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Racing Explained

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) is the governing body of horseracing and the industry around it in Britain.


It defines the rules and regulates the sport to ensure healthy competition and the utmost welfare for everyone involved – with the horses at the top of the list.

What do the British Racing Authority do?

Without the BHA, horseracing would not be the beloved sport it is in Britain today. It organises everything from issuing the licenses and planning the fixture lists to setting the handicaps and regulating the races at all courses throughout the Flat and Jumps seasons.


The Jockey Club works with the BHA to bring enthralling events to racegoers all over the country, from Aintree to Wincanton – and, indeed, to secure a long-term future for the sport.


Welfare is at the heart of this partnership, too; you can find out more about the horse-comes-first philosophy here at Racing Explained.


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