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  23 August 2017  
Keeping racing fair and clean
Work underway on new stewarding model


We launched a formal industry consultation regarding the future model for racecourse stewarding in Britain.


The aim of the consultation, which will be conducted in two stages, is to gather views on how to maintain the highest standards of racecourse decision-making as the sport modernises and becomes increasingly complex to regulate.


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View consultation

Contact: Jamie Stier

Competitive and Compelling Racing
Funding boost for grassroots in Fixture List


To coincide with the publication of the 2018 Fixture List, we recently announced a package of proposals to invest additional Levy income in racing from 2018.

Central to the proposals is an estimated boost of £9.7 million of Levy funding targeted at mid and lower-tier racing through increases to prize money funding supported by a new appearance money scheme.

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View 2018 Fixture List

Contact: Richard Wayman

Measures to tackle non-runners announced

We announced a series of measures to tackle non-runners following industry consultation and review.

The measures are designed to alter behaviour in trainers with high non-runner rates and address specific behaviours linked with the most frequent reasons for non-runners, while not unfairly penalising trainers who operate within the spirit of the rules.

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Full details of the 10 recommendations
Contact: Richard Wayman

Novices' Chases review released


Clear progression pathways and greater incentives to run formed the core recommendations of the Novices' Chases review, published in early August. 


A working group tasked with reviewing the Novice Chase system recommended a number of initiatives, including the trial of alterations to handicapping practices, the programming of confined races and an increase in the number of weight-for-age Novices' Chases.


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Contact: Paul Johnson

Plus 10 pays out £10 million


Plus 10 reached the significant milestone of paying out £10 million worth of bonus prize money to owners and breeders at the end of July.


The first Plus 10 bonus was won in March 2015 and since that point more than 520 breeders and 500 owners have shared in the 1,000 bonuses paid out on British and Irish tracks. 


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Contact: Lowri Allen

Looking after our people
New concussion management initiatives

A series of enhancements to concussion management revolving around education, regulation and research were recently announced, in conjunction with the RCA, PJA and IJF.


Central to the initiatives are two education campaigns aimed at raising awareness of the effects of concussion, the potential impacts of continuing to compete with a concussion injury, and how to recognise and manage head injuries.

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Contact: Dr Jerry Hill

Research reinforces need to treat jockeys as elite athletes


We announced the publication of the first phases of a number of major research and related education projects to help understand the impact on the physical, mental and wellbeing of riders of a career in racing.


The initiatives continue the agenda being driven by our Chief Medical Adviser Dr Jerry Hill that jockeys are elite athletes and should have the lifestyles, support, education and fitness to match.


As part of the reserach, a new nutrition and wellbeing education campaign has been rolled out, with posters appearing in weighing rooms which seek to educate riders about the health risks of repeated drastic and harmful weight loss measures and the negative negative effect they can have on performance. 


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Contact: Dr Jerry Hill

World class racing
Minimum ratings introduced


We introduced minimum rating criteria for all Group and Grade 1 races other than those restricted to two-year-olds.

From 2018, horses runing in Group 1 and Grade 1 races will have to have achieved a certain minimum rating by the day before the confirmation stage of the race in question. Two-year-old races and Novice Hurdles are exempt.


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Contact: Ruth Quinn 

Jump race upgrades announced


With the Jump Pattern Committee we announced a number of upgrades to British Jump Pattern and Listed races for the 2017/18 season. 


As part of these announcments, Aintree’s Listed Chase over 3m1f in December was upgraded from Listed to Grade 2 status and re-named in honour of the 2016 Randox Health Grand National winner, Many Clouds. 


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Contact: Ruth Quinn

Growing British racing together
Diversity in Racing Steering Group established


We announced the formation of the Diversity in Racing Steering Group, the first in a number of steps we intend to take as we strive to enhance the diversity and inclusivity of racing. 


The Steering Group includes representatives from across the sport. Four additional seats are also currently open to application to people who have experience in this area and are committed to improving diversity in the sport.


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Submit an application

Contact: Sheena Coffey

Ownership administration reforms


To simplify the administration of racehorse ownership, we're introducing a package of reforms on 30 August, including a reduction in the number of ownership registration types, a rationalisation of owners’ charges and the alignment of re-registration fees to one date in the year.


In addition, owners will benefit from the introduction of the new Racing Admin system which will enable them to maintain their ownerships online; from setting up a new ownership to registering sponsorships and colours.


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Contact: Weatherbys Owner Support


BHA news
Senior appointment - Martin Fewell

We recently announced the new role of Director of Communications and Corporate Affairs will be filled by Martin Fewell, who joins the BHA from the Metropolitan Police where he has been Director of Communications since 2012.

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Contact: Nick Rust

The BHA's 10-year anniversary


Ten years ago, the BHA took over the reins of British horseracing's governance and regulation. We marked a decade of sporting action, business change, progress and challenges with the following documents.

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View 10 events which shaped the BHA
View 10 year key data and trends
Find out 10 things you might not know about the BHA
Contact: Robin Mounsey

Industry News
Stud and Stable Staff Awards launched


Nominations are open for the 2018 Godolphin Stud and Stable Staff Awards. The awards, now in their 14th year, recognise and reward the outstanding skills, commitment and contribution of racing’s 6,000 stud and stable staff.

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Contact: Anna Powell

New members at the HBF


The Horseracing Bettors Forum (HBF) has announced four new Forum members as part of a planned refresh of its membership ahead of its second anniversary.

Paul Johnson, Colin Hord, Colin Magee and Martin Hughes have been selected by the HBF to represent the betting public and replace four of the original nine Forum Members.

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Racing Together / Racing To School
Racing to School update


The summer has flown by and the charity’s Education Officers are already planning for the Autumn term, organising Education days at racecourses, studs and trainers’ yards across the country.


This year, Racing to School aims to reach a record 13,000 beneficiaries and despite our expansion, there is a waiting list of schools which would like to participate in the programme. Over the past few months, the team has been exceptionally busy delivering 17 Riders’ Programme events and engaging with over 500 Pony Club and riding centre members.


For the latest news on the charity, visit

Racing Together update


Racing Together’s new website is nearing completion, with dedicated pages that will showcase the great community work being undertaken by so many organisations across the sport. The site will include upcoming events and regular blog posts from people across the sport.


If you have any community events approaching which you would like featured on the website, contact Racing Together’s Community Engagement Manager, Adam Harman. 


The Racing Foundation's generously-funded, new volunteer site, Do-it Trust, is also making great strides. The Do-it Trust team will host a seminar for racing charities on how to best use the website at the BHA's headoffice (75 High Holborn, London) on 25 and 26 September. The website will be the place for the recruitment of volunteers for suitable roles across the sport. 


Contact: Adam Harman 


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

National Association of Stable Staff
National Trainers Federation
Professional Jockeys Association
Racecourse Association
Racehorse Owners Association
Thoroughbred Breeders' Association
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