• Job Reference: 00012879-1
  • Date Posted: 13 December 2021
  • Recruiter: BHA
  • Location: Travel to all British Racecourses (usually regional focus)
  • Salary: On Application
  • Sector: Racecourses
  • Job Type: Permanent

Job Description



To provide handicap ratings for a designated group of horses based on evaluative analysis of racecourse performance, thus enabling them to compete in handicaps with equal opportunity and to assist in the implementation of elimination and balloting procedures.


To evaluate the performances of horses in domestic, European and worldwide pattern races.


The BHA is the governing body of what many consider to be the best racing in the world.  It is responsible for promoting, representing and regulating the sport, which is at the heart of a major leisure and entertainment sector, a leading betting product and the focus of an important breeding sector. 


In contributing to this broad objective, the specific role of the department is to ensure that British Horseracing is seen as a capable and progressive regulator, delivering high levels of integrity whilst at the same time working towards delivering the right conditions to ensure growth of the sport; ensuring the highest standards of regulation, and promoting confidence within the whole sport.  As such, fairness between participants, clarity and consistency, and the promotion of the safety and welfare of horses and people in the sport are key.




  • Provide handicap ratings within the required timescale to be used to determine the weights to be carried in handicaps and to facilitate the implementation of elimination and balloting procedures in accordance with Instruction J3


  • Liaise with stakeholders including owners, trainers and the media to explain and justify handicapping decisions and promote BHA handicapping policy


  • Provide ratings, information, analysis and statistics for presentation at industry committees


  • Explore the concepts, procedures and methodology of handicapping and advance and improve them with regular liaison and discussion with colleagues


  • Liaise with handicappers overseas


  • Participate in the selection of horses for international races and horses for inclusion in the annual World’s Best Racehorse Rankings



  • Analyse and produce ratings for Group races worldwide via the BHA maintained World’s Best Racehorse Rankings website


  • Jump handicappers to liaise closely with counterparts in Ireland and France


  • Attend race meetings as part of the BHA raceday team. Ideally all meetings staging Pattern or Graded races will have a handicapper present. Other attendances allocated on a geographical basis





  • Provide relevant information regarding the days racing at the pre-meeting Stewards briefing


  • Liaise with Stewards and Stipendiary Stewards with regard to horses performances and suggest possible candidates for dope testing


  • Watch each race in the company of the Chairman of the stewarding panel in either the Stewards box or the Stewards room


  • Produce an end of day report regarding handicapping issues from the meeting to be used by fellow team members


  • Give analytical handicapping evidence in Stewards Enquiries concerning horse performance


  • Liaise with owners, trainers and media when required



As the needs of the business change rapidly this role will change accordingly, therefore this document should be viewed as guidelines which are subject to change.










  • Competent user of MS Office packages, particularly Word, Excel and Outlook
  • Accuracy and attention to detail
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to explain, justify and take ownership of decisions made




  • A keen and active interest in horseracing.
  • Ability to use initiative and be proactive
  • Confident and assertive
  • Organised
  • Excellent inter-personal, motivational and team working skills but with the ability to work alone when required
  • Excellent communication skills, with the ability to explain and justify handicapping decisions and procedures
  • Ability to exercise effective judgment within constrained time-scales and high volumes of work
  • To maintain a culture that is in line with our Values and behaviour Framework









  • Full valid driving licence – preferably clean
  • Travel to all British Racecourses (usually regional focus)
  • Stay away for several days, at a time, for major meetings and operations
  • The nature of horse racing dictates that duties will be performed during weekdays, evenings, weekends and holidays and therefore will require the job-holder to work outside of normal working hours.
Closing date for this role is Monday 20th of December.