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card to take place on the all-weather track. Chelmsford City is strongly encouraged to adopt the same limit on the number of turf races at racecourse fixtures. The limit of three races could be reduced further in the event that, ultimately, the safety factor at any of its planned race starts is less than ten. 2. At this stage, no turf races will be approved to take place in 2019 and all Chelmsford City racecourse fixtures will be allocated to take place on the all-weather. This will be revisited once further progress has been made on the construction of the turf track, with a decision on the timing of the first turf races not required until the details of the races at each fixture are published in the programme book.

WINCANTON FACILITY Chelmsford City has been given permission to install a turf track


At its March meeting the British Horseracing Authority board considered an application from Chelmsford City racecourse for the addition of a turf track on the inside of its existing all-weather track.The application was not approved at the time, but more information was requested in order that the board could reconsider the application at a future board meeting. Following further discussions between the British Horseracing

News in Brief Sales ring integrity

The Racing Post reported in June that the BHA had set up a team to investigate practices involved in the buying and selling of bloodstock and racehorses in British racing. The review will look at whether the bloodstock industry code of practice, introduced in 2004, is fit for purpose. Former top policeman Justin Felice has been appointed to lead the review. Approximately 60 individuals are being interviewed to gauge their feedback on current practices and suggestions for any possible improvements. Owners and members who feel they

Authority’s racecourse inspectorate team, PJA safety officers and racecourse representatives, and the provision of further information by the racecourse, the BHA board has now approved Chelmsford City’s application to install a turf course for Flat racing, subject to certain conditions: 1. Due to the track design and restricted number of race starts, other than in exceptional circumstances, and at the discretion of the BHA, no more than three turf races will be programmed on any BHA fixture allocated to the racecourse, with all other races on the

might have something to contribute are invited to contact Justin Felice via 020 7152 0015 or by emailing bloodstockreview@britishhorseracing. com. It is expected that a report outlining recommendations will be presented to the BHA board in the autumn.

Prize-money poll

A short online survey on the topic of the distribution of owners’ prize-money was circulated to members on the ROA e-bulletin service at the end of May. We had an excellent response with over 800 responses received. Thank you to all those who have taken part and submitted their views.

Wincanton’s owners’ and trainers’ facility is being moved during the summer break. The new facility will look out on to the paddock, and will be much larger.


It’s the height of the summer and we hope you’re enjoying your racing. Why not let us know about your experiences with a runner at It’s a quick and easy questionnaire and you could scoop yourself a £50 John Lewis giftcard in our monthly draw of responses, just like William Robinson, who owns horses in partnerships with trainers Scott Dixon and Ron Thompson.

The survey responses are being analysed and we will report on the findings in a future issue.

Racing by rail

Recent train timetable changes have created issues for some travellers, but could prove good news for some racegoers. Two new routes through City Thameslink now provide services for those travelling to Lingfield (to East Grinstead) and Huntingdon (to Peterborough).

German rule change

The use of tongue ties in German horseracing has been banned. The new rule was effective from June 1.


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