Weatherbys Call Centre emergency back-up

Following the initial announcement that, on 2nd July, important changes are being made to the operation of the Weatherbys Call Centre, the BHA has spoken to a number of trainers directly and has been keen to take feedback. As a result, an emergency back -up will be available.

As previously outlined, from the beginning of July, several functions of the Call Centre are moving entirely online and will only be available through the new Racing Admin system. Most notable of these are:

  • Making entries, confirmations and declarations
  • Scratching a horse or declaring a non-runner
  • Booking a jockey

To ensure you are supported moving online, a dedicated Help Desk, open seven days a week and contactable via 01933 440011, will be established to answer questions about using the Racing Admin system and to guide you through the processes.

In addition, based on feedback the BHA has received over the last fortnight, in the case of an absolute emergency trainers should call the new Help Desk which, at the discretion of the manager, will be able to take an entry/declaration over the phone. This emergency facility will be monitored for the first six months and, if it is being misused, its availability could be put at risk.

Alternatively if you need help making entries or delectations online, videos and guides can be found here or you can email

The BHA is committed to providing you with all the support you require in advance of these changes so please do not hesitate to get in contact.

Over 20 MOPS registered horses entered for Goffs Spring Sale

Over 20 NH Mare Owners Prize Scheme (MOPS) registered horses have been entered for the Goffs UK sales next week commencing Tuesday 22nd May. NHMOPS horses at the sale have no additional scheme registration fees to pay.

NHMOPS is a National Hunt incentive scheme to promote NH filly/mare ownership where registered horses can win up to £10,000 in bonuses per win in qualifying races.

The winning trainer receives 15% of the bonus prize, whilst their yard receives 5% for pool money. The other recipients are the owners, who collect 70%, and jockeys, who receive 10%. Terms and conditions apply. Registered horses will have a NHMOPS logo printed on their catalogue page.

For more information on the scheme’s prizes and qualifying races please click on the NHMOPS link on the TBA website homepage;

Lot numbers of registered horses by sale

Goffs UK Spring Store Sale

16, 21, 32, 34, 63, 65, 72, 107, 110, 119, 123, 158, 166, 174, 205, 226, 235, 238.

Goffs UK Spring HIT/P2P Sale
292, 344, 368.


Appearance Money Scheme (AMS) at Non Criteria Fixtures

Some trainers have been enquiring as to the below expected prize money levels at certain meetings scheduled later this month and further through Program Book 2. These meetings (listed below) are non criteria meetings which are commercially very attractive to racecourses but sit outside the optimal time of the fixture list. These non-criteria meetings do not receive central funding including AMS money. Most courses running these fixtures have upgraded their own executive contribution to make up some of the shortfall in prize money but others have chosen not to. Please be aware of this when making plans for your horses throughout the summer and beyond.

The upcoming non-criteria fixtures are:

Stratford on Avon 20/05/2018

Fontwell Park     27/05/2018

Hexham               24/06/2018

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.

Grand National schooling fences ready from Monday April 2

Special Grand National schooling fences, located at four venues in Britain and Ireland, will be available for use from tomorrow, Monday, April 2.

The fences are for any trainer to school horses entered in the three races run over the Grand National fences at the Randox Health Grand National Festival at Aintree – the £1-million Randox Health Grand National (Saturday, April 14), the £140,000 Randox Health Topham Handicap Chase (Friday, April 13) and the £45,000 Randox Health Foxhunters’ Chase (Thursday, April 12).

The schooling fences have been prepared by Aintree’s groundstaff and are situated at David Pipe’s yard on the Devon/Somerset border, at The Jockey Club’s Lambourn Gallops, at the Malton Schooling Grounds and at the Curragh Training Grounds in Ireland.

GN schooling fence Lambourn 1.4.18

Aintree Clerk of the Course Andrew Tulloch commented: “With just under two weeks to go until the Randox Health Grand National Festival, we are pleased to once again offer Aintree-style schooling fences at four different venues across Britain and Ireland.

“The schooling fences have proved useful for trainers preparing horses for any of the three races over the Grand National fences at the Randox Health Grand National Festival.

“I would like to thank everyone involved at the four venues for their help, which enables Aintree to offer this very valuable facility.”

The 2018 Randox Health Grand National Festival takes place at Aintree Racecourse from Thursday, April 12 to Saturday, April 14.

For further information please contact:

Grant Rowley, Regional Communications Manager, The Jockey Club (North West) on 07884 655990 email:


Nigel Payne, Press Officer for Aintree for the 2018 Randox Health Grand National, on 07768 025265 email:

ROA/Racing Post Owners’ Jackpot races

Below are the ROA Owners Jackpot races for March and April. As usual, a race each week will carry a £2,000 bonus. If the winning horse belongs to an ROA member, the extra payment is made on top of the prize-money on offer from the racecourse.

In the case of a horse owned in a partnership, the horse will qualify for the bonus if at least 51% is in the ownership of ROA members.   For Syndicate and Club owned horses, the majority of club/syndicate managers need to be members of the ROA to qualify.  Full details and terms can be found at

Date Course Race
March 4 Huntingdon 2m Class 4 4yo+ 0-115 Handicap Hurdle
March 15 Chelmsford City 7f Class 5 3yo+ Novice Stakes
March 23 Sedgefield 2m 1/2f Class 4 5yo+ 0-105 Novices Handicap Chase
March 25 Ascot 2m 3 1/2f Class 4 4yo+ Maiden Hurdle
April 3 Pontefract 1m Handicap 4yo+ 61-75
April 10 Southwell 3m Handicap Chase 5yo+ 0-110
April 17 Carlisle 2m 1f Handicap Hurdle
April 26 Beverley 1m 1/2f Handicap 4yo+ 71-85

Auction cap in Median Auction races

In 2018, the auction cap (£20,000 above the media price) in median auction races will only apply to races restricted to 2yos and will be expanded to include all other median auction races in 2019. The revised wording for the rule reads:

Rule (F)4.6.4 a Median Auction Maiden Race if it is a flat race which is restricted to Maiden Horses which are the progeny of stallions which established a median price for the sale of yearlings contemporary with the entrants in the race based on the sale or bought in price of one or more animals at specified sales. In addition, two-year-old horses are excluded which have been sold or bought in by public auction under the hammer at specified sales at a price more than £20,000 above the median price stated in the race conditions.