British racing

Britain: BHA Set To Increase Frequency Of Drug Testing On Horses, Jockeys

The British Horseracing Authority has announced that it will double the amount of drug tests it conducts away from racecourses this year, in an effort to “combat the sophistication of modern doping methods.” According to a report in The Guardian, the BHA also plans to take more race-day samples than in the past. Brant Dunshea, the BHA’s new director […]

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BHA Overhauls Licensing, Training Requirements For Jockeys

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA), in partnership with key industry stakeholders, has today announced a significant overhaul to the jockey licensing and training process, with changes taking place from April 1, 2017. The new approach is designed to produce an enhanced training and development strategy through the jockey licensing framework and is the result of […]

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Trainer David 'Dandy' Nicholls
Closing Out A ‘Dandy’ Career: British Trainer Nicholls Retires

David ‘Dandy’ Nicholls, who was dubbed ‘The Sprint King’ for his knack of training top class sprinters, has decided to call an end to his career and retire. Racing UK reports that Nicholls cited ‘financial problems’ as a reason for his decision. Nicholls was a successful jockey – riding over 400 winners – prior to taking out […]

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Australia defeated The Grey Gatsby in the 2014 Juddmonte International
Juddmonte International To Be Worth Record £1 Million

A fifth QIPCO British Champions Series race will be worth seven figures this year after it was announced today that the Juddmonte International at York will carry an increased total prize fund of £1 million. Prize-money for a Group 1 contest, that has been won by stars such as Sea The Stars (2009) and Frankel (2012) […]

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Shergar, piloted by 19-year-old Walter Swinburn, raced to a 10-length victory in the 1981 Epsom Derby
Report: Riding Legend Swinburn’s Death Due To Fall From Window

Legendary British jockey Walter Swinburn, who piloted the mighty Shergar to victory in the 1981 Epsom Derby, died as a result of injuries sustained after he fell from an upstairs window at his home. The Racing Post reports that at an inquest held at Westminster Coroner’s Court on Wednesday, Swinburn’s death on Dec. 12, 2016, was ruled an […]

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Racing at Lingfield Park
Worth The Wait: After 27-Year Drought, 87-Year-Old Racehorse Owner Gets First Win

Bill Davis, 87, has been actively involved in Britain’s horse racing industry as both an owner and breeder for nearly three decades – 27 years, to be exact. Over the years, Davis has bred 16 horses, and seven of them made it to the racetrack. During that time, though, Davis never had one cross the finish […]

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‘It Is Quite A Shock’: Britain’s Kempton Park Set For Demolition

The racing industry in Britain was dealt a surprise blow when the Jockey Club announced Tuesday that Kempton Park racecourse in southwest London would be sold and the property developed for housing. The Guardian reports that Kempton Park, which is home to both all-weather and jumps courses, will have its racing fixtures, including the prestigious Group […]

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Former jockey J. J. McMenamin posted this photo on his Facebook page
Britain: Fugitive Ex-Jockey Leads Police On Bizarre Manhunt, Taunts Cops On Facebook

It may not be a case “ripped from the headlines”, but it certainly made news throughout Britain over the weekend when former jockey-turned-fugitive J.J. McMenamin led local police on a bizarre ‘chase’ via social media posts. According to reports in the Racing Post and The Telegraph, McMenamin, 30, was wanted by North Yorkshire Police after missing a December court date related to numerous traffic […]

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Britain: Officials Launch Investigation After Jockey Accused Of Swapping Urine Samples

The British Horseracing Authority has launched an investigation after the Kempton stewards reported Graham Gibbons to have swapped a urine sample with that of another jockey on Wednesday evening. Gibbons had one ride on the card and was asked to provide the sample after finishing sixth on Button Up in the second division of a […]

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Trainer Jamie Osborne (center) celebrates Toast of New York's win in the 2014 UAE Derby
Help Wanted: British Trainer Takes To Twitter To Line Up Jockey For Upcoming Race

When British-based trainer Jamie Osborne needed to line up a jockey for one of his runners scheduled to run at Kempton Park, instead of contacting an agent in order to line up a rider, he took to social media. Racing UK reports that Osborne, who trained 2014 Breeders’ Cup Classic runner-up, Toast of New York, needed a […]

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