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Jockey Club ‘to explore every option’ regarding Cheltenham expansion

The Jockey Club is reportedly considering expanding the Cheltenham Festival to include a fifth day by 2023, as the organisation looks to ‘explore every option’ to improve both the event and the sport of horse racing, according to The Telegraph. Should the Festival be expanded, it will join Ireland’s Punchestown Festival and the recently concluded Royal Ascot event, the latter …

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Grand National maintains dates against betting’s reopening interests 

The Jockey Club has confirmed that the Randox Grand National will maintain its schedule of 8-10 April despite the UK betting sector’s appeal for a change of dates to support the reopening of England’s betting shops on 12 April. Led by the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC), UK operators had urged the Jockey Club – owner of Aintree Racecourse – …

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Jockey Club keeps its Grand National promise to NHS staff  

The Jockey Club has kept its ‘NHS promise’ by confirming that a donation of 10,000 Randox Grand National tickets to Merseyside frontline staff and social care workers will be honoured at the 2022 festival at Aintree Racecourse.  Last year, the Jockey Club pledged to donate 10,000 tickets for the first day of the Randox Grand National Festival in 2021 in …

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Jockey Club CEO steps down following ‘gross misconduct’ inquiry

Delia Bushell, the chief executive officer of the Jockey Club, has stepped down after an independent inquiry upheld allegations of ‘gross misconduct’. This story featured in today’s SBC News 90. To view the latest round-up, watch today’s edition here. Having joined the organisation in September 2019, an independent barrister upheld allegations relating to bullying, the use of racist comments and …

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Paul Fisher confirms departure as Jockey Club Racecourses CEO

The governance of the Jockey Club has confirmed that Chief Executive Paul Fisher will end his tenure as Chief Executive of Jockey Club Racecourses next month, closing a 19-year executive relationship with the UK’s largest racetrack operator. The announcement sees further executive changes within the top ranks of UK racing, as the Jockey Club disclosed its executive management departure just hours …

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Fitzdares strengthens commitment to racing with Peterborough Chase sponsorship

Private bookmaker Fitzdares has confirmed that it will be continuing its support of the UK racing industry through its sponsorship of the upcoming Peterborough Chase in December.  The bookmaker will be launching the £500,000 Best Mate Bonus to mark the 50th anniversary of the race, and to celebrate the revered jump horse, Best Mate.  The half a million pound bonus …

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Betfair Australia to launch exchange on Hong Kong racing

Flutter Entertainment’s Betfair Australia has confirmed that it will be launching a new betting exchange on horse races in Hong Kong, despite not being sanctioned by the Jockey Club.  Set to begin on 1 September, which coincides with the start of the Hong Kong 2019-20 racing season, Betfair Australia is due to offer exchange punters the opportunity to wager bets …

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Fred Done – Tote dispute sees ‘Betfred finished with UK racing’

Independent bookmaker Betfred is ready to scrap its entire commercial relationship with UK racing, detailing that it will no longer sponsor events and cull its entire on-course betting portfolio. A frustrated Fred Done founder of Betfred has stated to the Racing Post that his company ‘can live without the sport’ and that the bookmaker’s ‘association with racing is now broken’. …

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