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Category: British Horseracing Authority

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Talking Horses: is it time for racing to call the whip by another name?

Language matters, as the Horse Welfare Board noted this week, so why continue to use a term which is off-putting to others?A serious, substantial piece of work is the strategic plan published on Thursday by the newly created Horse Welfare Board. It is …

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Talking Horses: BHA signs up to monitor betting on Irish racing

Officials in Britain have signed a deal to provide integrity services to support their counterparts in IrelandHorse racing is to enter a new era of collaboration across the Irish Sea with the news that officials in Britain have signed a deal to provide…

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Talking Horses: Good luck to Nick Rust’s successor in tough role at BHA

The headhunters tasked with finding the new head of the BHA face some tricky choices as they scroll through their contactsThe headhunters tasked with finding Nick Rust’s replacement as chief executive of the British Horseracing Authority face some tric…

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Talking Horses: Good luck to Nick Rust’s successor in tough role at BHA

The headhunters tasked with finding the new head of the BHA face some tricky choices as they scroll through their contactsThe headhunters tasked with finding Nick Rust’s replacement as chief executive of the British Horseracing Authority face some tric…

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Nick Rust to stand down as British Horseracing Authority chief executive

• Rust had reflected on position after recent bereavement• Head of racing’s governing body will leave at end of yearThe British Horseracing Authority’s chief executive Nick Rust will step down at the end of the year after nearly six years leading racin…

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Talking Horses: BHA urges Nicky Henderson to clarify Altior plans

Ruling body intervened on Wednesday evening to point out that the steeplechaser is still entered at Kempton on SaturdayIn a startling development, racing’s ruling body announced on Wednesday evening that Altior was still entered in Saturday’s Silviniac…

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Talking Horses: BHA urges trainers to remain vigilant over equine flu

The ultimate legacy of the six racing-free days in Britain last year may well be an even stronger barrier against flu infectionAlmost exactly 11 months ago, on 7 February 2019, racing woke up to the news that ‘everything’s off’. Three horses in Donald …

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Jockeys to appeal against ban for ignoring ‘Stop’ flag at Sandown

• BHA to look at procedure after delay in ruling race void• Decision on London National came 35 minutes after finishThe British Horseracing Authority said on Sunday it will look at its procedures for declaring races void in the aftermath of the London …

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Talking Horses: did BHA take Brock’s whip case seriously enough?

Racing’s regulator did not seek to persuade a disciplinary panel that elastic bands on the whip flap caused a horse’s injuryWhen we finally reach our deathbeds and are reflecting on all that went before, few of us will be wishing we’d spent more time i…

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Talking Horses: did BHA take Brock’s whip case seriously enough?

Racing’s regulator did not seek to persuade a disciplinary panel that elastic bands on the whip flap caused a horse’s injuryWhen we finally reach our deathbeds and are reflecting on all that went before, few of us will be wishing we’d spent more time i…

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BHA disciplinary panel papers over the cracks in Danny Brock whip case

• Jockey who used modified whip made ‘mistake’, panel decides• Betting patterns on winner backed from 100-1 not consideredThe independent disciplinary panel which considered Danny Brock’s use of a modified whip on a horse that was found to have been ma…

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BHA plans stricter syndicate rules after Supreme Horse Racing Club scandal

• Irish regulator looking into the owner of Kemboy• BHA faces calls for fit and proper tests on all syndicate membersRacing’s ruling body is mulling over plans to tighten up its regulation of syndicates, a hot topic in the wake of the drama around the …

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Talking Horses: BHA suffers blow as intelligence manager adds to exits

Nicola McDermott to leave her role next month but BHA insists that a series of high-profile departures are not linkedNicola McDermott, who has served as intelligence manager at the British Horseracing Authority for just over a year, is to leave her pos…

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Talking Horses: Timeform urges BHA to rethink approach on welfare

The ruling body ‘runs the risk of being chased into a corner from which it cannot escape,’ says the latest Chasers & HurdlersThe extremely welcome announcement last month that dual Grand National winner Tiger Roll is on target to try and win an unp…

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William Carson: I took eight or nine lines of cocaine two days before riding

• Jockey banned for six months after testing positive for drug• Grand National-winning trainer lectured rider at hearingThe jockey William Carson admitted taking “eight or nine lines” of cocaine in a pub on a Monday night, just two days before riding i…

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Talking Horses: BHA defend blood sampling after Harrington complaint

The British Horseracing Authority has issued an unapologetic defence of its policy of taking pre-race blood samples from horses, following a complaint by the trainer Jessica HarringtonRacing’s ruling body has issued an unapologetic defence of its polic…

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Talking Horses: Warned-off punter claims bookmaker owes him £100k

A punter currently warned off for his part in a corruption case claims Betway is using his past behaviour as an excuse to refuse to pay him £108,000A punter who is currently warned off by the British Horseracing Authority for his part in a corruption c…

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BHA’s Rust ridiculed over claim ‘98% of under-30s have never seen a horse’

Talking Horses Nick Rust has been unable to identify the source of his data, highlighting the need for care with statisticsNick Rust said a surprising thing last week, while commenting on the whip debate at a meeting of stable staff in Lambourn. “Accor…

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Talking Horses: betting firms’ deals with trainers and jockeys treble

Racing professionals’ links to bookmakers have increased dramatically in the past three years but the BHA says it regularly monitors arrangementsThe number of trainers and jockeys signing up to links with betting firms has trebled in three years. A Bri…

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Talking Horses: Mahmood al-Zarooni seeks a pardon over steroids ban

Infamous ex-trainer has spoken of his desire to return to the sport and insists ‘I’m a different person’Mahmood al-Zarooni is seeking a pardon from the British Horseracing Authority and wants to train again, despite having been the subject of a worldwi…