Horseracing

Katie Walsh says times are changing for racing ahead of Grand National

In two separate marketing releases, UK sports betting operators Betway and Coral spoke to former jockey Katie Walsh and current competitor Tom Scudamore, who each gave a different perspective on the significance of the Grand National. Walsh is one of the most successful women to have ever competed in racing, having achieved over 100 wins including the Irish Grand National, …

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bet365 heads betslip leaderboard in Oddschecker Cheltenham report

Oddschecker has released its report of betting trends during the 2021 Cheltenham Festival, revealing positive results for numerous operators with bet365 heading the betslip leaderboard. The Stoke-on-Trent based online bookmaker accumulated the largest share of betslip clicks on the odds comparison website throughout the four-day festival at 19.4%, whilst Flutter Entertainment’s Sky Bet and Paddy Power finished second and third …

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UK racing’s return will usher a starting prices overhaul 

The Starting Price Regulatory Commission (SPRC) has announced that UK racing fixtures starting prices will be determined using ‘mainly off-course mechanisms‘. The change has been implemented following a number of years under consideration, with the SPRC outlining that racing fixtures needs to better reflect their betting markets as a whole.  Starting prices were last examined in 2015 when on-course betting …

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Horse racing receives financial boost from latest DCMS relief tranche

Horse racing will receive a much needed financial boost as part of the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport’s (DCMS) latest tranche of funding. As a result of the DCMS’ latest round of sports funding, horse racing will receive £21 million in loans, committed to the Horse Betting Levy Board (HBLB). This funding ‘will ensure essential race day integrity …

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HRI to commence CEO recruitment drive as Kavanagh steps down

Horse Racing Ireland (HRI) is looking for a new CEO as current incumbent Brian Kavanagh has announced he will be vacating the position in September this year. As CEO of the governing body responsible for horse racing in Ireland, Kavanagh oversaw several major milestones and challenges during his tenure, including the implementation of the country’s updated betting tax framework, closely …

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The Tote enhances player protection with TruNarrative partnership

The Tote has struck a partnership with TruNarrative to strengthen its player protection and customer onboarding capabilities, as part of a commitment to safeguarding bettors in line with UK regulations. Due to the Tote’s general objective of providing a safe environment for bettors to place wagers – the purpose for which it was established over nine decades ago – the …

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BHA plans to get owners back on track by April  

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) is working with all stakeholders to ensure that owners can return to England and Scotland’s racecourses from Monday 29 March – in line with government rules on easing national restrictions. Since January public attendance to racecourses has been restricted, following the announcement of the UK’s winter lockdown to curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus. …

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