Horse Racing

Racing Post Appoints New Editor

Tom Kerr has been named as the first new Editor of the Racing Post in more than a decade, replacing Bruce Millington, from whom he will also take over the role of Group Racing Director.

The 31-year-old previously held the position of Senior Features Writer and has been with the daily racing and betting industry title for the past nine years.

Kerr is to lead the editorial team in extending Racing Post’s digital footprint, as well as serving the diverse needs of both the horseracing and sports betting industries.

Jockey Club elects new chair

The Jockey Club has announced that Sandy Dudgeon will succeed Roger Weatherby as senior steward from July 2019.

News of Dudgeon’s appointment as a non-executive chairman was made at the organisation’s winter meeting in London.

Dudgeon will begin a five-year term from next summer, in a year which will mark the 30th anniversary of his election as a member of The Jockey Club in 1989.

The announcement arrives 12 months on from Dudgeon’s appointment onto The Jockey Club board of stewards. His current, four-year term, follows an earlier stint from 2009 to 2012.

New Thursday night racing league to launch in 2019

A new racing league is to launch in 2019, which will see “high profile” teams compete for points and millions of pounds in prize money over eight consecutive Thursday evenings.

‘The Series’ is described as a “first of its kind” event, promising a “totally new approach” to fan engagement in the sport.

Teams representing global brands will compete over 48 flat races for points towards a £5m overall winners’ prize, with up to £100,000 on offer for individual races.

Sky Sports Racing unveils launch season plans

Sky Sports has unveiled its plans for the soon-to-launch Sky Sports Racing channel, which will replace At The Races from 1st January 2019.

The channel will be available in HD for the first time and produced from Sky Sports’ Osterley headquarters, according to plans revealed at a launch event at the West London studios.

Sky Sports Racing will be the satellite pay-tv broadcaster’s 11th sports channel and the fifth dedicated to a single sport. It will be available to all Sky TV customers in the UK and Ireland.

Jockey Club Teams Up with AccessAble

The Jockey Club has become the first organisation in British sport to partner with AccessAble to give disabled people and carers detailed accessibility guides on its facilities.

Working closely with the UK provider of access information, The Jockey Club conducted extensive site visits to each of its 15 racecourses to produce the guides.

The Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup, the Randox Health Grand National and The Investec Derby are among The Jockey Club’s showcase events in the racing calendar.

Cheltenham achieves landmark tout ban ruling

The High Court has granted Cheltenham Racecourse a ground-breaking, season-long injunction, banning ticket touts at the venue until June 2019.

The ruling follows a fierce legal battle and comes into effect ahead of the first meeting of the national hunt season at Cheltenham this weekend.

Anyone caught flouting the ban – which prohibits both buying and selling by touts on the Jockey Club-owned property – faces up to two years in jail.

Sky Sports to bring French racing to UK&I

Sky Sports Racing, the media giant’s new dedicated racing channel, has agreed a deal to become the exclusive pay TV broadcast home of French racing in the UK and Ireland for the next three years.

As part of the agreement with French rightsholder PMU, Sky’s At The Races will also become the official online video streaming provider of French racing in the UK & Ireland.

The move comes as PMU is set to launch a full daily service of over 10,000 live French thoroughbred and trotting races to the UK and Irish online betting markets. 

TSC in British Eventing Win

British Eventing has announced its appointment of The Sports Consultancy (TSC) as a rights marketing agent to support in the sale of sponsorship rights for the governing body of eventing in the UK.

TSC’s rights marketing team, led by Marc Hope, will work to market eventing properties in a market that British Eventing describes as “the largest in the world for international events and world-ranked riders.”

Earnie wins QIPCO racing brief

Sports marketing agency Earnie has been appointed by the British Champions Series with a brief to overhaul the positioning of QIPCO British Champions Day, the UK’s richest day of racing.

The London agency, which now forms part of the Threepipe group, is behind the event’s new, ‘The Ultimate Race Day’ positioning, which seeks to highlight the quality of horses, entertainment and prestige of Ascot, as well as QIPCO British Champions Day’s place in the racing calendar.

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