BHA launches second trial to expand range of colours
Fresh from the success of raising more than £33,000 for six sets of unusual silks, the BHA has launched a second scheme designed to bring in further funds and "liberalise owners' colours".
The new trial will provide two owners with the chance to register their unique design for use on British racecourses.
More adventurous patterns than those seen on British racecourses are common in the US and Hong Kong and the venture has provided the BHA with a fresh avenue of income.
The BHA will select two of the most striking designs submitted and offer the right to register these silks to the designers for a fee of £5,000 plus VAT.
The deadline for submissions is February 28, with 20 per cent of the proceeds split between Racing Welfare and Retraining of Racehorses. The remainder of the income will be targeted at initiatives to improve racehorse ownership and to help recruit and retain racehorse owners.
Richard Wayman, chief operating officer of the BHA, said: "The trial will not only show the appetite that exists among owners for premium, bespoke silks, but will also give us an indication of the types of designs owners would like to use, and how many are likely to be distinguishable for the racing public.
"The BHA is committed to providing all owners with greater choice, and feedback from this trial will help when expanding the standard range of patterns available to owners."