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Jun 26 2015

Arena Racing Company (“ARC”) is pleased to announce Martin Cruddace as its new Chief Executive.

Martin will join ARC on 17 August and is taking over from existing Managing Director Tony Kelly. As a qualified solicitor Martin brings over 25 years of experience of legal, regulatory and commercial matters across a range of industries to his new role at ARC.

Most recently Martin was Chief Executive of the Association of British Bookmakers and before that he spent nearly a decade as a senior executive of Betfair.

As Betfair’s Group Corporate Affairs and Legal Director Martin dealt with all UK and European regulatory matters and negotiated a £40 million five year commercial deal with British Racing. Martin’s last year at Betfair was spent in the US as acting Chief Executive of the horserace betting TV Channel TVG.

Martin is a member of the Racehorse Owners Association with a share in several racehorses, including a share in the Martin Pipe trained Big Occasion who won the Midlands National at Uttoxeter Racecourse in 2013.

ARC Chairman David Thorpe said: “I am delighted to welcome Martin to ARC. With his wealth of experience of racing and betting I believe he has the key attributes to successfully lead ARC during this exciting period of development for the company.

“Martin is set to inherit a strong and talented management team and some of the best and most talented racecourse teams in the sport. We all look forward to working with Martin and ensuring ARC continues to play a vital role in the future success of British Racing.

“The Board and shareholders of ARC would like to reiterate our thanks to Tony for the enormous contribution he has made and wish him all the very best for the future.”

Martin Cruddace said: “I am a huge fan of British Racing and excited to be able to be involved with the sport in a professional capacity. As the largest racecourse operator ARC has a crucial role to play and I will look to being able to use my experience to lead ARC at an important time for the company and British Racing.”