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ROA reaction to wind operation declarations

"The BHA has announced that the declaration of wind operations will appear in race cards from 19 January 2018.

Earlier this year the ROA were asked for their opinions as part of the BHA consultation process and, following discussions, made it clear that they did not feel it was in the best interests of the industry that such information be made publicly available at the moment. This of course, is in line with the majority of the major racing and breeding jurisdictions.

The ROA is therefore particularly disappointed with the way that the BHA has handled this consultation process once again, and feel that the owners, who will be compromised most, have effectively been ignored.

Racing’s customers deserve clarity and transparency and, in order to fulfil that, evidence-based research to provide reliable data needs to be at the heart of any regulatory changes. This is something that the ROA is fully supportive of.

The BHA Board do need to make decisions that do not find favour with all of their stakeholders, however, in doing so must have considered all of the possible risks associated with such changes in order to mitigate any potential impact, financial or otherwise. Sadly, on this occasion it appears that the BHA has chosen to work solely with one body, the Horseracing Bettors Forum, and this is disappointing.”

For further information, please contact:

Charlie Liverton, Chief Executive of the Racehorse Owners Association, on 020 7152 0200 or

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