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Daily Racing Form to provide on-site coverage, free full-card past performances online and in print for QIPCO Champions Day October 18 from Ascot Racecourse

New York, NY (Oct. 3, 2014)   Daily Racing Form (DRF) announced today that full-card past performances of the October 18 QIPCO Champions Day from Ascot Racecourse will appear nationally in all Saturday October 18 print editions of DRF, as part of a special agreement with Great British Racing International (GBRI). Wagering on QIPCO Champions Day will be available in North America at a wide assortment of Account Deposit Wagering (ADW) providers as well as select brick-and-mortar wagering outlets.

QIPCO Champions Day, the climax of the QIPCO British Champions Series (BCS), is Britain’s richest race day with a record 3.75 million pounds (approximately $6 million) in purses offered over five races across the BCS Sprint, Mile, Middle Distance, Long Distance and Fillies & Mares categories. The day is expected to send several runners on to the 2014 Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Park on October 31-November 1.

In addition to past performances of QIPCO Champions Day in all print editions, DRF will also offer free online past performances for Champions Day at DRF.com starting on October 17, plus on-site coverage from Ascot Racecourse during Champions Day week.  A special QIPCO Champions Day web page will be featured on DRF.com, offering video analysis of select races, links to online past performances and a compilation of DRF-produced editorial coverage of the event. 

"QIPCO British Champions Day has quickly established itself as a major international event and features the top race in the world on ratings - The QIPCO Champion Stakes,” said Rod Street, CEO of the British Champions Series. “We are delighted to work with DRF to bring our day to an important international audience and hope U.S. race fans enjoy and wager on the top quality action."

QIPCO British Champions Day will be broadcast in the U.S. by GBI Racing, which is the sole rights holder for the distribution of British and Irish racing to international retail betting outlets and online operators.

"GBI Racing is delighted to be working with Daily Racing Form on the promotion of QIPCO British Champions Day to the North American audience,” said Ian Houghton, GBI Racing Territory Manager for North America. “DRF will provide U.S. customers with all the relevant wagering information in print and online, such as detailed racecards, past performances and editorial content, and its coverage will perfectly complement GBI Racing’s live broadcast. Besides the usual Advance Deposit Wagering (ADW) websites, GBI Racing will also be putting the signal into betting shops and off-track betting (OTB) outlets on the day, which will broaden the wagering opportunities. The chance to wager on Britain’s richest raceday is a real boon for racing fans around the world, and GBI Racing’s coverage of this end-of-season showpiece will ensure a wide global audience for this important day.”

“We are extremely pleased to bring North American racing fans comprehensive coverage of, and wagering information for, one of the most prestigious and important international racing events anywhere in the world,” said Mark Simon, Editorial Director of DRF. “Our coverage will undoubtedly also give our fans an added level of insight as they look forward to the Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita, where Champions Day runners will likely have a major impact on several races.”

ABOUT DAILY RACING FORM
Daily Racing Form, “America's Turf Authority since 1894" for Thoroughbred racing horseplayers and professionals throughout North America is the Thoroughbred industry's dominant multi-channel media company. Launched in 1894, Daily Racing Form is the only daily newspaper in the U.S. dedicated solely to the coverage of a single sport, publishing up to 2,000 unique pages of statistical and editorial copy every day, in as many as 20 daily editions, 364 days a year. Its companion website, www.DRF.com  is the most heavily-trafficked horseracing destination, providing players with the most extensive news coverage in racing, interactive past performances, exclusive handicapping tools, and access to DRF Bets™, America’s fastest growing online and mobile wagering platform. Additionally, Daily Racing Form publishes DRF Harness Eye, the daily newspaper and digital content for Standardbred racing since 1964, offering news, handicapping products, and online wagering functionality specifically for Harness players. In 2012, Daily Racing Form introduced DRF Breeding, a business dedicated to serving the Breeding industry, bringing expanded coverage and tools to horseplayer and breeding enthusiasts alike.

ABOUT GBI RACING
Great British and Irish racing is widely regarded as the best in the world. Its equine superstars, world-famous racing festivals, picturesque courses and rich history are the envy of the world. The unique history, traditions, levels of integrity and range of product make British and Irish racing a compelling offering for the wagering audience. GBI Racing launched as a joint venture company between Racing UK and At The Races on March 1, 2010 and is the sole rights holder for the distribution of British and Irish racing to overseas retail betting outlets and online operators. Our mission is to protect and maximize the value of UK and Irish horseracing media rights in the international betting market. For more information, go to www.gbiracing.com or contact media@gbiracing.com.