British Horseracing Authority Integrity Education

POSTED ON  |  08-01-2020

BHA Integrity Education
Upholding the integrity of racing involves ensuring fair and safe competition.

Equine welfare:
Racing’s participants have a responsibility to ensure the welfare of racing’s equine athletes. Those who work with the horses provide first class day-to-day care, which requires the appropriate use of treatments, rest and recuperation in response to any illness or injury.

Trainers are responsible for ensuring that treatments are only given in the horse’s best interest by working together with their vets and service providers.

Level playing field:
Participants and the public should be confident that horseracing is a fair contest of talent. The sport has rules that restrict which medications or substances can be given to a horse not just on raceday, but at any time (until permanently retired from the sport).

There are also restrictions on what substances our human athletes, Jockeys, can take. All participants have a role to play in ensuring that the sport is fair and competitive.

Clean racing:
Competitive sports have always attracted significant amounts of money, and horseracing is no different. Where there is money to be made a small number of people may be tempted to try and influence a result, which is why the sport has a zero-tolerance approach to doping and controls all other treatments. Any substance designed to affect performance could impact the result of a race, and that undermines the very nature of sport. From midnight on raceday, nothing other than normal feed and water is permitted.

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