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  • #12424
    BHA
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    Dear OH Racing,

    Ask the BHA
    Just a reminder that the Ask the BHA initiative, where for a limited period of time you can ask our BHA specialists ANY question you would like about racing, is now open.

    Visit here for how to ask us your questions: http://www.britishhorseracing.com/goracing/ask-the-bha/

    St Leger Competition
    In addition, we are running a fantastic St Leger competition where you can win 2 County Stand tickets for EVERY DAY of the festival. Enter here, and good luck:
    http://www.britishhorseracing.com/gener … ition1.asp

    Thanks
    BHA

    #244508
    seabird
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    Don’t you think your time could be better spent?

    Colin

    #244798
    BHA
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    Dear Colin,

    I’m not sure how to answer this other than to say engaging with our stakeholders is excellent practice for us as a business and that it is a very worthwhile use of our time.

    Many thanks

    #244802
    Never Nearer
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    Remember the good old days when people used to listen to their customers rather than "engage with stakeholders"?

    Look at it this way Colin, it’s a much cheaper way of doing market research that the chucking money at Bill and Ben consultants.

    And given how much it costs to get into Doncaster these days it’s not a trivial prize that’s on offer.

    #244808
    seabird
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    Rob, deleted read the "Is This Gambling?" thread on here.

    As far as I am concerned you are spamming forums with this PR campaign.

    Don’t spam them read them, Paul Struthers is good enough to do that.

    Colin

    #244812
    Grasshopper
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    I can appreciate your frustration, Colin – but isn’t that a little bit strong?

    Better that we judge this ‘forum initiative’ on it’s results, rather than dismiss it out-of-hand as spam – regardless of the amount of false-starts we have experienced with similar initiatives, no?

    Robin, it may help your cause if you detailed the questions you have received on this thread, and summarise any BHA responses as they come in?

    #244814
    seabird
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    No, I don’t think so, Grass.

    Colin

    #244816
    dave jay
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    I’m not sure how to answer this other than to say engaging with our stakeholders is excellent practice for us as a business and that it is a very worthwhile use of our time.

    .. as far as I am aware the BHA is a tax funded body and not a business, it doesn’t have to return a profit every year does it?

    The public are not stakeholders, we are simply the disgruntled unwashed masses that are forced into paying for it all.

    #244817
    Grasshopper
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    No, I don’t think so, Grass.

    Colin

    Aye, ok – fair enough! :mrgreen:

    #244823
    Zarkava
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    BHA,

    Yeats only ever comes over here for Ascot bar the occasional visit to Goodwood, Septimus hasn’t run here for almost 2 years and Schiaparelli just swerved the Lonsdale Cup leaving 2 handicappers to finish 1st and 2nd with no 3-year-olds entered either.

    The Gold Cup 2nd, 3rd and 4th (all trained in England) haven’t run since and it looks like we could possibly have an even smaller field than today for the Doncaster Cup.

    Is the BHA happy to allow Group 2s of £80,000 be contested under cat-and-mouse conditions and let Aidan send over his Derby cast-offs to pick up the staying prizes whenever he feels like it or perhaps you’re thinking of an Order of Merit-type system in which points are racked up between all the Group races run over 2m or further? Might I even suggest a possible regrading of the Doncaster Cup to a Group 1 to compete with the Prix du Cadran?

    #244834
    cormack15
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    Colin –

    I have little doubt that over at BHA headquarters they are sitting scratching their heads when they see comments such as the initial post made by your good self on this thread.

    Regardless of what you may think of the BHA’s performance overall I think their sticking their collective head over the precipice by engaging at the ‘coal-face’ on this forum is a very progressive step. I’m sure they have no problem understanding and thinking through criticism which is well-founded and constructive/challenging but I can totally empathise with the BHA when they say they ‘don’t know how to answer this one’ – I know how I’d have answered it and it wouldn’t have been polite!

    I have no problem whatsoever with the BHA posting on the forum to promote racing events, competitions or whatever. Not spamming, just promoting racing and this forum will always support that.

    #244842
    bluechariot
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    Stakeholder is a very new labour bullshit word

    #244880
    Anonymous
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    As a follow-up to Cav’s thread on Yurituni’s nursery victory at York, I asked a number of integrity-related questions and had two updates from Robin within a few hours. My queries have been passed to the relevant personnel and a response will be issued, and published, within a week or so (all being well).

    #244890
    seabird
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    Corm, I have tried to explain my antipathy to this initiative in a PM to you. I apologise if my attitude is at odds with the rest of the forum and I will desist from posting on this thread in the future.

    Colin

    #244897
    dave jay
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    Colin, your not at odds with the rest of the forum, in fact your part of the majority who see the BHA as one of the problems that racing has to overcome to survive as a viable sport in the future.

    The BHA have played a big part in turning the sport into a bookies numbers racket and now that the bookies have got their way and done a runner with the dosh, how stupid do they look?

    #244902
    cormack15
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    Colin/Dave – I’ve no problem with criticism of the BHA per se, I just think they probably feel they can’t win. People complain they don’t listen and then when they try to engage with us we still complain.

    #244942
    dave jay
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    Corm, the BHA have no intention of listening to punters, they haven’t done so in the past why would they in the future?

    What they should be doing is lobbying MPs to get the law changed to get the levy brought back on shore, or cut the fixtures list to stop the FOBTs rolling and play the bookies at their own game.

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