Tag Archive | "BHA"

Who Goes? You Don’t Get to Decide.

Monday, November 1, 2010

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It is no surprise at all that the Levy Board and the Bookmakers Committee finally admitted defeat and conceded that the 50th Levy Scheme will be referred to the Government for settlement. Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt has expressed his disappointment and made clear that action will be taken to prevent this happening again and says [...]

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The Betfair Flying Wedge

Saturday, October 30, 2010

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Betfair’s rugby union team recently trounced Ladbrokes in a charity game. I’m sure the victory was won entirely within the modern rules of the game and that the outlawed ‘flying wedge’ wasn’t utilised. I think the Betfair boys have adopted the tactic elsewhere to some effect this week.

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Racing’s Leaders Need to Learn Levy Lessons

Friday, October 29, 2010

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It’s funny what you learn and how. Many years ago, when tuition fees were undreamt of and sons of families of modest means like me qualified for maintenance grants, I went to university. I studied Drama and English for three very enjoyable years. In my third year I was lucky enough to be given Goldmsiths’ George [...]

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Dear Chairmen. It’s not us…it’s you

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

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We were told it was the most comprehensive and compelling case Racing had ever made in terms of a Levy Submission. Nic Coward, the BHA Chief Executive has claimed that the sport has made a ‘comprehensive case that is built on rigorous analysis’. How comprehensive? How rigorous? Well, according to Deloitte who were commissioned to [...]

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Racing’s Rooney?

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

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Racing’s Rooney?

In a week when Wayne Rooney fans were rudely awakened to the naked reality of the brutal commercial cynicism that festers at the heart of the once beautiful game, Racing learned that it too has key figures for whom ‘business is business’.

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Casela Park. Fancy a bet?

Friday, August 6, 2010

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The ride that Casela Park was given at Newcastle on Wednesday 4th August has attracted a huge amount of comment. If you’ve not seen it I recommend a viewing on the excellent attheraces.com website with it’s free video archive. We’ll have to wait and see what the BHA makes of it. A failure to apply [...]

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A Pause for Thought After Findlay Appeal

Thursday, July 15, 2010

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Ever since Harry Findlay was initially disqualified from racing for 6 months by a BHA Disciplinary Panel the debate that has raged has been colourful, passionate and at times not altogether rational. Now that an Appeal Board has rescinded the initial ban and replaced it with a £4,500 fine, on top of the month of disqualification already [...]

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Interfering on Interference

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

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There’s been a good deal of heat generated recently on the topic of jockeys getting suspensions for infringements of the rules on interference. Richard Hughes has taken a week off in order to avoid picking up further days prior to Goodwood. Trainer Richard Hannon has supported Hughes’ logic claiming that stewards are too ‘fierce’ and [...]

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A Watering Wager

Thursday, July 1, 2010

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I’m no tipster but I’ve got a good thing for today. Somwhere, sometime it’s going to rain. The long hot dry spell that has seen barely a cloud in the sky for weeks will come to an end and precipitation will occur. Not such a bold prediction I know but I’m willing to go further. [...]

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Racing and Betting. The Future?

Friday, June 4, 2010

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Racing and Betting. The Future?

I interviewed Paul Roy, chairman of the British Horseracing Authority, for At The Races this week. One of the main topics was of course Racing for Change and I took a few positives from that part of our conversation. The middle part of the interview focused on the challenges facing Racing. Again some positives there [...]

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