The Rails Bookmakers Association is the representative body for those bookmakers who operate from the members rail on British Racecourses.
The Association is proactive in both the political and legal spheres, enabling it to maintain the status and prestige that has long been associated with membership.
In 2003 we, along with the NAB and ARB, were founding members of the Federation of Racecourse Bookmakers, an association formed at the behest of government, to submit and foster those issues common to our industry and our input has been pivotal in acheiving the establishment of Copyright, a fairer Levy Scheme, reduced NJPC contributions.
"Our strength is in our solidarity"
Ever mindful of the need to adapt to the demands of a rapidly changing industry, our representation on the Administration of Gambling on Tracks and Local Joint Pitch Council offers our representatives the opportunity to pursue the principle aims and objectives of members and affords us the opportunity of building stronger links with those sections of the industry who historically, through a lack of understanding, have failed to grasp the complexities surrounding our part of the industry.
Our strength derives from our diversity of membership, from small independents, leading independents and those public companies with both on and off course and internet estates. Any bookmaker who bets on the rails should make membership a priority.
18th June 2021
ARC message for on course bookmakers;
Following the recent government announcement of a further delay to the full lifting of restrictions ARC are pleased to announce that we will continue with our current policy of not charging a Daily Betting Badge fee for on course bookmakers and their staff up to and including the 18thJuly (a maximum of 3 people including the bookmaker allowed).
From the 19th July ARC will reintroduce the Daily Betting Badge fee at a rate of 3 x public admission price across all our racecourses, this rate will remain in place until the end of August.
On the 1st September normal Daily Betting Badge fees will be reintroduced along with the Annual Marketing Fee across all ARC racecourses.
Please note that the Daily Betting Badge fees and the Annual Marketing Fee will no longer be payable by cash and the process for payment will be confirmed before fees are reintroduced on the 19th July.
To accommodate social distancing rules we will continue to operate a maximum capacity of 50% of bookmaker pitches until the 19th July.