Horse racing punters in Ireland will soon receive extra reassurance about the integrity of their favourite sport thanks to a new arrangement between two leading racing organisations.
The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has announced that it will be working with the leading Irish racing regulator, the Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board (IHRB) with the aim of focusing on the monitoring of trends in betting in Ireland’s horse racing sector.
The deal has been signed for a four-year period. During that time, the two organisations say that they will be working together, focusing on various areas of intelligence. They have also committed to strengthening the existing links between the regulatory functions on both sides of the Irish Sea.
Commenting on the deal, a spokesperson for the IHRB said that the two organisations would be working closely together and that it would result in stronger relationships.
The IHRB have also announced that, in conjunction with the BHA, they will be putting some of their intelligence work out to tender. According to Denis Egan, the Chief Executive of the IHRB, this will largely involve data sharing and surveillance:
“We are outsourcing an element of our function. It’s the same as using a third-party service provider to provide the laboratory, or to provide camera pictures. This will be a monitoring service.
According to reports, the tender, has been estimated at around €350,000, and will mirror many of the other agreements to share and monitor sports data that have been signed in the international sports sector. The new partnership comes after the 2020 budget for the IHRB integrity department has been cut by €200,000 as part of the 2020 Horse Racing Ireland budget. But it has been confirmed that the arrangement with the BHA, including the tender process, effectively predates the budget cuts.