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Paddy Power releases comprehensive study on Rose of Tralee Festival

Ahead of tonight’s Rose of Tralee, Paddy Power and its number crunchers have put together a comprehensive study on the festival. The bookie’s research has revealed that Luxembourg tops the charts in terms of wins per size of its Irish community, with one victory from a tiny pool of 20,000. Tralee itself is next on the list, with one win per 47,000, with …

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Racing Victoria purchases Racing.com domain

Australian south east state horse racing authority Racing Victoria, have confirmed the purchase of domain name Racing.com for an undisclosed fee. Racing Victoria will use the domain to further its services and racing coverage throughout national and international markets, with a new website and further digital inventory set to be launched by mid-September. Racing.com will target a broader demographic for …

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Governor Christie calls for Atlantic City commercial meeting

Having vetoed the passing of the New Jersey Sports betting bill last week, Governor Chris Christie has asked for a special meeting of New Jersey legislative leaders to address concerns regarding Atlantic City. The meeting scheduled for September 8, will look to study the causes for Atlantic Citys declining commercial performance, which has affected state funding. Christie’s office  further highlighted …

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Racing stars join Irish Injured Jockeys Fund’s Jog For Jockeys event

Top National Hunt and Flat Jockeys Barry Geraghty, Andrew McNamara, Niall ‘Slippers’ Madden, Pat Smullen, Fran Berry, and Shane Foley are just some of the names who have signed up for the Jog for Jockeys 5km & 10km races at the Curragh on Sunday 24th August. All monies raised will be donated to the Irish Injured Jockeys Fund. Grand National and Gold Cup winning Jockey, Barry Geraghty said: “I ran the 10km race last …

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GTECH creates French Subsidiary – GTECH France S.F.M.

GTECH is building direct contact and communication with French gaming operators through the creation of its new French subsidiary, GTECH France S.F.M. Based in Paris and spearheaded by its Director Marc Attal, GTECH France S.F.M. will directly provide sales, service and maintenance of gaming machines for the French gaming market. The transition from GTECH’s former French partner and distributor Ludi …

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European Pattern Committee announces changes to 2015 sprint programme

The European Pattern Committee (EPC) has announced a string of changes to the sprint programme from 2015, designed to address the current lack of opportunities for high-class three-year-old sprinters. The measures include upgrades to races in Britain, France, Germany and Ireland, as well as the introduction of a new Group 1 three-year-old only sprint over six furlongs at Royal Ascot. …

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BACTA calls on government to allow FOBT machines in gaming and amusement halls

Amusement industry trade body BACTA has called on the UK government to allow FOBT machines to be allowed in gaming and amusement halls. In a letter to MPs and peers, the organisation said that it is unfair to let betting shops ‘reap all the benefits from the profitable machines’, and that they should be allowed in ‘any regulated adult-only gambling …

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Point of consumption tax will hit Rank’s performance

Rank Group, owner of the Grosvenor casino and Mecca bingo brands, has announced a 13% increase in ‘continuing business revenues’ for the 12 months to 30 June 2014, with retail growth considerably outstripping its digital performance. Revenues increased 15% for its venues, while the digital channel achieved 2% growth. The fastest growing channel of distribution continues to be mobile where …

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Boylesports sponsors Irish Greyhound Derby

Boylesports, sponsors of the Irish Greyhound Derby, have teamed up with GAA clubs throughout Dublin to offer a €5,000 (£3698) first prize. The independent bookmaker has allocated greyhounds to each of 44 clubs throughout the capital, with the winner set to pocket the cash on Derby final night. Liam Glynn, PR Executive at Boylesports said “We had a massive response …

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Racing UK signs Michael Owen as pundit

Former England, Liverpool and Real Madrid footballer, Michael Owen has signed a two-year deal with Racing UK (Sky 432/Virgin 536/UPC 411/Freeview 231) to act as an ambassador and regular contributor to the specialist horseracing broadcaster. Owen is a renowned horseracing enthusiast, who owns and manages Manor House Stables, a Cheshire training yard with 90 thoroughbreds, including the top-class Royal Ascot …

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