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Late favourite success derails “blinding” bookie fightback

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The bookmakers suffered a late defeat on day three at Cheltenham, despite getting back in the game after a “blinding” fightback started by a surprise defeat for Un De Sceaux. St Patrick’s Day at the Festival started with the bookmakers an estimated £50 million down from the first two days, and keen to get stuck into the well-backed Terrefort (in …

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Jockey Club introduces mobile ticketing at Cheltenham Festival

The Jockey Club has introduced its Race On app, which is set to provide mobile ticketing at its 15 nationwide racecourses. Allowing Cheltenham Festival racegoers to become the first in Britain to use app based tickets for general admission, it has been developed to enhance customer experience at its 348 racedays, which welcome almost two million spectators per year. Paul …

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Industry down £50 million as punters take 2-0 Cheltenham lead

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The punters went 2-0 up at the Cheltenham Festival, with the bookmakers firmly “on the ropes” after short-price victories for Samcro, Presenting Percy and Altior. The bookmakers began day two desperate for “Irish banker” Samcro to fail in the Ballymore, but the future star proved just too strong for Black Op in the closing stages. Stephen Harris, the racing guru …

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Apples Jade saves bookies from big treble payout at Cheltenham

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The bookmakers suffered a bad start to this year’s Cheltenham Festival, despite the early failure of Getabird and a surprisingly off-colour showing from the much-vaunted Apples Jade. Ridden by Ruby Walsh, Getabird was nowhere to be seen in the closing stages of the Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, as Summerville Boy came from behind to take victory from Kalashnikov. Stephen …

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BetBright offers glimpse into the future with robot jockey

BetBright has unveiled the world’s first robot jockey, who will be available for punters at Cheltenham Festival to view and interact with on Friday March 16, adjacent to the parade ring in the bookies activation area. The prototype jockey, made from lightweight steel and utilising state of the art technology, “offers a glimpse into the potential future of the sport.” Marcus …

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Ladbrokes Coral revises sponsorship agenda ahead of FOBTs judgement

FTSE100 betting group Ladbrokes Coral Plc may seek to significantly reduce its £8 million sports sponsorship budget, should the UK government drastically reduce FOBTs wagering levels through its pending industry review judgement. Operating as the UK bookmaker with the most exposure to FOBTs revenues, Ladbrokes Coral governance eagerly awaits the government’s judgement on machine wagering reductions, which is anticipated to …

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Betdaq return to racing sponsorship at Kempton Park

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Betdaq has agreed its first racing sponsorship within the United Kingdom in almost two years, thanks to a new partnership with Kempton Park. The Ladbrokes Coral owned betting exchange is to be headline sponsor for Betdaq Chase Day, set to be held on Saturday February 24, which will encompass a six race card. Amongst them are the Grade 2 Betdaq …

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Celeb captains announced for 2018 BetBright Cup

BetBright has announced its duo of celebrity sporting captains for its fiercely contested 2018 Cheltenham Festival charity cup. Ex England cricket spin bowler Phil Tufnell and former snooker star Ken Doherty have been appointed as captains of Great Britain and Ireland respectively, as they bid for bragging right. The trophy is to be awarded to the country with the greatest …

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The Jockey Club welcomes National Express onboard

National Express has signed a three year ‘Official Coach and Bus Partner’ agreement with The Jockey Club. This deal will see the UK’s largest coach operator provide dedicated services across the United Kingdom, direct to all major events in The Jockey Club’s racing calendar. As part of the new service, it’s promised that it will “provide customers with drop off …

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Positive Year 1 results vindicate ITV’s racing gamble

UK terrestrial TV broadcaster ITV is pleased by its first year of coverage of UK racing, detailing to The Times that it ‘feels vindicated’ by its decision to invest in the sport. In January 2016, ITV secured the rights to broadcast Racecourse Media Group (RMG) syndicated content, replacing Channel 4 Racing as the lead domestic TV broadcaster for racing. Setting …

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