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UK Racetrack Merger Confirmed

Thursday, 23rd August 2012

Meanwhile, in the UK, prominent track owners Arena Leisure and Northern Racing have merged "to form a new company, Arena Racing Company (ARC)", reports thoroughbredtimes.com. "The merger makes ARC the largest racecourse operator in the United Kingdom, operating approximately 38% of the UK fixture list. Its new headquarters are at Millbank Tower in central London… ARC owns and operates racecourses at Bath, Brighton, Chepstow, Doncaster, Folkestone, Fontwell Park, Great Yarmouth, Hereford, Lingfield, Newcastle, Royal Windsor, Sedgefield, Southwell, Uttoxeter, Wolverhampton, and Worcester, and operates a 17th course at Ffos Las in West Wales." 552 meetings have been scheduled for ARC in 2012, 213 to be conducted on all-weather tracks. Significantly, "ARC is also responsible for hosting the world's oldest classic, the Ladbrokes St Leger (Eng-G1), final leg of the English Triple Crown." Lord Howard of Lympe has been confirmed as the merged company's non-executive chairman, Tony Kelly as its managing director and Simon Lane as operations director. Kelly commented: "The last few months have been exceptionally busy integrating the two groups, including setting up our new office in London".

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