Project to re-measure flat courses concludes

The final stage of the Flat racecourse re-measurement project will be completed tomorrow as the full data pack will be released via The Racing Calendar and on the website of the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) here.

The project, which was initiated following feedback from the Horseracing Bettors Forum (HBF) and has been co-ordinated by the BHA and Racecourse Association (RCA), aims to ensure greater accuracy of information for the racing industry and betting public.

Following an initial announcement on 30 March, tomorrow’s data release will list any changes to advertised distances or moved starts for Flat-only racecourses, Flat tracks at Dual Purpose courses and All-Weather Tracks following re-measurement by independent surveyors. These will be in effect from 8 May onwards in line with tomorrow’s Racing Calendar.

Courses who have re-measured within the last three years have been granted dispensation not to re-measure, whilst any distances outside of the rules of racing have been given dispensation by the BHA Executive.

Holly Cook, Racecourse Services Manager at the Racecourse Association, said: “Racecourses fully understand the importance of communicating accurate information and the re-measurement of Flat courses is an excellent step forward in the sport’s ambition to deliver greater accuracy of information.

“We are very pleased that racecourses have completed this work at the start of the 2017 Flat Turf season and are confident that it will benefit participants, racegoers and the betting public.”

Brant Dunshea, Director of Integrity and Regulatory Operations at the British Horseracing Authority, said: “We remain committed to meeting industry and public expectations to provide accurate racing data.

“The re-measurement of Flat racecourses is an important step as we continue to improve in this area and build the confidence of those who follow British racing in the data that is available.”