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Welcome to our horse racing blog. Our specialist lawyers will post their thoughts here on the latest legal issues surrounding the horse racing industry. For the latest updates from the Harrowells horse racing team, follow us on Twitter @horseracinglaw

Poppy Bridgwater

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Hi! My name is Poppy Bridgwater, I'm 20 years old and have had my apprentice licence for a year. I am based with Tony Carroll in Pershore, which is about 20 minutes from Cheltenham, one of my favourite racecourses I'll sadly never be able to ride at!...

Poppy Bridgwater 2019 Apprentice Jockey

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Harrowells Solicitors are delighted to announce that their ongoing support of apprentice jockeys continues this racing year. Poppy Bridgwater will be flying the flag this season and we wish her good luck and good health throughout. Poppy rides out of the...

Equine Flu - why it matters

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So, equine flu has reared its ugly head once more. You may be wondering, however, what it is and why it called a halt to horseracing in the UK for 6 days and why a total of 174 racing stables have been in lockdown. Equine flu is much like human flu and it...

Draft Brexit legislation for farming and equine sectors

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Despite, or should we say in spite, of the Brexit issues that have been dominating the media the draft Common Agricultural Policy (Direct Payments to Farmers) and (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2018 was laid in draft for sifting on 29th November 2018...

Horse Racing and Freedom of Movement

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Horses need to be moved internationally to further their racing or breeding career. Without the ability to transport horses and their handlers between major racing countries with ease, the future is uncertain. Meanwhile, the clock ticks on towards Brexit Day...

Series a good shop window for female talent

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I remember the Winter Olympics in 2002. Rhona Martin, skip of the Ladies GB Curling team, had the nation gripped as she and her team variously pushed, slid and swept to victory. At the time the headlines were about the “Housewife from East...

Morrison Escapes Ban After Positive Test

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Trainer Hughie Morrison has escaped a ban after one of his horses failed a drugs test at the start of the year. The East Ilsley-based trainer could have faced a lengthy ban as a consequence of Our Little Sister's positive test for...

Turner Suspended After Betting Breach

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Hayley Turner has been handed a three-month riding ban handed to her by the disciplinary panel of the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) after the opening of an internet betting account left her in breach of the rules governing betting by jockeys....

Da Silva Banned Due To Sand

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Jockey Raul Da Silva has been handed a one-day ban for improper behaviour after gently throwing sand at his mount to try and get her to enter the stalls at Chelmsford. Sunkissed, a two-year-old filly, was reluctant to load but Da Silva...

Evans Fined After Black Dave Saga

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Trainer David Evans has been fined a total of £3,140 following a British Horseracing Authority (BHA) disciplinary panel hearing related to the trainer betting on one of his own horses. The Panel found that Evans engaged in "conduct...

Statement on behalf of Suzi Best

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Following hearings on 19 June 2017 and 12 September 2017, the British Horseracing Authority’s Licensing Committee has today granted Suzi Best a training licence. There are a number of conditions attached to the licence, which will be finalised at a...

The story behind one of North Yorkshire's enduring racing partnerships

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Harrowells' Simon Black is no stranger to horse racing. His father, Alan, and grandfather, George, forged a partnership with trainer Mick Easterby that has sent out many winners on both the Flat and over Jumps. In a recent interview, Mick Easterby...

Knott offence expunged as BHA take practical view

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The news that Anthony Knott is free to resume racing activities after the British Horseracing Authority agreed to set aside the remainder of his suspension has understandably made headlines in the racing press of late, but it is also an indicator of just how...