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Irish Thoroughbred Marketing supports owners at Barbury International


Owners at the Barbury International Point-to-Point- on Saturday, January 20 at Barbury Racecourse - are to be well looked following a new initiative by Irish Thoroughbred Marketing (ITM), the promotional body for Irish racing and bloodstock.

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Hot to Trot Racing syndicate's successful 2017 means it's now 2Hot to Trot


The affordable Flat racing syndicate Hot To Trot Racing had 'an unforgettable year' in 2017, the highlight being Heartache’s brilliant win in the Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot and the joyous scenes afterwards.

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Milansbar is back in great form - and Bryony Frost gave him an 'ace' ride


Conditional jockey Bryony Frost had never sat on Milansbar before she met him at Warwick (January 13) and rode him to a famous eleven lengths victory in the Grade 3 Betfred Classic Handicap Chase - beating off Cogry and Missed Approach.

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Gary Witheford takes a step back - while his son Craig takes on the racing side of their work


'Horse-whisperer' Gary Witheford, who is based near Burbage, has decided to stop working with horses from the general public.

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Barbury International Point-to-Point: record entry includes 14 from Irish trainers & a three division 'bumper'


The second running of the Barbury International Racing Club meeting at Barbury Racecourse, on Saturday, January 20, will score in three important and innovative ways.

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Barbury International Point-to-Point affirms its international status


  There will be Irish participation at the second Barbury International Point-to-Point at the Barbury Racecourse on Saturday, January 20.  And there will be a continental element there as well in the form of top French amateur jockey Guillaume Viel.

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End of 2017 thriller: Poetic Rhythm's narrow Challow Hurdle win at Newbury - great day for Fergal - mixed fortunes…


Newbury's final fixture of 2017 (December 30) took place before a healthy crowd of almost 9,000.  The course had had 7.9mm of rain in the previous 24-hours.  The going was heavy - and obviously testing for many of the day's runners.  For the spectators it was warm if windy.  

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Lil Rockerfeller - a stayer and a local star


He's a very popular horse with the punters and he's trainer Neil King's 'great servant' - six year-old Lil Rockerfeller is a hurdler of great determination and stamina. He is a horse that loves Ascot - he is entered there for Saturday's (December 23) JLT Reve De Sivola Long Walk Hurdle...

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Pete's retired - again - but he still takes the top prize


Former successful racehorse, Beware Chalk Pit - known to most as Pit or Pete and to some as Perfect Pete - has won the Retraining of Racehorses (RoR) 2017 Horse of the Year award at a presentation ceremony at the Jockey Club Rooms in Newmarket.   There to accept the award...

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Barbury reaches out to Irish pointers to join its International meeting


Barbury Racecourse is set to stage the second Barbury International Point-to-Point on Saturday, January 20 - following the successful amendments to the rules of the sport that made last January's inaugural fixture possible.

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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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