The founding Chairman of the Horse Racing Bettors Forum (HBF), Simon Rowlands, has stepped down from the role at the end of a successful three-year tenure.
Rowlands is a horse racing handicapping expert and a well-known figure among UK horse racing punters as one of the pioneers of the study and promotion of sectional timing. In 2015, he became a founding member of the HBF, which was formed with the co-operation of the British Horseracing Authority as a body focused on representing the interests of racing’s betting customers.
In his role as the HBF Chair, Rowlands regularly represented UK bettors at a number of BHA consultations, and notably spoke on behalf of betting customers at the All-Party Betting and Gaming Group seminar held at the House of Lords.
Rowlands’ successful tenure secured a number of positive changes for horse racing betting customers, including a significant improvement in the depth of racing data provided for punters, and the long-overdue introduction of more accurate race distance measurements. Rowlands was also prominent in lobbying for better controls on non-runners and was able to secure 48-hour declarations for the Cheltenham Festivals, making it easier for horse-racing punters to study the form.
Speaking about the contribution that Rowlands made to the HBF, the new Chair, Matt Bisogno, praised his in-depth knowledge of the racing industry, his hard work and leadership, and the tenacity he showed in pursuing the interests of horse racing punters:
“It goes without saying he will be missed on the Forum and, from a personal perspective, I want to thank Simon for his guidance, but mostly for instilling the confidence to challenge and push for what we believe is right for British racing punters and the sport in general”.
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