Global Betting and Gaming Consultants notes that the betting and racing industry was well represented in the New Year’s Honours awarded for 2012.
Charlie Lister was awarded an OBE for services to greyhound racing. The greyhound trainer has won the greyhound Derby six times, including the 2010 and 2011 runnings with Bandicoot Tipoki and Taylors Sky respectively.
Racehorse trainer Peter Walwyn (retired 1999) was awarded and MBE for service to horseracing. Walwyn won three British Classics in the 1970s, including the Epsom Derby in 1975 with Grundy.
Denise Coates, founder of online gambling firm Bet365, was awarded a CBE for services to the community and business.
The honour caps a good year for Ms Coates, as revenues at Bet365 rose to GB£ 439.3 million in the year to 27 March 2011. Bet365’s operating profit from betting and gaming was GB£ 97.3 million.