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  Du Plessis to debate the future of horseracing
RIAN DU PLESSIS, Group CEO of Phumelela, and Paul Roy, chairman of the British Horseracing Authority, are the latest in a long list of distinguished international speakers confirmed for Leaders in Racing conference on 6 October 2011.

In an eagerly anticipated day of debates about the international business of horseracing, Roy and Du Plessis will be joining such important racing administrators as:

- Edward Wray, co-founder and chairman of Betfair;

- David Attenborough, managing director and CEO of Tabcorp (Australia);

- Simon Bazalgette, Group CEO of the Jockey Club;

- Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges, CEO of the Hong Kong Jockey Club;

- Rod Street, CEO, Racing for Change and British Champions Series;

- Kim HengTeo, VP Sales and Business Development, Singapore Turf Club;

- Paul Fisher, Group MD of the Jockey Club Racecourses;

- Simon Clare, PR and broadcast director of Coral and

- Jamie Aitchison, Sports Editor, Channel 4.

Both men join the session examining the fractured nature of the international horseracing community and the wide range of vested interests within it. Traditionalists, ownership groups, betting operators, entrepreneurs and other businesses differ widely on their opinions of how to reform the sport. Roy and Du Plessis will be expressing their opinions on the matter as well as explaining what their organisations are doing to prepare for the changing times ahead.

Du Plessis joined Phumelela as its Group CEO in 2008 and under him, the organisation based in South Africa has continued to grow and post record earnings.

Du Plessis showed his ability to judge the market by expanding the betting arm of Phumelela into football odds as horserace gambling in South Africa began to decline. During the 2010 FIFA World Cup Betting World, the fixed-odds operator owned by Phumelela Gold, posted profits of just over R3 million. Du Plessis is currently in the process of expanding Phumelela’s betting operations to incorporate more outlets and more gaming options.

Roy joined the British Horseracing Board as chairman in 2006, becoming the first chairman of the British Horseracing Authority in 2007. He is a keen racehorse owner with a number of horses currently in training. He also sits on the Horserace Betting Levy Board and is chairman of the property investment company, New River Retail plc, and vice president of the Philip Leverhulme Equine Hospital.

Leaders in Racing has been designed by the industry for the industry and is supported by four founding partners: the UK Jockey Club, Tabcorp Holdings Ltd, GBI Racing and SIS.

The conference is nearly sold out with only a handful of passes remaining and a strict vetting procedure is in operation to protect the quality and relevance of the audience.

The two-day conference on 5 and 6 October at Chelsea FC takes place within the Leaders Sports Summit, which brings together five leading conferences which also include Football, Sponsorship, Digital Sport and Performance.

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Written by: Nicci
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Date posted: 9/8/2011



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