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 the proposals seek to strike a sensible balance between competing interests, and crucially take into account the effect of non-runners on betting markets and the attractiveness of the sport more widely.
HBF raised the issue with the BHA shortly after HBF was created nearly two years ago, since when it has received a steady stream of correspondence on the matter. It is pleased that action will now be taken.
HBF will not hesitate to press for tougher measures if these initiatives fall short of having the desired effect of making British horseracing more appealing to the betting public at the same time as being fair to the sport’s participants.
– HBF, 16th August 2017