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  2 November 2017  
Funding boost for stayers programme

This week, we announced further funds from the BHA Development Fund for 2018, 2019 and 2020 would be used to boost the programme for staying horses, amongst a number of other initiatives.

The circa £1.5 million investment will be headlined by a series of support payments to the Flat programme for staying three-year-olds. 

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Contact: Richard Wayman

Government review on gambling

The Government has announced a further consultation on gambling, including proposed changes to gaming machines and other social responsibility measures, following a Review that concluded last December. 


We were pleased that the consultation did not include any proposals to ban gambling advertising around sports events before 9pm, which is an area that racing had made representations on. We also welcomed comments from both Tracey Crouch MP (Minister for Sport and Heritage), who said, "Horseracing is an incredibly important sector within my portfolio ... We do not envisage these changes having a particularly negative impact on horseracing - in fact, they may well encourage bookmakers and others to focus more on horseracing”; and Tom Watson MP (Shadow DCMS Secretary for State) who suggested that bookmakers could, instead of promoting gaming machines, "try and reinvigorate horseracing, which I think that many of us that like the occasional flutter would like to see".


British racing is naturally supportive of a vibrant and socially responsible betting industry and will be responding to the consultation.


Contact: Will Lambe

Participant fees held at lower rate in 2018

Please be advised, participant fees will be increased in 2018 by 2.75 per cent.

At the end of 2016, we agreed and announced a three-year Business Plan and Budget for 2017-19. This included that fees in 2018 would increase by the higher of 2.75 per cent, or the rate of inflation (CPI) plus 0.75 per cent. The latest CPI figures published in October show that inflation has risen to 3 per cent, meaning that fees would have been increased by 3.75 per cent from 1 January 2018.


The BHA Board has decided, however, to limit the increases to 2.75 per cent, which will apply to all fees from the beginning of 2018.This lower increase has been made possible by an improved financial performance this year, which means that we can apply this lesser increase in 2018 and still meet our aim to break-even over the three years.


It remains the current proposal that, for 2019, fees will increase by the higher of 2.75 per cent, or CPI plus 0.75 per cent.

Contact: Richard Wayman

Equine welfare leadership
Anthony Stirk honoured with outstanding vet award

Our Senior Veterinary Adviser, Anthony Stirk, received an award for outstanding veterinary achievement at the 29th Animal Health Trust (AHT) UK Equestrian Awards Dinner this week. The award recognises a sustained and exemplary contribution to the work and understanding of equine vets.

In honouring Anthony, the AHT described his work as "fundamental to the success of the UK’s various racing authorities’ fatal and long-term injury programmes".

This is a truly deserved award and we are very pleased to see Anthony's commitment to improving the environment and conditions of our sport's superstars recognised by the wider equine community.

Contact: David Sykes

Looking after our people
New judges for Stud and Stable Staff Awards

Three new judges will form part of the panel of 12 for the 2018 Godolphin Stud and Stable Staff Awards.

The new judges are: Josh Apiafi, Founder and Director of Rewards4Racing; last year’s Employee of the Year Terry Doherty of Watership Down Stud; and ITV Racing’s Alice Plunkett.


Time is running out to nominate stable staff for the prestigious awards, with the nomination period closing 21 November. 

Nomination form

Contact: Anna Powell

Industry news
Political visit to Newmarket

Last month, we hosted a delegation of MPs and Peers from the All Party Parliamentary Group for Racing and Bloodstock in Newmarket.


The group spent the morning at John Gosden’s yard, watching Enable and others work, before heading to Godolphin's Dalham Hall Stud and the Tattersalls sales complex. The afternoon was spent on the Rowley Mile for the first day of the Dubai Future Champions Festival. 


The group discussed the importance of the racing and breeding industry to the UK rural economy and the international significance of the industry, particularly in the context of Brexit.


Contact: Will Lambe

British racing submission on potential impact of Brexit

With the National Trainers Federation, the Thoroughbred Breeders' Association and National Association of Stable Staff, we made a joint submission to a call for evidence from the Migration Advisory Committee to explore the economic and social impacts of the UK leaving the EU and future immigration policy.


Racing's submission highlighted the need for the industry to recruit skilled migrant labour predominantly as work-riders, explained the current staff shortages and the negative impact the restriction of migrant labour would have on racing.


Contact: Will Lambe

Keeping racing fair and clean
First stage of Stewarding consultation complete

The first stage of the industry consultation regarding the future model for racecourse stewarding in Britain has closed. We thank those who took part in the process.


We've now entered the second phase of this process, which spans assessing the responses and using the feedback gained to generate proposals on what our stewarding model might look like in the future. These proposals will be presented to the BHA Board at its November meeting. A programme of consultation will continue with stakeholders following the BHA Board meeting. 


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Contact: Jamie Stier

New replay technology for Stewards

A high definition replay system for Stewards was used for the first time on QIPCO British Champions Day. The video technology allows Stewards to view race replays from every possible angle at the touch of a button, and will make post-race review quicker and more comprehensive than it has been previously.

The new video system will be rolled out across all courses from April 2018.

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Contact: Paul Barton

Growing British racing together
New racing colours to go under hammer

As part of a project to liberalise owners' colours, we've designed three sets of silks (pictured above) which will go under the hammer at the annual Sotheby's sporting memorabilia sale. 


The three BHA-designed sets will be offered alongside five sets of distinctive and historical colours. Twenty per cent of proceeds from the BHA-designed lots will be donated to racing charities, with the remainder being used to help recruit and retain racehorse owners. 


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Contact: Richard Wayman

Competitive and Compelling Racing
Changes to Hunters' Chase qualifications

We updated the qualification rules for hunters' steeplechases to enusre these races remain competitive throughout the season.


From 1 January, once a horse in the care of a licensed trainer has run in a hunters’ steeplechase, it may only run in other hunters’ steeplechases for the remainder of the season, as well as the Grand Military and Royal Artillery Gold Cups.


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Contact: Stuart Middleton

Trainers' non-runners tables published

We published the first tables of trainers’ non-runner rates as part of a series of measures which have the objective of decreasing non-runner rates in British racing.


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Contact: Richard Wayman

Chester raises more than £50,000 for charity

During the 2017 season, Chester racecourse has helped local charities to collect more than £50,000 through exit collections, auctions and raffles for badges. Chester will continue to help local charities and over the next eight months, its employees will contribute back into the local community by donating more than 1,000 hours of staff expertise.


Pictured: The Clatterbridge Cancer Charity which raised more than £3,000 at Chester's Summer Festival meeting in July.

Future stars hone skills on Champions Day

Racing to School was delighted to be a part of Ascot’s Jockey School on QIPCO British Champions Day. Racing to School Programme Manager Ollie McPhail (pictured), with representatives from the British Racing School and Pony Racing Authoirty, offered advice to pony club riders on different riding techniques. 


Ollie said: “It was great to see so many keen riders inspired by the brilliant racing and wanting to improve their style and skills. The day was a great success with the three organisations working together and with many of the young people experiencing racing for the first time. The Careers in Racing team were also on hand with helpful advice and information about future opportunities in the sport."


Contact: Adam Harman


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