Talking Horses: blocking is costly, but the feeling is one of relief in racing


According to Alan Delmonte, chief executive of the Horserace Betting Levy Board, racehorse owners will be banned from all British racecourses for the period of the most recent national ban, while the closure of all betting shops will deliver a “direct low-million-a-month blow” to racing betting tax revenues for the first time since June 2020. Though racing will be expensive for the next few weeks, however, Tuesday’s dominant feeling among the sport’s leaders was relief that the tragedy of another suspension of all racing has been averted. Talking Horses: New rules mean that even owners can no longer compete in the Festival | Greg WoodContinue Reading Racing’s online and in-store off-track betting income ranges about £ 8 million a month, while shops still pay large amounts of advertising rights directly to racecourses. It’s a direct hit to boost income in the low millions every month,” Delmonte said, “but we have the reserves right now to get through this and keep what we’re doing [to help prize money].

Yet the more the regulations are in effect, the more flexibility is eliminated. “To make racetracks safe places, the Levy Board has paid a lot of money to give the public confidence that the sport can continue with little to negligible risk, and then the industry has done extremely well by following all the protocols.” The British Horseracing Authority also acknowledged on Tuesday the efforts of all participants and visitors to comply with Covid 19 protocols. However, tightening the rules to ensure that they “reflect the broader national situation” ensures that all racecourses will be extended to a previous prohibition on owners attending meetings in Tier 4 areas. “At this time, our protocols need to be particularly strict,” sa sa sa. For a number of owners, we understand this will be disappointing news. We will collaborate with the appropriate bodies to ensure that, as soon as possible after the national lockdown ends, we can invite some owners back to meetings under proper controls. In the meantime, concentrating on continuing to race behind closed doors must be our priority to ensure that the sport will continue to help the many livelihoods that rely on it. “In January and February last year, there were only 150 runners from Ireland on British racecourses, but the BHA would be mindful that the lockout will extend into March, when several hundred Irish-trained horses normally travel to the Cheltenham Festival. Fast GuideGreg Woods Wednesday TipsShowWolverhampton12.45 Jumira Bridge1.15 Batraan1.50 Whistling Sands2.20 Top Boy2.55 Crimewave3.25 Bo Bo Wednesday TipsShowWolverhampton12.45 Jumira Bridge1.15 Batraan1.50 Whistling Sands2.20 Top Boy2.55 Crimewave3.25 Bo “We will provide further updates once we have clarity on these issues. “Horses trained in Ireland will still not compete in the UK since the Irish government banned all non-vital travel to the UK until January 6. The ban is likely to be extended on Wednesday, which will almost certainly rule out two entries in the Grade One Coral Final Junior Hurdle at Chepstow on Saturday from Gordon Elliott’s yard – Duffle Coat and Quilixios.


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