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The turf

How Paul Bittar has kept British racing together

We have, thank God, a realist in the saddle

8 March 2014

9:00 AM

8 March 2014

9:00 AM

British racing is such a quirky minefield that some were surprised when in 2011 the authorities chose Paul Bittar, a man from Wagga Wagga with most of his racecourse experience in New Zealand and the state of Victoria, to run the British Horseracing Authority. Australian cricketers, it used to be said, had a standard uniform: green caps and a chip on the shoulder.

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