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BHA: Parliament must address racing realities on affordability checks 

SBC News BHA: Parliament must address racing realities on affordability checks 

The Petitions Committee has confirmed that Parliament will debate British horseracing’s concerns on affordability and financial risk checks on 26 February. The date was scheduled following a petition led by Nevin Truesdale, Chief Executive of The Jockey Club, reaching the requirement of 100,000 signatures needed for parliamentary debate. Endorsed by British racing stakeholders, the petition called on the UK government …

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Unibet, Jockey Club and BHA enhance opportunities for ‘quality 10-year-old-plus chasers’

SBC News Unibet, Jockey Club and BHA enhance opportunities for ‘quality 10-year-old-plus chasers’

Unibet, collaborating with the Jockey Club and British Horseracing Authority (BHA), is launching a new middle-distance veterans’ chase series for 10, 11 and 12-year-olds over two miles and four furlongs. Branded as the Unibet Middle Distance Veterans’ Series, the Kindred Group-owned operator and its partners outlined that the initiative was created to generate more opportunities for ‘quality 10-year-old-plus chasers’ – …

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Checks could ‘decimate’ racing: stakeholders re-raise affordability concerns

Checks could ‘decimate’ racing: stakeholders re-raise affordability concerns

The racing industry’s concerns over the impact of affordability checks on the sport’s finances have been re-raised by a group of eight stakeholders, who have written to the government. Affordability checks proved to be one of the most contentious issues of the two year Gambling Act review. Advocates argued that measures were essential were customer protection, whilst critics – with …

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Jockey Club reduces Grand National to 34 riders from 2024 

Bookies Corner: Grand National trading trends ahead of ‘the public’s race’

The Jockey Club has announced sweeping changes to the Randox Grand National to improve safety measures for participating riders and horses. From 2024 onwards, the field size of UK racing’s most prestigious race will be reduced from 40 to 34 runners, as announced by the Jockey Club, the owner of Aintree Racecourse. Further decisions taken to ‘reduce risk’ will see …

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HKJC stung by 5-year levy on football bets

SBC News HKJC stung by 5-year levy on football bets

The Hong Kong Jockey Club (HKJC) will be taxed a further HK$2.4 billion (€280m) per year for the next five years, due to new fiscal measures imposed by the Government of Hong Kong.    This week’s budget statement by HK Financial Secretary Paul Chen announced the special measure that a ‘temporary betting duty’ will be applied to HKJC wagers from fiscal …

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“It’s so good as it is” as Cheltenham Festival sticks by four-day schedule

SBC News “It’s so good as it is” as Cheltenham Festival sticks by four-day schedule

Following a consultation into whether Cheltenham Festival should be extended to a five-day meet, the Jockey Club has decided to keep the event at its original four, the Racing Post reported. Named jump racing’s biggest meeting, the potential extension would have resulted in six races being run each day. Therefore, with an extra two races being added, the total number …

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UK Racing mourns the passing of Elizabeth II as its greatest patron

SBC News UK Racing mourns the passing of Elizabeth II as its greatest patron

UK racing has mourned the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, who is recognised as horseracing’s “greatest and most influential supporter.” Yesterday afternoon, the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) celebrated Queen Elizabeth’s patronage of British racing supporting all levels of the sport.  Queen Elizabeth was a keen breeder of racehorses and endorsed equine welfare as a global ambassador of The …

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Simon Bazalgette backs MyRacehorse to pioneer stud ownership for the UK public

SBC News Simon Bazalgette backs MyRacehorse to pioneer stud ownership for the UK public

Former Jockey Club and Racecourse Media Group (RMG) Chairman Simon Bazalgette has become the Founding Chair of MyRacehorse – a business that seeks to pioneer micro-share ownership in racehorses for the general public.   MyRacehorse launched its micro-share services for UK and Irish racing last month, providing the public with shares available in three horses currently in training: a £450,000 son …

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Racehorse Lotto to pursue Irish expansion with £2m raise

SBC News Racehorse Lotto to pursue Irish expansion with £2m raise

James and Hugh O’Donnell have stated their intention to raise £2 million to support their ‘Racehorse Lotto’ venture’s expansion in Ireland, according to The Telegraph.  The brothers – James is the former horse racing breeder for the Queen and Hugh is CEO of Furlong Games and worked as an investment banker – want to grow the lottery, which functions as …

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Playtech to develop horse racing content in Jockey Club partnership

SBC News Playtech to develop horse racing content in Jockey Club partnership

Playtech and the Jockey Club have entered into a new strategic partnership, centred around the development of cross-product content.  The five-year deal will see Playtech produce content based on the Jockey Club’s network of racecourses and fixtures, with the firm having secured the rights to develop the features across its casino, live casino, poker, virtual sports and bingo verticals.  Brokered …

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