British Horseracing Authority

Lead Pants: BHA Suspends Jockey, Trainer’s Assistant For Adding Weight After Win

The British Horseracing Authority has handed down punishments to a British jockey and a trainer’s assistant for an incident involving a half a pound of lead two years ago. According to their confessions, rider Robbie Dunne carried a half a pound less than he was supposed to in a novice handicap and the assistant, Barry […]

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Aintree, British Horseracing Authority To Review Three Deaths At Cheltenham Festival

Up for Review became the first horse to suffer a fatal injury in the Grand National since 2012 this weekend, while Tiger Roll went on to win the race for a second year in a row. According to bbc.com, both Aintree officials and the British Horseracing Authority will conduct a review of the Grand National death, […]

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British Racing To Resume In ‘Risk-Managed’ Setting On Wednesday

On Monday night, the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) announced a risk-managed return to racing will take place from Wednesday this week. Racing in Britain had been canceled for the past six days as a result of an equine influenza outbreak. After consultation with its veterinary committee, and based on the latest tests conducted by the Animal Health […]

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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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British Racing Cancelled Until Next Wednesday; Stables On Lockdown With Equine Flu Scare

The British Horseracing Authority has confirmed three cases of equine influenza, triggering the cancellation of all racing in Britain for the next several days and the shutdown of training yards across the country. According to the Racing Post, trainer Donald McCain said his stable was the source of the outbreak. More than 100 trainers have […]

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Confirmed Equine Flu In Vaccinated Horses Cause For Concern In Britain

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has cancelled racing in Britain on Thursday, February 7, because of equine influenza. The decision is supported by BHA’s industry veterinary committee; the concern stems from the presence of confirmed Equine Influenza in three horses that had been vaccinated for the disease. The horses confirmed with the disease had raced […]

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Hair Club For Horses? Men’s Regrowth Shampoo Leads To Positive Drug Test In England

Two horses trained in the United Kingdom by Suzi Best have been disqualified by the British Horseracing Authority after post-race samples detected minoxidil, a vasodilator that is also an ingredient in a hair regrowth product sold in the United Kingdom under the brand name Regaine (Rogaine in the United States). The two runners, Outrath and […]

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Britain: High Profile Couple Stops Entering At Cheltenham Over Injury Issues

Two prominent British owners in jump racing have created a stir in the industry by choosing not to enter their horses at Cheltenham, one of the world’s most renowned steeplechase venues. According to the Racing Post, Paul and Clare Rooney wrote to their trainers, telling them not to run at Cheltenham, where six fatalities occurred […]

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Lights Off: Mid-Race Power Outage Forces Cancellations At Chelmsford

In the middle of Tuesday’s third race at Chelmsford, a power outage literally caused the track’s floodlights to fail. The British Horseracing Authority relayed on Twitter that the race judge was interviewed; he said he could not verify the race finish due to insufficient light. Stewards could not see the race’s final two furlongs, so […]

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Does Hurdle And Fence Color Affect Horse And Rider Safety?  

New research from the University of Exeter indicates that horses may see white and yellow more clearly than the color orange. Strips of orange are currently used on hurdles and fences on British racecourses to help the human eye process the location of the obstacle, but the new study indicates changing the colors of the […]

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