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Channel 4 Racing positive ahead of Saturday’s Grand National race

Ahead of Saturday’s Aintree Grand National Broadcast, Channel 4 Racing has released positive viewing figures for its first ever Good Friday broadcast. Channel 4 Racing described the peak audience of 470,000 who tuned in to watch the All Weather Finals Day at Lingfield Racecourse as ‘Very Solid’. The programs management was pleased with the growth in average viewer figures, which …

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10 ways spread betting can offer a different angle to the Grand National

Andy MacKenzie, Marketing Communications Manager for sports and financial betting company Spreadex – the only bookmaker to offer fixed odds and spread betting from one account, explores the different markets that spread betting firms can offer over the Grand National. It’s the one day of the year the country turns into a nation of gamblers as horses are backed due …

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Paddy Power & Ruby Walsh go viral for Grand National 2015

Ahead of this week’s Aintree Grand National (9-11 April), Paddy Power has launched a set of viral videos featuring legendary jockey Ruby Walsh. The viral videos follow Ruby Walsh as he prepares to ride the Grand National. Walsh who comes fresh from winning four Cheltenham Festival races last month, Walsh will be riding Ballycasey who the majority of bookmakers have …

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Worldpay predicts biggest ever Grand National for online bookmakers

Global payments processor and services provider Worldpay have predicted that online bookmakers are set for their biggest Grand National ever this weekend. Alan Watson, Vice President Gambling, Worldpay eCommerce, said: “The Grand National is always the most popular betting event in the sporting calendar and we are already seeing huge excitement around this year’s race. Racing fans were emboldened by …

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Channel 4 Racing announces Grand National broadcast team with Luck, Dettori & Wan

Channel 4 Racing has announced its broadcast team for the Aintree Grand National on 11 April, with English racing broadcaster Nick Luck set to be lead anchor for the race, replacing Claire Balding who hosted last week’s Cheltenham Festival coverage. Luck will be joined by popular flat jockey champion Frankie Dettori and Channel 4 fashion expert Gok Wan as the …

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Chief Exec Paul Bittar set to leave BHA

Paul Bittar Chief Executive of the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) is set to leave his leading governance role with BHA at the end of the year, once his three year contract ends.Paul Bittar was appointed Chief Executive of BHA in September 2011, having previously worked for Racing Victoria (Australia) and for the New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing Association. BHA senior management …

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Strong quarter for Ladbrokes

One of the UK’s oldest and largest retail bookmakers has warned of potential shop closures and job losses in 2015, because of regulatory uncertainty and a 5% hike in Machine Games Duty (MGD). Speaking as Ladbrokes released its Q1 Interim Management Statement, Chief Executive Richard Glynn, said: “The unexpected recent tax increases and ongoing uncertainty surrounding regulation are unwelcome. We …

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Hills reports 9,000 National bets per minute

Record bet numbers were reported in Saturday’s Grand National as the Great British public flocked to celebrate the tradition of a bet on the iconic race. Unconsidered 25/1 chance Pineau de Re emerged the eventual winner – with veteran jockey Leighton Aspell aboard. It would be second-time lucky for the Sussex-based jockey, who retired back in 2007 after becoming disillusioned …

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Over half the country betting on the National

Over half (55%) of UK adults will be hedging their bets on this Saturday’s Grand National, according to a survey of 2,000 UK adults commissioned  by online payments company Skrill. According to the survey, punters will place, on average, £10 each trying to pick a winner at Aintree this weekend, suggesting that bets on the Grand National could top £270m …

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