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Crossing the channel?

12-December-2018
12-December-2018 10:13
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by Admin

by Hayley

Things to avoid talking about at a dinner party (and indeed on a blog): Politics and Religion.

Two extremely provocative and divisive subjects.

However, with all things 'Brexit' permeating the UK, it is a topic difficult to avoid and those with a career or strong interest in racing have been left wondering about the effects it could have on our sport and livelihood. Racing is an industry that generates billions for the country and employs thousands of people from both Britain and Europe. Staff are worried about their jobs and owners are worried that their horses will be delayed at borders which could pose a huge health and safety risk.

The National Trainer's Federation, of which Ann is President, are also concerned. Speaking to the Racing Post, NTF chief executive Rupert Arnold, said: "In the event of a 'no deal' it will be very difficult to take horses abroad at short notice. Particularly on our side of the channel there will be delays due to additional paperwork that will be required. In the event of 'no deal' the current qualifications of many drivers and grooms won't be recognised as they were before and my guess is that many trainers will rely on the big shipping companies to get across rather than do it themselves."

Gay Kellaway recently announced plans to set up a satellite yard in Chantilly, France, which she hopes will help her navigate border delays with relative ease compared to trainers based solely in Britain, who decide they wish to cross the channel or head west to Ireland. 

Nicky Henderson, current Champion Jump Trainer, spoke to ITV about his worries that the effects of Brexit could be far reaching. The interview can be viewed here.

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