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Category: British Horseracing Authority

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BHA pleads for tip-offs over unlicensed trainers working in secret

• Concerns raised over deceptions at licensed stables• Officials feel powerless after case dropped in 2014Followers of British racing are regularly deceived as to who trains certain racehorses, according to documents seen by the Guardian. The sport’s s…

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BHA pleads for tip-offs over unlicensed trainers working in secret

• Concerns raised over deceptions at licensed stables• Officials feel powerless after case dropped in 2014Followers of British racing are regularly deceived as to who trains certain racehorses, according to documents seen by the Guardian. The sport’s s…

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BHA pleads for tip-offs over unlicensed trainers working in secret

• Concerns raised over deceptions at licensed stables• Officials feel powerless after case dropped in 2014Followers of British racing are regularly deceived as to who trains certain racehorses, according to documents seen by the Guardian. The sport’s s…

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Talking Horses: sacré bleu! British rulers ask for French name change

Je M’En Fous is no more, the French authorities having indicated they would not have allowed a horse to be so namedWith a soupçon of schadenfreude, I bring you news this morning that the rulers of British racing have performed a reverse ferret over a H…

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Talking Horses: new BHA chair warns racing must make no-deal Brexit work

The new chair of the British Horseracing Authority says the sport will be ‘using all our connections and skills to get something that will work’ if faced with a no-deal BrexitAnnamarie Phelps, the new chair of the British Horseracing Authority, said on…

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Talking Horses: a kick in the groin and how best to describe it

A brief report from the Windsor stewards provoked outrage on Twitter but the background detail provides a lot of mitigationI like that stewards reports are posted on Twitter these days but some care needs to be taken with the wording, as we learned yes…

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Talking Horses: no need for questioned trainers to feel ‘like a criminal’

Ronan McNally was not happy about repeated questioning at Southwell but stewards were bound to take an interestLet’s start with a plea for everyone in racing to be grown up about the need for stewards asking questions. It shouldn’t be necessary but app…

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Talking Horses: British racing defended after Derby wipe-out

Sport’s ruling body says the existence of Galileo as a stallion explains why the home defence was pulverised on SaturdayRacing’s ruling body has spoken up on behalf of the sport in Britain, following a dismal showing by the home defence in Saturday’s D…

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Talking Horses: Kieran Shoemark praised for honesty on cocaine test

The jockey tested positive one day in autumn last year but made no attempt to claim it was a one-off and has stated a convincing commitment to changing his lifeThe usual form, when a jockey tests positive for a metabolite of cocaine, is: “Moment of mad…

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Jockey suspended after extraordinary case of lead hidden in breeches

• Robbie Dunne banned 15 days and stable staff member excluded • Chepstow winner two years ago carried incorrect weightThe jockey Robbie Dunne has been suspended from riding for 15 days and a member of stable staff excluded from racecourses for a month…

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BHA and trainers pleased with talks called after months of tension

• British Horseracing Authority pleased with discussions• Palmer: ‘Relations were in danger of breaking down’Peace is in danger of breaking out in horse racing, following a two-hour meeting in London between trainers and the ruling body that helped to …

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John Gosden calls Nick Rust’s foxhunting analogy ‘extremely unwise’

• Trainer says BHA chief executive’s comment ‘makes no sense’• Gosden: ‘There’s a lot of love and care for race horses’Comments made by Nick Rust in a discussion of racing’s equine welfare policies have been described as “extremely unwise” by the leadi…

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Tony McCoy was wrong: Cheltenham Festival ride did need investigation

The mayhem in the National Hunt Chase advanced the cause of those who want the jumps bannedJustice has been done,” the trainer Philip Hobbs said on Thursday after Declan Lavery, who was banned for 10 days after finishing third on Hobbs’s Jerrysback in …

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Declan Lavery wins appeal against controversial Cheltenham welfare ban

• Amateur was given ten-day riding suspension at Festival• Sir Anthony McCoy among those outspoken against banDeclan Lavery, who was banned for 10 days by the stewards at last week’s Cheltenham Festival for continuing on third-placed Jerrysback in the …

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Could series of recent controversies result in confidence vote in BHA? | Chris Cook

Sir Anthony McCoy led the critics on TV, while trainer Henry Daly voiced his concerns in an open letter as racing’s rulers limp from crisis to crisisRelations between racing professionals and the sport’s ruling body have reached such a low ebb that a v…

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Sir Anthony McCoy hits out over ‘disgraceful’ ban on Cheltenham jockey

• McCoy: ‘I’m embarrassed for the BHA’• Stewards punished three riders after National Hunt ChaseSir Anthony McCoy spoke of his disgust with racing’s ruling body during an ITV broadcast from the Cheltenham Festival on Wednesday, expressing in vivid term…

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Horse dies and three jockeys suspended in Cheltenham Festival drama

• Future of National Hunt Chase called into question• Troubling scenes after final race on opening dayThe last race on day one at the Festival turned into a very troubling spectacle, with twice as many fallers as finishers, and it ended with the death …

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Cheltenham Festival: fatalities have racing on edge before its biggest week

Track officials and racing’s governing body hope to ensure there is no repeat of the six deaths at last year’s FestivalIf it is not every punter’s abiding memory of last year’s Cheltenham Festival, it is certainly the most immediate. Twenty-two horses …

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Jockeys warned of whips clampdown at Grand National meeting

• BHA urges riders to stick to rules at Cheltenham Festival• ‘Temporary measures’ possible at Aintree next monthThe British Horseracing Authority said on Friday that “temporary measures” to deter misuse of the whip could be introduced in time for the G…

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Racing industry fails to prevent more track boycotts over prize money

• Lingfield meeting in danger of poorest turnout for years• Trainers boycott course despite BHA attempt to avert strikesAttempts to avert a potential boycott of tracks owned by the Arena Racing Company (ARC) next week appear to have failed with Lingfie…