British Horseracing Authority

BHA: For First Two Weeks Of Racing, International Runners Only Allowed In Group 1 Races

Following further discussion with the Flat Pattern Committee, as well as France and Ireland, and in the light of the rapidly developing situation internationally, the British Horseracing Authority has today clarified the policy regarding foreign-trained runners following the resumption of racing, which British racing is currently planning to take place behind closed doors from June […]

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Royal Ascot To Go On As Scheduled In Mid-June; 2,000 Guineas Scheduled For June 6

Following the UK government publishing a provisional timetable for the return of professional sport on Monday, the Britsh horse racing industry’s leaders continue to plan for a resumption of racing from June 1. To this end, the BHA’s Flat Pattern Committee has today published an update to the program of Pattern and Listed races for […]

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British Horseracing Authority Making Plans For Resumption On June 1

Senior executives from British horseracing have welcomed the publication of a timeline for the potential resumption of sporting events by the UK government on Monday. In its document, Our Plan to Rebuild, the government said it planned for sporting and cultural events to resume behind closed doors as part of the second step of lifting […]

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British Horseracing Authority Publishes Provisional Program For First Week Of Racing

On Sunday May 10, the UK Government will outline the next phase of its response to the coronavirus pandemic, which may include changes to its current social distancing restrictions and, potentially, a timeline for the resumption of sport. Horse racing industry leaders will then meet on Monday, May 11 to discuss the Government’s announcement and […]

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BHA: ‘Best Case Scenario’ Would See 2,000 Guineas Run In June

The British Horseracing Authority’s current plan for the resumption of racing is based on a phased approach, which will allow the sport to transition back to a normal fixture list in a controlled way that is consistent with what is likely to be a gradual easing of Government restrictions. A full range of possible scenarios […]

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British Horseracing Authority Announces Nearly $24 Million In Emergency Aid

The British Horseracing Authority announced on Friday emergency financial support of £22 million (US$23.9 million) to help its people, businesses and communities as they battle through the COVID-19 crisis. The suspension of racing has had a significant economic impact on racing yards, jockeys and the staff who look after horses. Racecourses have been particularly badly […]

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British Horseracing Authority Extends Suspension Of Racing Indefinitely

The suspension of racing, which is due to finish at the end of April, is to be extended after a decision today by the Board of the British Horseracing Authority. Racing stopped on March 18th before the government introduced the current lockdown measures to protect essential emergency services and the health and safety of the […]

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BHA To Delay Jumps Racing Until July, Hopes To Resume Flat Racing In May

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) announced on Tuesday that it will delay the resumption of jump racing until the beginning of July. This decision was made following an initial proposal from the National Trainers Federation (NTF), with the aim being to provide clarity to the trainers and owners of jump horses and to assist them […]

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British Horse Racing Goes Behind Closed Doors; Grand National Decision Forthcoming

British horse racing industry leaders are preparing to hold race meetings without spectators and to ensure that the competitors and participants attending only do so under strict conditions. The sport’s tripartite leadership, including racecourses, participants and the governing body, the British Horseracing Authority, will tomorrow discuss an approach recommended by the industry’s COVID-19 group. It […]

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