McCoy & Henderson Slam BHA Over Oliver Fine

🚀 Bet £5 Get £20 in Free Bets!
Skybet
New Customer Offer 18+. T&Cs Apply. Free bets non withdraw-able. Single & E/W bets only. Free bet stake not included in returns. 30 day free bet expiry. gambleaware.org.
Claim Bonus

MCCOY & HENDERSON SLAM BHA OVER OLIVER FINE

The British Horseracing Authority have fined trainer Henry Oliver £140 after waving his arms at a horse to encourage it to race, a decision that has infuriated many including current Champion Trainer Nicky Henderson and former Champion Jockey Sir AP McCoy.

Oliver was trying to force Burrenbridge Hotel to group with his opponents prior to the start of the 2m4f handicap steeplechase at Uttoxeter on Saturday, a contest where he went on to pull-up.

The trainer was found to be guilty of misconduct with the BHA releasing a statement reading: "Trainers are not permitted to encourage their horses to start, and that rule is there for a good reason.

"We set a lot of store in our sport behind the fact that we do not force horses to race and that they do so of their own free will. Moreover, in the interests of a fair, even start, individual horses should not have the attentions of a trainer or representative to get them on their way.

"For these reasons only the jockeys and starters are permitted to effect or influence the start."

McCoy began the protests, by tweeting his disgust over the decision: "And for such stupidity I’m going to block @BHAStewards incase I end up reading again such embarrassing rubbish.......how can our sport have such appalling decision makers in charge."

The 20-time champion jockey's views were mirrored by the Champion Trainer Nicky Henderson, who drew up a fair comparison to the starts in flat racing.

(Credit: Racing Post) He said: "If they are talking about giving horses free will about starting then what about at the stalls on the Flat, when ten burly and brilliant men shove, heave and lift horses into the stalls when the horse says no?

"The BHA is baffling at the moment, coming out with more and more bizarre instructions. I despair. How are punters going to feel about horses being allowed to decide whether to start or not, he finished."

After the recording was shown to the culprit at the inquiry at Uttoxeter, Oliver was quick to respond and came to the defence of his horse.

(Credit: Racing Post) He said: "Burrenbridge Hotel has been here a while and probably needs a change of scenery.

"The Skelton horse who won the novice hurdle wouldn't walk out the paddock so they were waving their arms at that too, yet our horse planted near the start so I went down there to tell Sam [Twiston-Davies] to get off him and the horse will go forward as that's how he is at home.

"I hadn't asked for permission but with the race times pushed back our horse had planted with the delay, so I was just trying to give him every chance of running his race.

"As we were away from the start I raised my arms to get him away from the fence, where he had stopped, and when the starters got behind him I stayed away.

"It's a bit disappointing that the stewards didn't just say something to me. The same steward had me in for a horse at Bangor recently and told me I was running it over the wrong trip, so I don't know why the stewards don't train the horses themselves," he concluded.

Fellow trainers Amy Murphy and Brendan Powell were other names that came to Oliver's aid.

🚀 Bet £5 Get £20 in Free Bets!
Skybet
New Customer Offer 18+. T&Cs Apply. Free bets non withdraw-able. Single & E/W bets only. Free bet stake not included in returns. 30 day free bet expiry. gambleaware.org.
Claim Bonus

FREE BETS & OFFERS

🔥 STRADIVARIUS AT 10/1 TO WIN THE ASCOT GOLD CUP 🔥
888
New customers only • £10 minimum deposit using promo code "BOOST" required • Qualifying bet must be placed at the normal odds • max bet £5 • Extra winnings paid in FREE BETS and added within 72 hrs of qualifying bet settlement • Free bet stakes not included in bet returns • Free bets expire 7 days after credit • This offer may not be combined with any other offer • Deposit balance is available for withdrawal at any time • General deposit method,withdrawal restrictions & Full T&C’s apply
Claim Bonus
🔶 Bet £10 on the first race at Royal Ascot & get £5 free for EVERY other race 🔶
888
New customers only (+18) • £10 deposit using promo code "RACE888" • Minimum stake £10 at odds of 1/2 (1.5) • Free bets credited upon qualifying bet settlement and expire after 7 days • Free bet stakes not included in returns • Deposit balance is available for withdrawal at any time. General deposit method, withdrawal restrictions and Full T&C’s apply
Claim Bonus
😱 STRADIVARIUS AT A MASSIVE 7/1 (£10 STAKE) 😱
Paddy Power
New customer offer, max stake £10, winnings paid in cash at the normal odds and are topped up to the enhanced price in free bets, free bets are valid for 7 days, only deposits with cards, Apple Pay & PayPal count, multiple bets & in-play bets are excluded, T&Cs apply.
Claim Bonus
🏇 Stradivarius to win the Ascot Gold Cup @ 66/1! 🏇
Betway
New customers from UK and Ireland only. Valid debit/credit card or Paypal. Min deposit €/£10. Max stake €/£1. Race Winner singles only. Winnings paid in Free Bets. Offer expires 20/06/19 at 16:20 GMT. Full Terms Apply.
Claim Bonus
🚀 Bet £5 Get £20 in Free Bets!
Skybet
New Customer Offer 18+. T&Cs Apply. Free bets non withdraw-able. Single & E/W bets only. Free bet stake not included in returns. 30 day free bet expiry. gambleaware.org.
Claim Bonus
⚡️Get up to £100 in Bet Credits⚡️
Bet365
Up to £100 in Bet Credits for new customers at bet365. Min deposit £5 and 1x settled bet requirement to release Bet Credits.Min odds, bet and payment method exclusions apply. Returns exclude Bet Credits Stake. Time Limits and T&Cs apply.
Claim Bonus
Bet £10 & Get £30 in Free Bets! 👏🏻
Betfair
New customers only, place a min €/£10 bet on any Sportsbook market at odds of at least 1.2 (1/5) and we’ll give you €/£30 in free bets. Only deposits made using Cards or Paypal will qualify for this promotion. See below for full T&C's.
Claim Bonus
🏆 Get a RISK FREE bet on any sports market up to £20 - money back in CASH if it loses! 🏆
Paddy Power
New customers only, limited to one per person. If you’ve previously had a Paddy Power account, you will not qualify for the offer. Place your FIRST bet on any Sportsbook market and if it loses we will refund your stake in CASH. Max refund for this offer is €/£20. Only deposits made using Cards or Paypal will qualify for this promotion. T&Cs apply. 18+|Gamble Aware.
Claim Bonus
👌 MATCHED DEPOSIT UP TO £25! 👌
Novibet
| New UK customers only | min bet £10 | match max £25 free bet | Min of 3 selections in accumulator | min odds per selection 7/10 (1.70) | Free bet stake not returned | Certain Markets/sports/payment methods restrictions apply | Qualifying bet must be made within 30 days | Free bet valid for 30 days | T&Cs Apply
Claim Bonus
🎲 DOUBLE THE ODDS + £20 CASINO BONUS 🎲
Grosvenor Sport
Only valid for new registrations to www.grosvenorcasinos.com. Existing members do not qualify. Bet must be placed using real money in combination with the Odds Boost Token. Offer applies to Sport bets only. Maximum total stake is £10. Each way bets are a maximum of £5 each way (£10 total stake). If you stake less than £10 you will forfeit the remaining amount of the odds boost token. 'Double the odds' refers to fractional odds only. For the avoidance of doubt, it is the profit from the eligible bet that is doubled. Extra winnings are paid in cash upon bet settlement. Customers have 60 days after registration to use the Odds Boost token. A maximum of 1 offer is available per person, household, IP, device, e-mail address or payment details. Members depositing with Neteller or Skrill will not be eligible for this promotion. Member bet limits also apply to Odds Boost token placement.
Claim Bonus
⚫️ £30 Welcome Offer! ⚫️
Betway
*New UK & Ireland customers only. Min Deposit: £10. First deposit matched up to £30. 1 x wagering at odds of 1.75+ to unlock Free Bet. Credit Card, Debit Card & PayPal deposits only. Full terms apply.
Claim Bonus
Bet £10 & Get £30 in Free Bets! 💥
William Hill
New online customers only, min £10 stake, win only, min odds 1/2, free bets paid as 3 X£10, 30 day expiry, free bet/payment method/player/country restrictions apply
Claim Bonus
When The Fun Stops. Stop.