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A £2 maximum stake for betting-shop machines will be boost for racing

Bookmakers describe the scenario as ‘catastrophic’ but the sport is wrong to fear the impact if the government imposes major restrictions on fixed-odds betting terminalsThe Racing Post was unambiguous in its front-page headline last Monday, the day aft…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/jan/28/maximum-stake-cut-fixed-odds-betting-shop-terminals-boost-for-horse-racing

Racing embarrassed again after second wrong-horse blunder in six months

• Ivan Furtado-trained horse ran in wrong races on same day• Similar mix-up happened at Yarmouth last JulyThe British Horseracing Authority said on Thursday that it was “simply unacceptable” that two horses from the same yard were inadvertently switche…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/jan/25/racing-embarrassed-after-second-wrong-horse-blunder-southwell-ivan-furtado

BHA warns of risk to racing if roulette stake is cut to £2 maximum

• British Horseracing Authority fears effects of curb on betting shop machines• Supporters of a government crackdown on FOBTs dispute industry claimsThe British Horseracing Authority’s submission to the government consultation on betting-shop gaming ma…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/jan/22/bha-warns-of-risk-if-betting-shop-roulette-stake-cut-horse-racing-tips

Breathing operation information revealed to punters for first time

• Four horses declared on Friday have had wind surgery• The quartet of runners are at Chepstow and MusselburghFour horses will carry the letters “WS” against their name on Friday’s racecards, the first day of the British Horseracing Authority’s controv…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/jan/18/breathing-operation-information-revealed-to-horse-racing-punters-first-time-lingfield-musselburgh

Hughie Morrison alleges ‘malicious’ doping plot on first day of BHA hearing

• Trainer’s filly Our Little Sister returned positive nandrolone test in January• Morrison says should not be penalised under strict liability regulationsThe battle lines were drawn on Tuesday in a case that could result in the Group One-winning traine…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/dec/19/hughie-morrison-doping-plot-bha-hearing

BHA in a tight corner as panel hears Hughie Morrison nandrolone case

• Morrison filly tested positive for anabolic steroid in January• First high-profile case under doping rules since Philip Hobbs controversyThe British Horseracing Authority’s zero-tolerance policy on doping with anabolic steroids, which was introduced …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/dec/18/british-horseracing-authority-hughie-morrison-bha-doping-case-horse-racing-tips

Hayley Turner to face disciplinary panel over bets while still a jockey

• Hayley Turner, also an ITV pundit, has raced mostly in France this year• Ban could be between three months and 10 yearsHayley Turner, Britain’s most successful female jockey and a familiar pundit on ITV’s racing coverage this year, faces the embarras…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/dec/06/hayley-turner-face-disciplinary-panel-bets-jockey

British Horseracing Authority ‘very concerned’ by Gay Kelleway claims

• Daily Mirror published claims former jockey suffered sexual harassment• BHA and trade bodies issue joint statement condemning alleged behaviourRacing’s main trade bodies and associations issued a joint statement offering the trainer Gay Kelleway supp…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/nov/04/gay-kelleway-sexual-harassment-british-horseracing-authority

Talking Horses: Non-runners on Tuesday’s cards reveal scale of problem

The British Horseracing Authority is trying to address the issue by publishing a detailed breakdown of the last year’s non-runners trainer by trainer

There are 15 non-runners on Tuesday’s four cards already, including no fewer than nine of the original 68 final declarations on the Flat card at Ayr, which gives a glimpse of the scale of the problem that the British Horseracing Authority is trying to address by publishing a detailed breakdown of the last year’s non-runners by trainer.

The tables published on Monday highlighted several trainers whose non-runner rate is above the threshold level that could trigger a 12-month ban on using the self-certification system to withdraw horses from their yard.

Related: Pat Morris’s non-runner rate revealed as worst of any British trainer

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2017/oct/03/talking-horses-tuesday-3-october-best-best-horse-racing-ayr-kempton-non-runners-trainers

Pat Morris’s non-runner rate revealed as worst of any British trainer

• Nearly a quarter of Liverpool trainer’s declared runners failed to start
• Morris given six months to reduce high non-runner rate

Pat Morris, who was warned by the British Horseracing Authority six years ago over the high rate of non-runners from his stable, is in danger of becoming the first trainer to lose the right to self-certify his horses after it emerged on Monday that nearly a quarter of all the declared runners from his yard are eventual non-runners.

Morris’s non-runner rate was the worst of any British trainer either on the Flat or over jumps when the BHA published detailed tables of declarations and non‑runners for the first time on Monday, covering the year between 1 October 2016 and 30 September 2017. The trainer, who runs a small stable near Liverpool, declared 104 horses to run over the 12-month period, of which 24, or 23%, then failed to start.

Related: Jim Crowley: ‘Racing is a tough game. I saw a friend of mine killed in front of me’

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/oct/02/pat-morris-non-runner-rate-revealed-as-worst-of-any-british-trainer

Ayr must report to BHA over valuable Gold Cup meeting waterlogging

• Scottish track have confirmed Ayr Gold Cup will not be run this season
• Track to investigate cause of problems which caused abandonment

The British Horseracing Authority has asked Ayr racecourse to report on the circumstances surrounding the abandonment of the track’s three-day Western meeting, due to a small area of waterlogged turf on an otherwise raceable track. The final card of the meeting, including the £200,000 Ayr Gold Cup, was abandoned on Friday morning, just 24 hours after news of the potential problem emerged.

The BHA’s request for more information stops short of a formal investigation, but the regulator will be keen to address the surprise and disappointment among punters and professionals alike at the sudden loss of a meeting offering £700,000 in prize money.

Related: Ayr Gold Cup meeting abandoned due to waterlogged track

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/sep/22/ayr-report-british-horseracing-authority-over-gold-cup-meeting-abandonment-horse-racing