Racehorse Owners Association

Jack Connor Named Racing And Analytics Executive For The Thoroughbred Group

Jack Connor was named the new Racing and Analytics Executive of The Thoroughbred Group. He was previously a British Horseracing Authority (BHA) Racing Department senior analyst and a strategy manager at The Jockey Club. The position is new within The Thoroughbred Group as the organisation develops its remit to provide representation of its five members under UK racing's new industry structure--the Racehorse Owners Association (ROA), the Thoroughbred Breeders Association (TBA), the National Association of Racing Staff (NARS), the Professional Jockeys Association (PJA) and the National Trainers Federation (NTF). "We are...

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ROA, Racing Welfare Offer a pair of Awards Events

Racing Welfare and the Racehorse Owners Association will provide a pair of black-tie awards events-The Northern Racing Awards and Epsom Owners' and Trainers Awards-celebrating the industry. The ROA Northern Racing Awards take place Nov. 25 at Newcastle racecourse. There will be 12 awards celebrating flat and National Hunt racing, as well as a live and silent auction and live music from popular band, The Monotones. Tickets are £95 per person with subsidised stable staff tickets available at £45 per person. For more information or to book, click here. The ROA...

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Racing Welfare Partners With ROA

Racing Welfare and the Racehorse Owners Association (ROA) have formalised their long-standing relationship within the UK racing industry, which will allow greater scope for collaboration and to share key messaging and opportunities. The ROA logo will now also be visible on all Racing Welfare uniform. Charlie Liverton, Chief Executive Officer, ROA commented, "On behalf of the ROA and our members we are thrilled to announce a formal partnership with Racing Welfare. There is a natural synergy in our ambition to protect and promote the health of everyone in the horse...

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Record Prizemoney For Jockey Club Racecourses in 2022

Jockey Club Racecourses will distribute more than £58-million in prizemoney across its 15 racecourses in 2022, up £12-million from this year. The recorded purses will include the organisation's largest-ever budgeted executive contribution of £28.4-million. The average prizemoney per fixture will be a record £172,000. Jockey Club Racecourses will stage 338 fixtures in 2022. Nevin Truesdale, chief executive of The Jockey Club, said, "The pandemic has been an incredible challenge that we have had to meet head-on. We still cannot be certain about what 2022 will bring, but we have enough...

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Spectator Restrictions to Continue as UK Government Hits Pause on Reopening

After the UK Government announced that they would be taking a four-week pause on the country's progression out of COVID-19 restrictions on Monday, the UK Racing industry acknowledged the reasons for the delay, but expressed disappointment at the news. The COVID-19 roadmap out of lockdown had been due to switch to Stage 4 on June 21, but instead the current restrictions will continue, affecting major racing events like Coral-Eclipse Day at Sandown Park, and the Moet & Chandon July Festival at Newmarket. Currently, the industry is working with the Horserace...

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British Racing Bodies Commit to Improving Diversity and Inclusion

Organisations across British racing have united to improve diversity and inclusion across the sport under a unified "Industry Commitment". The Industry Commitment, which is part of British racing's COVID-19 Recovery Plan for British racing', aims to formalise the sport's approach to diversity and inclusion and builds on the extensive existing activity already taking place, including community engagement, education activity and charitable work. This is highlighted through the Racing Together platform which has already showcased over 80 initiatives. Organisations that have signed on to the Industry Commitment are: the British Horseracing...

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Prizemoney Structure Change To Benefit Placed Horses

The payout structure of prizemoney in Britain will be altered from Saturday, with placed horses in non-pattern races to receive a larger share. Second place horses will receive roughly half of the prizemoney allocated to the winner, with the third and fourth-placed horses getting half of the sum gained by the next best finisher. An additional £7.5-million will be provided to placed owners in non-pattern races. Charlie Liverton, chief executive of the Racehorse Owners Association, said, "Prizemoney is a huge, long-term challenge for owners and racing and these changes are...

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British Racing Agrees On Recovery Plan

Representatives of the British Horseracing Authority, horsemen and racecourses have agreed on a plan for the next stages of the industry's recovery plan from COVID-19. The recovery plan lists nine industry goals, which are as follows: To secure a full resumption of race-day activity, with the best possible ownership and spectator experience, and the maximum attendance possible; To maintain the health and safety of participants, staff and all those attending raceday meetings by continuing the safe return of racing and adherence to strict controls on social distancing; To put in...

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Owners Allowed Back at English Racecourses on July 4

Owners will be able to start attending race meetings in a safe and risk-managed way in the UK on July 4, under plans agreed by the Racecourse Assocation (RCA), Racehorse Owners Association (ROA) and the British Horseracing Authority (BHA), the BHA announced on Monday. There will be two test fixtures-July 1 at Southwell and Kempton Park-to pilot protocols and allow for a thorough review of the processes in place to facilitate a smooth implementation, with guidelines to help owners adjust to new protocols and procedures available here. Owners will be...

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Parker Continues Family Tradition

From the end of June, Britain's Racehorse Owners Association (ROA) will have a new president. Charlie Parker, who succeeds Nicholas Cooper after his four-year stint at the helm, could hardly be taking up the reins at a more challenging time for his fellow owners. As long as racing does indeed recommence in Britain on June 1, one major hurdle will have been cleared, but the sport will remain, for the time being, behind closed doors, even for the owners of runners. Ahead of assuming his new role on June 30,...

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