Posted by HWPA on August 21, 2017  |   No Comments »


The questionaire sent out to members a few weeks ago concerning RCA plans to change the system of accreditation for racing media in 2018 produced some valuable contributions and also raised some pertinent questions.
What it did not do, however, was demonstrate a feeling from members of the organisation that they were completely opposed to the change and wanted the HWPA to resist the move.
Final proposals are currently being drawn up by the RCA which they have said will be presented to the HWPA later this month.
The RCA say the change will bring racing media acceditation in line with other sports and offer ‘increased security, reduced levels of abuse and easier identification’.
There are still some significant details to finalise but, as we stand, it seems probable that the Metal Badge system will be replaced by a picture lanyard system.
This change will inevitably make for some confusion during this year’s accreditation process. The RCA insist they are prepared for this but I remain sceptical.
Members should be aware of what is happening and be ready when the 2018 accreditation process gets under way.
Even in the unlikely event of the lanyard system being delayed, all applications this year will have to be accompanied by a photograph of the applicant.


HWPA members who attended this year’s meeting will be aware that the Press facilities are now somewhat less than glorious.
There were issues with area supposedly reserved for Press/Race reader viewing being taken over by both spectators and Qatari TV, car parking was a problem for many and the dungeon Press Room has what can at best be described as issues. The accreditation system also seems chaotic.
I had initial talks with the track’s new head of media during the meeting and Goodwood have been made aware of the problems.
That, of course, is different to doing something about it but I intend to make formal contact with the track and hopefully arrange a meeting to try to see if we can make improvements to Press facilities at the track, especially for it main meeting.


It has become clear that the HWPA mailing list is not comprehensive. Most members have been receiving newsletters and information but not all. This seems largely down to people changing their email addresses. The database has been updated but if you change your email please let us know.

James Willoughby swings to victory at Goodwood as HWPA champion golfer of the year

Jordan Spieth’s performance to win his first Open at Royal Birkdale may go down as one of the sporting highlights of the summer but the HWPA golfing crown now sits on the head of Racing UK pundit and analyst James Willoughby.
James outscored his fellow HWPA members at the Qatar-sponsored competion staged at Goodwood on the eve of the track’s Festival meeting.
James is pictured above receiving his prestigious trophy from HWPA membership secretary and tournament organiser Dan Abraham in an image which highlights the standard of athleticism that the Press Room currrently boasts.
Overall winner of the tournament was a closely-run affair with three players achieving a top score of 41 points – Alan Davies, Matt Ross and Tom Haslem. It was Alan who pronounced winner on count back.
The team event also came down to a count back with Betfair squad getting the better of Sandown’s team on 92 points with the BHA in third.
After a shotgun start, the first shot of the day at the short par three 12th earned Steve Meehan the nearest-the-pin prize, Longest drive on the 18th was a mighty thwack from Matt Ross.
While the Wooden Spoon (or pair of pants) went to Burt Ward, who managed just 5 points!!!!!!!!
A massive thanks to Qatar Racing for sponsoring. Without their support this hugely popular event would not take place.
Also to the Goodwood Golf team who manage to out do themselves year after year.
One last thing we would like apologize to the sheep to the left of the 15th fairway for bombarding them all day………

HWPA Golfer of the year: James Willoughby
Team Competition: 1st Betfair (Martin Fisher,Tom Haslem,Jonathon Louden, Mathew Hopper); 2nd Sandown (Richard Jaques, Will Petit, Alan Davies, Rupert Bell); 3rd BHA (Rob Mounsey, Nigel Roddis, James Oldring, Jody Mogford)
Individual competition: 1st Alan Davies (41pts won on count back); 2nd Matt Ross (41pts); 3rd Tom Haslem (41 pts).
Nearest pin: Steve Meehan
Longest Drive Matt Ross


Winner of the Leg 4 over Glorious Goodwood was Daragh O Conchuir (Profit of £25.41) with Nigel Spencer (+ £13.50) with Martin Kelly
(+ £11.24) third.

Both Daragh and Martin are now well placed in the overall yearly competition with four of the seven legs completed.

But the clear leader remains Darrell Williams, who is setting a furious pace. So far Darrell has tipped a total of 28 winners, including four successful naps. Can he keep it up?

The next leg is the four-day Doncaster St Leger Festival so there is still time to eat into Darrell’s lead and the fight for the first three places looks like being very tight.


Darrell Williams. +£60.37
Daragh O Conchuir. +£27.86
Martin Kelly. +£27.05
Arthur Jones. +£24.18
Richard Williams. +£16.71
Frank Keogh. +£15.97
Jack Millan. +£15.22
Nigel Spencer. +£11.00
Paul Wheeler. +£ 7.87
David Cleary. +£ 7.09
Michael Shinners. +£ 0.17
Matt Bisogno. -£ 6.79
Marcus Townend. -£ 6.80
Mark Openshaw. -£ 7.50
Chris Wright. -£ 7.63
Tom Peacock. -£ 8.90
Andrew Mount. -£11.17
Kel Mansfield. -£16.42
Bill Selwyn. -£19.22
John Henwood -£23.11
Julian Armfield. -£25.82
Sue Montgomery. -£26.70
Ben Hutton. -£32.04
Jason Heavey. -£33.20
Johnno Spence. -£33.45
Ed Prosser. -£40.67
Neil Clark. -£43.08
Matt Brocklebank. -£47.50