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Why the review took place.

LAST year's discussions on the 2000 fixture list, which originally envisaged a run of three and a half months' non-stop racing, seven days a week, threw up concerns among trainers about the inadequacy of staffing arrangements and resources in their yards.

The issue was addressed by shortening the period of continuous racing, but the BHB decided to set up the Stable Staff Resources Study Group, under the chairmanship of its Industry Committee-nominated director Lady Burnham, to look at the wider issues of stable-staff recruitment.

The group was charged with:

nCarrying out a full analysis of existing human resources and working practices in training yards

nRecommending how adjustments might be made to improve the staffing situation as the BHB develops the racing product

nTaking account of employment legislation, both national and European

nExamining employment practices in other relevant and comparable industries

nMaking recommendations for beneficial change.


Lady Burnham (BHB, chairman),

Bill Adams (Stable Lads' Association), Jim Gale (Northern Racing College), Paul Greeves (BHB), Grant Harris (National Trainers' Federation), Rory MacDonald (British Racing School), Richard Nash (British Horseracing Training Board), Richard Smith (Jockey Club), Malcolm Wallace (Jockey Club), John Biggs (co-ordinator, ex-Racehorse Owners' Association).
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Title Annotation:Sports
Author:Wright, Howard
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Apr 5, 2000
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