Tag Archives: British Horseracing Authority (BHA)

Letter to MPs calls for Gambling Commission to rethink betting review

A template letter to MPs, the author of which is not yet known, has called on lawmakers to pressure the Gambling Commission to rethink its current betting review due to the financial impact on horse racing. The sport is set to be dealt a heavy blow by potential gambling reforms, in the form of a possible £60 million loss, at …

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Elite sport to continue under new national lockdown

Elite sport to continue under new lockdown

Elite sport has been given the green light to go ahead across the UK following the government’s announcement to introduce a third lockdown. Yesterday, Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Prime Minister Boris Johnson introduced a series of measures to curb the spread of coronavirus, including the closure of schools and universities. The retail betting sector was also dealt a …

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Betting shops close their doors in England’s tier 4 areas

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Betting shops in London, the South East and East of England have been forced to close their doors after the regions were placed under new tier four restrictions. The new measures, which were introduced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson over the weekend, will mean that all non-essential retail – including betting shops – must close for the foreseeable future.  The …

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BGC welcomes reopening of Scottish betting shops

Hundreds of Scottish betting shops are set to reopen their doors, a move which has been welcomed by the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC). Since the strictest Level 4 COVID-19 restrictions were imposed by the Scottish government three weeks ago, approximately 400 betting shops – half of Scotland’s total – were told to close their doors. The decision to move …

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ARC waives on-course bookie fees until 2021

ARC waives on-course bookie fees until 2021

Arena Racing Company (ARC) has made a commitment to bring life back to the betting ring by waiving the fees for all on-course bookmakers for the remainder of 2020. The pledge follows the government’s announcement that spectators will be allowed to return to live sporting events in tier one and two areas from 2 December.  On-course bookmakers have been hit …

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BHA chief urges government to keep betting shops open in Tier 3

BHA chief urges government to keep betting shops open in Tier 3

Nick Rust, CEO of the British Horseracing Authority (BHA), has called for the government to reopen betting shops once the current lockdown restrictions are eased, stating that there is ‘no evidence’ that betting shops have contributed to the spread of the virus. From 2 December, England is expected to return to a tiered system of coronavirus restrictions. However, bookmakers have …

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BHA calls for evidence-based approach to betting shop closures

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has called upon the government to make a ‘fully evidence-based decision’ on potential betting shop closures and to consider the financial ramification that such measures can have on the betting and racing industry. Speaking ahead of announcements due to be made by Prime Minister Boris Johnson this evening, the BHA has issued a statement which …

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Racing dealt ‘a serious blow’ as new restrictions delay fans’ return

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has stated that the new measures to postpone the return of crowds for the foreseeable future is a ‘serious blow’ to the industry and ‘threatens the survival of sports organisations and the many livelihoods they support’. Yesterday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson outlined a series of new restrictions following a surge of coronavirus cases across the …

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On-course bookmakers return to UK courses in two-week trial

A limited number of on-course bookmakers will be permitted at UK racecourses from Tuesday, as part of a two-week trial. This story featured in today’s SBC News 90. To view the latest round-up, watch today’s edition here. Reported by the Racing Post, on-course bookmakers will be authorised to offer betting services for owners, starting with Beverley, Fontwell and Kempton meetings …

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HBLB gives £3.2m boost to UK racing

The Horserace Betting Levy Board (HBLB) has offered a £3.2 million boost to UK racing in the form of immediate and short-term funding. The Board has agreed to fund £1.46m of one-off costs incurred by racecourses which will be used to ‘meet regulatory standards and guidance for hosting fixtures in the current environment’. This will be limited to £75,000 per …

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