Tag Archives: Richard Wayman

BHA publishes 2022 fixture list but bookmakers express doubts

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has published its fixture list for the 2022 season, with plans to enhance the number of meetings taking place on both Saturdays and Sundays. In total, the number of races taking place throughout 2022 will be 1,482, down four from the 1,486 showcased in 2021, although the number of weekend meetings will be increased, with …

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UK Racing maintains its one ride limit jockey safety protocol 

UK racing will maintain its COVID-safety approach, limiting professional jockeys to riding only one meeting per day.  The decision was announced by the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) and the Professional Jockeys Association (PJA) following consultation with riders, trainers and further safety stakeholders. A limit on jockey runs was introduced during 2020 as part of a series of initial measures designed …

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RCA: Reopening of racecourses a ‘huge milestone’

England’s racecourses are preparing to reopen their doors to spectators next week, an event described as a ‘huge milestone’ by the Racecourse Association (RCA). Up to 4,000 racing fans will be able to reenter the racecourses as of 17 May,  under the government’s official roadmap for the easing of the UK’s national lockdown. Further lifting of restrictions will take place …

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BHA tightens syndicate regulations to ‘support public confidence’

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has announced plans to tighten regulations of syndicates and racing clubs in order to ‘support public confidence’. Central to the enhancement of the regulations is a strengthening of the Code of Conduct for Syndicates. First introduced in 2017, the Code requires syndicates to provide members with a contract covering specific areas in order to advertise …

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HBLB ups prize-money contribution to offset inevitable cuts

The Horserace Betting Levy Board (HBLB) has boosted its prize money contributions to support the industry as it continues to deal with the financial implications of the coronavirus crisis. With no crowds on racecourses, nor betting shops open, a drop in prize money was previously considered to be ‘inevitable’. The HBLB has since confirmed that it would boost its prize-money …

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PM casts doubt over imminent resumption for professional sport

An imminent return of professional sport remains unclear as Prime Minister Boris Johnson unveiled his staged plan to ease the coronavirus lockdown restrictions. Addressing the four nations of the UK last night, Johnson revealed a three-part strategy to kickstart the economy and reopen society. However, no mention to professional sports was made, casting uncertainty over when the sporting calendar will …

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BHA cautious on racing resumption date amid mid-May rumours

Richard Wayman, Chief Operating Officer of the British Horseracing Authority (BHA), has emphasised that it will take ‘every possible step’ to ensure a safe return for racing before naming a date for resumption. The sport has been suspended since 17 March, however there has been speculation that the sport could restart on 15 May. Speaking to Sky Sports Racing, Wayman …

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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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ARC purchases Towcester fixtures as racecourse confirms closure

Historic UK racecourse and greyhound track Towcester is due to close down after its owners have confirmed they will be selling its remaining fixtures to Arena Racing Company (ARC). The racecourse, which entered into administration in August of last year, was sold to Fermor Land LLP after a period of ‘trading difficulties.’ The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has since confirmed …

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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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