Racecourse Media Group (RMG) has announced the appointment of Ben Dowding to the new role of chief betting officer.

Dowding takes up the position following the merger of the organisation’s domestic and international betting teams. He was previously director of betting at Racecourse Media Group.

RMG took the decision to combine its teams as more bookmakers are approaching rights acquisition on a global basis. Dowding will now oversee the enlarged team, taking on the new role with immediate effect.

Dowding is a long-serving member of the RMG team having joined the business in March 2013 as head of partnerships. He went on to become head of B2B and then director of betting, holding the latter role for more than six years.

Prior to his time with RMG, Dowding worked for The Jockey Club. Here, he spent time as sponsorship manager and regional sponsorship manager.

In addition, for the past three years, he has combined his duties at RMG with serving as a non-executive director at BocaSports.

Racecourse Media Group eyes international opportunities

“Ben has a huge amount of expertise in the sector,” RMG chief commercial officer Nick Mills said. “I wish him every success leading the team to capture new international opportunities.”

Dowding added: “I am delighted to have been asked to expand my responsibilities internationally. There are significant and exciting opportunities to enhance further both revenues and awareness for British and Irish racing via this new collaborative approach to the domestic and global betting markets.”

RMG is the umbrella organisation for the 35 shareholder racecourses that hold an interest in Racing TV, GBI Racing and Racecourse Data Company. Content from these racecourses is broadcast in approximately 7,000 licensed betting offices across the UK and Ireland.

Racecourse Media Group member courses include Aintree, Cheltenham, Exeter, Kempton Park and York.

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