British Horse Racing

How The First Horse Van Shocked The Public And British Bookmakers

The thresholds of Keeneland’s property will be tread upon by an endless stream of horse vans during the two weeks and change of its September Yearling Sale, effortlessly bringing horses in from around the country and redistributing them to destinations around the world. It’s easy to take for granted a van hauling several horses at […]

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Britain: Aftercare Executive Lashes Out At Country’s Official OTTB Charity

In a letter published in the Racing Post this week, the chairman of one of Britain’s first aftercare groups criticized the funding model for Retraining of Racehorses (RoR), the industry-funded organization tasked with promoting off-track Thoroughbreds and providing a safety net to those which may be vulnerable. John Sexton, chairman of the British Thoroughbred Retraining […]

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Britain: Harsher Penalties For Whip Use May Be Coming Up

British Horseracing Authority chief executive Nick Rust revealed this week he is considering implementing harsher penalties for whip use violations in that country. Rust pointed to comments from jockey Hayley Turner after her win at Royal Ascot that the fine of £1,600 and nine-day suspension she incurred would likely have no impact on her riding […]

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British Trainer Johnston: ‘The Whip Is Not There For Safety And Correction’

Britain’s winningest trainer spoke out this week on limitations of whip use, telling Racing Post’s Andrew Dietz he believes a whip ban would threaten the existence of racing. Unlike American riders, who have resisted whip bans or limitations on the grounds that crops help them control a horse’s direction in an emergency, Mark Johnston believes […]

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British Study: Workload For Those In Racing ‘Unsustainable Individually Or Organisationally’

A British study finds the week-to-week workload for jockeys, grooms, and trainers in racing there “potentially seems unsustainable individually or organisationally” based on long working hours, lack of overtime pay, and a normalization of a lack of work/life balance. The majority of those surveyed reported they were currently experiencing stress, anxiety or depression related to […]

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BHA Focused On ‘Containment’: Equine Influenza Strain Identified As ‘Virulent’ Clade 1

The strain of equine influenza involved in the outbreak in the UK has been identified as the “Florida Clade 1” strain, which the British Horseracing Authority explains is endemic to North and South America and different from the “Clade 2” strain which is endemic to Europe. British horses are reported to be vaccinated against both […]

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Britain: Jockeys Association Calls For Action After Study On Sexuality In Racing

Britain’s Professional Jockeys Association is calling for additional research and awareness to sexual diversity in racing after a study indicates riders feel uncomfortable with publicly identifying as gay, lesbian, or bisexual. Research from the University of Liverpool was presented to racing insiders earlier this week at the Horseracing Industry Conference, demonstrating the number of gay, […]

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Mental Health In Racing The Focus For Long-Running Research Project Out Of Britain

A project out of Britain’s Liverpool John Moores University is entering the final phase in its quest to understand the status of mental/emotional health for those working in Thoroughbred racing. Funded in part by a grant from The Racing Foundation, postgraduate researcher Will McConn told HorseTalk New Zealand he hopes the research will provide a […]

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British Tracks Want A Drone Ban, Say They Give Bettors Unfair Edge

British racecourses are pushing for authorities to keep drones out of the sky during races because the tracks say the drones’ video feeds give bettors an unfair advantage, reports the Daily Mail. Video can be transmitted from drones seconds faster than a traditional TV broadcast, and racing officials say bettors are buying those feeds for […]

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Racing Post: Retired Steeplechase Jockey McCoy Enjoying The Race From The Ground

Just because retired steeplechase jockey AP McCoy isn’t chasing win records anymore doesn’t mean he’s stepped away from the jumps racing scene. An inconspicuous point-to-point winner in England marked a new phase in McCoy’s new career, according to The Racing Post. Hudson Yard, who won at the Chaddesley Corbett point-to-point at Worcestershire for trainer Ciaran […]

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