BHA handicapping policy regarding ex-French horses in jumps handicaps – a BHA Blog
The British Horseracing Authority
by Tommy Churchyard
5d ago
By Dominic Gardiner-Hill, BHA Head of Handicapping As part of our commitment to being open and transparent, and following some of the media coverage regarding the handicapping of the ex-French, now Irish-trained Ocastle Des Mottes in the Betfair Hurdle at Newbury on Saturday 16 February, I thought this an appropriate time to reiterate the BHA policy with regard to the handicapping of such horses – namely those that have left France, entered training in either Great Britain or Ireland and on whom we only have their French form on which to base a rating. By way of some background information, it ..read more
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The Racing Industry and Politics in 2024 – A BHA Blog
The British Horseracing Authority
by Tommy Churchyard
1w ago
By Jack Barton, Policy and Advocacy Manager at the BHA In an election year, and with key long-term issues for the sport at stake such as affordability checks and Levy reform alongside demonstrating our commitment to improving and investing in equine welfare, politics is playing a key role in defining the story of British racing in 2024. The industry’s leadership, supported by public affairs professionals across the sport, is as busy as ever as we tackle these challenges and other policy issues that impact on both our people and our equine participants. While many people in racing will be unawa ..read more
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The Gambling Review so far – a BHA Blog
The British Horseracing Authority
by Tommy Churchyard
1w ago
A lot has changed since the liberalisation of betting in the UK in 2005: bettors moving from the shops to online and electronic devices, a betting market boom, followed by an ongoing period of regulatory pressure that bookends a global pandemic, writes Jack Barton, Policy and Advocacy Manager at the BHA. These changes have helped shape the modern British racing industry. As the Government’s review of the 2005 Gambling Act continues, this blog explores key issues for racing such as affordability checks and sponsorship and advertising, and how the industry has used its position as a key voi ..read more
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Racing Report: January 2024
The British Horseracing Authority
by Tommy Churchyard
2w ago
In this blog, Richard Wayman, Chief Operating Officer at the BHA, introduces our refreshed monthly data pack and analyses some of the key areas within it. For many years, we have published a monthly racing data pack on the BHA website which includes statistics on a variety of areas including fixtures, races, field sizes and prize money. We have given that report a refresh for 2024 and the first edition, which covers January’s racing, is now available. Separate to this report, we have also committed to publish on a quarterly basis a wider review of the strategic changes that have been introduce ..read more
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BHA confirms 2024 industry fees
The British Horseracing Authority
by Tommy Churchyard
2M ago
The BHA Board has confirmed that participant fees will increase by 6% for 2024. This rise is necessary, not only to sustain the normal business functions of the BHA – particularly ongoing investment in key areas like equine health and welfare – but also to support the extra work required to deliver British racing’s industry strategy. The BHA is leading and coordinating this strategy work on behalf of the wider industry, with the aim of growing racing’s revenues and securing our sustainable future – the benefits of which we hope will be seen through returns to the sport in the longer-term ..read more
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Julie Harrington’s full speech from the 2023 Gimcrack Dinner at York Racecourse on 12 December
The British Horseracing Authority
by Tommy Churchyard
2M ago
My President, my Lords, Ladies and Gentlemen. Thank you, President for your kind and generous introduction.    To deliver a speech at this most celebrated of sporting occasions is a great honour. I only hope I can do justice to the history of this august event.  Let me begin by congratulating William Haggas and Tom Marquand and the team behind Lake Forest for a thrilling Gimcrack win in August. Congratulations also to the breeders Sahara Group Holdings and to Tony (Bloom) and to Ian (McAleavy) [Lake Forest owners] are already looking forward to an exciting future ahead.  May I a ..read more
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Final chance for owners to complete Britain’s inaugural Thoroughbred Census
The British Horseracing Authority
by Tommy Churchyard
2M ago
– Thoroughbred owners have until the end of the year (Sunday 31 December 2023) to complete Britian’s first-ever Thoroughbred Census – The Census has now reached 6,000 submissions, with an industry wide push to drive participation – Data will help build a wealth of intelligence on the lives former racehorses go on to live – Supporting images and assets can be downloaded from HERE – The Thoroughbred Census can be completed HERE – Video available HERE Owners of former racehorses in Great Britain have until the end of this month (Sunday 31 December 2023) to complete the inaugural Thoroughbred Cens ..read more
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2024 Programme Book 1 update
The British Horseracing Authority
by Tommy Churchyard
2M ago
This update is intended to highlight the key changes that will be delivered across Programme Book 1 and beyond in 2024. 2024 will see the Programme Book reverting to four versions (previously three). These will have period dates as follows: • Programme Book 1:  1 January – 22 March • Programme Book 2: 23 March – 23 June • Programme Book 3:  24 June – 15 September • Programme Book 4:  16 September – 31 December This is intended to deliver a more consistent volume of races per book and align publication with key dates in the Racing Calendar.   Premier Race ..read more
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International Day of People with Disabilities: Racing’s commitment to disability inclusion
The British Horseracing Authority
by Tommy Churchyard
2M ago
This International Day of People with Disabilities, we reflect on the importance of fostering a culture of inclusivity, not just within British racing, but across society as a whole. Lyndon Roberts, Head of Diversity and Inclusion at the British Horseracing Authority (BHA), explains the importance of the day and what racing is doing to support people with disabilities. In the United Kingdom alone, approximately 16 million people – nearly a quarter of the population – are living with disabilities. These disabilities span a wide spectrum, from physical impairments to conditions that might make p ..read more
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Measuring performance – Fixture List targets
The British Horseracing Authority
by Tommy Churchyard
3M ago
The BHA recently published the 2024 Fixture List, which included wide-ranging innovations designed to deliver a more competitive, engaging and exciting racing product, supporting growth in the number of racing fans and customers with the aim of bolstering the longer-term future of the sport. The innovations introduced through the 2024 Fixture List are the first phase of the sport’s new long-term industry strategy and were recommended by its cross-industry Commercial Committee and approved by the BHA Board. All of the changes to the Fixture List have been introduced on a two-year trial basis. H ..read more
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