Leaders in Racing Debate

Roy and Plessis race to debate on the future of horseracing

Rian du Plessis to discuss the fractured nature of the international horseracing community

Paul Roy, Chairman of the British Horseracing Authority and Rian Du Plessis, Group CEO of Phumelela, are the latest in a long line of distinguished international speakers confirmed for Leaders in Racing on the 6th October 2011.

In an eagerly anticipated day on the international business of racing, Roy and Plessis will be joining Edward Wray, Co-Founder and Chairman, Betfair; David Attenborough, Managing Director & CEO, Tabcorp; Simon Bazalgette, Group Chief Executive, The Jockey Club; Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges, CEO, Hong Kong Jockey Club; Rod Street, CEO, Racing for Change and British Champions Series; Kim HengTeo, VP of Sales and Business Development, Singapore Turf Club; Paul Fisher, Group Managing Director, The Jockey Club Racecourses; Simon Clare, PR and Broadcast Director, Coral and Jamie Aitchison, Sports Editor, Channel 4. Many more will be announced in the coming weeks.


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 how to reform the sport. Roy and 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.


Paul 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 the Chairman of the property investment company, New River Retail plc and Vice President of the Philip Leverhulme Equine Hospital.


Rian Du Plessis joined Phumelela as its Group Chief Executive in 2008 and under him the organisation based in South Africa has continued to grow and post record earnings. 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 Phumelela company Betting World posted profits of just over R3m. Plessis is currently in the process of expanding Phumelela’s betting operations to incorporate more outlets and more gaming options.


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 now close to sell out with only a handful of passes remaining and a strict vetting procedure in operation to protect the quality and relevance of the audience.  Applications can be made via e-mail at [email protected] or by contacting one of the team on +44 (0) 207 042 8666.  A dedicated website www.leadersinracing.com provides more information on who is attending.


The conference takes place within the Leaders Sports Summit, a coming together of 5 leading conferences including Football, Sponsorship, Digital Sport and Performance over 5th and 6th October at Chelsea FC. For more information visit www.leadersinevents.com.

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