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  8 September 2016  
industry leadership and development
Owners' survey provides insights

The results of the national owners' survey are in, the findings of which will help direct racing's strategy for the recruitment and retention of owners in coming years. 

Survey findings

Contact: Richard Wayman

sport funding
No change in commitment to Levy

The Government has, on repeated occasions, given a commitment to restore to racing a fair return from all operators that has been lost simply as a result of the shift to remote betting. Given historic Levy receipts, this equates to at least £100 million. The Government has recently confirmed that it remains on track to introduce the replacement Levy by April 2017. 

Contact: Will Lambe

New silks set for online auction

We have released six sets of never-before-seen racing colours to be sold through an online auction from this Monday.

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Contact: Richard Wayman

Fixture List published

We have published the 2017 Fixture List, the first produced since the Members' Agreement was signed in November. It includes a series of enhancements designed to increase betting (particularly remote); grow attendances; improve efficiency for participants; and grow consumer and media interest. 

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Contact: Richard Wayman

Flat novice trial results encouraging

Following pleasing results from a trial which saw the majority of two-year-old maiden races converted to novices between the start of the flat season and June, the initiative will be repeated in 2017. 

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Contact: Richard Wayman

Upgrades for new jumps season

Our Jump Pattern Committee announced upgrades to Pattern and Listed races for the 2016/17 jump season, including to the National Hunt Steeple Chase Challenge Cup which will be a Grade 2 contest next year. 

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Contact: Ruth Quinn

Mares' Listed chases added

We added four new mares' Listed Chases to the programme, further boosting an area subject to sustained enhancements in recent years, and providing further incentives to own and train jumps mares. 

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Contact: Ruth Quinn

Opportunities for new jumps horses

To support juvenile hurdlers, we have added to the programme four high-value, introductory hurdle races for horses which have not previously run in more than one hurdle race. 

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Contact: Richard Wayman

equine welfare
Horse Comes First Racedays held

Racing came together to showcase equine welfare and celebrate the stars of our sport on National Horse Comes First Raceday at Newbury, Southwell, Great Yarmouth and Chelmsford City. 

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Contact: Robin Mounsey

participant welfare
New website for Stud and Stable Staff Awards

A new website for the Godolphin Stud and Stable Staff Awards has been launched, featuring an enhanced online nomination form and videos of previous winners.
Nominations close at 5pm on 16 November. 

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Contact: Anna Powell

Concussion protocols enhanced

We have enhanced our concussion management protocols to ensure riders are better protected and prevented from riding while under the influence of a concussive injury.

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Contact: Dr Jerry Hill

Jockey health and welfare study

The short and long-term health consequences of professional horseracing will be studied as part of a venture between Oxford University and the racing industry.
‘The Jockey Study’ is being carried out in collaboration with the BHA, PJA and IJF with the ultimate aim of improving the health and welfare of jockeys and stable staff who ride-out, and is being undertaken thanks to a Racing Foundation grant of more than £220,000. 

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Contact: The Jockey Study

industry people and development
BBC Countryfile Live exhibition

careersinracing exhibited at the BBC Countryfile Live event which showcased all aspects of country life. The stand was run by the BHA’s careersinracing team and Lucy Ralph from Raceday Operations, the British Racing School and The Northern Racing College. 

Contact: Michelle Douglas

recent disciplinary/appeal board decisions
Any Currency

Any Currency, trained by Martin Keighley, was found to have tested positive for a prohibited substance, and was subsequently disqualified from the Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase. The Panel did not impose a fine, having felt Mr Keighley had taken all reasonable measures and that the presence of the banned substance in the horse after 41 days was exceptional.
Responsibility rests with the trainer to present a horse free from drugs in its system, and once a horse tests positive, the automatic consequence is that it is disqualified. The overarching policy behind medication control is based upon the twin principles of fairness and welfare - fairness in ensuring there is a level playing field for all participants, and welfare in that our horses race free from the effect of any substances.
Trainers are reminded to review the guidance on corticosteroids, where they should note that when corticosteroids are administered there is potential for considerable variation in excretion times, with the site injected, dose used, degree of inflammation and presence or absence of additional medications contributing to this. Trainers are also advised to contact the BHA if they are unsure, and are reminded that elective testing is available if they are uncertain of whether a substance has remained in their horse’s system.  

Guidance on corticosteroids

Contact: Hannah McLean


The Panel found Godolphin in breach of the Sponsorship Code at the Investec Derby meeting where its attendant leading up Skiffle and jockey were instructed to remove tape covering the logo of Godolphin's sponsor. The Panel imposed a £15,000 fine considering the infringement a pre-meditated and deliberate breach of the Rules.
The wider questions as to whether the sport can do more to avoid potentially conflicting sponsorship arrangements, and also whether our resources are best used enforcing rules which address issues more relevant to our sport's commercial parties, will be discussed at a meeting of the executive committee on September 12. 

Contact: Hannah McLean


Please find below links to other industry newsletters and news sites.

National Association of Stable Staff
National Trainers Association
Professional Jockeys Association
Racecourse Association
Racehorse Owners Association
Thoroughbred Breeders' Association
what's coming up?

30 September - Publication of Christopher Quinlan QC's review of the structure and composition of the BHA's Disciplinary Board, Licensing Committee and Appeal Board. 

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