BHA Announces Fixture List for 2022September 25, 2021 John Isaac
The British Horse Racing Administration (BHA) has released its schedule and fixture list for the 2022 season and aims to increase the number of events on Saturday and Sunday.
A total of 1,482 races will be held in 2022, four fewer than the 1,486 ITV races in 2021.
The BHA recognizes the need to generate income and participate in the post-COVID era, as weekend attendance becomes easier for most of the population, and has added a 6th round of 8 on Sunday and 10 on Saturday.
However, according to the Racing Post, some bookmakers have expressed doubts about the plan to increase the number of matches on weekends, especially on Saturdays.
Simon Clare, Public Relations Manager at Ladbrokes Coral, commented, “The thing that jumps off the page is the addition of a sixth fixture on some Saturdays which isn’t what betting customers either want or need on days when the action already comes thick and fast.”
It goes without saying that these matches and horses in other positions in the program will generate more gambling income.
The Calendar Announced By BHA
Nine Saturday extra games will occur in Chester city on June 11, July 16, and September 24, Perth on August 13, June 18, and August 13; Cartmel on May 28 and July 16; and Chelmsford on May 14, May 28, and September 10.
Meanwhile, eight more Sunday meetings were added, during the year: Sandown Park on August 21, Musselburgh on June 5, Hamilton on May 8, Haydock Park on August 7, York on May 22, and Chelmsford City on July 3, July 24, and 14 August.
The British Horseracing Authority says that he is hoping that Saturday’s extra races will attract around 7,500 spectators, adding that the official contribution to the prize pool for these matches should not be less than 100000 pounds.
Meanwhile, cash prizes for Sunday’s matches will be allocated to officials at least 65000 pounds, while the agency expects additional funds from the HBLB to be allocated for all events.
Welcome to The New 2022 Encounter List
Despite issues about changes to Saturday’s racing maps, Rupert Arnold, general manager of the Claire Association and the National Coaches Federation told: the Racing Post that Sunday’s additional funding and line-up changes are welcome.
However, Arnold also said that there are Saturdays with a flat sixth game, and he believes this could cause logistical problems in reserving jockeys because of the one game a day rule.
The British Horseracing Authority decision was communicated by “the Transversal Funding” and “Fundraising Group” after approval by all group members and the Tripartite Career Executive Committee, and developed in discussion with related stakeholders and then submitted to the Board of Directors from BHA notes 9th, Sep for approval.
Other actions include modifications to the Christmas calendar that will turn all matches during this season into lit races to open up new gambling sessions, expand the “geographic distribution” of races during the platinum four-day holidays, and introduce games on Thursday and Friday nights.
BHA COO Richard Wayman said that when we created the program for 2022, the main goal was to make racing more attractive to fans.