Camelot (right), ridden by Joseph O'Brien, after beating French Fifteenth to win the Two Thousand Guineas, Newmarket, Suffolk, England, 2012. Press Association/AP

Britain unveils program to track retired racehorses

By JAMES BURN | RACING POST

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Keeping track of retired racehorses will become much easier, according to the British Horseracing Authority, with British racing’s governing body revealing plans to simplify and modernize the process Feb. 6.

The system, which is integrated into the industry’s existing administrative site, will require and record details of a retired horse’s new keeper for the first time with the hope it will improve data and understanding of how Thoroughbreds leave the sport.

Owners have the chance to register the information, but surveys on aftercare provided evidence that trainers should also be involved in this process, which connections can do from Feb. 13.

A non-racing agreement is also part of the initiative and owners who have sold or gifted a retired horse will be alerted to prevent that animal being entered in races.

“At all stages of a racehorse’s life, being able to trace a horse’s whereabouts is vital in demonstrating responsibility and commitment to the long-term welfare of our equine athletes,” said David Sykes, director of equine health and welfare at the BHA. “While there are many possible routes that horses may take on leaving training, the first step is to identify those who have been retired from the sport.

“Today’s announcement represents an important and significant improvement in this area and will mean we can ensure our record-keeping is as accurate and up to date as possible.”

Charlie Liverton, chief executive of the Racehorse Owners Association, said his organization welcomed the introduction.

A page on the BHA’s website—britishhorseracing.com/retire—will allow horses to be tracked, although that will not go live until March 2.

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FEATURED IMAGE: Camelot (right), ridden by Joseph O’Brien, after beating French Fifteenth to win the Two Thousand Guineas, Newmarket, Suffolk, England, 2012.
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