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Southwell to mark International Women’s Day with all-female race card

Southwell Racecourse has confirmed that it will be marking International Women’s Day with an all-female racecard on Sunday 8 March. The decision comes after a record-breaking year for women in racing, and will be run in conjunction with the sport’s Diversity in Racing Steering Group, the BHA, Women in Racing and Great British Racing. Tallulah Lewis, Chair of Women in …

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Michael Dugher – Deeper collaboration can fix gambling inconsistencies

Michael Dugher, the new Chief Executive of Betting and Gaming Council (BGC), has stated that the ‘single industry’ representative body is determined to work with the government in its imminent review of the 2005 Gambling Act. Writing an open letter in Parliamentary news source ‘’PoliticsHome.com’, Dugher underlines that collaboration between the industry and Westminster can deliver the most effective and …

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Racing Post begins new era as ‘Spotlight Sports Group’

Reflecting its enlarged enterprise and expanded services, the Racing Post Group has unveiled its new corporate identity as the ‘Spotlight Sports Group’. The legacy racing publisher details that its new identity better represents its four core media divisions of Racing Post (news & media), Apsley (affiliate marketing), ICS (content services) and ANZ Bloodstock (stud breeding). Alan Byrne, Chief Executive of …

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Espinosa maintains DGOJ leadership ahead of Spanish gambling overhaul

Juan Garcia Espinosa will maintain his position as Director-General of Spanish gambling regulatory authority – Dirección General de Ordenación del Juego (DGOJ). On Wednesday, Spain’s newly formed PSOE and Podemos coalition government concluded a Council of Ministers meeting, in which ‘structural changes’ to Spanish ministerial departments were confirmed. Despite sanctioning significant ministerial changes, Spain’s ‘socialist union’ coalition government has chosen …

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Eamonn Wilmott departs UK Tote Group

The UK Tote Group has begun its search for a new Chairman after Eamonn Wilmott confirmed he would be stepping down from the company. Wilmott, who took control of The Tote in October 2019, was instrumental in the Together for the Tote initiative. The initiative saw The Tote team up with racecourse operator Britbet, later buying the pool betting operator …

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Digital performance drives growth for Rank Group

Rank Group has praised further growth across its digital division, with the group reporting growth in NGR and operating profit of 14% and 117% respectively. Publishing its interim results for the six months ended 31 December 2019, Rank attributed the 10% year-on-year lift in net gaming revenue (NGR) to the progress made on the group’s transformation programme. John O’Reilly, Chief …

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On-course bookies rail against ‘severe’ age-verification penalties

Members of the racing industry have expressed concerns over the UK Gambling Commission’s ‘absolutely horrendous’ decision to make seven on-course bookmakers pay what amounts to 2.5% of their gross profit for an entire year, as a penalty for allegedly allowing a 16-year-old was able to place a £5 bet at Royal Ascot 2019. The seven bookmakers affected have been granted …

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Ukraine Rada to review unclear tax frameworks

Four draft laws have been presented to Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada (Parliament), which has set about establishing a new federal tax framework for gambling services. Nevertheless, industry observers appear unimpressed with the draft provisions to modify Ukraine’s tax code, in support of this month’s redrafted and approved Bill 2285-D, which will lay the foundations of ‘Ukraine’s Gambling Law’. The ‘main tax …

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BGC dismisses educational data allegations as ‘categorically untrue’

Responding to recent media reports which alleged that UK betting firms had been engaging with breached data from the ‘Learning Records Service’ educational index, the Betting and Gaming Council (Betting and Gaming Council) has stated that the allegations ‘are categorically untrue.’ In a statement on its website, the BGC reiterated that all betting companies are legally required to conduct age …

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Bill Moyes stands by UKGC’s National Strategy as the correct approach

Bill Moyes, Chairman of the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC), has backed the regulator’s ‘National Strategy’ on reducing problem gambling harms, protecting consumers and improving all-around industry standards. Speaking at the ‘North West Reducing Gambling Harms’ conference launched by the community councils of Greater Manchester, Moyes backed the UKGC’s strategy of ‘challenging gambling operators’ and improving collaboration between all stakeholders tackling …

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