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Racing attendance boosted by 2% according to HBLB figres

Recent figures published by the Horserace Betting Levy Board (HBLB) have shown that interest in british horseracing has continued to grow, as both total and average attendance for the first half of 2019 Figures have indicated that there has been a two per cent rise in attendances, with total attendance reported to be 2,801,512. Average attendance per fixture has also …

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Female jockeys mispriced for success

Research on over 1.6 million horse races over an 18-year time frame has found that female jockeys given odds of 9/1 are statistically as likely to win a race compared to a male ridden horse at odds of 8/1. The research, backed by both the Women in Racing’s bursary fund and the Racing Foundation, concluded that ‘female Jump jockeys may …

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Tommy Kearns, Xtremepush: Smashing the data silos for a Single Customer View

Xtremepush

As the company behind the platform that helped Oddschecker to run more than 100 tactical marketing campaigns across five channels during this year’s Cheltenham Festival week, Xtremepush is making its mark on the sports betting industry. We spoke to the firm’s CEO Tommy Kearns, who explained why ‘monolithic’ cloud solutions are being replaced by purpose-built platforms. This allows brands to …

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PokerStars adjustments stunt Stars Group Q1 2019 opening

Publishing its Q1 2019 trading statement (period ending 31 March), Toronto TSX-listed The Stars Group Inc details strong progress on its global objectives as an enlarged enterprise. Absorbing the assets of Sky Bet UK and BetEasy Australia, the Stars Group records Q1 2019 corporate revenues of $580 million (Q12018: $392m). “During the quarter, we delivered on key components of our …

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Bookmakers celebrate superb results on final day of the Festival

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It was roles reversed on the final day at the Cheltenham Festival after Al Boum Photo’s Gold Cup win saw the bookies take a narrow overall win against a set of revitalised Paddy’s day punters. Stephen Harris, Horse Racing Editor at bettingexpert.com, reflected on a Friday which “loomed under a cloud” for the bookies following an “unprecedented beating” on day three, but …

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Betfred donates £1.25m Cheltenham profits to charity

Betfred’s appeal to help fund the Royal Manchester Hospital £4 million appeal for vital equipment has reached its halfway point, with Fred Done donating all profits made from all over-the-counter bets during the Cheltenham Festival to the iMRI appeal. On the first day of the festival, which is said to traditionally be one of the busiest days in the racing …

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Bookies take a hammering on Black Thursday at Cheltenham

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Having held a slender lead at half time, the bookies took an “unprecedented beating” on day three at Cheltenham after Defi du Seuil led out a procession of short priced winners. Stephen Harris, Horse Racing Editor at bettingexpert.com, reflected on ‘St Patrick’s Thursday’ at the Festival, which left the bookies staring into a Paisley Park-shaped “abyss” after a nightmare day …

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Altior restores Cheltenham order after fast start for the books

Altior

A narrow defeat for Champ in the RSA Chase and a “right result for the books” in the Coral Cup put the bookmakers in command once more at Cheltenham, before Altior – “one of the bankers of the week” – restored some order for the big players. Stephen Harris, Horse Racing Editor at bettingexpert.com, reflected on another pulsating day of …

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Bookmakers in charge after 16/1 Champion hurdle shock

Champion

The bookmakers hit back after a quickfire Willie Mullins double opened proceedings at Cheltenham, with a victory for the unfancied Espoir D’Allen in the Champion Hurdle ensuring a “winning day for the industry” – both on and off the course. Stephen Harris, Horse Racing Editor at bettingexpert.com, said that it was honours “pretty even” heading into the Champion Hurdle – …

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BHA debuts new Jump technology at Cheltenham Festival

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA), in collaboration with Cheltenham Racecourse and Racetech, has launched its new official Jump race timing technology, set to be rolled out across this year’s Festival. The new technology aims to met the demands from bookmakers for accurate and consistent timing data from Jump fixtures. Developed by Racetech, the system will use break-beam technology. Emma Marley, …

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