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|Owner(s)||Exponent Private Equity|
|Founder(s)||Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum|
|Headquarters||London, England, |
Racing Post is a British daily horse racing, greyhound racing and sports betting publisher which is published in print form and digitally.
Launched on 15 April 1986,[ citation needed ] the Racing Post is a daily national print and digital publisher specialising British horseracing industry and horse racing, greyhound racing and sports betting. The paper was founded by UAE Prime Minister and Emir of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, a racehorse owner, and edited by Graham Rock, who was replaced by Michael Harris in 1988. In 1998, Sheikh Mohammed sold the licence for the paper to Trinity Mirror, owners of The Sporting Life , for £1; Sheikh Mohammed still retains ownership of the paper's name, and Trinity Mirror donated £10 million to four horseracing charities as a condition of the transfer.
In 2007, Trinity Mirror sold the paper for £170m to FL Partners, [ citation needed ] The paper launched its website, racingpost.co.uk, in 1997.[ citation needed ] After the paper's sale to FL Partners the site was relaunched as racingpost.com in 2008.[ citation needed ] The business was sold to Exponent Private Equity in September 2016, with Richard Segal being appointed chairman.[ citation needed ]who appointed former editor Alan Byrne as editor-in-chief and chief executive.
Alan Byrne edited the paper from 1993 to 2002. He was succeeded by Chris Smith, who was then replaced by Bruce Millington in 2007. Millington was editor between 2007 and 2018. In December 2018, Tom Kerr was named as the new editor of the Racing Post and Group Racing Director, replacing Bruce Millington. The former horserace writer of the year previously worked as a senior writer for Racing Post and had been with the business for nine years.
Racing Post employs approximately 300 permanent staff and expanded in 2018 by acquiring a majority stake in the leading sports betting website and app business, Apsley, as well as the acquisition of Leeds-based ICS Media Group, a content provider and digital marketing agency.
In March 2020 the Racing Post announced it would suspend publication of its print edition in response to the halting of British and Irish horseracing because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Racing Post newspaper blends breaking news in the horseracing and betting industries with tipping content, race previews and reports, columns and features. In addition to daily editorials, the newspaper includes cards and form for each day's racing as well as entries and results. The greyhound section previews upcoming racing in addition to offering cards, form and results, and the sports section offers tipping across an extensive range of sports worldwide, as well as specials like politics or TV competitions and reality shows.
The mobile app (IOS and Android) includes cards, form, results and expert tips.
RacingPost.com features both free and premium (paid for) content. Sections include news, cards, results, tipping, bloodstock, sports, raceday live. statistics and shop. Race replays (access to a UK and Irish racing archive) and a digital newspaper are available to subscribers.
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Racing Post was highly commended for the Grand Prix award at the Newsawards 2016. The judges commented: "This was a tremendous example of adapting the business model in an increasingly online world. The Racing Post's multi-platform offering of print, app and pocket guides was evidence that the Racing Post had grabbed the digital revenue streams by the horns and made a huge success through diversifying. It has used its spin-off products and partnerships to extend its reach".
At the 2013 British Media Awards, the mobile app was named Digital Product of the Year and the iPad Daily Edition was named the Launch of the Year. At the 2013 Newspaper Awards, the iPad app was named Newspaper App of the Year, and the mobile app was named Digital Innovation of the Year.
Alastair Down won the specialist writer category at the Sports Journalists' Association (SJA) Awards in 2016. Edward Whitaker has won the SJA Sports Photographer of the Year on two occasions, in 2008 and 2011. Steve Palmer has won the SJA Sports Betting Writer of the Year on two occasions, in 2008 and 2009.
Edward Whitaker has also won Photographer of the Year at Horserace Writers and Photographers Association Derby Awards on a record-breaking eight occasions, while Alastair Down has taken home the Racing Writer of the Year award a record five times.
Lee Mottershead won Racing Writer of the Year in 2011, while Tom Kerr took the award in 2016.
A number of other Racing Post journalists have taken prizes at the Horserace Writers and Photographers Association Derby Awards, including Patrick McCann (Picture of the Year, 2015) and Bill Barber (Racing Reporter of the Year, 2018).
The weekly betting newspaper is released every Wednesday. It is designed to look at the best bets for British and Irish racing for the week ahead, with a particular focus on the biggest betting races of the weekend. Regular tipsters/contributors include Tom Segal (Pricewise) and Paul Kealy.
The weekly feature is in every Sunday edition. It contains:
The weekly betting newspaper looks at the best bets for the midweek and weekend action in both football and racing.
The audiovisual arm of the Racing Post provides a range of videos and Postcasts for racing fans. It has ita own Twitter feed and a Racing Post YouTube channel features tipsters and video form.
Racing Post B2B provides products and services to third parties in the UK, Ireland and internationally. The offering includes products for both digital and retail environments including horseracing, greyhound, football and other sports.
The publication's writers and columnists include:
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