HBF met for the 16th time in July  and discussed among other things the following:
New Chair – Colin Hord took over as chair from Matt Bisogno who will remain on the Forum until the end of the year. Colin Magee will act as Deputy Chair.The HBF Work Program  was agreed with each area have an identified subject matter expert.  There are 8 areas which have been created following the annual HBF Survey.

Bettors Charter (MBL, account restrictions and closures, bookmaker Ts&Cs, concessions)
Going and Going Stick
In running betting / picture latency
Overrounds (bookmaker SPs, transparency, future of SP, Rule 4 and annual survey of overrounds)
Pool Betting ( TotePool, ChesterBet, AscotBet, Colossus).
Racecourse (distance measurements, low sun, race times, fixture list)
Racecard information (mares in foal, horse weights etc.)  improve information to the betting public
Sectional Times


HBF refresh is still planned to take place later this year. Interested parties may contact HBF with immediate effect.


Discussion with the BHA, Will Lambe joined the meeting and provided an update on the following items

News that there was a significant drop in the levy, and some of the issues that may have caused this.

BHA intend to recruit a replacement for the HBF’s main contact at the BHA who will work mainly on   regulatory betting matters, market analysis and social responsibility.

An overview of the work that is being taken by the Horse Racing Levy Board to invest in Sectional Timing.

The HBF’s limited trust in going stick readings, lack of updates when the weather changes and general availability of the data.

An update on the handicapping review, fixture list consultation (2020) and plans for the fixture list in 2021.

An update on the Stewarding Review and how the recommendations are being implemented.

HBF also raised issues of bettors not being notified in advance when racecourses will remove hurdles when there may be low sun.


Racecourse Media Group representatives joined the meeting and discussed:

Progress on the sectional timing data provision from the Course Track service

Picture latency issues

Racetimes and clashes on Racing TV.


Colin Magee CM provided an update on his meeting with the SPRC

Future Speakers at HBF meetings will  include

BHA Handicapping Representative

Horse Racing Levy Board Representative

Richard Wayman BHA

Next meeting planned for October 2019.


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