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Racing stakeholders form Racecourse Data Company

UK horse racing stakeholders have joined forces to form a new company designed to enhance the sport’s control and licensing of data.

Racecourse Data Company (RDC) has been formed by Racecourse Media Group and Arena Racing Company (ARC), along with nine independent racecourses as shareholders, and has the backing of Racing Enterprises Limited (REL), Horsemen's Group, British Horseracing Authority and the Racecourse Association.

RDC has been assigned the pre-race data licence for a five-year term from REL. PRD is information on a racecard, such as final fields, owners, trainers, jockeys, weight, colours, draw and ratings.

Richard FitzGerald, RMG chief executive, and Tony Kelly, ARC managing director, said: “With the valued support of Racing Enterprises Limited, Horsemen’s Group, British Horseracing Authority and Racecourse Association, Racecourse Data Company has been formed by 57 British racecourses to enhance the control and licensing of data in the best interests of the sport.

“This move reflects the way in which racecards are now used and the changes in the marketplace, particularly around mobile and online. The overarching aims are to protect official partners, control integrity, lower the risk of piracy and enhance the value of pre-race data for the industry. It also provides customers with a long-term deal for this significant piece of data.”