The BHA has informed trainers by email of some new Detection Times for misoprostol and xylazine, and an updated Detection Time for dantrolene. These Detection Times will be effective from 1st June 2019.
The BHA Published Detection Times have been updated to
reflect this change, and can be viewed here. Although
the BHA informs the British Equine Veterinary Association of all these changes,
it is worth checking your vet is aware.
Neither Dantrolene nor Misoprostol are licensed for use in
horses in the UK but they may be prescribed for use in horses by a veterinary
surgeon under the Veterinary Medicine Directorate’s Cascade legislation.
Settlement Scheme is fully open. Now is the time to support your EU nationals
to ensure they get the status they need to stay in the UK after Brexit for as
long as they wish.
The service has been designed to make it as simple as
possible for EU citizens and their family members to apply. During the public
test phase earlier this year, over 200,000 applications were received from
citizens of all 27 EU countries:
- 95% of applicants successfully used the mobile
phone app to prove their identity remotely, most in under 10 minutes
- 88% of applicants were able to have their UK
residence automatically checked by providing their National Insurance number
employees can apply to the Settlement Scheme free of charge. Applicants only
need to prove their identity, demonstrate their UK residence, and declare any
criminal convictions. You can find full
guidance for them at: www.gov.uk/settled-status-eu-citizens-families.
There are Android and Apple apps for proving their identity. Or they can visit
scanner location to help them complete this part of the application process
or post document for verification. The EU Settlement Resolution Centre
is available to advise. Telephone: 0300 123 7379
Yesterday was the start of Mental Health Awareness Week and
we were at Windsor Racecourse for an event to publicise the findings of a
report commissioned by Racing Welfare about mental health in British
horseracing. It can be found here
on Racing Welfare’s website.
Over the last twelve months, the NTF has highlighted
researcher Will McConn’s interaction with trainers and other groups whose
collective efforts make racing happen. Thank you to all the trainers who spoke
to Will and took part in forums.
According to the research reported yesterday, 76% of trainers
surveyed said that they felt the industry provided inadequate support for their
mental health. We will be using the
report’s recommendations, along with those from the Horseracing MBA report on
Occupation Stressors for Trainers, to shape future NTF services for our
At the same time, we would encourage you to make the most of
our existing services, many of which address issues raised in the report. For
instance, debt collection and management was a key theme for trainers. Applying
the advice available in the Business Section in the members area of the NTF
website should avoid many debt problems. These include credit management advice
and services, debt recovery through the Legal Expenses Insurance scheme, and
Weatherbys Invoice Payment Service.
and the Direktorium in Germany have both announced the termination of
requirements introduced during the heightened threat of equine flu around
the effective date is tomorrow (Wednesday 8th May.) In Germany the
change is with immediate effect.
Last week we mentioned that the Irish Racehorse Regulatory
Board had announced that from 1st January 2020, all horses racing in Ireland
will be required to be vaccinated with an equine influenza vaccine containing a
Clade 1 representative every six months. For the remainder of this year, horses
must have been vaccinated on or after the 18th January 2019 with a vaccine
containing a Clade 1 equine influenza representative.
The BHA has informed us that talks are taking place between
the three Tripartite countries (Britain, France and Ireland) to see if there is
any prospect of alignment on aspects of the Equine flu protocols across the
From 2020, geldings will no longer be permitted to run in the Commonwealth Cup (Group 1, 6f, 3yo only) at Royal Ascot. The European Pattern Committee (EPC) initially agreed to relax its Ground Rules relating to 3yo only Group 1 races to help the race to become established. However, the BHA, with the support of the EPC, has now confirmed that, with effect from 2020, the race will become restricted to colts and fillies only.
This announcement is being made now to give horsemen an early warning of the change in race conditions.
For further information, please contact the BHA’s Racing Department on 020 7152 0050 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
From Wednesday 1st May a new race planning forum was launched within the Racing Admin site and without need for any additional login.
The aim of this forum is to improve two-way communication between trainers and the Racing Department. A standing topic in the forum will be dedicated to requests for races but the forum has been specifically designed to allow both parties to add, and comment on, topics of any type. The forum will be visible to all licensed trainers, members of the BHA Racing Department and the NTF and is intended to provide greater visibility and improved discussion on issues including the fixture list, the race programme and race times.
You’ll find a link to the Race Planning Forum on your Fixtures & Races menu. On opening the forum you will see active topics for discussion and polls, which you can filter by topic area or search for a keyword. Posts will be listed in date order with pinned posts and polls at the top.
More details about using the forum are being sent to trainers by the BHA Racing Department in an email this week.
At its April meeting, the industry’s Racing Group discussed possible updates to the system of transparent entries and declarations following the trial over the winter on the AWT.
As a result of feedback from the NTF Flat Committee, the next Racing Admin update will see the inclusion of official ratings and ballot marks on declaration screens. The BHA will also look into adding weights at the declarations stage. Navigation will be improved so trainers can see this information through the My Entries section, and not just the specific tracking pages.
There has been feedback from some trainers about the 9.30am deadline (after which entries cannot be removed) making it harder to gauge whether a race will divide. The background to this is that trainers would often declare more than one runner at an early stage to signal intentions to run both if there was a division. The second horse could then be taken out if a division looked less likely approaching 10am. The Racing Group felt the deadline should remain to avoid the risk of gaming the system. We will continue to gather trainer opinions on this through the summer.
Trial during Summer Jumping period
Given the success of the trial on the Flat, the Racing Group agreed to begin a trial of transparent entries and declarations for summer jumping from 1st June to 31st August.