Tag Archives: Richard Wayman

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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BHA plots added support measures & revenues increases for 2019

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has outlined a series of policies to be applied ahead the 2019 fixture list formation, with a focus placed upon supporting jockeys and racing staff, whilst also maximising commercial revenues to the sport. Maintaining an eight-day summer break, and five-day end-of-season breaks for Jump fixtures, an agreement has been reached to implement a number of …

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Trainers lose self-certification rights due to non-runner scheme

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The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has suspended the right to withdraw horses via self-certificate of 13 flat trainers, as a result of relatively high non-runner rates. A number of trainers were warned in August that they had until an April 1 cut off to ensure rates were below the prescribed threshold, currently set at 14% on the flat and 12% …

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SIS extends support of Racehorse Owners’ Sponsorship Scheme

SIS is to continue its support of the Racehorse Owner’s Sponsorship Scheme until August 2018, it has announced. The scheme allows the ROA’s 7,000 members to save an estimated £8m each year by claiming VAT back on their racing activities. Since it began in 2012, over 5,000 horses have now carried the company’s distinctive red and white logo thanks to the …

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