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News 2020


RMG Payments Q2

When we contacted you on the 17th April 2020 we informed you that although none of us would be recording Racecourse Attendances for Q2 that we were in negotiations with T.R.P. regarding payments going forward and that we were hopeful to be in a position whereby some form of ex-gratia payment could be considered.

We are pleased to confirm that we find ourselves in a position, due to the contractual terms previously negotiated on your behalf with T.R.P., to be able to make such a payment to all our T.R.P. registered colleagues.

A number of options have been considered as to how this payment should be calculated and after consultation with our professional advisors it was agreed that payments to each colleague would be based on their equivalent attendances and payments made to them for those attendances for Q2 at respective racecourses for the 2019 season.

We are pleased to confirm that this payment equates to 40% of the payments you received for the equivalent period in 2019.

Work has started on collating the relevant data, which you will appreciate is a long and time-consuming process, and once completed your respective payment will be made to you in the usual way.

This has only been achievable by Bookmakers staying united and working together under the F.R.B. umbrella.

We thank you for your ongoing support and look forward to the day when all our lives return to some form of normality.

Stay Safe
The Directors


RMG Q1 Data Payments.

The FRB received  RMG attendances on the 31st July 2020 and will now process the payments which you will receive in the coming days.

Update - July 2020

As many of you will have no doubt seen, there are several news items referring to the resumption of racing at British racecourses.

Members of AGT’s Technical Sub-Committee were invited to discuss with the RCA representatives how we can safely get bookmakers back on the racecourse and resume business. Our representatives have made it clear that we wish to include as many bookmakers as possible when racing resumes but we must make it clear that within the terms of our contracts we (The bookmakers) are not permitted to set or limit bookmaker numbers.

We now await proposals from the RCA and BHA with regard to bookmaker attendances and would urge you all to keep yourself up to date by regularly visiting both the BHA and RCA websites.



Updates across the associations’ websites will appear as and when we have further information.

Here’s looking forward to safely getting back to work.

The Directors, FRB.


You may be be aware that on Saturday (Derby Day) Newbury Racecourse have arranged a pop up pub along with large screens to cover horseracing and 2 Premier League football matches.

The FRB approached the racecourse to offer them betting services to be provided by a number of bookmakers to enable the racecourse to offer a full package for those attending the event.

Newbury racecourse have responded and have stated that they do not require betting services and thanked us for our offer and assistance.  

The FRB continue to work on behalf of all bookmakers and we always listen to your questions and welcome feedback.

Best wishes to all, keep safe and well and let's hope we're all back on the racecourse soon.

The FRB Directors.


It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Graham Billington, who bet as JP Doyle, peacefully at home on 31st May 2020, following a short battle with cancer.

The much loved husband of Theresa, loving father of Sarah, devoted Grandpa to Oscar and Owen, loving brother of Hilary and loving uncle to Sam and Anna.

Due to present Covid restrictions, a private family funeral will take place.

No flowers by request please, donations in lieu would be gratefully accepted for St. John's Hospice, Lancaster, c/o
Martin's, The Funeral Directors, 186-188, Tulketh Brow, Ashton-on-Ribble, Preston. PR2 2JJ. Tel. 01772 733007. 


Following continued discussions on behalf of our members, we are pleased that the RCA have made the following announcement...

An RCA spokesperson has issued the following statement with regard to the timing of allowing crowds, and bookmakers, back to the racecourse.

“Please rest assured that we are acutely aware of the financial pressure that behind closed doors racing places on racecourses and those who rely on attending a day’s racing as an income source.

British racing’s provisional return on 1st June is a big step forward. We will continue to work with our industry partners and DCMS to introduce further ways to return to normality but we will be guided by government advice. As soon as it is deemed safe and appropriate to move forward, we will.”

March 2020

FRB Proposed Revised Gambling Fees - Response from Gambling Commission

March 2020

FRB Proposed Revised Gambling Fees - Letter to Gambling Commission



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