The eleventh meeting of the Horseracing Bettors Forum took place in London on 16th April 2018. What follows is a note of that meeting and some of the topics discussed.

Guest Slot: BHA Racing Department

Paul Johnson and Stu Middleton introduced the work of the BHA Racing Department, which includes three areas: Fixture List, Race Programme and Race Times.

Areas of discussion included the 2018 Appearance Money Scheme (AMS), the Fixture List consultation process, and the racing product on Sundays.

Betting Charter

HBF members agreed to draw the consultation phase of the Betting Charter to a close, and are looking to formalize a final version before the next meeting (July).

Guest Slot: UK Gambling Commission

Graham Burgin, a regular attendee from UKGC, joined the Forum to discuss a range of subjects including:

– Information Commissioners’ Office, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), and iesnare

– The application of Rule 4 by betting operators

– UKGC’s Licence Conditions & Code of Practice (LCCP) consultation, to which HBF has submitted a response

– Minimum bet liability

– Starting Price Regulatory Commission (SPRC)

– In-running betting at UK racecourses

Guest Slot: BHA Executive

Nick Rust, Chief Executive, and Brant Dunshea, Chief Regulatory Officer, discussed HBF matters, including the following items:

– The Racing Authority, successor to Horseracing Betting and Levy Board from April 2019

– Stewarding Consultation

– Non-runners, on account of the ground, which are subsequently declared to race on the same going as that from which they were scratched

– Mares in foal data, and the publication thereof

– Race distances – actual vs advertised – and the publication thereof

– @BHAStewards twitter feed

Pool Betting

An update was provided on the Britbet racecourse pool betting project

Guest Slot: Racecourse Association (RCA)

Andy Clifton, Racing Director for the RCA, shared his views on a number of subjects, including:

– Accuracy of going descriptions

– Accuracy of race distances, and the dissemination of information relating to revised distances

– Data provision within the printed racecard available on course

– Provision of weather and wind speed information on course

– Racecourse marketing fees charged to rails bookmakers


The next meeting is scheduled for Monday, 9th July.


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