NTF response to the publication of policies that will shape 2019 fixture list

The NTF has been a leading advocate of changes in the fixture list to support the workforce. We therefore welcome the efforts of the fixture group to take account of staffing issues.

While the planned November break is a mixed blessing because the transfer of fixtures out of that week will lead to congestion in the weeks either side, the guarantee of earlier finishes from September to April is a real benefit to stable staff. It is therefore more than disappointing that this positive move has been diluted by the addition of 15 twilight fixtures immediately after the summer fixture peak. The NTF appreciates that fixture moves elsewhere will lead to a net overall increase of 5 or 6 fixtures and the BHA has produced statistics to show there is a demand for racing opportunities at this time. Also, we know trainers look to run horses on the flat before the important Horses in Training sales. Even so, the additional fixtures take the gloss off the good intentions expressed at the start of the process and may undermine efforts to stabilise field sizes.

British EBF 2017 review demonstrates investment in racing

The British EBF’S £1.6million investment in racing has been reported in the organisation’s first dedicated annual review. The report can be read online at this link.

Over 630 flat races carried EBF conditions in 2017, the races being confined to the progeny of stallions contributing income to the fund or individual horses “opted in” by their owners. The record breaking contribution to prize money covered races that held a total prize fund of £6,713,900.  Of equal importance to the remit of the British EBF is a responsibility to NH racing; 84 jumps races were run in 2017 under the EBF banner supporting over £650,000 of prize money.

Working with the BHA and racecourses, the British EBF has developed a series of races to bolster industry initiatives to enhance the racing opportunities for fillies and staying juveniles.  NH projects are focused on fillies’ programmes but the ever popular EBF National Hunt Novice Hurdle Qualifier series with its valuable £75,000 final continues to be a flagship investment of this discipline.

NTF responds to BHA announcement of a review of anti-doping rules


25 January 2018

National Trainers Federation responds to BHA announcement of a review of anti-doping rules

Yesterday evening the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) announced a full review of the sport’s equine anti-doping rules.

In the aftermath of the result in the Hughie Morrison case, the NTF called for a review of aspects of these regulations so we welcome the BHA’s announcement and look forward to playing a constructive role.

NTF Chief Executive Rupert Arnold commented, “We would like to take this opportunity to clarify and confirm that the NTF supports the principle of strict liability in equine anti-doping cases and we have not challenged it in recent cases. Our contention has been that the rules should not fetter the Disciplinary Panel in its duty to impose appropriate penalties in the light of the specific evidence in each case. This is what the Appeal Board confirmed in its decision on the BHA’s appeal of the Philip Hobbs case.”


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: r.arnold@racehorsetrainers.org

For more information on the National Trainers Federation, please go to www.racehorsetrainers.org


Joint statement from stakeholder bodies of British horseracing

The following statement is published on behalf of the British Horseracing Authority (BHA), Professional Jockeys Association (PJA), National Trainers Federation (NTF), National Association of Stable Staff (NASS), Racecourse Association (RCA) and Racing Welfare.

The racing world is very concerned by the allegations that one of our leading female participants was sexually assaulted and harassed during her career as a jockey. There is no place for such behaviour in our sport. Respect for each other, for our colleagues and our officials is core to our values. We have policies in place across the sport to address concerns about bullying, harassment and inappropriate behaviour, but we are always working to improve the welfare of our participants. We want a culture where all our people are confident to report concerns.

Anyone who feels they have been affected by unacceptable behaviour may contact the 24/7 confidential helpline run by Racing Welfare, the sport’s own charitable body, which offers support and advice. Trained counsellors are on hand to answer calls. Racing Welfare will liaise with the sport’s governing body, the British Horseracing Authority, and other authorities as appropriate.

Racing’s Support Line can either be contacted online through www.racingwelfare.co.uk or via 0800 6300 443

The bodies that represent professional jockeys, trainers, stable-staff and racecourses, support Racing Welfare’s primary role for those who wish to get in touch in confidence, but will also support their members and staff if they ask for assistance in raising a concern. The BHA, as the governing body, is coordinating this response and will work with all partners in the sport and other relevant authorities to address any issues that arise from this case.

The BHA has spoken to the trainer making the allegations to offer support and assistance.


NEWS RELEASE – 15 October 2017

For immediate release


The death of a stable employee last night at Kempton Park Racecourse is a tragedy that touches all in racing. Reactions across the sport testify to the close bonds that unite us in our common passion and from the National Trainers Federation, we send our condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of the deceased.

Mercifully, fatal accidents in the course of caring for racehorses in Britain are rare and we acknowledge and salute the commitment of stable employees across the country who devote their working lives to their horses.

Since last night we have been advising and supporting the trainer and the team at the yard.

British horseracing is fortunate to have an excellent support system for its people and this is at the disposal of anyone in times of need. The 24-hour Racing Support Line can be contacted on 0800 6300 443.


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: r.arnold@racehorsetrainers.org

For more information on the National Trainers Federation, please go to www.racehorsetrainers.org

NTF responds to BHA announcement on new stewarding model

Commenting on today’s British Horseracing Authority announcement of plans for a new model for stewarding in British racing, Rupert Arnold, NTF Chief Executive, said

“To date the NTF has not been asked to provide stakeholder input so we look forward to the consultation in which we will be able to examine in more detail the BHA’s proposals and justification for a different stewarding model. Our initial reaction is that replacing the volunteer stewards with salaried stewards will mean the loss of a valuable source of impartial opinion in stewards’ decisions. We believe the volunteer stewards’ more independent perspective leads to a balanced outcome in enquiries.”



Promoting ‘The Horse Comes First’ at Epsom Open Day and Newmarket Open Weekend

The NTF is a supporter of The Horse Comes First, an industry-wide initiative which many trainers will be familiar with. The Horse Comes First promotes and raises awareness of the high standards of equine welfare in the sport. The initiative aims to improve understanding of the care given to our horses throughout and after their careers in racing.

The Epsom Trainers’ Open Day on Monday 28th August and Newmarket Open Weekend on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th September are great opportunities for trainers to engage with The Horse Comes First and share the positive messaging about the high levels of welfare with visitors to yards. Here’s how trainers can get involved.

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British Racing has a track record to be proud of: British Racing is among the world’s best regulated animal activities. The sport employs over 6,000 people to provide care and attention for the 14,000 horses in training, providing them with a level of care and a quality of life that is virtually unsurpassed by any other domesticated animal.

British Racing has a duty of care to its horses: Since the year 2000, British Racing has invested £32 million in veterinary research and education.

British Racing is open and transparent: Within the last 20 years, the equine fatality rate in British Racing has fallen by one-third, from 0.3% to 0.2% of runners.

Further information and messaging from The Horse Comes First can be found on its website (http://www.thehorsecomesfirst.com/key-facts) and we welcome you to share the messaging as you show visitors around your yards.