MP involved about ‘complicated scenario’ of presidency’s playing evaluate | Horse Racing Information

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Laurence Robertson MP is “heartened” that authorities recognises hyperlink between racing and betting

Mark Cranham (racingpost.com/photographs)

By Invoice Barber, Trade editor

Measures ensuing from the playing evaluate may nonetheless injury racing fears Laurence Robertson despite the fact that the MP is heartened by authorities feedback that it recognises the hyperlink between betting and the game.

Robertson, whose Tewkesbury constituency consists of Cheltenham racecourse, mentioned he had misgivings about the opportunity of blanket affordability checks being launched following the evaluate.

Senior figures inside British racing have mentioned some monetary modelling places the potential impression brought on by intrusive checks that ask prospects to offer monetary data with the intention to wager at greater than £100 million per 12 months.

“I’m heartened by the actual fact the federal government recognises the hyperlink between betting and racing and that they do not wish to do something to wreck racing, they’ve mentioned that,” Robertson mentioned. “But it surely throws up the query of how they’re going to do something.”

Robertson mentioned he had points with affordability checks on the grounds that such measures aren’t required for different types of spending and that he believed the thresholds must be set at a really low degree.

“I’ve an issue with the precept of it as a result of folks may properly get hooked on procuring on-line however that is not checked out, they do not have to supply any wage slips or something,” he mentioned.

“If somebody on a really low revenue misplaced £100 a month it is fairly a difficulty for them however they may in all probability fall under the edge. All these issues are what I see as being a complicated scenario.”

Robertson added: “I do not understand how they’re going to separate the net roulette and non-sport from sports activities betting as a result of when you do not separate it you will hit racing.

“It is getting that stability between the 30 million or so individuals who gamble harmlessly and defending those that do get caught up. There are methods you are able to do it, there’s use of information as an illustration.”

Nicholas Jones


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Laurence Robertson MP: "We have got to tackle addiction but we have got to do it in a way that doesn't damage things for the 30 million who don't have a problem"

Laurence Robertson MP: “Now we have bought to deal with dependancy however we’ve bought to do it in a manner that does not injury issues for the 30 million who do not have an issue”

Nicholas Jones

Robertson mentioned most of the people didn’t perceive that British racing was not in nice monetary well being.

“It is a very poorly funded sport to start out with, so any downturn in levy funds, or media rights, or sponsorship goes to hit it laborious,” he mentioned.

He added: “You have bought secure employees who aren’t on nice cash, trainers cannot recruit folks, prize-money for some races is £2,000 when you have to win 12 races a 12 months simply to interrupt even.

“That is the bit that we do not get throughout and the hyperlink that 45 per cent or thereabouts of racing’s revenue comes from bookmakers. These are the factors that I’ve sought to get throughout to the federal government. They are saying they recognise these issues.”

Robertson, who’s a advisor for playing trade physique the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC), mentioned he welcomed the actual fact the federal government was reviewing the sector.


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“Now we have bought to deal with dependancy however we’ve bought to do it in a manner that does not injury issues for the 30 million who do not have an issue or certainly the game of racing,” he added.

The federal government is anticipated to publish its playing evaluate white paper within the coming weeks.

Betting outlets might be open for the primary time since 2019 for Saturday’s Randox Grand Nationwide, the most important betting day of the 12 months, and the BGC on Monday known as on the federal government to seek out “workable options that defend weak gamers” with out affecting prospects and, as a consequence, British racing.

BGC chief govt Michael Dugher mentioned: “With the nation’s eyes on horseracing and betting this weekend, we would like the federal government to recognise the recognition of betting, its distinctive place in our nationwide tradition, and guarantee they tackle punters’ considerations and defend jobs within the upcoming white paper.”


Learn extra on this topic:

Chancellor Rishi Sunak raises racing trade’s considerations over playing evaluate

‘Change is required and alter is coming’ – playing minister on reform rally

Racing warned playing evaluate poses ‘clear and current hazard’ to sport’s future



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FIRST PUBLISHED 5:24PM, APR 4 2022

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