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BHA appoints Sir Paul Stephenson as Independent Regulatory Director

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA), the sport’s governing and regulatory body, today announces that former Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service Sir Paul Stephenson has been appointed to its Board. Sir Paul will take up his role as an Independent Regulatory Director on 1 July, and will replace Ben Gunn in this capacity. Gunn, who has been involved with the …

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BHA publishes rise in UK horse training

There were promising signs regarding the number of horses in training in British Racing in figures published today by the British Horseracing Authority (BHA), especially amongst the Flat population. The figures show that there was an average of 8,914 Flat horses in training throughout the first three months of 2015, a rise of 241 (3%) compared to 2014 and the …

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UK jockeys allowed to wear individual betting sponsorship

The Board of the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has approved a proposal from the Professional Jockeys Association (PJA) that the Code of Conduct regarding sponsorship of professional jockeys by bookmakers should be relaxed, on a trial basis. Betting operators will now be permitted to sponsor individual jockeys, as opposed to the previous regulation which only permitted sponsorship agreements involving 50 …

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BHA’s Nick Rust defends Racing Right as a “fair and reasonable return”

British Horseracing Authority Chief Executive Nick Rust insists racing is seeking a “fair and reasonable return” from bookmakers under the proposed new Racing Right. Chancellor George Osborne announced the introduction of the new scheme in Wednesday’s budget, with the idea seen as the replacement funding mechanism to the 1963 Horserace Betting Levy. It would apply to all bookmakers, wherever located, who …

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BHA adopts zero tolerance to equine doping

The British Horse Racing Authority (BHA) has published new anti-doping rules, which include a zero tolerance to anabolic steroids. Under the new rules that will come into effect next Monday (2 March), no competitive horse should ever be administered an anabolic steroid. The new rules guide has been distributed to domestic and international trainers and stables, as is available to …

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BHA appoints six new non-executive directors

The British Horseracing Association (BHA) have announced the appointment of six new non executive directors to its board, with a view to help the associations governance and future racing growth strategy. The new non executive  directors, who have been appointed for three-year terms from December 1, are: Atholl Duncan, an experienced non-executive director in sports organisations, Julie Harrington, who spent …

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BHA appoints Nick Rust as CEO

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has announced the appointment of Nick Rust, former Retail Director of Ladbrokes as new Chief Executive Officer. Rust will replace outgoing CEO Paul Bittar, who ends a three year tenure at the helm of BHA. Rust has been involved in the racing and the betting industry since 1987, having served in numerous senior management positions …

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Arena Racing comments on BHA small field initiatives

Following the publication of the 2015 Fixture List and today’s announcement by the British Horseracing Authority’s (“BHA”) approach to small field sizes Tony Kelly, Arena Racing Managing Director, said: “Following the publication of the 2015 Fixture List, today’s announcement sets out what ARC expected from the very outset. In July, as part of our detailed response to the BHA’s 2015 …

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BHA reveals initiatives to address small field races

Following the publication of the 2015 Fixture List, the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has today announced a series of measures designed to address issues regarding the increasing number of uncompetitive, small-field races. Paul Bittar, BHA Chief Executive, said: “Set against a list of positive developments such as increased prize money, healthy racecourse attendances and the exceptionally high quality of racing …

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