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Talking Horses: debate over deals with betting firms to rumble on

Altior’s withdrawal put the spotlight on how trainers with bookmaker deals should handle market-sensitive information

The increasingly vexed question of whether trainers and other licence holders should enter commercial associations with betting firms seems likely to be the subject of discussions between trade bodies and the British Horseracing Authority over the days and weeks ahead, though perhaps not quite so imminently as seemed the case on Sunday morning.

Rupert Arnold, the chief executive of the National Trainers Federation (NTF), seemed clear during an interview on Sky Sports Racing’s Sunday Debate programme that he expected the issue to be raised during one of the NTF’s “regular liaison meetings” with the BHA. “I am sure they [the BHA] will discuss it with us,” Arnold said, “because we have some arrangements we have come to over the last six months in the light of other things that happened last year where we have regular liaison meetings, so I’m looking forward to that discussion on Monday.”

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