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France Galop commits €350,000 to Au-Dela Des Pistes

French racing body France Galop has committed €350,000 a year to an industry initiative centred around both the retraining of racehorses, as well as the rehoming of those horses that cannot be retrained. The initiative, Au-Dela Des Pistes [Beyond the Tracks], was founded in 2016. The France Galop funding is due to be divided between the ADDP and the French …

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Andy Hornby steps down from GVC to join The Restaurant Group

Co-chief operating officer of GVC Holdings, Andy Hornby, is to step down from his position at the gambling giant to join The Restaurant Group as its new CEO. Hornby will be replacing the outgoing CEO, Andy McCue, at the Restaurant Group once an official transition date has been confirmed. Originally joining Gala Coral in 2011, Hornby has previously held positions …

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Simon Bazalgette confirms he will step down from The Jockey Club

Simon Bazalgette, group chief executive of The Jockey Club, has confirmed that he will be stepping down from the role at the end of the year in a transition towards a non-executive career. Bazalgette, who has been with The Jockey Club for over a decade, has recently been named as an independent non-executive director on the EFL Board, replacing his …

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Blackstone continues Spanish affair acquiring Giga Games

Spanish Gambling firm Grupo CIRSA has confirmed that it has acquired slot machine distributor and gaming hall operator Giga Games, from Spanish private leisure and gambling fund Conei Corporacion. The transaction sees the Lao Hernandez family engage once more with US private equity group Blackstone, who last year acquired CIRSA from Spanish gambling tycoon Manuel Lao Hernandez for approximately €1.5 billion. …

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William Hill revamps Best Odds promotion with Racing Refunds

After being revealed as the most favoured bookmaker concession in a recent Horseracing Bettors Forum (HBF) survey, William Hill has announced that it will be revamping its Best Odds Guaranteed promotion. The changes to the promotion, set to come into play on Thursday, will now mean that customers will only be able to access the concession from midnight on the …

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Rank Group confirms departure of Ian Burke as Chairman

Further to publishing its Q3 2018/19 trading update, the governance of London-listed Rank Group Plc has this morning disclosed that Ian Burke will not stand for re-election as Corporate Chairman. Updating investors, Rank informs that Burke has submitted a personal notice informing governance of his decision to end his 8-year tenure as Rank Group Chairman. Rank governance informs that Senior …

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Grosvenor improvements see Rank delivering on Transformation agenda

Publishing its Q3 2018/19 trading update (quarter period ending 31 March), the governance of London-listed gambling group Rank Group Plc details that its transformation programme is delivering on ‘expected cost savings’. Reflecting previous trading updates, Rank details that it has recorded improved digital revenues (+2%), whilst its venue like-for-like revenues remain flat. Nevertheless, the UK gambling group reports an improvement …

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Scientific Games hires Steven Stamstad as global marketing lead

Issuing a market update, Nasdaq-listed Scientific Games Corporation (SGC) has confirmed the appointment of Steven Stamstad as Senior Vice President of Marketing & Communications. Updating investors, SGC governance details that it has hired a ‘25-year global marketing expert’, tasked with elevating the SGC brand proposition, messaging and engagement with corporate stakeholders. A seasoned marketing executive with a proven track record …

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Golden Race launches La Libertadores virtual football cup

Libertadores

Golden Race has confirmed the launch of La Libertadores, a new tournament for its virtual football product based on the most popular Latin American cup competition. It is now available for both retail shops and online operators. “We are delighted to present this ground-breaking product, which realistically represents the most popular club tournament in Latin America,” said Javier Cicciomessere, Golden …

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SIS broadens international capacity hiring Anže Gantar as Digital Sales Manager

Racing content and data distributor SIS (Sports Information Services) has confirmed the appointment of Anze Gantar as new Digital Sales Manager, with a view to strengthening its international sales force. Gantar is the former Commercial Manager for Bwin’s B2B division (2013-2017), maintaining sales responsibilities for its sports data-capture software TRACKCHAMP. Joining SIS, Gantar will be responsible for supporting the growth of …

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