5th September 2019
The Horserace Bettors Forum (HBF) announced at their last meeting that outgoing Chairman Matt Bisogno would be followed by new Chair Colin Hord.
Coming from outside the racing industry but with a deep-rooted love of the sport which started from a very early age, Colin’s enthusiasm remains as fresh and imaginative now as it did back then.
Bringing his professional experience to bear via his career in high-level regulatory work, Colin is committed to work on behalf of all bettors big and small and from all walks of life, from the professional down to the fun punter.
With a strong and enthusiastic committee to back him up, there are no plans for sweeping changes to the good work of the forum led by previous Chairs Simon Rowlands and Matt Bisogno. The Annual HBF Survey is seen as the overall driving force as each year the HBF learn the punter’s likes and dislikes - though the committee will continue with their own input in addition as they liaise with racing’s powers to refine a better product for those at the track, in the bookmakers, or on line.
Recent HBF successes have included the much publicised publication of wind-operations, leading the charge for a clamp down on non-runners and ensuring bookmakers are prepared to lay bets to reasonable sums, but the HBF are well aware there is a lot more to do, so watch this space for future updates.