- New process for handicapping appeals to be introduced in the autumn
- Independent panel to be created which assists in the event a trainer wishes to review a handicap rating or the refusal to give one
- Recommendation for new independent panel implemented as part of ongoing enactment of recent handicapping review
The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has today announced it is inviting applications for a new independent handicapping appeals panel.
This is part of the ongoing implementation of recommendations from the recent handicapping review carried out by racing broadcaster and journalist Lydia Hislop and will ensure all appeals are heard fairly, independently and following due process.
Anyone will be eligible to apply for the panel except those who are employees or directors of the BHA or anyone who has been granted a licence or permit by the BHA within the previous five years. Additionally, anyone who has undertaken paid consultancy or other work for the BHA is eligible but must declare that work and the amounts of money involved at the application stage.
Those who are successful will adjudicate on appeals lodged as part of a three-person panel taken from the overall membership. All appeals will be dealt with remotely and in writing and appeals can only be lodged if the trainer has first sought reviews from the original handicapper involved and then their team leader.
Full details of the new appeals process will be published ahead of its launch in the autumn, but a guide to how it will work can be viewed here.
Richard Wayman, Chief Operating Officer of the BHA, said:
“We have an exceptionally dedicated and talented handicapping team but it is inevitable that there will be occasions when participants wish to challenge particular decisions. The invitation for applications to a new independent appeals panel marks an important step in the process of implementing the recommendations from our recent handicapping review.”
“We warmly invite applications from all individuals with the appropriate skills and experience, including an understanding of handicapping principles, expertise in the interpretation of form and strong race-reading skills.”
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