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Category: British Horseracing Authority

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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…

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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…

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Richard Fahey threatens to ‘go ballistic’ over flu-related shutdown

• Trainer fears his horses could be treated differently from others• Fahey speaks after allowing test swabs to go elsewhere firstOne of Britain’s most successful trainers has promised to “go ballistic” if his horses are prevented from competing when ra…

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Racing’s midweek green light closer with no new equine flu cases reported

• No new positive tests from swabs but BHA urge caution • Mark Johnston offers lukewarm suport for lockdownA midweek resumption for horse racing appears a lot closer following news on Saturday that no new positives have been found for equine influenza,…

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Equine flu outbreak spreads with 174 racing stables now in lockdown

• New fears that racing shutdown may extend beyond next week• Four new cases are found including three at original yardConcern that an outbreak of equine influenza (EI) could extend the shutdown of British racing beyond next Wednesday deepened on Frida…

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‘Embarrassing rubbish’: Tony McCoy adds to outrage over bizarre £140 fine

• Trainer Henry Oliver fined for encouraging horse forward• BHA defends rules after widespread mockery of decisionFinding itself in a PR hole, racing’s ruling body opted to keep digging on Sunday in response to the row caused by the decision of its ste…

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Jockeys’ chief urges more testing after Irish increase riders’ cocaine bans

• Paul Struthers against introducing harsher penalties • Irish officials say anti-drug message not workingRacing’s ruling body should refrain from copying the Irish example in seeking harsher penalties for jockeys who fail drug tests and instead consid…

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BHA forced to row back on chief executive’s comments on whip use

• Nick Rust commented on discussions not yet taken place• The New One retires as Brain Power wins the dayRacing’s ruling body found itself in the embarrassing position of having to row back on comments made this week by its own chief executive, Nick Ru…

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Cheltenham Festival to reduce field sizes in bid to improve safety

• Changes proposed for meeting after seven deaths this year• Pre-race veterinary checks to be increased at the fixtureThe British Horseracing Authority published a series of recommendations on Wednesday designed to improve the safety and welfare of hor…