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BHA Announces New Requirements for Top Races

Tuesday, 15th August 2017

The BHA has announced it will introduce a minimum rating requirement for all Group One Flat races for 3YOs and older to preserve the prestige of its biggest races, reports Racing Post. The move comes after 1000-1 shot Diore Lia was declared to run in this year’s English Derby. From now on, all runners will have to have a rating of 80 to take part. "The question of whether races that form the pinnacle of our sport should require a minimum standard of competitiveness from equine participants is one that has been discussed in the past, but without agreement being reached,” said Ruth Quinn, the BHA's director of international racing and racing development. "Introducing a minimum rating for these races has three clear benefits. First, it will help protect the welfare of the human and equine participants in our major races by reducing the risk that comes with inferior horses competing against far superior opponents, second, it will ensure the risk of unsatisfactory results in these races is reduced by taking out the unknown factor…that can be caused in running by an inferior horse, and finally, it will help preserve the reputation and public perception of our top races as crown-jewel events.”

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