Beginning Oct. 10, jockeys in Great Britain will face a minimum suspension of five days for not adhering to stricter limits for use of the whip in races.
- By Mark Popham
British horse racing is coming to terms with the loss of one its most respected administrators following the death of Sir Tristram Ricketts the morning of Nov. 7. Ricketts was 61.
British racing needs to make dramatic changes to the structure and timing of big races according to Channel 4, which broadcasts the majority of live horseracing seen on television in Britain.
The British Horseracing Board reported record prize money of more than £104 million was offered in British races during 2006, marking only the second time that the £100-million mark has been exceeded.
Greg Nichols, chief executive of the British Horseracing Board for the past four years, will relinquish the post of running British racing's ruling body later this year.
The British Horseracing Board held its Flat Awards ceremony Tuesday, eligible to horses who are trained or raced at some stage in Britain during 2005. Motivator was named Horse Of The Year by the BHB.
A ruling in the British Court Of Appeal against the British Horseracing Board has finally sunk the financial strategy being pursued by racing's rulers since 2000.
The British Jockey Club announced on July 11 that it has a launched an investigation into the use of inside information within British racing.
Four planned all-weather tracks in Britain have been given the go-ahead to apply for fixtures in 2006, meaning that dirt racing will become more widespread.
Martin Broughton, the chairman of the British Horseracing Board, today suggested a statutory contribution to horse racing from bookmakers and betting exchanges as a means of financing the industry.
Philip Freedman, chairman of the Thoroughbred Breeders' Association in Great Britain, has issued a warning about the detrimental impact of recent cutbacks by the British Horseracing Board.
British racing's ruling body, the British Horseracing Board, has slashed budgets for 2005 in the light of losing a court case around database rights.
- By Mark Popham
The British Horseracing Board's future funding strategy was thrown into disarray when the European Court of Justice Nov. 9 ruled in favor of bookmaker William Hill's challenge over database rights.
Newmarket, one of Great Britain's premier racecourses, has been forced to abandon plans, at least for a year, for the construction of an all-weather (dirt) track after it was offered only three fixtures for 2005 by the British Horseracing Board's Fixture Allocation Group.
Peter Savill, who will step down at the end of June after six years as chairman of the British Horseracing Board, announced an agreement June 10 that should end the Office of Fair Trading's investigation into British racing. Businessman Martin Broughton will take over from Savill.
Two new group I races will take place in Britain this year, the European Pattern Committee has announced. Both races -- the Falmouth Stakes and the Sun Chariot Stakes -- will be run at Newmarket, the headquarters of British flat racing.
The British Horseracing Board has, as expected, launched a strong defense against the findings of an Office Of Fair Trading investigation in the sport. The BHB has condemned them as "disastrous."
Profound changes to the way British racing operates were announced Monday by a review committee chaired by British Horseracing Board chairman Peter Savill.
One of the six main recommendations put forward today by the British Horseracing Board's review committee is to maintain and develop the British breeding industry.
The outgoing chairman of Britain's Thoroughbred Breeders' Association has recommended that a "supervisory board" should be implemented to establish broad policy and monitor the work of British Horseracing Board and the Jockey Club.
Sheikh Mohammed's hard-hitting speech at the Gimcrack dinner at York Racecourse, England, on December 10 was broadly welcomed by those in British racing.
Citing delay in organizational restructuring, the racing director of the British Horseracing Board resigned one year after taking up his post.
The fallout from the Oct. 7 BBC Television program "Panorama," which alleged widespread corruption in British racing, has been considerable. British Jockey Club security chief Jeremy Phipps resigned Oct. 9, and British Horseracing Board chairman Peter Savill has called for one ruling body rather than two.
Cooperation and congratulation were the main themes of the British Horseracing Board's annual meeting in London June 13. A major new initiative is a "far-reaching and all-encompassing review of the way forward for British racing."
Considering the entrenched and antagonistic stances, the April 17 agreement for the right of the main British bookmakers to bet on British racing beginning May 1 was remarkable.
Nigel Elwes announced Tuesday, January 8, that he would "consider his position" as chairman of the Thoroughbred Breeders' Association if the breeders' trade body does not retain its seat on the British Horseracing Board after a review of the structure of racing's governing body is complete.
The estate of Paul Mellon, the American owner/breeder who died in 1999, has donated $3.5 million to the British Horseracing Board's Rehabilitation Of Racehorses charity.
The biggest media rights deal in the history of British racing apparently fell through Monday when the British Horseracing Board decided not to give a full pre-race data license to the Go Racing consortium of Arena Leisure, Channel 4 and Sky Television.
The British Horseracing Board is set to relax its tough stance of not
racing at courses within 10 kilometers of a foot-and-mouth disease outbreak. BHB directors were to be told at a meeting Wednesday that further disruption to the flat racing season in Britain could occur if the policy isn't changed.
The British Horseracing Board is set to relax its tough stance of not racing at courses within 10 kilometers of a foot and mouth outbreak.
The Mail On Sundaynewspaper in Britain reported the Queen, who owns and breeds horses and has her own racecourse, Ascot, thinks that the sport should be suspended while the foot and mouth outbreak continues. The British Horseracing Board confirmed that the Queen has expressed her concern. Tristram Ricketts, secretary general of the BHB, said: "Last week Her Majesty the Queen expressed her concern that racing should consider its response to the foot and mouth outbreak very carefully, but has not asked for horseracing to stop.
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