As we have been talking about horse racing in the UK in the last few posts, I thought that you guys would be interested in this press release regarding the new authority in the British side of horse racing:

The British Horseracing Authority was formally launched yesterday [July 31] as the single, unified governing body for British Horseracing. Its role is to regulate, promote and represent the sport.

The Authority takes on the roles of the British Horseracing Board and the Horseracing Regulatory Authority, with both of those organisations ceasing to exist. Its inaugural Chairman is Paul Roy, with Nic Coward its first Chief Executive.

Alongside the Chairman and Chief Executive, the remainder of the eight-strong Board, which has a strong emphasis on independence and decision-making in the best interests of British Horseracing as a whole, is as follows:

• Toby Balding – Member Nominee Director
• John Bridgeman – Independent Regulatory Director
• Morag Gray – Independent Director
• Ben Gunn – Independent Regulatory Director
• Jim McGrath – Independent Director
• Ian Renton – Member Nominee Director

Other new additions to include downloadable Official Ratings – which are updated on a weekly basis by the Authority’s team of handicappers – detailed live non-runner and going reports and information covering the full range of the Authority’s activities.

British Horseracing Authority Chief Executive Nic Coward said: “The British Horseracing Authority is a fresh start, with the backing of all sectors of the industry. We are here to listen, and to take a lead, looking to achieve the best for British Horseracing in all that we do.

“We have an enthusiastic team in place and are building a clear picture of the opportunities and challenges ahead.”

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