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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‘Lame-Duck Leaders Never Work’: Trainers Criticize BHA Leader’s Reaction To COVID-19 Shutdown

First reported by the Sunday Telegraph, a group of high-profile trainers’ emails to British Horseracing Authority chair, Annamarie Phelps, were leaked this weekend, calling on BHA chief executive Nick Rust to resign immediately. Mark Johnston and Ralph Beckett were among those leading the charge in the wake of delays to re-start racing following the COVID-19 […]

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Racing Resumption Plan: BHA To Limit Field Sizes, Utilize Veteran Jockeys

As noted in last week’s update from the British Horseracing Authority’s Resumption of Racing Group, the plan for the resumption of racing is based on a range of models, which can be adapted as circumstances require to support the transition to a normal fixture list in accordance with any gradual easing of Government restrictions. At […]

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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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‘A Positive Step’: Britain Unveils Team-Based Horse Racing League

Championship Horse Racing is delighted to announce the launch of its new, ground-breaking flat horse racing initiative – Racing League – unveiled today at a gathering of industry figures and press in London. The team-based League format will bring increased levels of innovation, fan engagement and accessibility to British horse racing. Teams consisting of 2-4 […]

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