Tag Archives: British Horseracing Authority (BHA)

No-deal Brexit ‘is a real risk to racing’ warns Flutter’s Peter Jackson

With only 79 days until the UK is pencilled in to leave the European Union, horse racing stakeholders continue to make preparations in anticipation of potential disruptions to the sport and further impacts on betting markets.  The Financial Times reported this morning that a no-deal Brexit – which at present appears to be the UK’s likely outcome – will threaten …

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BHA makes minor cuts to racing calendar in 2020 fixture list

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has confirmed that it will be making minor cuts to the upcoming 2020 fixture list, despite a number of concerns over long-term betting levy contributions.  As the anticipated number of betting shop closures is expected to hit levy contributions hard, the BHA has been placed in a difficult position of maintaining a balance between the …

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Women in Racing promotes female participation at upcoming event

In a bid to promote female participation in the horse racing industry, Women in Racing (WiR) is set to offer a new mentoring programme to those working in the industry. The annual mentoring event, taking place at The AllBright in Mayfair on July 9, will boast an international network of both clubs and academies to help support women throughout their …

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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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BHA releases its updated whistle-blowing policy to the public

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has gone public with its updated whistle-blowing policy, making the new plans available to both the wider public and the racing industry. The new policy comes as a bid by the BHA to cement its ongoing commitment to maintaining integrity, credibility and accountability in how it operates across the industry. Catherine Beloff, Director of Legal …

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BHA plans Board changes amid need to improve industry collaboration

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) will be making changes to its Board composition, in a bid to increase industry involvement among its members. It comes as a move to improve its decision-making process at the BHA, including the ways in which it consults both the racing industry and wider stakeholders, in addition to strengthening collaboration between the sport’s leadership and …

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Arc takes a firm stance on prize-money position

Arena Racecourse Company (ARC) has responded to threats of further boycotts from trainers over the cuts to prize-money contributions, by pointing out that the racing group will not be changing its position. The group’s CEO, Martin Cruddace, was on hand at Lingfield this Saturday to observe the Betway Winter Derby card. The meeting had been reduced from seven to five …

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Trainers blast ‘ridiculous’ cuts to Arc prize-money

Mark Johnston, a leading horse trainer, has blasted the Arena Racing Company’s (Arc) contribution to the prize-money as the racing group prepares to offset the government cuts to FOBT stakes. Arc announced in December 2018 that it “simply cannot continue” to maintain its current contributions to the prize-money fund, and would be issuing a reduction to its contribution by £3m. …

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A no-deal brexit would be detrimental for British horse racing industry, warns Goffs’ chairman

The UK Chairman of Bloodstock sales group Goffs, Henry Beeby, has warned MPs that allowing a no-deal Brexit to occur will have adverse effects on the breeding and racing industries in the UK. Prime Minister Theresa May’s proposed deal suffered an overwhelming defeat in the House of Commons on Tuesday, which has dented hopes for a secure future in the …

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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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