BHA’s 2022 fixture list includes more weekend meetings, but bookmakers express doubts

BHA’s 2022 fixture list includes more weekend meetings, but bookmakers express doubts

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  • Ted Orme-Claye, SBC News
September 14, 2021 10:25 PM
  • Ted Orme-Claye, SBC News

    The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has published its fixture list for the 2022 season, with plans to enhance the number of meetings taking place on both Saturdays and Sundays.

    In total, the number of races taking place throughout 2022 will be 1,482, down four from the 1,486 showcased in 2021, although the number of weekend meetings will be increased, with the objective of boosting racecourse attendance, betting handles and television viewership – particularly on ITV.

    The BHA is mindful of the need to drive revenues and engagement in the post-COVID era, with weekend fixtures easier for much of the general public to attend, with a sixth race added across ten Saturday and eight Sunday meetings.