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Horse racing - 24 Oct 2013 - Betting
Any player who now places a bet on any UK or Irish horse race, can now follow the race live via live stream on the website.
Horse racing - 12 Jan 2005
2004 saw substantial growth in Tote betting, continuing success for the major festivals, increased sponsorship and significant growth in racehorse ownership. Overall attendances, however, fell just short of last year's record figure of 1.4m and on-course bookmaker betting declined by 4.6% from €183m to €174.7m.
Horse racing - 12 Jan 2005
2004 saw substantial growth in Tote betting, continuing success for the major festivals, increased sponsorship and significant growth in racehorse ownership. Overall attendances, however, fell just short of last year's record figure of 1.4m and on-course bookmaker betting declined by 4.6% from €183m to €174.7m.
Horse racing - 11 Jan 2005
A four-person Independent Review has been commissioned by BHB to propose an enforceable and sustainable mechanism by which betting operators can contribute to the funding of British Racing in the future.
Horse racing - 11 Jan 2005
<SPAN>A four-person Independent Review has been commissioned by BHB to propose an enforceable and sustainable mechanism by which betting operators can contribute to the funding of British Racing in the future.</SPAN>
Horse racing - 21 Dec 2004
Global statistics of the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA) today showed healthy developments of the sector in most countries. Statistics of over 50 countries have been collected and analysed by the IFHA. They have been put online today at Some of the more interesting conclusions that can be drawn from the statistics:
Horse racing - 16 Dec 2004
<SPAN>Today (Wed, 15th December), Channel Four Racing enters the world of sports betting with the launch of its own online betting exchange</SPAN>.
Horse racing - 15 Dec 2004
Today (Wed, 15th December), Channel Four Racing enters the world of sports betting with the launch of its own online betting exchange. The exchange was developed by 4Interactive, the interactive division of Channel 4 in partnership with BETDAQ, the world’s second largest betting exchange operator.
Horse racing - 24 Nov 2004
Monday, 22 November, 2004: The Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism, Mr. John O’Donoghue TD, today announced a new Racecourse Capital Development Fund. The programme will see Horse Racing Ireland (HRI) provide a matching fund for Irish racecourses to substantially upgrade their facilities over the next five years.
Horse racing - 22 Jul 2004
The British Horseracing Board today publishes the Fixture List for 2005. Next year's List is comparable to 2004's, which underwent major structural changes. It sees a small, further increase in the total number of programmed fixtures in order to build on the racegoer and punter-friendly improvements made for 2004.
Horse racing - 13 Jul 2004
The 45,000 people who attended the three day Budweiser Irish Derby festival this year, contributed to a strong performance by Irish racing in the first six months of 2004. Figures released today (Tuesday 13th July, 2004), by Horse Racing Ireland, the National Authority for Racing, showed gains across all main areas.
Horse racing - 10 Jun 2004
British Racing's commitment to modernisation has taken another major step forward with the announcement by the BHB today that it will be implementing a wide-ranging series of changes to the financial, administrative and governance structure of racing outlined in a 42 page document entitled 'The Modernisation of British Racing'.
Horse racing - 25 May 2004
AT THE RACES has signed John McCririck as it prepares for the return of live UK racing on Friday 11 June.
Horse racing - 06 Apr 2004
Horseracing hit the jackpot on Saturday, with a level of interest that has been unprecedented in recent years. British viewing figures for the Martell Cognac Grand National peaked at 10.3 million, dwarfing those of the FA Cup fixture. Over 600 million people are estimated to watch worldwide, with £200 million being gambled on the race. To complete the picture, Aintree Racecourse figures show attendance is higher than it has been for generations.
Horse racing - 01 Apr 2004
The Cheltenham Festival is over for another year, but there’s no time to get the blues because the world’s biggest race is just around the corner! You can join in the thrill of the Martell Cognac Grand National by organizing your own sweepstake with friends or colleagues - and it couldn’t be easier than using the kit available at
Horse racing - 30 Mar 2004
attheraces announces that at midnight on 29 March 2004, the Media Rights Agreement ('MRA') with 49 racecourses was terminated as a consequence of a failure to agree revised commercial terms following a reduction in the Tote's take-out rate. Despite the efforts of attheraces, new rights deals with the UK racecourses and the BHB have not yet been secured. In accordance with the provisions of the MRA, attheraces has, therefore, commenced procedures to pursue the contractual rebates from the 49 ra
Horse racing - 24 Mar 2004
With the current media rights deal due to terminate at midnight on Monday 29th March, attheraces wishes to explain its plans for the immediate future.
Horse racing - 09 Mar 2004
BHB Chief Executive Greg Nichols said today: 'Recent events have drawn further attention to the new and very real threat to racing's integrity posed by betting exchanges, which leave the sport more vulnerable than ever before to malpractice. The current law, which did not envisage the creation of exchanges, is now deficient and must be tightened in the forthcoming Gambling Bill as a matter of urgency.
Horse racing - 08 Mar 2004
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) today announced further details of its Wagering Systems Task Force, recently approved by the NTRA Board of Directors at its first quarter meeting.
Horse racing - 04 Mar 2004
The much-anticipated 2004 Cheltenham Festival (March 16 - 18) will receive increased exposure on Channel 4 with over 16 hours of dedicated coverage.
Horse racing - 25 Feb 2004
The Irish National Hunt Festival which will take place from April 27th to April 30th 2004 can now boast record prize money of over €1.7 million representing a 12% increase of the total 2003 prize fund, retaining its high profile status as the highlight of the National Hunt season in Ireland.
Horse racing - 29 Jan 2004
Attheraces today announces that it has served notice on the Racecourse Association Limited (RCA) to terminate the Media Rights Agreement with 49 UK racecourses. Under the terms of this notice the contract will terminate on 29th March 2004.
Horse racing - 19 Jan 2004
British Racing's concerns about the impact on the sport of betting exchanges will be pressed home tomorrow morning (Tuesday) by BHB Chairman Peter Savill when he gives oral evidence to the Joint Committee of both Houses of Parliament which is scrutinising the draft Gambling Bill.
Horse racing - 09 Jan 2004
2003 was a record year for Irish racecourses with total attendances of just under 1.4million. Highlights of the year were the Galway Festival at 192,000, Listowel at 93,000, Punchestown at 69,000 and the Leopardstown Christmas Festival at 61,000. Growth was evident across all key industry areas:
Horse racing - 13 Nov 2003
At a meeting in London on Tuesday of this week between Minister for Sport Richard Caborn and BHB Chairman Peter Savill it was agreed that, when the Gambling Bill Joint Scrutiny Committee comes to consider betting exchanges, it might usefully focus on their potential impact on the integrity of sports.
Horse racing - 09 Sep 2003
British Racing has united to produce a comprehensive and detailed rebuttal of the Rule 14 Notice issued by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) in April. The sport believes there is no foundation for the OFT's charge that racing fails to comply with competition law.
Horse racing - 13 Jun 2003
As the Governing Authority for Racing, we will promote the interests of our sport and industry in whatever way we can. Working alongside others within Racing and the Breeding and Betting Industries, we will build on Britain’s reputation for providing to our customers the most exciting and competitive racing in the world, run to the highest integrity standards, as efficiently as possible.
Horse racing - 13 Jun 2003
Putting the consumer at the heart of racing is the theme of the recommendations contained in 'The Racing Experience', Part Two of the report of the BHB Racing Review Committee, published at the British Horseracing Board’s Annual General Meeting in London today.
Horse racing - 08 Apr 2003
The British Horseracing Board (BHB) has announced its initial response to the ‘Rule 14 Notice’ issued today by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) as part of its investigation into British Racing.
Horse racing - 03 Apr 2003
Last year’s Martell Grand National was one of the most gripping broadcasts of 2002 according to research conducted by Sponsorship Intelligence. Viewers of the live race broadcast on BBC1 produced a loyalty rate of 87% for the 15 minute race slot – i.e. each viewer watched on average 13 minutes of this slot. This level of viewer loyalty is unsurpassed by most sports broadcasts and is traditionally the domain of non-sporting programmes, such as Coronation Street and key news broadcasts.
Horse racing - 18 Jul 2002
Robert Hughes CBE, the Levy Board Chairman, reveals in the 2002 Annual Report of the Horserace Betting Levy Board, issued today, Thursday, July 18, that the Levy will both benefit and lose out after April 1, 2003, from the new commercial agreements in racing.
Horse racing - 05 Jun 2002
attheraces today announced the appointment of Ian Hogg as Chief Operating Officer.
Horse racing - 29 May 2002
The first set of audience figures for the attheraces digital channel (Sky Channel 418) were released today for the first four weeks on air, the period 1 - 27 May 2002, following the launch of the channel on 1st May.
Horse racing - 01 May 2002
attheraces, the horseracing media rights company, today (1 May 2002) launched its digital television channel, broadcasting racing from the premier 49 British racecourses.
Horse racing - 25 Apr 2002
The British Horseracing Board (BHB) today announced plans for a major restructuring of its Board.
Horse racing - 17 Apr 2002
Ladbrokes, William Hill, Coral, Stanleys and Dones today each signed five-year deals with the British Horseracing Board for the commercial use of data for their British betting shops as well as their telephone and internet operations.
Horse racing - 14 Mar 2002
Orad Hi-Tec Systems Ltd. (Ger-man Neuer Markt, WKN: 928 634), world leader in broadcast graphics and sports technologies, announced today that it signed a 3.6 million US-Dollar deal with The Hong Kong Jockey Club (HKJC), the world’s largest racing jurisdictions with annual revenues exceeding 10 billion US-Dollar.
Horse racing - 05 Mar 2002
Interactive agency tentendigital has been appointed by attheraces to set-up its interactive digital TV (iDTV) betting service. tenten is providing creative and technical services covering the template design and functionality of the user interface.
Horse racing - 10 Jan 2002
Keith Brown Chairman of the Racecourse Association [RCA] has used his annual New Year's message to Britain's 59 racecourses to highlight both the achievements of 2001 and the increasing uncertainty that faces racing in 2002.
Horse racing - 20 Dec 2001
Construction equipment giant JCB will make its debut as a sponsor of horseracing by backing the Grade One JCB Triumph Hurdle, which is run at Cheltenham Racecourse on the last day of the National Hunt Festival, Thursday, March 14, 2002.
Horse racing - 11 Dec 2001
attheraces, the horseracing media rights company, today launched its racing information and betting website, which precedes the launch of the attheraces digital television channel next May.
Horse racing - 22 Nov 2001
An industry forum will be held on Wednesday 5 December 2001 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, St James, London to look into procedures for the reporting of on-course betting markets.
Horse racing - 22 Nov 2001
attheraces plc today announced that its website has successfully completed extensive testing and audit procedures with the Tote. The Company is therefore launching the site on Tuesday, 11th December.
Horse racing - 19 Nov 2001
BBC Worldwide and attheraces have concluded a groundbreaking deal for BBC Worldwide to handle the non-betting international broadcast distribution rights for all race meetings held at 49 British racecourses contracted to attheraces.
Horse racing - 15 Oct 2001
The British Horseracing Board today reaffirmed its desire to secure a satisfactory comprehensive settlement covering the levy and the commercial mechanism (including pictures for UK betting shops) by 31st October 2001. But BHB will only agree to such a settlement if a number of key conditions are met.
Horse racing - 14 Sep 2001
The Press Association (PA) has been appointed official collector and distributor of on-course information by the British Horseracing Board (BHB) and the Racecourse Association (RCA). The service, which comes into effect on May 1 2002, will include live betting services and results.
Horse racing - 31 Aug 2001
The Department of Culture, Media and Sport has appointed Robert Hughes for a second term as Chairman of the Horserace Betting Levy Board.
Horse racing - 01 Jun 2001
Following a Board meeting this morning BHB Chairman, Peter Savill, said: 'After a lengthy review of the current position in respect of the Go Racing contract, the Board unanimously concluded that it is in the best interests of Racing for it to continue to operate an open direct licensing policy for all users of its pre-race data'.
Horse racing - 14 May 2001
By the expiry of Go Racing's Friday 11th May 2001 deadline, the consortium is delighted to confirm that a further 17 British racecourses have joined forces with Go Racing.
Horse racing - 04 May 2001
Go Racing is delighted to confirm that, following the enthusiastic vote for the consortium’s contract by the RCA earlier this week, it has now reached the necessary level of acceptances from Britain's 59 racecourses to trigger its deal to acquire media and related rights to British racing.
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