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Monday, 21 January, 2019

Rowlands to step down as HBF chair next month

Simon Rowlands will remain a member of the Horseracing Bettors Forum
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Simon Rowlands is to step down as chair of the Horseracing Bettors Forum next month, with Matt Bisogno taking on the role.

Rowlands has led the HBF since it was set up with the assistance of the BHA in 2015 to represent the interests of those who bet on horseracing.

He had been due to step down after two years but stayed on to launch the HBF's betting charter in December and to participate in  last month's seminar on account closures in parliament.

Rowlands, who will remain on the forum, said: "Those two things have been among HBF's most significant achievements over the last couple of years, but the forum has also been very active in pushing for improved data provision – such as through mandatory declaration of wind operations – and in pressing for a tightening in non-runner procedures and implementation of 48-hour declarations for the Cheltenham Festival.

"It's been a pleasure and privilege to be a part of such a forward-thinking and necessary concept, and to have worked alongside such talented and passionate individuals in pursuit of common goals."

BHA chief executive Nick Rust said the HBF had become "an important voice within the racing and betting industries" under Rowlands' chairmanship.

He added: "HBF has also made recommendations which have been instrumental in the launching of a number of initiatives to benefit the betting public.

"Matt has been an important member of the HBF since its inception and I'm sure will carry on the good work of his predecessor." 

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