down cross right results icon premium content video audio lifeNews icon-comment tick starFilled betSlip hot icon-liveCommentary refresh spinner
coral logo ladbrokes logo betway logo williamHill logo bet365 logo paddypower logo 888sport logo
TODAY'S OFFERS
TODAY'S BOOKMAKER OFFERS
Exclusive to new customers
  • View offer
    Up to £100 in Bet Credits
    Claim here
    Min deposit £5 and 1x settled bet requirement to release Bet Credits. Min odds, bet and payment method exclusions apply. Returns exclude Bet Credits stake. Time limits and T&Cs apply.
  • View offer
    Bet £10 get £30 in free bets
    Claim here
    Open a betting account with Coral through our site and when you place your first bet on horse racing (£10 or more) they'll give you 3 x £10 free bets. 18+. UK+IRE New Customers Only. First bet at least £10 or £10 each-way, at fractional odds totalling 1/2 or greater. Free Bets credited as 3 x £10. Free bet valid for 4 days. Free bet will not be included in any winnings. T&Cs Apply
  • View offer
    Up to £30 in free bets
    Claim here
    Join betway, opt in, deposit £10 or more and you will get a 100% matched amount, up to £30 as free bets to split however you like. T&Cs apply. 1 x wagering at odds of 1.75+ to unlock free bet. Deposit by card or paypal only.
  • View offer
    £20 Risk free first bet
    Claim here
    Open an account with Paddy Power and place your first bet on any Sportsbook market and if it loses they will refund your stake in cash, max refund for this offer is £20. Limited to one per person. If you've previously had a Paddy Power account, you will not qualify for the offer. Only deposits using Cards or Paypal will qualify. T&Cs apply
  • View offer
    Bet £10 get £30 in free bets
    Claim here
    Open an account with William Hill using promo code C30, bet £10 and get £30 in free bets. Min £10 stake, win only, min odds 1/2, free bets paid as 3 x £10, 30 day expiry, free bet/payment method/player/country restrictions apply. T&Cs apply
  • View offer
    Bet £5 get £20 in free bets
    Claim here
    Open an account with Ladbrokes using promo code 20FREE and place a bet of £5 and you'll get £20 in free bets. 18+. UK+IRE New Customers Only. Min £5 bet within 14 days of account registration at min odds 1-2. Free Bets credited as 4 x £5. Free bet valid for 4 days on sports, stake not returned, restrictions apply. T&Cs Apply
  • View offer
    Bet £10 get £40 in free bets
    Claim here
    Join 888sport using promo code RACING and when you bet £10, you'll get £30 in free bets PLUS £10 in free bets on any horse racing market. Min deposit £10. First bet minimum odds 1-2. Free bet credited upon qualifying bet settlement and expires after 7 days. Free bet stakes not included in returns. Deposit method and withdrawal restrictions apply. T&Cs apply.
  • View offer
    Bet £10 get £40 in free bets
    Claim here
    Open a betting account with Coral through our site and when you place your first bet on horse racing (£10 or more) they'll give you 4 x £10 free bets. 18+. UK+IRE New Customers Only. First bet at least £10 or £10 each-way, at fractional odds totalling 1/2 or greater. Free Bets credited as 4 x £10. Free bet valid for 4 days. Free bet will not be included in any winnings. T&Cs Apply
  • View offer
    Bet £10 get £30 in free bets
    Claim here
    Open an account with William Hill using promo code C30, bet £10 and get £30 in free bets. Min £10 stake, win only, min odds 1/2, free bets paid as 3 x £10, 30 day expiry, free bet/payment method/player/country restrictions apply. T&Cs apply
  • View offer
    £50 Risk free first bet
    Claim here
    Open an account with Paddy Power and place your first bet on any Sportsbook market and if it loses they will refund your stake in cash, max refund for this offer is £50. Limited to one per person. If you've previously had a Paddy Power account, you will not qualify for the offer. Only deposits using Cards or Paypal will qualify. T&Cs apply
  • View offer
    Bet £10 get £40 in free bets
    Claim here
    Open an account with Ladbrokes using promo code RP40 and place a bet of £10 and you'll get £40 in free bets. 18+. UK+IRE New Customers Only. First bet at least £10 or £10 each-way, at fractional odds totalling 1-2 or greater. Free Bets credited as 4 x £10. Free bet valid for 4 days. Free bet will not be included in any winnings. T&Cs Apply

Musselburgh future in jeopardy yet again after council moves to take control

Musselburgh's racing future has been thrown into doubt again
1 of 1

Musselburgh racecourse's future has again been thrown into serious uncertainty after a simmering civil war reached boiling point this week due to the track's local council owners declaring their intent to assume full control.

Last year relations between the council and the racing figures central to Musselburgh's governance reached what at that stage was a new low.

Now, however, the Racing Post understands East Lothian Council has laid out plans to drastically alter the way in which Musselburgh is run, with a favoured proposal that would, in effect, make the popular venue a council-managed racecourse.

It was only in July that a long game of poker finally came to an end when council leader Willie Innes bowed to BHA demands for an independent review of how Musselburgh is governed.

Musselburgh's licence to race expires on April 7

The council has failed to make public the findings of that Pinsent Masons review, but its own preference, which could be ratified at an ELC meeting on February 27, would lead to all Musselburgh's staff ceasing to be employees of the Musselburgh Joint Racing Committee – the body made up four council appointees and three racing members that currently runs the racecourse – and instead be placed on the ELC payroll.

While there is nothing to stop ELC taking that action, the BHA would need to be satisfied about any new governing structure if it is to extend the track's temporary licence to race, which at the moment expires two days after Musselburgh's Flat fixture on April 5.

A BHA spokesman said: "At present it is a matter for East Lothian Council and the racecourse to determine the approach that they will take to reform the governance of the racecourse. The BHA has not yet been formally informed of the direction that will be taken following the conclusion of the independent governance review.  

"Once a proposal is made, the BHA will consider the proposal and assess the situation with the racecourse’s licence, which is currently in place on a temporary basis through to 7 April 2018."

On Monday, councillor Fiona O'Donnell, acting chair of the MJRC, and executive colleague Carlo Grilli visited the racecourse and informed staff of ELC's desire to bring Musselburgh and its 15 permanent staff under control.

It is believed East Lothian Council wishes to bring the racecourse under its control

The council's wish is thought to be for there to be a new ruling structure of four councillors and two racing representatives. However, these would not be drawn from the Lothian Racing Syndicate, which has until now provided the necessary racing expertise to the MJRC.

It is also believed that prominent racehorse owner Raymond Anderson Green and Robert Miller Bakewell have turned down the council's invitation to occupy the two 'racing' seats on the remodelled Musselburgh board.

LRS chairman John Prideaux – who revealed he had only recently discovered ELC changed the racecourse's status to an associate committee of the council five years ago – said: "Following a wholly unsatisfactory meeting on Monday, when councillor O’Donnell told the staff that they would become council employees after the February 27 council meeting, the staff are completely demoralised. 

"If ELC continues with this ill-thought out plan it will almost certainly end in court action.

"In addition, the council’s proposals are most unlikely to persuade the British Horseracing Authority to extend the current temporary licence, which allows the racecourse to hold race meetings. The racecourse would then be in danger of permanent closure."

An ELC spokesperson said: "Pinsent Masons carried out an independent review which presented a number of options for the future governance of the racecourse and these are under consideration.  

"The council is keen to expedite matters while working constructively with the LRS, and councillor O’Donnell has been keeping the racecourse’s valued employees informed during this process."


Members can read the latest exclusive interviews, news analysis and comment available from 6pm daily on racingpost.com


 

Once a proposal is made, the BHA will consider the proposal and assess the situation

Key data

Musselburgh
Bookmaker
Price
E.W. Terms
Sporting
BetVictor
Sky bet
Boylesport
RaceBets