Author: Mike Deasy

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BHA failing in the equine welfare debate

It’s not long since these scribblings called for a robust response to those who campaign against racing using equine fatalities on racecourses to further their argument. The tenet of the proposed response was to...

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Post price reflects hard times

Needless to say, next week’s price rise for the Racing Post from £2.90 to £3.20, an increase of over 10%, generated a lot of adverse comment. Last year saw the removal of the price...

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Racing prize-money: a right old pickle

Racing has got itself into a right old pickle over its finances and the impact this will have on prize-money. First, bookmakers installed fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs) into its shops, and opened more...

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Cheltenham: the early years

Whisper it if you dare, but the first racing to take place in Cheltenham was on the Flat, when a meeting took place at Nottingham Hill in 1815. Three years later, and Cleeve Hill...