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Du Plessis announced as first Leaders in Racing speaker

The 2013 Leaders in Racing conference, returning for its third annual event at Chelsea FC’s Stamford Bridge in October, has announced Rian Du Plessis, CEO at Phumelela Gaming & Leisure, as its first speaker.

Du Plessis will cover progress of international commingling, the continued globalisation of the industry and the opportunities for stakeholders in the sport. Phemulela currently operates tote betting in seven of South Africa’s nine provinces and conducts horse racing in four, with plans for international expansion to 50% of total profits in the next three years.

Following six months of dedicated research and guidance from an expert Advisory Board – including leaders from The Jockey Club, Betfair, Racecourse Media Group, SIS, Channel 4, Racing Enterprises, Godolphin, Highclere and Phumelela – a number of key topics and guest speakers have been identified for the 2013 programme.

These include the internationalisation of betting, race course operations, bloodstock and leadership and the evolving influences of technology, innovation and sponsorship.