HBF Response to UKGC Rule 4 Statement

UKGC’s statement is a welcome recognition that there are issues surrounding the implementation of Rule 4 at present. HBF has lobbied since its inception for an application of R4 more in keeping with the actual Tattersalls rule, whereby bookmakers should apply the deduction either to board prices at the time the bet was struck, or […]

Where to bet and where not to bet: a study into 2017 Starting Prices in British horseracing

The Horseracing Bettors Forum has undertaken a study into Starting Prices in Britain in 2017, measuring the “over-rounds” compared to what might be expected given a race’s field size. “Over-rounds” are the bookmakers’ theoretical mark-ups and are derived from the sum of the amount that would need to be staked to return a fixed figure […]

Transcript of HBF Speech to APBGG, 23rd January 2018

Parliamentary All-Party Betting and Gaming Group 23 January 2018, Committee Room 4, House of Lords, 15:00 – 16:30 “Are bookmakers unfairly closing customer accounts?” Simon Rowlands, Chair, Horseracing Bettors Forum …………………………………………………………………………………………… Firstly, may I thank the Group for inviting me, as Chair of the Horseracing Bettors Forum, to address them on the question of “are […]

HBF 2nd Annual Statement

HBF Chair’s Annual Statement, 2017 The Horseracing Bettors Forum recently had its second anniversary, marked by a regular meeting at Nottingham Racecourse at which new members were welcomed and departing members were thanked. One item on the Agenda was to explain to those newcomers the evolution of HBF in those first two years, a summary […]

HBF Response to BHA Non-Runner Measures

The Horseracing Bettors Forum welcomes the initiatives announced by the BHA regarding non-runners, and particularly commends the fact that the consequences to the betting public have been properly considered. There are areas in which the BHA could have gone further – such as with the length of exclusion following self-certification and vets’ certificates – but […]

HBF Membership Refresh

The Horseracing Bettors Forum (HBF), created with the assistance of the British Horseracing Authority to represent the interests of those who bet on British horseracing, has announced four new Forum Members as part of a planned refresh of its membership ahead of its second anniversary. Paul Johnson, Colin Hord, Colin Magee and Martin Hughes have […]

Twitter Q & A

Via its twitter account and the hashtag #HBFQA, HBF recently hosted a Q&A for the general public. Here are those questions, and answers, in full.   @HbfBritain Will the BHA ever direct bookies to take ANY bet from a punter to a certain liability provided no fraud present? Aus have this model #HBFQA — Rich […]