Tag Archives: BHA

Former jockey Darren Egan gets 12 year racing ban

Former jockey Darren Egan has been suspended from racing for 12 years after participating in ‘a conspiracy which struck at the heart of the sport’. Egan was found guilty of corruption charges last November, but the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has now confirmed he is suspended until November 22, 2027. The former leading apprentice was found to have engaged in …

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UK Racing and betting stakeholders prepare for meeting to discuss ABP terms and conditions

The Guardian newspaper has reported that UK racing and betting stakeholders will meet today for a new round of discussions regarding the sports funding and the controversial Authorised Betting Partner (ABP) scheme implemented by the British Horseracing Authority (BHA). With the relationship between UK racing and betting operators at its lowest ebb, discussions will focus on the levy % bookmakers …

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Vivien Kyles joins BHA board as Member Nominee Director

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) thas announced that Vivien Kyles, Chief Executive of Hamilton Park racecourse, will join its Board at the start of 2016, replacing Arena Racing Company Chairman David Thorpe as the Racecourse Association’s (RCA) Member Nominee Director. Kyles was appointed to her role at Hamilton Park in June 2008. She is also Vice Chairman of the RCA, …

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Ladbrokes CEO Jim Mullen – Current ABP stand-off does not benefit anyone

Ladbrokes CEO Jim Mullen has expressed concern regarding the ongoing tense stand-off between UK Racing and the betting industry concerning the BHA’s ‘authorised betting partner’ (ABP) policy. Mullen states that the current scenario does not benefit any stakeholders, as both industries’ are mutually “intertwined”, hence there should be no need for “backdrop of scores, injustices – or perceived injustices – …

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York Racecourse declines BHA’s ‘ABP Status’ sponsorship policy

York Racecourse officials have stated that they will allow bookmaker sponsors’ to renew track and event sponsorships regardless of whether the companies’ have gained an Approved Betting Partner (ABP) status by the British Horseracing Authority. The independent racecourse becomes the first venue to declare that it will not abide by BHA and UK Racing policy regarding ABP status for bookmakers, …

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BHA confirms 32Red & bet365 as official UK racing Authorised Betting Partners

As widely anticipated online bookmakers’ bet365 and 32Red have been confirmed as UK racing Authorised Betting Partners (ABP) by the British Horseracing Authority (BHA). 32Red and bet365 join competitor Betfair as the first set of online bookmakers to be granted official ABP status. BHA CEO Nick Rust confirmed that the bookmakers had committed to contributing a share of online winnings …

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Betfair announced as first ‘authorised betting partner’ for UK racing

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has named Betfair as its first ‘authorised betting partner’ (ABP) having agreed a three year deal which will see the operator pay a percentage of racing revenues for its betting services. Betfair who have voluntarily supported the 54th levy scheme since its first announcement in September, is the first bookmaker to gain official ABP status. …

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British horseracing pulls together with new tripartite structure

British horseracing is entering another new era after agreeing a tripartite structure for governance of the sport. In what it is describing as ‘a landmark moment in the history’ of British Horseracing, the industry’s major stakeholders have signed a Members’ Agreement, which in theory allows it to act in a unified manner, with the major stakeholders making strategic decisions for …

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UK government to determine racing levy scheme as stakeholder talks break down

The UK racing levy will be referred to the UK government, as talks between the Horseracing Betting Levy Board and Bookmakers’ Committee have broken down as negotiating parties could not agree on the key terms for the funding 55th levy scheme. The breakdown in talks will see the scheme referred to John Whittingdale Minister of Culture, Media and Sport to …

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BHA appoints Gavin Jefferies as Director of Communications

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has confirmed the appointment of Gavin Jefferies as its new Director of Communications. Jefferies joins the organisation from HM Revenue & Customs, where he had served as Deputy Director of Corporate Communications and as Head of External Affairs since 2012. BHA governance, announced that Jefferies would take lead of its communications from January 2016. Jefferies duties will see …

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