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UK Horseracing Announces RaceWISE Service

March 05, 2020

- Grant Whittington

The integrity of horseracing as a major UK sport is enjoying regulatory priority as the UK tightens the straps of control in order to protect the industry. The latest news is that the British Horseracing Authority has updated the provisions of its whistleblowing service. Anonymous reporting of issues relating to integrity in sports is a valuable tool when managed correctly and effectively and as such its obvious that authorities will want to keep tabs on how the rule functions as well as on whether it functions at maximum capacity.

The good news is that RaceWISE will not only focus on integrity as far as competitions are concerned but will for the most part be concerned with the general welfare of horses as well as the safeguarding of the animals. The idea central to the anonymous reporting service is that of upholding a commitment to an all-encompassing protection of integrity in the sport of horseracing.

Protecting Workers And Bettors

The British Horseracing Authority has explained that the reason for the revision of and upgrade to the process is to allow all those who work in the industry in their various capacities, as well as those who support the industry by betting on the outcomes of races, the opportunity to speak up and voice their concerns whenever possible irregularities arise and are noticed. The idea is to uphold and respect the Rules of Racing and other related practises and to award to folks the opportunity to report all and any breaches or potential breaches in as far as what those breaches concern them.

RaceWISE will function as a free phoneline and online reporting form service. The British Horseracing Authority will remain in charge of the service and will administrate the process with the help of its own in-house integrity department as well as independent charity and anonymous reporting service, Crimestoppers.

Spreading The Word Of Integrity

The new RaceWISE service (previously: Racestraight), will be publicised by the authority in public as well as restricted areas across Britain’s racecourses. Racecard and racecourse television graphics will in the meantime be implemented as part of the new integrity in whistleblowing complain. The idea is obviously visibility, without which the updated service will not have much bite to its bark.

British Horseracing Authority head of integrity Chris Watts recently outlined what the launch of RaceWISE meant and involved and said that what it does is to basically extend the scope of previous reporting services implemented by the organisation. It furthermore opens up the playing field in favour of being much more strategic in terms of adopted approaches as well as how the intelligence received is processed and investigated. The bottom-line goal is to keep horseracing in Britain clean and free from meddling and irregularities.

Protecting The Honest Majority

The majority of those involved in the industry are honest and uphold the laws of integrity in sports, said Watts. These are the people RaceWISE wishes to serve; the “honest majority” so often negatively impacted by the few dishonest parties seeking an unfair advantage.

It’s furthermore about creating a confident and safe space for the reporting of anything untoward, continued Watts. And that the organisation will do everything in its power to protect the identities of those who have the foresight and the courage to speak out, is a pledge on the part of RaceWISE.

Those blowing the whistle on any suspicious activity or activities will be given the option to either remain completely anonymous, even to the organisation itself, or to provide RaceWISE with their contact details in order for the local racing authority to conduct a follow-up process. Even in the event of the latter, all details will at all times be kept confidential. This assurance according to Crimestoppers chief executive Mark Hallas.

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