Trainers held BHA confidence vote

first_imgHorse racing Topics British Horseracing Authority Since you’re here… Read more First published on Mon 9 Jun 2008 19.01 EDT Trainers held BHA confidence vote Share on WhatsApp Share via Email Share on Facebook Share on Pinterest … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Arnold said the question, “Do you have confidence in the BHA’s security department?”, was posted in a section of the NTF’s website which could be accessed only by its members, of which there are approximately 560, representing more than 90% of trainers in the country. The vote was available for “about a couple of months” and seven trainers voted, five replying ‘No’.”We regularly have a question on our website,” Arnold continued. “It can be anything, but it’s always a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ question and it’s a little bit of interest. It’s not something we base a lot of policy on, though we may do.” “We were aware of the poll,” said BHA spokesman Paul Struthers, who played down its significance. “It was entirely a matter for the NTF and we certainly are not opposed to people expressing their opinion, though the very small response would strongly suggest that it wasn’t a primary concern for the NTF’s members.”The BHA’s independent regulatory director, John Bridgeman, is to meet with the NTF council in November.Several trainers were called to give evidence at the trial of Fallon and five others on charges of conspiracy to defraud punters, which collapsed in December when a judge ruled there was no case to answer. A report by Dame Elizabeth Neville, commissioned by the BHA, has since offered no serious criticism of racing’s rulers for their actions in relation to the trial.Trainer Ralph Beckett indicated yesterday that he was leaning against sending Friday’s Oaks winner Look Here to The Curragh for next month’s Irish Oaks, citing her inexperience. He named the St Leger on September 13 as a more likely target.Ron Cox’s tip of the day Drawn Gold 7.15 ChesterA Newmarket winner last season on just his fourth outing, this lightly raced four-year-old is still at the right end of the handicap. Drawn Gold shaped promisingly on his return when staying on into third behind Motafarred over a mile at Pontefract. He had to be switched to make his run, by which time the winner had flown, and Drawn Gold should be suited by this extra two furlongs. Kieren Fallon The Recap: sign up for the best of the Guardian’s sport coverage Support The Guardian Brian Radford Shares11 Website poll held in the wake of Kieren Fallon scandal met with apathetic response from trainers Britain’s trainers have held an informal vote of confidence in the sport’s ruling body following last year’s collapse of the fraud trial involving Kieren Fallon and others. The revelation shows the extent to which relationships within racing were undermined by the trial, though the response to the poll has proved apathetic.Rupert Arnold, chief executive of the National Trainers’ Federation, said yesterday that he had now closed the poll, which had been conducted solely through the NTF’s website. “There was a certain amount of reaction to the trial and the British Horseracing Authority’s handling of that, throughout racing, so the question was initiated by that,” he said. “And it doesn’t seem to be an issue for trainers, if this vote is any kind of barometer.” Share on Messenger Share on Twitter Share via Email Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn British Horseracing Authority Share on Twitter Mon 9 Jun 2008 19.01 EDT Reuse this contentlast_img

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