New Racing Admin system training events

Further to an email earlier this month from the BHA brandandlogotypealternative_rgbabout the introduction of the new Racing Admin system for owners on 30th August and the removal of the old racing admin site at the end of the year, a programme of events has been compiled to ensure trainers and their staff are confident using the new system.

While the events are staged across the country, in the instance that you are unable to attend any of the sessions, or you require further support, please do not hesitate to get in contact via racingadmin@britishhorseracing.com. In addition to arranging separate visits, online demonstrations can also be staged to ensure that all trainers have the chance to raise any queries before the original system is replaced.

Online Demo

On Tuesday 22nd August a 30 minute online demonstration will be staged for trainers and racing secretaries at 12:15pm to help explain the new ownership functions on the Racing Admin system. It will demonstrate how to make the most out of the new features and provide an opportunity to ask questions. To register for the demo simply click this link and follow the on screen instructions.

Following its conclusion, a video of the demo will be uploaded to the Racing Admin Help & Support site accessible here.

Workshops

Throughout September and October the BHA and Weatherbys will be staging a series of training workshops for trainers and their staff across the country. The sessions, which will all start at 12:30pm and last just over an hour, will take place at:

11th September – British Racing School, Newmarket

19th September – Middleham Key Centre

9th October – The Queen’s Arms, Lambourn

The workshops will help guide you through the switch to the new site and if you are interested in attending please email racingadmin@britishhorseracing.com to reserve your place.

Racecourse visits

In addition to these workshops, there will also be the opportunity for owners and trainers to ask questions about the new Racing Admin system and the ownership reforms at drop in sessions hosted on racedays across the country at:

18th September – Carlisle

19th September – Newcastle

26th September – Warwick

12th October – Exeter

Members of BHA and Weatherbys staff will be present throughout each meeting and there is no need to reserve a place. Similar sessions will also be hosted throughout October at Tattersalls during the sales with members of the Weatherbys Ownership Team on hand to answer any questions.

It is also important for trainers to note that, to ensure the smooth introduction of the new owners’ system, it will be necessary to stop taking new ownership registrations at 3pm Friday 25th August. Registrations will re-open in the new Racing Admin system on the morning of Wednesday 30th. In the instance you have any concerns please do not hesitate to contact the Weatherbys Ownership Desk on 01933 304808 or email ownersupport@weatherbys.co.uk.

Time running out to appeal gallops rating

Back in February, the Upper Tribunal published its decision in favour of Philip Hobbs in his appeal against the rating of his All Weather gallop. As well as the issue of the monetary value of the rating assessment, the key aspect at stake was the method of valuation. The Tribunal decided the Valuation Office’s method was wrong and therefore other rating assessments of trainers’ All Weather gallops may be open to appeal.

To appeal against the 2010 rating list, there is a six month deadline from the date of the publication of the Hobbs decision on 28th February. You should therefore contact the NTF’s retained consultant, Christopher Marriott, as soon as possible if you want advice and support with an appeal. He can be contacted at Marriotts Property LLP on 01367 242422 or email christopher.marriott@marriotts.co.uk (The deadline does not apply to appeals against the 2017 rating list.)

The effect of the Decision will vary across the country, because it seems that it will depend upon the base value of loose boxes; the savings ranging  from very little, if anything, in Newmarket, to significantly more in the north and west country.

Check your pension statement to avoid unnecessary costs

The NTF Friends Life June pension statements showing contributions being deducted from trainer’s accounts are currently in the process of being sent out by Weatherbys. Trainers who are now using an auto enrollment scheme for stable employee pensions, do not have to continue contributing to the Friends Life scheme.

For trainers who have completed auto enrollment, it is vital to check these statements to ensure no monies are being collected for the Friends Life scheme for employees within your auto enrollment scheme.  If when you check your sheet you see any contributions which should not be deducted, then contact Weatherbys immediately since once the monies have been transferred to Friends Life they cannot be refunded.

Training yard wanted

A highly experienced trainer is looking for a yard to rent, preferably in the Midlands but would consider moving outside the area.

The trainer requires 30 to 40 stables, gallops, turn-out paddocks and residential accommodation.

Please contact the NTF in the first instance on the main office number, 01488 71719. All contacts will be treated in strictest confidence.

Legal helpline moves to NTF solicitors

As from the 16th May, the NTF legal helpline provider is moving to Knights solicitors in house lawyers.   The helpline telephone numbers remain the same so for employment dial 01488 71729 (24 hour service, 7 days a week) and for other legal matters dial 01206 846143 (9 am to 5pm weekdays).

The first port of call for members’ employment queries remains Dawn Bacchus at the NTF office on the above phone number; out of hours these calls divert to the helpline or when Dawn is not available.  In practice members should see no change.

Many to thank for achieving the new levy legislation

Today marks the start of a ‘new levy’ era. The central funding of British horseracing will be governed by the Horserace Betting Levy Regulations 2017, doing away with the outmoded framework of the 1961 legislation.

There is still a risk of legal challenge but the tone of the BHA’s announcement doesn’t quite capture the significance of the moment. It begins

British racing today hailed an important milestone as the Levy Board announced that new legislation will take effect from 25 April 2017 to capture a return from all betting operators accepting bets on the sport by British bettors. This is one of a number of key enablers required to ensure the long term-health and growth of the country’s second biggest spectator sport which supports more than 85,000 jobs.”

For anyone involved in one or more of the previous attempts to reform or replace the 1961 levy, the passing into law of the new regulations is more than a milestone. It is the culmination of not just years but decades of work. The composition of racing’s revenue streams may have altered in that time with the growth in media rights but levy income remains the bedrock, especially for horsemen.

With disappointment the more usual outcome in the past, now is a good time to celebrate this achievement and thank all those who contributed. Within the BHA Steve Harman, Nick Rust and Will Lambe deserve huge credit. Whenever an obstacle appeared, they found a way round it. Racecourse and horsemen’s leaders have also played key roles. Friends of racing in various guises answered the call at crucial moments. Letters were written to Ministers and MPs lobbied from across the racing community. Politicians of all colours and in both Houses have listened to British racing and put their weight behind reform; so let’s pay a special tribute to Minister for Sport, Tourism and Heritage Tracey Crouch, whose signature brought the legislation to life, and to current Secretary of State, Karen Bradley.

The increased receipts from the Levy will ensure that the central funding which is crucial to the sport will continue to support:

  • Racing’s grassroots – improving prize money for participants to allow them to maintain their involvement in the sport, keep horses in training and improve the racing product
  • Jobs – help recruitment, retention and growth of jobs in racing and in the rural economy
  • Small businesses – by supporting the growth of the sport, help the future of small businesses such as farriers, vets, feed and equipment suppliers and many others
  • High standards of integrity in British racing – including anti-doping and anti-corruption measures
  • Participant welfare and training – including initiatives to support the mental and physical wellbeing of participants, and education and training opportunities for young people to become involved in the sport
  • The wider British horse sector – through veterinary science research and education funding, disease surveillance, and support for rare breeds societies