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Newbury Racecourse's Flat season ends on a military note - and marks two centenaries

17-10-2018 A Correspondent

Worthington’s Armed Forces Raceday returns on Saturday 27 October 2018 at Newbury Racecourse. In keeping with the 100-year anniversary of the end of the first World War and 100 years of the RAF, the day will be filled with military activity and entertainment for everyone to enjoy.

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New Jumps season: preparations and prospects for Emma Lavelle Racing

01-10-2018

October the first...the start of the Jumps season is well in sight...and preparations have been underway for several months at the Marlborough area's training yards.

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Eventing profile: after a year in the Marlborough area & a good season, Georgie Strang looks to next…

28-09-2018

It has been a year of change for eventer Georgie Strang - her first year in the Marlborough area.  And it's been a good year for her: "I'm really pleased with our progress - it's been educational for myself and the horses.  My younger horses have stepped up and I...

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Salisbury Racecourse: a review of the season as its final meeting approaches

24-09-2018

The 2018 season at Salisbury Racecourse, which runs solely on the Flat, comes to a close on October 3 with the £20,000 Weatherbys Handicap Stakes and a selection of races for two-year olds.

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Newbury Racecourse sees Ed Barrett’s truly remarkable walk for charity, lots of rain and good racing

23-09-2018

Why do we go to the races? For the sport?  To have a flutter - and keep the bookies in profit?  To be with chums?  To watch extraordinary horses?

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Newbury racing: Ian Balding remembers Mill Reef - fifty years after the great horse's birth  

18-09-2018 A Correspondent

Ian Balding has been paying tribute to the best horse he ever trained as he recalls the life and career of the great Mill Reef, one of the most popular racehorses of all time, who was born 50 years ago this year.

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Eventing: Great Britain team's two gold medals at World Equestrian Games

17-09-2018

Great Britain's eventers won the team gold medal at the eighth World Equestrian Games at Tryon, North Carolina - and Ros Canter on Allstar B took the individual gold.

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Chafer grubs: Salisbury Racecourse forced to abandon racing

11-09-2018

Salisbury Racecourse's 'Twilight' meeting today (Tuesday, September 11) has been abandoned.  The decision was made on safety ground.

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Neil King's Milansbar to target the Grand National again

10-09-2018

More than 200 visitors and owners went to Neil King's Ridgeway Racing yard near Barbury Castle for his annual open day - looking ahead to the coming jumps season, his fifth at Upper Herdswick farm.

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Eventing: Team Price's year crowned with Tim's fine Burghley win - next up for the 'golden couple' the World Games…

03-09-2018

"What a super year" said Tim Price after his victory in the land Rover Burghley Horse Trials on Ringwood Skyboy.

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With new research announced, Women in Racing calls for action on gender diversity in British horseracing

The first research ever undertaken into diversity in British horseracing has shown there is a need to develop a proper diversity agenda within the sport.  The research was unveiled at Women in Racing's sixth AGM at York Racecourse (May 17.)

The research - supported by funding from the Racing Foundation - was carried out by the Centre for Diversity Policy Research & Practice at Oxford Brookes University and Women in Racing.   

The report - titled Women’s representation and diversity in the horseracing industry - found that while progress is being made at all levels within horseracing on gender diversity, there are serious issues for women working and involved within the sport.

These issues include:
 *   Lack of career development opportunities (at all levels including jockeys), progression and support;
 *   There are examples of discriminative, prejudice and bullying behaviour;
 *   Barriers and lack of representation at senior and board level; and
 *   Negative experiences of work-life balance and pastoral care.

The research’s most immediate recommendation is to establish an independent diversity steering body to support British horseracing in developing a deeper understanding of its diversity.  In the longer term a steering group would set industry-wide, voluntary diversity targets and effective monitoring.  

The research also sets out further actions to help improve gender diversity in leadership roles and addressing some of the career barriers women face within the sport at all levels - including mentoring and the positive impact of visible role models.

Women in Racing had recognised the need for this research and most other sports, particularly Olympic disciplines, have a diversity agenda and monitoring mechanisms in place, as well as independent reporting, which have all be developed following similar research. Women in Racing have confirmed its commitment and desire to work with British horseracing to act on the findings and recommendations.

The research was carried out by Professor Simonetta Manfredi, Professor of Equality & Diversity Management with researcher and lecturer Kate Clayton-Hathway.  It was the brainchild of the founder and honorary president of Women in Racing, Sally Rowley-Williams, who commented:   

“This is a ground-breaking piece of research for British horseracing. It sets out clear recommendations which the sport needs to act on. As the sport’s governing body, the BHA is best placed to lead on progressing the diversity agenda, but it is for all in the sport to play their part."

 "Women in Racing will do all it can to facilitate change and make sure this research is just the starting point for taking forward the diversity agenda within British horseracing."

The full report can be read here.

FOOTNOTE: The Racing Foundation was established in January 2012 to oversee the distribution of funds to charitable causes within racing following the sale of the Tote.

 

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