British racing

Ascot Racecourse To Offer Record £13.45 Million In Purses In 2018

Ascot Racecourse today announced that prize money for 2018 for its 25 race days (excluding the industry-owned QIPCO British Champions Day) will be a record £13,452,000. This represents an increase of £1.2 million, 10% up on the 2017 figure of £12,229,000. Royal Ascot will be worth over £7 million for the first time at £7,305,000 […]

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Britain: Al Shaqab Racing Under Scrutiny After Trail Of Debt, Unpaid Bills Revealed

Sheikh Joaan’s al Thani’s Al Shaqab Racing has experienced an enormous amount of success on some of horse racing’s biggest stages since arriving on the scene in 2013 – twice winning the G1 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe with Treve and taking the G1 Two Thousand Guineas and G1 St. James’s Palace Stakes with Galileo […]

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Additional Prize Money Will Support Lower and Middle Tiers Of British Racing

Additional prize money from the Levy and racecourses is set to flow to the sport’s participants from 1 January 2018. Those participants who operate at the mid and lower tiers of the sport are set to benefit most through an appearance money scheme and race incentive fund aimed at the sport’s grassroots participants. The use […]

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BHA Fines Trainer Just £1,000 In Anabolic Steriod Case

The British Horseracing Authority defied its own penalty guidelines on Friday when it decided to hand trainer Hughie Morrison a £1,000 (US$1337.79) fine in an anabolic steroid case. According to The Guardian, the BHA made its decision because “on the balance of probabilities, Mr Morrison was innocent of any involvement” in administering steroids to the filly Our Little Sister. […]

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‘Different Mindset’: British Vets Question Volume Of Therapeutic Drugs Used In American Racing

This is the third and final piece in a three-part series on British medication use and regulation. Find Part 1 here and Part 2 here. In the course of his usual morning rounds to the training yards around Newmarket in Suffolk, England, Dr. Mike Shepherd visits a horse who is scheduled to leave his trainer’s […]

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What’s In Your Wallet? British Hurdler Samuel Jackson Springs 100-1 Upset In Racing Debut

Punters that were wise enough – or rather, lucky enough – to have a wager on 100-1 shot Samuel Jackson Thursday at Taunton Racecourse in England were handsomely rewarded when the 5-year-old gelding charged to a 3 1/4-length victory in his hurdling debut. The Racing Post reports that Samuel Jackson had previously won two point-to-point races, but […]

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‘No Desire To Run On Lasix’: British Trainers Rely On Minimalistic Medication Regimens

This is the second in a three-part series examining differences in medication policy and use in Great Britain versus the United States. See Part 1 here. When medication reform is discussed in the United States, horsemen’s advocates often resist tighter restrictions on therapeutic medications, citing the need to treat horses for the myriad aches and […]

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Britain: Turner Receives Three-Month Riding Ban Following ‘Breach Of Betting Rules’

Hayley Turner has been suspended from riding for three months after the opening of an internet betting account saw her charged by the British Horseracing Authority with a breach of the rules governing betting by jockeys. Britain’s most successful woman jockey officially retired from the saddle at the end of the 2015 turf season and […]

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Across The Pond: How Does British Racing Regulate Drugs?

This is the first in a series of three articles comparing and contrasting medication use and regulation in Britain with those in the United States. We will examine the differences between the systems from the perspective of regulators, trainers, and veterinarians.  When it comes to medication regulation, it’s no secret things are done differently across […]

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From Newmarket: Digging Up Pot8os

To a visiting American, everything in England is old. A walk around Newmarket affords views of horses working over the same ground that has supported champion Thoroughbreds for hundreds of years, tucked into the same barns and cobblestoned yards as the generations before them. But even by English standards, the horses at Hare Park Stud, […]

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