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Tag Archives: British horseracing

UK – SIS extends support of Racehorse Owners’ Sponsorship Scheme

SIS is to continue its support of the Racehorse Owner’s Sponsorship Scheme until August 2018, it has announced. The scheme allows the ROA’s 7,000 members to save an estimated £8m each year by claiming VAT back on their racing activities. Since it began in 2012, over 5,000 horses have now carried the company’s distinctive red…

UK – Star Sports acquires BetVictor’s racecourse pitches

Star Sports has purchased BetVictor’s portfolio of 18 racecourse pitches for an undisclosed fee that will see the Brighton-based firm stand on the rails at 11 racecourses, including Ascot, Cheltenham, Goodwood Newmarket and Sandown Park. Star Sport’s owner Ben Keith said: “It’s a real honour to be taking over these prime pitches from a firm…

UK – Online bookies set for ‘biggest Grand National ever’

The Grand National is arguably the world’s most famous horse race, and payments processor Worldpay predicts this year’s running will be “the biggest Grand National ever” for online bookies. With its huge field of runners and riders and regular long-odds winners, the marathon contest has been thrilling spectators since the 19th Century. It has also…

UK – Racing Right charge provokes polar response from British racing sector

The UK is to introduce a new charge on bookmakers called the ‘racing right’ to improve the funding for horse racing to include more online betting companies. The British Treasury said in its budget document that the new charge would be applied across the board. The Chancellor announced in his Budget speech that ‘in the…