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RUK’s Ruck with The Champ

25. November 2010

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RUK’s Ruck with The Champ

What can we learn from the apparent spat between champion jump jockey AP McCoy and leading RUK presenter Lydia Hislop? It has been widely reported that McCoy is refusing to cooperate with RUK following remarks made by Hislop after his ride on Get Me Out Of Here at Ascot.
I think this story tells us a [...]

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Zenyatta’s Legacy to Rise Above Blame Game

7. November 2010

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Zenyatta suffered her first ever defeat on Saturday night but in time I hope we’ll come to see that her star is undimmed by that rare eclipse. In fact, the battle she braved that cold night in Kentucky may see her brilliant reputation burnished.
It’s understandable that Mike Smith blames himself. It’s predictable too that many [...]

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The Betfair Flying Wedge

30. October 2010

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Betfair’s rugby union team recently trounced Ladbrokes in a charity game. I’m sure the victory was won entirely within the modern rules of the game and that the outlawed ‘flying wedge’ wasn’t utilised. I think the Betfair boys have adopted the tactic elsewhere to some effect this week.

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Racing’s Leaders Need to Learn Levy Lessons

29. October 2010

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It’s funny what you learn and how.
Many years ago, when tuition fees were undreamt of and sons of families of modest means like me qualified for maintenance grants, I went to university. I studied Drama and English for three very enjoyable years. In my third year I was lucky enough to be given Goldmsiths’ George [...]

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Dear Chairmen. It’s not us…it’s you

27. October 2010

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We were told it was the most comprehensive and compelling case Racing had ever made in terms of a Levy Submission. Nic Coward, the BHA Chief Executive has claimed that the sport has made a ‘comprehensive case that is built on rigorous analysis’. How comprehensive? How rigorous? Well, according to Deloitte who were commissioned to [...]

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Racing’s Rooney?

26. October 2010

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Racing’s Rooney?

In a week when Wayne Rooney fans were rudely awakened to the naked reality of the brutal commercial cynicism that festers at the heart of the once beautiful game, Racing learned that it too has key figures for whom ‘business is business’.

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Casela Park Video Released

4. October 2010

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In an unprecedented move the BHA has released integrity camera footage of the Casela Park ride that led to charges being brought against trainer Eamon Tyrrell and jocky Jason Behan under the non trier rules. You can view the footage on the BHA website with a link provided at the bottom of the Panel’s findings.

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Casela Park Pair Guilty

27. September 2010

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A potentially ground breaking ruling today from the Disciplinary Panel that investigated the running and riding of Casela Park at Newcastle on 4th August this year. The full published findings are worth reading and digesting. The headlines are stark and significant.

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When Two Tribes Go To War

26. September 2010

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First of all a confession. I’ve made some pretty useless attempts at mathematical estimates as regards turnover, commission rates and tax yields on Betfair and other exchanges. I’ve usually failed to factor in the extent to which every transaction has two parties to it and have always failed to factor in the amount of trading, [...]

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Betfair Float Is on!

21. September 2010

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Betfair Float Is on!

Betfair has today announced its intention to go public with this statement heading a corporate press release this morning;
 
Betfair today announces its intention to apply for admission to the premium listing segment of the Official
List of the UKLA and to trading on the main market of the London Stock Exchange (‘‘Admission’’) and to
proceed with an [...]

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