British racing

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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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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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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British Official: This Year’s Grand National Could Be Wrecked By ‘No-Deal’ Brexit

One of Britain’s most prestigious horse racing events, the Grand National, could be ruined this year if there’s a “no-deal” exit by Britain from the European Union, said Environment Secretary Michael Gove. Gove said if Britain leaves the EU in late March without a deal in place for future relationships with member countries, Irish 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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Horse Racing On City Streets? Trial Run Gets Rave Reviews In Britain

A project that hopes to take horse racing to the streets next year in major metro areas got a boost Wednesday with a trial run at a British racecourse. According to the Racing Post, both trainers and jockeys gave a thumbs up to the exhibition, which took place at Aintree, where a temporary three-furlong artificial […]

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Racing In The City Streets One Step Closer To Reality After Successful Trials

Horses racing down city streets in Europe may soon be a reality after a successful trial in Greenwich, England. According to the Racing Post, the concept is akin to Formula 1 racing taking place in major city centers, and the hope of organizers is that two races will take place in major cities next year, […]

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British Racehorse Finally Breaks Maiden In 56th Attempt

After 55 consecutive defeats to start his career, L’Es Fremantle, a 7-year-old jumps runner in Great Britain, came swooping at 80-1 to cross the wire first at Market Rasen Thursday. The victory was also the first win for 80-year-old trainer Michael Chapman in two years. During in-running exchange wagering, L’Es Fremantle traded at a peak […]

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Paddy Power Betfair Fined $2.9 Million For Allowing Stolen Money, Problem Gamblers

The United Kingdom Gambling Commission has fined Paddy Power Betfair £2.2 million ($2.9 million US) for allowing stolen money to be wagered through its betting exchanged and for failing to protect problem gamblers. An investigation found that the company did not have proper oversight in place to stop addicts from betting and that Paddy Power Betfair […]

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‘Snobbery In Racing’: Examining Britain’s Super-Trainers

British owners are gravitating toward larger training operations, much like the “super-trainer” epidemic of the United States, according to reports at thoroughbredracing.com. A number of smaller trainers have identified issues like prize money and media coverage as important factors in the “polarization” of racing. “What’s happening in our game is that it’s very much a sport […]

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