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Company History

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2012

Arena Racing Company ("ARC") Formed

From the merger of two major racecourse groups, Arena Leisure and Northern Racing.

2012

ARC launches The All-Weather Championships

Incorporating all all-weather flat races in Britain.

2013

Inaugural All-Weather Championships Finals Day

The first All-Weather Championships Finals Day, worth £1 million takes place at Lingfield Park Racecourse

2014

HM The Queen wins The Doncaster Cup

Estimate, trained by Sir Michael Stoute wins the historic Doncaster Cup.

2015

Martin Cruddace Appointed ARC Chief Executive

Martin Cruddace, a qualified solicitor with a lifelong interest in racing, joined ARC in August 2015 following a similar role at the Association of British Bookmakers and ten years in a senior executive roles at Betfair.

2016

Opening of refurbished Bath Racecourse

The multimillion pound redevelopment included the building of the new Langridge Grandstand

2016

Racing resumes at Great Yarmouth following track redevelopment

Great Yarmouth provides one of the best straight turf miles in British racing, often utilised by top training yards to give opportunities to talented young racehorses.

2016

Wolverhampton Racecourse unveils refurbished Holiday Inn

Significant upgrades to rooms, the dining are and café help to maintain an integral part of the Wolverhampton Racecourse business.

2016

ARC reopens Hereford Racecourse

Following a four year closure, racing under rules returns to Herefordshire.

2016

Newcastle Racecourse hosts racing on Tapeta surface

Newcastle Racecourse provides the first all-weather straight mile in the world, attracting a number of top class horses to compete at Gosforth Park.

2016

Sectional timing data available from ARC racecourses

Sectional timing and stride data from ARC's four all-weather racecourses available on ATR online, a first in British Racing.

2017

The Racing Partnership launched

Providing quality horseracing and greyhound content to bookmaker partners across Britain

2017

Newcastle and Bath join Lingfield Park on Good Friday

Two feature fixtures on Good Friday, including the £100,000 Burradon Stakes at Newcastle push total prize money on Good Friday to £1.4 million.

2017

ARC launches The Silk Series

A £150,000 race series for female jockeys, raising funds and awareness for Cancer Research UK

2017

ARC joins the Rewards4Racing Programe

Members of the award-winning rewards programme for racegoers can earn points from bookings made at ARC racecourses

2017

All-Weather bend installed at Fontwell Park

The cambered polytrack bend represents a significant upgrade to the bottom bend at Fontwell Park, previously susceptible to wet weather.

2017

Sunderland and Newcastle Greyhound Stadiums join ARC

ARC joins Greyhound Media Group and TRP supplies BAGS fixtures to Licenced Betting Offices around Britain.

2018

ARC prize money commitment grows to over £35 million

Continuing to support the British Racing industry.

2018

ARC acquires Vermantia

Distributing TRP content to bookmaker partners worldwide

2018

ARC partners with Sky Business to provide Wi-Fi

All ARC racecourses provide free Wi-Fi to racegoers, racecourse staff and racing professionals.

2018

Ffos Las Racecourse joins ARC

West Wales racecourse joins ARC from the Walters Group.

2018

Worcester Racecourse celebrates 300 years of racing

HM Princess Anne joins racegoers and special guests to celebrate 300 years of racing at Pitchcroft.

2018

Hilton Garden Inn Doncaster opens

A new three star hotel to completent both Doncaster Racecourse and local economy.

2019

Launch of Sky Sports Racing

An exciting development, taking live racing at ARC tracks into circa 15million homes in Britain

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