Ghiani Cops 34-Day Ban Due To Breaking The Whip Rules

Marco Ghiani, the champion apprentice in the UK in 2021, has been handed a 34-day ban by the British Horseracing Authority (BHA)'s Whip Review Committee. Ghiani broke the whip rules for the fifth time in the last six months. A total of nine days of his ban have been deferred for a period of six months, and he will also need to complete a two-day training course. The rider already has a win at Royal Ascot to his credit with Real World (Ire) (Dark Angel {Ire}), and is also a...

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New Equine Anti-Doping And Medication Control Initiative Launched By BHA And IHRB

A new equine anti-doping and medication control initiative was announced by the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) and the Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board (IHRB) on Thursday. The initiative underpins their commitment to the regulation of medicine use and zero tolerance of doping in horse racing on both sides of the Irish Sea. The IHRB and BHA are now formally conducting joint out-of-competition-testing operations across both jurisdictions. These inspections started this week with almost 250 samples taken from more than 120 horses that are entered for the upcoming Cheltenham Festival in an...

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BHA 'Encouraged' By Parliamentary Debate On Affordability Checks

The British Horseracing Authority has welcomed the "valuable contributions" made by several ministers in Monday's parliamentary debate into affordability checks. It was the first chance for MPs to properly interrogate proposals of the implementation of the supposedly "frictionless" checks after 100,000 people signed an e-petition to trigger the debate. Matt Hancock, who has Newmarket within his constituency, Connor McGinn, whose St Helens North constituency includes Haydock, and Philip Davies were among MPs to lay out arguments against the checks during the debate at Westminster Hall. The BHA's chief executive Julie...

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Porter-Mackrell Named Employee of the Year at TIEA Awards

Newsells Park Stud's David Porter-Mackrell was named the Employee of the Year at the 2024 Thoroughbred Industry Employee Awards, sponsored by Godolphin, at Ascot Racecourse on Monday. The gala marked the 20th anniversary of the awards, which was attended by Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal and hosted by ITV Racing's Ed Chamberlin. The event, celebrating the contribution of racing's workforce to British racing, saw a total of £128,500 in prize money handed out across six categories. With Newsells the last 15 years, head stallion man Porter-Mackrell was nominated by...

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Harris Withdraws Appeal Regarding Licensing Committee's Ruling

After appealing the British Horseracing Authority (BHA)'s ruling regarding his licence last week, former trainer Milton Harris has now withdrawn that appeal, the BHA confirmed on Wednesday. Harris had his licence suspended in November and withdrawn in January by the BHA's Licensing Committee. The agency ruled he was not a "fit and proper person" to hold a training licence. Regarding the BHA's concerns, the Licensing Committee said, they surrounded "the nature and extent of MH's admitted breaches of the conditions which already exist on his licence, which were imposed in...

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Former Trainer Milton Harris To Appeal BHA's Ruling

Former trainer Milton Harris, whose licence was suspended in November and withdrawn in January, will appeal the decision of the British Horseracing Authority's Licensing Committee, a BHA spokesperson confirmed on Wednesday evening. The BHA Licensing Committee's verdict stated in January that he was not a "fit and proper person" to hold a training licence. Originally, his licence was suspended by the BHA in November pending January's hearing, with the BHA's stance, "a result of a breach of the conditions on his licence and related matters". A spokesperson for the BHA...

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Racing Authorities Initiate Full Review into Keagan Kirkby Death

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) and Point-to-Point Authority (PPA) have launched a full review of the death of Keagan Kirkby on Sunday. A member of the Paul Nicholls team in Ditcheat, the 25-year-old was riding at a meeting at Charing in Kent when his horse ran through the wing of a fence in the final race of the day. "The necessary steps in response to this tragic incident commenced immediately after the race on Sunday and have continued [Monday]," stated a joint-statement from the BHA and PPA. "The BHA are...

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Milton Harris Has Training Licence Withdrawn

Milton Harris has been ruled not to be a "fit and proper person" to hold a trainer's licence in written reasons issued by the British Horseracing Authority's Licensing Committee. The Warminster handler was found to be in multiple breaches of his licence conditions, with the BHA citing his "misconduct in his dealings with others, including fellow licence holder Mr Simon Earle" and "concerns in respect of safeguarding arising out of MH's conduct with young persons employed at his racing yard". Harris, who had an enforced absence from the training ranks...

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Affordability Check Debate Will Take Place In Late February

After the required 100,000-signature mark was reached on a petition to review the proposed implementation of affordability checks, a debate on the subject will be held on Feb. 26, the British government's Petitions Committee announced. The petition was originally launched by Jockey Club chief executive Nevin Truesdale. British Horseracing Authority (BHA) chief executive Julie Harrington said in a statement, "We are pleased that the important issue of affordability checks will now be subjected to proper levels of parliamentary scrutiny. "The fact that our survey reached the required 100,000 signatures threshold...

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UK Safeguarding And Human Welfare Strategy Updated By BHA

An updated version of the Safeguarding and Human Welfare Strategy was published by the British Horseracing Authority on Wednesday. The Strategy, covering a four-year period, seeks to protect and promote the safety and wellbeing of everyone involved in the sport. These objectives are supported by a comprehensive action plan, which includes:   Enhanced safeguarding and human welfare education for industry leaders, employers and employees, with specific training around sexual abuse and misconduct Refining reporting mechanisms, simplifying the existing referral processes and ensuring appropriate support for those reporting allegations Improving how...

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Mixedwave Is First To Be Disqualified Under Whip Rules

Mixedwave (Ire) (Gentlewave {Ire}), a winner at Market Rasen last week, has become the first horse disqualified under the new whip regulations in 7,903 races through Nov. 26, 2023, according to the British Horseracing Authority (BHA). Ridden by Alex Edwards, the Pam Sly trainee was struck 16 times, nine above the permitted number of strikes. Edwards has been suspended for 24 days from Dec. 12-23 and Dec. 26-Jan. 6.  Edwards was found to have used his whip "without giving his mount time to respond from approaching the third-last flight." The...

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Shortlist For The 20th UK TIEA Revealed

The shortlisted nominees for the various 2024 UK Thoroughbred Industry Employee Awards were announced on Tuesday. Organised by the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) and sponsored by Godolphin, the awards, worth £128,500, will be hosted by ITV Racing's Ed Chamberlin at Ascot Racecourse on Feb. 26, 2024. All shortlisted nominees will receive a £250 prize to recognise the significant achievement of having reached this stage of the judging process. The shortlisted nominees for each category are:   David Nicholson Newcomer Chloe Blaikie (Katie Scott) Daria Bogash (Charlie Longsdon) Tyler Bowden-Falvey (James...

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