Racing prepares for new levy authority

The structure of British Racing governance is set to be revamped, in order to meet the demands of distributing the new horseracing betting levy which is inbound for April 2019. Last week, the governances of the British Horseracing Authority (BHA), Horsemen’s Group and Racecourse Association moved to install a new Racing Authority which will oversee the management of racing’s upcoming levy …

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