Remember 48-hour declarations at The Festival

Don’t forget that 48-hour declarations apply to all races at this years’ Cheltenham Festival. This was announced by the BHA in September 2017 to provide earlier clarity with regards to running plans for racing fans, bettors, the media and bookmakers and enhance their ability to focus on the race and its participants when promoting the event.

Full information about declarations and reserves can be viewed in this week’s Racing Calendar or on the Racing Admin Site.

For further information please contact the BHA Racing Department on 0207 152 0050 or via .

Change to the Standard Conditions of Race Entry

A change has been made to the Standard Conditions of Race Entry, to reflect the fact that horse ambulance providers are unable to secure insurance for further injury during transport to an already injured horse, thereby creating an uninsurable risk. The change, which will be effective from Monday 12 February 2018 was proposed by the RCA, and agreed by the ROA, NTF and BHA.

From this date, the following additional wording will be added as paragraph 2(e):

“Without prejudice or limitation to the provisions of Condition 2(b) above, the Owner acknowledges and agrees that the horse ambulance providers acting as independent contractors to the Racecourse do not hold and are unable to obtain insurance in relation to transportation of already injured racehorses as such insurance is not available in the market. The Owner shall satisfy themselves as to the sufficiency of their insurance cover in relation to their racehorses and any loss, injury, damage or delay of whatsoever kind which they may suffer if transported by such horse ambulance providers. The limitation of liability and agreement not to sue contained with Condition 2(b) shall apply in relation to the Racecourse Authority, Racecourse Employees or Officials in respect of any such loss, injury, damage or delay of whatsoever kind which the Owner may suffer if racehorses are transported by such horse ambulance providers. The Owner agrees that this is a reasonable allocation of risk having considered the relevant circumstances.”

This change to the Standard Conditions, which was developed with legal advice, is to alert racehorse owners so that they are suitably prepared to deal with any issues which arise, particularly in relation to the insurance cover for their horses.

The full Standard Conditions can be found on the BHA Racing Admin website at the top of the list under Information/Conditions for Entry.

ROA enhances Owners Jackpot for 2018 with trainer prize

The ROA’s successful Owners Jackpot, which every week offers a £2,000 bonus to the winner of a middle or lower tier horse race in Britain, is being enhanced further this year.

Four times a year one of the races, Jackpot+, receives special promotion and, in addition to the £2,000 bonus for the owner of each winning horse and champagne, travel expenses of £250 are paid out for every qualifying ROA-owned runner in the race. Hospitality for association members with or without a runner is also provided including a complimentary drink and light refreshments.

In 2018, a new bonus is being added to Jackpot+. If the Trainer of a qualifying winning horse in the Jackpot+ race is an ROA member, his or her yard will also receive £500. The Jackpot+ days are at:

  • 9 February – Chelmsford City;
  • 11 May – Market Rasen;
  • 13 July – Chester (evening meeting);
  • 24 October – Fontwell Park.

The ROA Owners Jackpot initiative, which is aimed at boosting grassroots racing, has been supported by the Racing Post since its inception in 2014.

Consistently the field sizes in ROA Jackpot races have outperformed the industry standard. A key focus for the ROA is the flow of funds to grassroots racing, and this is something that it and other members of the Horsemen’s Group continue to work in partnership with racecourses and the BHA to develop.

Malcolm Jefferson, 1946 – 2018

We are all so sad to hear that Malcolm Jefferson has passed away after fighting serious illness. Our condolences go to the family.

Everyone will know Malcolm as a mainstay of National Hunt racing in the north. To the NTF he was also a much valued member of our Council and NH Committee representing the Northern Region. His down-to-earth common sense and fundamental horsemanship were always evident in his contributions to debate.

Another attribute was Malcolm’s strong belief in supporting the recruitment and training of young people. He ensured those who showed their enthusiasm for a life racing received a sound education and he will be greatly missed by all sections of our sport.

Support for stayers in European Pattern changes; Black Type snakes and ladders

The European Pattern Committee has announced changes aimed at enhancing the attractiveness of breeding, buying, owning and racing quality horses which have an aptitude for stamina. The enhancements to the staying race programme agreed for 2018 are listed below:


New Group 3 (Bronte Cup) 4yo+ fillies’ race over 14 furlongs at York on May 26th
Listed Grand Cup (14f, 4yo+ York) moved from May 26th to June 16th
Listed Silver Cup (14f 3+ – 14 July York) – upgraded to Group 3 and convert to 4yo+
Group 3 Lillie Langtry (14f 3+ fillies – 2 Aug Goodwood) – upgraded to Group 2
Listed March Stakes (14f 3yo – 25 Aug Goodwood) – upgraded to Group 3


New Listed race for fillies, Prix Gold River (4yo+ 2,800m), at Longchamp on 3rd May
Listed Prix Michel Houyvet (Deauville, 3,000m 3yo, mid-August) – distance reduced to 2800m
Listed Prix Belle de Nuit (St Cloud, 2500m 3+ fillies, 27 October) – upgraded to Group 3 and distance increased to 2800m

New Listed 4yo+ fillies’ race over 14 furlongs at Gowran Park on May 9th
Listed Stanerra (3yo+ fillies, 20 July) – moved to 12 July and upgraded to Group 3
New Listed 3yo only race over 14 furlongs at Leopardstown on 26 July
Listed Her Majesty’s Plate at Down Royal (14f, 27 July) – converted from 3yo+ to 4yo+


New Listed 4yo+ race over 3000m at Cologne on German Guineas weekend (6 May)

Other changes to the European Pattern are:

Upgraded from Group 2 to Group 1
16/09/18       Flying Five, The Curragh, 3yo+ , 5f

Upgraded from Group 3 to Group 2
11/05/18       Huxley, Chester, 4yo+, 10f
02/08/18       Lillie Langtry, Goodwood, 3yo+ f, 14f
18/08/18       Calvados, Deauville, 2yo f, 1400m
15/09/18       Golden Fleece, Leopardstown, 2yo, 8f

Upgraded from Listed to Group 3
14/07/18       Silver Cup, York, 4yo+ (from 3+) , 14f
29/06/18       Hoppings, Newcastle, 3yo+ f, 10f
12/07/18       Challenge, Leopardstown, 3yo+ f, 14f
28/07/18       Six Perfections, Deauville, 2yo f, 1400m
25/08/18       March, Goodwood, 3yo, 14f
19/10/18       Mercury, Dundalk, 2yo+ , 5f
27/10/18       Belle de Nuit, Saint-Cloud, 3yo+ f, 2800m

New Group 3 Race
26/05/18       Brontë Cup, York, 4yo+ f, 14f

New Listed Races
TBC               Spring Mile (dirt), Jagersro, Sweden, 4yo+ , 1600m
25/04/18       Investec Derby Trial, Epsom Downs, 3yo, 10f
06/05/18       As yet unnamed, Cologne, 4yo+, 3000m
07/05/18       As yet unnamed, Naas, 3yo f, 5½ f
08/05/18       As yet unnamed, Gowran Park, 4yo+ f, 14f
21/06/18       As yet unnamed, Chelmsford City, Britain  4yo+ f, 7f
08/07/18       Kistena, Deauville, France, 3yo, 1200m
26/07/18       As yet unnamed, Leopardstown, 3yo, 14f
04/08/18       Criterium Varesino, Varese, 2yo, 1500m
15/09/18       As yet unnamed, Leopardstown, 2yo f, 7f

Downgraded from Group 3
19/08/17       Curragh, Curragh, 2yo, 5f
12/10/17       Andre Baboin, Bordeaux, 3yo+, 1900m

Downgraded from Listed
08/07/17       Derby de l’Ouest, Nantes, 3yo, 2400m
08/12/17       Crit. Dell’Immacolata, Siracusa, 2yo, 1400m
11/11/17       Giovanni Falck, Milan, 3yo+ f, 2400m
02/07/17       Gran Premio de Madrid, Madrid, 3yo+, 2500m
24/09/17       Grand Prix Jockey Club, Dielsdorf, 3yo+, 2470m

Removal of Listed status
18/05/17       Hambleton Handicap, York, 4yo+, 8f
21/06/17       Sandringham Handicap, Royal Ascot, 3yo f, 8f

Statement sent out by the Injured Jockeys Fund on behalf of Richard Woollacott’s wife Kayley

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26 January 2018


I would like to thank everyone for their messages of support. The racing industry has shown a huge amount of compassion for Richard and us during this tragic time.

Richard was a much-loved husband, father, son, brother and friend. He was also a talented jockey and trainer who achieved many amazing things. Sadly, after battling with it for many years, he lost his life to mental illness.

While nothing will bring Richard back, I feel there is more there could, and should, be done to help others. I have therefore established an online fundraising site in aid of three important charities in Richard’s memory:

  1. mind’ who raise awareness of the serious issue of mental health and to encourage people to speak up
  2. The Injured Jockeys Fund, a charity close to Richard’s heart, which supports his fellow riders and industry colleagues
  3. The Devon Air Ambulance which provides urgent medical assistance to the people of Richard’s home county

Beer Goggles will run on Saturday (27 January) at Cheltenham Racecourse in memory of Richard. Whilst it will be a very emotional day for everybody, it is important that we celebrate all of Richard’s hard work and continue with his plan for this special horse. I’d welcome everyone to attend in support.

The Jockey Club and Great British Racing have been hugely supportive and will pay tribute to Richard throughout the raceday in aiding these fundraising efforts.

Race distance changes at Southwell, Mon 5th Feb

Due to waterlogged areas on the bends, the BHA has agreed to significant race distance changes to give the meeting on Monday 5th February best chance of going ahead. These will be clear on the racing admin site when trainers make entries.

Changes detailed below.

Race Title Published Distance Revised Distance
THE NOVICES’ STEEPLE CHASE (CLASS 4) 2m 4f 62yds 2m3f 182yards
THE HANDICAP STEEPLE CHASE (CLASS 4) 1m 7f 153yds 1m7f 71yards
THE MAIDEN HURDLE RACE (CLASS 5 ) 2m4f 62yds 2m3f 182yards
THE NOVICES’ HURDLE RACE (CLASS 4) 1m7f  153yds 1m7f 71yards
THE HANDICAP HURDLE RACE (CLASS 4) 2m4f 62yds 2m3f 182yards
THE MARES’ HANDICAP HURDLE RACE (CLASS 5) 3m1f 129yds 3m 216yards