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First stage of British horseracing’s whip consultation closes

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  • Initial phase of consultation – an online questionnaire – closed at midnight on Monday 6 September after running for 10 weeks
  • Focus groups with volunteers remain ongoing, with detailed discussion sessions with relevant industry individuals and groups to follow
  • All elements of the consultation to then be considered by the Whip Consultation Steering Group, which contains representation and expertise from across the racing industry and wider sectors

British racing’s leading organisations commit to improving diversity and inclusion

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British racing’s leading organisations have come together to improve diversity and inclusion across the sport under a unified “Industry Commitment” to ensure racing truly is a sport for everyone and to help the sport grow and thrive in the future.

British racing is proud to be one of few sports where all genders compete on equal terms. The Industry Commitment 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. Much of this is highlighted and celebrated through the Racing Together platform which has showcased over 80 initiatives across the sport enabling the broadest range of people to participate, progress and achieve in horseracing.

Raj Parker appointed to the BHA Board

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The British Horseracing Authority (BHA), the sport’s governing and regulatory body, has today announced that regulatory and sports law specialist Raj Parker has been appointed to its Board.

Raj takes up his role as an Independent Non-Executive Regulatory Director on 1 January, and will replace Sir Paul Stephenson, who joined the BHA Board in 2015 and whose term expires on 31 December.

Result of an Enquiry (L. Williams) heard by the Disciplinary Panel on 17 June 2021

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1. The Independent Disciplinary Panel of the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) met on 17 June 2021 to consider the allegation that Mr Levi Williams was in breach of Rule (K)49 of the Rules of Racing.  (A Jockey must ensure that no Banned Substances is present in their body).  A urine sample collected from him at Wolverhampton Racecourse on 29 January 2021 showed the presence of the banned substances benzoylecgonine (a metabolite of cocaine) and THC-acid (a metabolite of cannabis).

An Appeal (A. Cawley and J. Farrelly) to be heard by the Disciplinary Panel on Tuesday 9 March 2021

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n Appeal (A. Cawley and J. Farrelly) to be heard by the Disciplinary Panel on Tuesday 9 March 2021

08/03/2021 @ 11:40:00

10.00 am - Alain Cawley and Johnny Farrelly

The independent Disciplinary Panel of the British Horseracing Authority will convene on Tuesday 9 March 2021 to hear an Appeal brought by Alain Cawley and Johnny Farrelly against the decision of the Stewards at Exeter on 26 February 2021.

Alin Cawley was suspended for 14 days and Johnny Farrelly was fined £3,000 for schooling and conditioning the horse WHISTLEINTHEDARK (IRE) on the racecourse, in that Mr Cawley has failed to ride his mount in such a way that he could be seen to ask for timely, real and substantial effort to obtain the best possible placing.


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