Tag Archives: British Horseracing Authority (BHA)

UK Racing urges industry to heed Government’s COVID-19 advice

British Racing’s COVID-19 Steering Group has urged the racing industry to heed the Government’s advice regarding the recent coronavirus outbreak, following the appropriate guidance published on Tuesday 3rd March. According to the British Horseracing Authority (BHA), British racing has been in regular contact with DCMS and DEFRA over the past two weeks to keep them informed of the racing’s industry’s …

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BHA ups integrity commitment with RaceWISE update

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has updated its anonymous reporting service to cover ‘four critical areas’ including the protection of racing integrity and maintaining equality across the industry. The service will now be named ‘RaceWISE’, as the BHA hopes to offer ‘those who work in, bet on and follow the sport more options to speak up and report potential breaches …

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Horseracing Bettors Forum surveys punters on racing fixtures

The Horseracing Bettors Forum (HBF) has confirmed the launch of its 2020 survey which will allow punters betting both on and off course to suggest improvements to current fixture lists. The survey, which will run from 27th February until 31st March 2020, will give racegoers an opportunity to make their opinions heard regarding the issues over race meetings, as well …

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BHA and IHRB team up to monitor betting trends

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. …

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‘There’s still more to be done’ to address gender pay gap says BHA

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The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has said 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 …

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BHA and HRI to carry out non-standard race times trial

In collaboration with Horse Racing Ireland (HRI), the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) will carry out a four-week trial of non-standard race times which will be held in February 2020. Non-standard race times refers to races not programmed on the standard 5-minute marks (e.g. 3:08pm). The trial seeks to explore the potential benefits to the sport and its customers of adopting …

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Purebred Arabian racing to be integrated into British calendar

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has teamed up with The Arabian Racing Organisation (ARO) to further integrate Purebred Arabian (PA) racing into the British racing calendar in 2020. The integration will see a standardisation of regulatory practices within PA racing with thoroughbred racing and follows approval from British racing’s Executive Committee and the BHA Board. Charles Gregson, ARO Chairman commented: …

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Liberal Democrats propose new horse racing welfare body

With major UK political parties declaring their manifesto pledges ahead of the upcoming general election, the Liberal Democrats have committed to establishing a new independent regulator which would take the responsibility for racehorse welfare from the British Horseracing Authority.  The creation of the new welfare body, according to the Lib Dems, is to “prevent the abuse and avoidable deaths of …

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UK granted ‘listed status’ to protect movement of horses

With only 16 days to go until the Brexit deadline, the UK has been granted ‘national listed status’ by the European Union, which will ensure that racehorses can move across the borders in the event of a no-deal Brexit.  While barriers to ‘seamless’ movement will still be in place, the third-country status is hoped to provide certainty for owners and …

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BHA extends Musselburgh’s temporary licence in search for new track operator

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has issued an extension to Musselburgh’s temporary licence, which is due to last until the end of the year. The extension comes as the racecourse continues its search for a racecourse operator, as its original temporary licence is due to expire on 15 October. Musselburgh management anticipates confirming a new operator this month. In recent years, …

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