Tag Archives: Nick Rust

BHA’s Nick Rust honoured with OBE

Nick Rust, the British Horseracing Authority’s Chief Executive, will receive an OBE for his services to the sport of horse racing.  Having served in his position for nearly six years, Rust will officially step down as chief executive from 1 January.  During his tenure, Rust has dealt with various challenges including the changes to the Levy, overseeing the review of …

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Diversity in Racing Steering Group publishes annual update

The Diversity in Racing Steering Group (DiRSG) has called on British horse racing to ‘capitalise on current momentum’ and work towards more diversity and inclusivity within the sport. In light of the worldwide discussion regarding race and racism this year, the Steering Group’s annual update touches onethnic diversity, highlights important milestones and oversees the launch of a range of industry …

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BHA welcomes government review into levy reform

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has reacted positively to the recent announcement by Sports Minister Nigel Huddleston that the government will re-evaluate the timetable for reviewing the betting levy.  Originally scheduled for 2024, racing’s Levy review has been brought forward to next year. The levy is a significant source of income for the horseracing industry, as it returns 10% of …

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BHA – UK Racing is well prepared for spectators safest return

UK racing will maintain the tightest control on spectators reattending its racetrack and hospitality venues, following the government’s announcement that it will lift lockdown restrictions across England from 3 December. The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) welcomed the decision by the government to allow ‘limited crowds’ to return to tier-1 and tier-2 sporting venues, having been in lockdown since 1 June. …

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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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Sports leaders demand clarity on lockdown-2 procedures and guarantees

UK sports have avoided a hammer blow as the government confirms that ‘elite sports can continue behind closed doors’ during the looming month of lockdown restrictions sanctioned across England. However, despite relief at avoiding a blanket cancellation of sports calendar, UK bodies remain sceptical as to how the government will ensure COVID-19 safeguards and further financial support for impacted wider …

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UK Racing moves forward on joint approach to reform Levy

UK racing leadership has formed a ‘steering group’ which will present a ‘single set of proposals’ to reform horseracing’s Levy to the government at a critical time for all racing stakeholders. The formation of a new steering group tackling Levy reforms was agreed by the British Horseracing Authority (BHA), Jockey Club and The Horsemen’s Group – representing all levels of …

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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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UK Racing pushes for drastic levy reforms as deep recession looms

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has announced that it has agreed the ‘next phase of recovery’ for UK racing, working with The Horsemen’s Group and Racecourse Association (RCA). Since racing’s resumption on 1 July, the three bodies have collaborated on a wide range of recovery directives, seeking to restore racing activities and revenues for all stakeholders.  Publishing its joint plans, …

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Julie Harrington takes the reins as BHA CEO

Julie Harrington, Chief Executive of British Cycling, has been selected as the new head of the British Racing Authority, effective as of 4 January 2021. In addition to working for British Cycling, Harrington is also a former member of the BHA Board and was a senior executive with Northern Racing for eight years, having also served as the Managing Director …

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