The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has suspended the right to withdraw horses via self-certificate of 13 flat trainers, as a result of relatively high non-runner rates.A number of trainers were warned in August that they had until an April 1 cut off to ensure rates were below the prescribed threshold, currently set at 14% on the flat and 12% over jumps (set to fall to 10% from the end of June).Those affected have a 14 day window within which to query the data, although unless data is shown to be inaccurate the current sanctions are to remain in place, however, they are still able to withdraw hoses for valid reasons, via vet’s certificates, without penalty.Richard Wayman, Chief Operating Officer for the BHA, explained: “It is essential that we take these steps to reduce the number of non-runners. They are not good for our sport, its fans or its participants.“All of the bodies who took part in the recent review agreed that we should do this by targeting those trainers who are consistently generating a high rate of non-runners, rather than putting in place measures that unfairly affect or restrict those trainers who operate within the spirit of the rules.“What the data has shown is that the vast majority of trainers are able to operate well beneath the thresholds without any issue.“We accept there are a number of unavoidable and valid reasons for horses not being able to run but it is very pleasing to see the non-runner rate within both codes has fallen so far this year. “Of course the welfare of horses must continue to come first and we fully expect that, if a horse is not fit to run, the affected trainers would withdraw it via a vet’s certificate with no penalty.”Recommendations follow the non-runners review which had the objective of decreasing non-runner rates in British racing, with all parties involved agreeing that measures to reduce the appropriate numbers should target trainers whose non-runner rates were particularly high.Early indications point to a positive effect, with non runner rates reducing 14%, from 6.6% of declarations to 5.7%, for the first three months of 2018 compared to 2017. Submit Unibet backs #GoRacingGreen as lead racing charity July 28, 2020 Share Share Racing DiRSG launches LGBT+ awareness module for PRIDE June 25, 2020 UK Racing pushes for drastic levy reforms as deep recession looms August 25, 2020 Related Articles StumbleUpon
Only victory will guarantee Manchester United’s passage to the last 16 of the Champions League, but they have major injury worries ahead of Tuesday’s trip to wounded Wolfsburg.United dropped to fourth in the Premier League on Saturday after recording their sixth stalemate of the season at home to West Ham.And boss Louis van Gaal is all too aware that their killer instinct must return by the time they take to the field in Germany, otherwise they are likely to exit Europe’s elite competition at the group stage for only the fourth time in their history.The Dutchman was expected to lead his team through their group untroubled but after drawing 0-0 at home to PSV Eindhoven last month, there is a real danger they could drop into the Europa League.Wolfsburg coach Dieter Hecking will be out to repair damaged pride against United after their 29-game unbeaten home run came to an end against Borussia Dortmund at the weekend.A draw against Van Gaal’s side will be enough for Wolfsburg to progress beyond the group stage for the first time, and a win would secure first place in Group B. Rafa Benitez will rest Gareth Bale and Luka Modric when Malmo visit the Bernabeu on Tuesday evening with Real Madrid’s Champions League progress already assured.Third in La Liga, Benitez’s side will be seeking a convincing performance to appease fans left disgruntled by the recent 4-0 mauling at the hands of Barcelona and the club’s disqualification from the Copa del Rey for fielding an ineligible player.However, they have at least strung together four consecutive victories since their humiliation against Barca and Saturday’s 4-1 win over Getafe saw Bale, Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo all score in the same game for the first time this season.Real face a tough visit to Villarreal on Sunday, and having sealed their place in the last 16 as Group A winners ahead of Paris Saint-Germain, Benitez will rest a number of his star names.Malmo, meanwhile, need to better Shakhtar Donetsk’s result in the other game if they are to snatch third spot and a Europa League berth. With the Swedish domestic season now finished, Age Hareide’s side have only played once in the last month, when they went down 5-0 at home to Paris Saint-Germain.Hareide will be taking charge of the club for the last time in the Champions League after announcing his decision to step down at the end of the year.Manchester City host a revitalised Borussia Monchengladbach needing a win and a favour from Sevilla to top their Champions League group – from which they have already qualified – to give them a much-needed easier last-16 draw.Manuel Pellegrini’s surrendered top spot in the Premier League to Leicester after they were out-played in every department in a 2-0 defeat at a windswept Britannia Stadium against Stoke on Saturday. And Gladbach arrive in buoyant mood having brought an end to Bayern Munich’s unbeaten record this season thanks to an emphatic 3-1 win.City’s defence have recorded just two clean sheets in the last 18 matches, after not conceding a goal in their opening five games of the season, and it is no coincidence the absence of captain Vincent Kompany to injury has affected their stability at the back.However, in Europe, they have already booked their spot in the knockout stages, although their hopes of topping Group D rest on Sevilla needing to beat Juventus at home as well as a win of their own at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday night.Gladbach can go into the Europa League if they match or better Sevilla’s result against Juventus and have risen from bottom of the table to third under new coach Andre Schubert, with his only defeat coming against City in the reverse fixture in late September. –This game will be live on SuperSport, your world of champions.