Death of Peter Walwyn

It is with great sadness we note the passing of Peter Walwyn. As well as his highly successful record over many years as a trainer, Peter made a massive contribution to horseracing, in particular to the training centre of Lambourn, to which he was utterly devoted.

Everyone has their story of encounters with Peter. One was never quite sure whether praise or brickbats were about to be bestowed. But the certainty was that his ultimate aim was the good of the sport or the community in which he was held in such high regard.

New Appearance Money Scheme starts 1 Jan 2018

Following the recent Levy reform and the expected higher returns to the sport from betting, the industry is introducing a new appearance money scheme for 2018, worth in the region of £6.5 million.

This new scheme ensures that no horse finishing in the first eight in the majority of Flat races at classes 4-6 will win less than £300. Over Jumps, the scheme applies to most races run at classes 3-5, with connections of the first eight home guaranteed a minimum payment of £350. Eligible races run on Friday and Saturday evenings, and all eligible races on Sundays, will see the minimum payment increase by £100, to £400 on the Flat, and £450 over Jumps. This new scheme will supercede the existing Sunday appearance money scheme. Full eligibility details can be found in the table below.

These payments will be distributed as follows:

  • 80% to owner of the horse
  • 8% to trainer of the horse
  • 6% to the rider in the race
  • 6% to the stable from which the horse was trained

In order for races to qualify for the scheme, racecourses must ensure that the race is run for £900 or more above minimum value. As such, the purpose of the scheme is two-fold:

  1. To improve returns to connections by incentivising racecourses to invest their own funds in prize money at the grassroots of the sport
  2. To improve field sizes through an increased frequency of runs per horse and/or distributing existing runners differently

Details of exactly which race types are eligible are shown in the table below:

All Class 4-6 races included, but not:
WFA Novice races
WFA Maiden races
All Class 3-5 races included, but not:
All Hunter Chases
All NHF races
WFA Novice/Maiden Hurdles
For the avoidance of doubt, all Novices’ Chases, Beginners’ Chases & all Juvenile Hurdles (WFA or handicap) are included in the scheme.

Eligible races will be marked with this logo in the Racing Calendar:


If you have any questions on the scheme, please contact the BHA Racing Department on

Grand National course walk available this weekend

BHA Jockey Coach, Brian Harding, will be available on Saturday morning to walk the Grand National course with any riders who would like to do so. Jockeys who are having their first or second ride over the Grand National course will walk it with Brian; and likewise any with less experience over the Grand National course.

Harry Cobden was recently quoted about the value of the course walk: “Aintree trialled the course walks with a Jockey Coach at the Grand National meeting and I thought it was a great idea, so walked the course with Carl Llewellyn on the Friday ahead of the Topham Chase. I subsequently won on Ultragold and Carl’s advice and insight proved invaluable, so much so I walked the course with him again the next day before the Grand National! Whilst luck wasn’t to be repeated I did complete the course on Just A Par and I couldn’t recommend this initiative enough.”

Brian will be available from first thing in the morning and is happy to walk the course as many times as necessary. We hope that you are willing to encourage jockeys to utilise Brian and his experience. Brian’s numbers are 017684 80960, 07968 863068 for anyone who would like to liaise direct with regard to walking time.

Thank you for your Award nominations

We were delighted with your response to the call for nominations in the inaugural running of the Lycetts Team Champion Award. At the close of nominations on Friday the number submitted had exceeded the target so we would like to say a big thank you for the huge efforts made by trainers and their staff in nominating yards.

This gives us a wonderful opportunity to fulfil the aims of the award –

  • Showcase the great places to work in British racing stables;
  • Raise awareness of what ‘good’ looks like in managing staff; and
  • The positive results of developing a team that works well together.

This week our judging panel will begin scoring the nominations in accordance with the criteria set out in the entry form. Later this month, two shortlists will be announced comprising the four highest scoring yards with 40 or more, and fewer than 40 horses. In January the judges will visit those eight yards with the winning stable in each category presented with their £4000 prize at the NTF’s Annual General Meeting at the Institute of Directors on 22nd February.

Statement on the dismissal of BHA appeal in Philip Hobbs case



23 November 2017 – For immediate release

National Trainers Federation statement on the dismissal of BHA appeal in Philip Hobbs case

 The National Trainers Federation (NTF) is very pleased with the Appeal Board’s decision in this landmark case. It’s effect is to confirm that the absence of a known source of a prohibited substance in a horse’s sample is not a bar to a Disciplinary Panel absolving a trainer of a personal penalty under the strict liability rules as long as the particular facts of the case demonstrate that the trainer has met the threshold required by the rules.

We note that in response to this decision, the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) will seek a rule change. We would strongly discourage them from this. Each case will still turn on the facts. Far from obstructing its ability to regulate the sport, the BHA should recognise that this ruling gives trainers an incentive to ensure they apply the very best management practices to prevent their horses from being administered with or contaminated by a prohibited substance whether in their home stables or at a racecourse. There is no such incentive if the trainer is penalised whatever the circumstances. It should not be forgotten that the result does not change the inevitable disqualification of the horse with serious consequences for the connections including the trainer. This in itself is sufficient deterrent.

We want to be clear that the NTF fully supports British racing’s rules on equine anti-doping and their objective to ensure that everyone competes on level terms on British racecourses. Our interest in the appeal was to ensure fair treatment of trainers under those rules.

Finally, we hope this result serves as a warning to the BHA to use its appeal powers in future with extreme caution.

Throughout the appeal process Philip Hobbs was provided with advice and legal representation for the hearing through the NTF’s Legal Assistance Scheme.


The National Trainers Federation represents the interests of British licensed racehorse trainers.

For more information, please contact Rupert Arnold, NTF Chief Executive, on 01488 71794 or 07899 797010. E-mail:

For more information on the National Trainers Federation, please go to


Plus 10 owner registration discount

Owners of yearlings registered for the Plus 10 bonus scheme are encouraged to finalise scheme registration before the end of the year.

Up until 31 December, the cost of the third and final Owner Registration is £300. After this date, the fee rises to £350 per horse and must be paid by 28 February 2017.

The Owner Registration is required to be paid to qualify a horse to win a full £10,000 bonus on top of first-place winnings, with the horse’s registered owner at the time of the win receiving £7,500.

More than £11 million worth of Plus 10 bonuses have been won since March 2015. Bonuses apply to more than 650 two and three-year-old races in Britain and Ireland each year.