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NEW BID TO SELL BETTING BUSINESS THE TOTE

It announced on Friday it has invited a consortium of racing interests together with management and staff of the Tote itself, to make a final bid at full market value – believed to be in the region of £400m.

The consortium consists of the Race Course Association, the Racehorse Owners Association and the Racecourse Holdings Trust.

The consortium has been requested to submit its bid by January 26.

The decision follows the rejection of an earlier offer from a consortium of racing interests which the Government considered
was not at full market value.

The UK Government announced back in March 2000 its intention to sell the Tote to a racing trust.