British Horseracing Authority

Swiss Skydiver To Target Santa Anita Oaks Rather Than 1,000 Guineas

Winner of the loaded Fantasy Stakes at Oaklawn Park last out, the talented 3-year-old filly Swiss Skydiver had been under consideration for the 1,000 Guineas at Newmarket on June 7. The British Horseracing Authority, which shut down racing on March 17 in response to the worldwide coronavirus pandemic, announced last week that racing would resume […]

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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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COVID-19 Pandemic Postpones Launch of British Racing League Until 2021

Championship Horse Racing confirmed on Thursday that, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the inaugural Racing League has been postponed in the United Kingdom until summer 2021. Chief executive of the Racing League, Jeremy Wray, said: “Although disappointed, we are making the decision now to postpone the Racing League until 2021. We have committed £1.8m […]

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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 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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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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