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Brown Urges Resignations Over UK Tote Sale

Wednesday, 7th March 2007

In the UK, high-profile owner & former William Hill betting chain boss John Brown "urged members of the Racehorse Owners' Association to consider resigning in protest at the ROA's support for the sale of the Tote," reported racingpost.co.uk. Brown condemned UK racing leaders "for their failure to speak out against the government's sale of the Tote for £400 million (A$960m) to a racing consortium that Brown alleged was not representative of racing". The government "is considering a bid from a consortium made up of some racecourses, a group of racehorse owners & the Tote's management". But Brown declared: "The ROA's position is that it is to the benefit of everybody in racing, although they might not recognise it, for the ROA to aid & abet the government in lawfully stealing £400 million of assets that racing currently benefits from."

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