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British Horseracing Authority introduces new method for allocating fixtures or race days

British Horseracing Authority introduces new method for allocating fixtures or race days

The Board of the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) this week approved the process by which the pool of BHA Fixtures will be allocated to racecourses as part of the compilation of the 2015 Fixture List. The new, more clearly defined process – which is intended to remain in place for a minimum of three years – is based on a combination of prize money investment and ‘sporting performance’.

Under the system, which has been developed in consultation with racecourses and horsemen, the performance of racecourses in relation to their commitments to prize money and their record in terms of sporting performance, measured by field sizes, number of small field races and betting performance, will be assessed individually.

Each racecourse will be given a rating based on their prize money and sporting performance which, in turn, will determine how many meetings from the pool of around 175 BHA Fixtures they will be entitled to receive. The model is designed to ensure a level playing field and to enable the allocation of BHA Fixtures to be spread among a greater number of racecourses than has been the case previously.

A racecourse will not be eligible for any BHA Fixtures unless certain baseline criteria are met, which includes being signatories to a Prize Money Agreement with the Horsemen’s Group.

Ruth Quinn, Director of Racing for BHA, said: “The objective of the fixture allocation process is to ensure the fairest possible distribution of the relatively small number of BHA controlled fixtures. In identifying the most appropriate process we wanted to achieve the optimum impact on the performance and behaviour of all racecourses. We also wanted to ensure we addressed the ongoing concern about field sizes and the need to reduce the number of uncompetitive races.

“We believe that the criteria which apply under this system will bring benefits across the entire racing programme, as we expect that racecourses will seek to ensure they are providing the best possible racing and product year-round in order to enhance their competitiveness in the allocation scheme in future years.

“We also consider the performance of individual racecourses rather than group performance is the fairest approach and provides a more level playing field. This will have the added advantage of allowing smaller, independent courses to compete with large groups for fixtures, providing a greater opportunity for variety and geographic spread of fixtures.

“As governing body, BHA has a duty to ensure that the Fixture List is developed in a manner which is in the best interests of the sport as a whole.”

(via Press Release)

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