Matt Bisogno of the Horseracing Bettors Forum joined the Racecourse Association Gambling Advisory Group at its meeting on 13 January 2016.

This Group of racecourse representatives is in place to share best practice and provide advice and assistance to racecourses on the on-course implementation of gambling-related initiatives.

Matt provided the Group with a summary of the origins, membership and mandate of HBF, as well as an outline of how items discussed were put forward for further progression.

There was then a discussion of matters of mutual interest, including education of novice and infrequent racegoers; the display of over-rounds; the Starting Price Regulatory Commission consultation; and Standard Each-Way Terms.

It was proposed that it would be beneficial for there to be regular interaction between HBF and the RCA Group, in order to progress the issues discussed and to consider any further items of benefit to racecourse customers.

The RCA would liaise with the Forum Chair to progress this.

That Chair, Simon Rowlands, will be representing HBF at an RCA Seminar on Racing and Turf Management in February, including a presentation on “the importance of accurate data in 21st century horseracing”.

SPRC recently indicated to HBF that it expects to have a full report on their consultation process (to which HBF contributed) written in the next month or so.

Neither appearance mentioned above is remunerated, and nor is attendance at HBF quarterly meetings, the next of which will be Monday 29th February 2016.


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