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Racing post app set to record its millionth bet

The countdown to the millionth bet on the Racing Post App has reached its final stage – with the Racing Post and their betting partners William Hill both expecting the milestone bet to be placed on Saturday – and to celebrate this momentous occasion William Hill are going to give the millionth bettor a £1,000 free bet.

William Hill and the Racing Post created the ground breaking iPhone app in December 2010. The Racing Post application, which is the most popular horse racing app in the App Store, boasts seamless betting directly from Britain’s biggest bookmaker William Hill.

In short, it means you can browse Racing Post’s renowned news, tips and data, make an informed decision about which horse to back in a race and then place a bet simply by tapping the William Hill odds on the racecard. The race can then be followed with the Live Reporter function and via William Hill radio.

It adds up to a completely unique product in the mobile betting market.

‘At 3pm on Friday we had taken on 983,198 bets,’ said Michael Byrne, Head of Mobile at William Hill. ‘So we’re expecting to breach the million mark at some stage on Saturday.’

‘We’re delighted with our partnership with the Racing Post, we knew the app would be well received but getting to the millionth bet within the first year is fantastic.’


‘The Racing Post, Shake-A-Bet, Sportsbook and Match Predictor Apps have all contributed to an 800% year-on-year increase in our mobile turnover. Mobile betting now accounts for around 5% of our online turnover and we’re expecting that percentage to keep rising.’


‘Our ambition to revolutionise the betting landscape with the ability to bet in the know – anywhere - has actually been realised,’ said Mark Renshaw, Head of Online at Racing Post.

‘Approaching the one million mark and the fact we're consistently ranked in the top 10 free sports apps is proof of this. The growth of the app has really pleased us but we're not finished yet. There are a few more features that we're working on with William Hill that will really delight app users.’

About William Hill

William Hill is one of the world’s leading bookmakers and one of the most recognised and trusted brands in the gambling industry, providing gaming and betting services across multiple channels: online, on the high street, on the phone and on the move.

William Hill PLC is listed on the London Stock Exchange (WMH.L) and operates over 2,300 betting shops in Ireland and Britain. The William Hill Group employs over 16,900 people worldwide and reported a net revenues of around €1.2 bn in 2010.

In 2009, William Hill, one of the first companies in the world to offer internet betting, joined forces with gaming software providers, Playtech, to form a new company called William Hill Online. This deal made William Hill Online one of the leading European online gaming and sports betting businesses. In 2010, William Hill Online posted net revenues of €285 million (up 24% on 2009). The Online business now accounts for 25% of William Hill Plc’s total net revenues.

About Racing Post

Established in 1986, Racing Post is the market-leading publisher of racing and sports betting information in Britain and Ireland. Racing Post's product portfolio includes a daily newspaper and two weekly titles; websites including, The Betting Site and Soccerbase and the No. 1 Horseracing iPhone App in the App store.

For further information, please contact

Tony Kenny (William Hill) - International Public Relations on +44208 918 3627 or +35386 858 9276 
David Bowen (Racing Post) – Digital Marketing Manager on +44 207 293 2136