The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has teamed up with the Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board (IHRB) to focus upon monitoring betting trends across the Irish horseracing sector.
The four-year agreement will see the duo work together on ‘different areas of intelligence’, while also strengthening the link between the two horseracing bodies.
“We will be working together in different areas of intelligence. It’s just a stronger link between the two of us,” an IHRB spokesman said.
“We are outsourcing an element of our function. It’s the same as using a third party service provider to provide the laboratory, or to provide camera pictures. This will be a monitoring service,” IHRB’s chief executive Denis Egan said.
The tender, which is estimated to cost approximately €350,000, is set to replicate other sports data-sharing agreements around the world. Horse Racing Ireland’s 2020 budget has already seen the IHRB’s integrity service funding cut by €200,000 but the tender process between the IHRB and the BHA has predated the cuts.
Earlier this month, the BHA emphasised that ‘there’s still more to be done’ when it comes to closing the gender pay gap, as the racing body published its gender pay figures for 2019.
The figures have shown a mean gender pay gap of 17% and a median gap of 9%, which the BHA has lauded as an ‘improvement’ from last year’s figures.