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British Horseracing Authority Amends New Whip Rules; Maximum Six Strikes Allowed In Flat Races

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has, following a recent Board Meeting, introduced adjustments to the rule changes regarding the use of the whip in British racing. The changes are: The rule which stated that the whip may only be used in the backhand position has been removed. It has been replaced by an amendment to […]

Britain’s New Whip Rules To Take Effect In Early 2023

British racing’s revised rules and penalties regarding the use of the padded whip will be implemented in full in Jump racing from Feb. 6, 2023. This follows approval by the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) Board Monday for the final package of rules, guidance, penalties and procedures. The Feb. 6 date will follow a four-week ‘bedding-in’ […]

John Ferguson Appointed To British Horseracing Authority’s Board Of Directors

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA), the sport’s governing and regulatory body, has announced that bloodstock agent, former trainer and senior industry figure John Ferguson has been appointed to the Board of the BHA as one of the two Member-Nominated Directors nominated by the TBA, ROA and NTF (acting on behalf of the Licensed Personnel). John […]

British Racing Launches Diversity And Inclusion E-Learning Module

British racing has launched the sport’s first Diversity and Inclusion E-learning module, as a further 13 organizations from across British racing confirm that they have signed up to British racing’s unified Diversity and Inclusion Industry Commitment.As part of the Diversity in Racing Steering Group’s (DiRSG) commitment to provide educational opportunities on diversity and inclusion, the […]

Three-Time Champion Jockey Oisin Murphy Banned 14 Months Over COVID, Alcohol Breaches

Three-time champion jockey Oisin Murphy has been handed a 14-month ban and a $42,280 (£31,111) fine by the British Horseracing Authority after a hearing over his breaches of rules relating to COVID restrictions and two instances of alcohol use on race days. The ban is backdated to Dec. 8, when 26-year-old Murphy relinquished his license […]

BHA Issues Interim Suspension Of Todd’s Training License After Viral Video

The Chair of British racing’s Independent Judicial Panel has today approved an application from the BHA that an interim suspension should be placed on the training license of Sir Mark Todd following the emergence over the weekend of a video showing him striking a horse with what appears to be a branch. This interim suspension […]

‘Promote A Culture Of Respect’: British Racing Stakeholders Form Group To Develop New Code Of Conduct

The major stakeholder bodies of British horseracing have issued a joint statement regarding the conduct of those who work in the sport, and a commitment to take wide-ranging action to offer support and education to industry participants around behaviors.  The British Horseracing Authority (BHA), National Trainers Federation (NTF), Professional Jockeys Association (PJA), National Association of […]

British Horseracing Authority Plans Increased Regulation Of Racing Syndicates

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) is publishing plans to strengthen the regulation of shared racehorse ownership following an industry-wide consultation completed in the autumn of 2020. The consultation, which formed part of one of the nine key goals for British racing’s recovery plan, examined the current risks and opportunities of shared ownership and how they might […]

British Horseracing Authority Developing Jockey Saliva Testing Pilot Program

In a move to further safeguard human and equine wellbeing and safety, the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) is currently developing a pilot program to assess the use of saliva testing on race days as a method of screening for cocaine and some other banned substances in jockeys. The pilot, which is currently planned to commence […]