On 06 April 2023 Gold Circle received an Expression of Interest (EOI) from Hollywood Sportsbook Holdings (Pty) Limited, together with Gregory Mark Bortz, to acquire the share equity held in Gold Circle by Gold Circle Racing Club. The Board of Directors considered the EOI at a meeting held on 20 April 2023 and agreed to progress negotiations to consummate a possible positive outcome.
The Board of Directors of Gold Circle and Gold Circle Racing Club met on 24 August 2023 and unanimously approved a Capital Contribution and Share Sale Agreement with Hollywood Sportsbook Holdings (Pty) Limited (Hollywoodbets) which required the approval of Club Members before proceeding with the sale.
A Special General Meeting of Gold Circle Racing Club Members took place on 19 September 2023 and Members approved the Capital Contribution and Share Sale Agreement. The Sale Transaction will now follow its normal course through application for approval by the Competition Commission, followed by due process through the KwaZulu-Natal Gaming and Betting Board.
"We are delighted that Members have approved this transaction that will secure horse racing in the province for at least the next five years and that the many stakeholders who rely on this very important industry will continue to be supported through this decision," said Sadha Naidoo, Chairman of Gold Circle.
On behalf of Hollywoodbets, its CEO, Suren Rampersadh responded, "We take this opportunity to express appreciation to the Members of Gold Circle Racing Club and to all stakeholders for their confidence in Hollywoodbets by supporting this acquisition. We are fully committed to securing the future of the horse racing industry in KwaZulu-Natal. Horse racing has found itself in the doldrums for a number of years and its rebirth is long overdue. Under the leadership of Chairman Designate, Greg Bortz, we are confident that the transformation being experienced in the Western Cape will be replicated on the east coast. We will now work hard to achieve all the necessary regulatory approvals to bring this revival to fruition."
Watch this space, I see them squeezing the life out of 4Racing
I give 4Q full credit for squeezing the life out of themselves, initially by shooting themselves multiple times in the foot followed by a few unsuccessful attempts to head, albeit only hitting the rocks.
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All i hope is that the properties that belong to the Race Clubs are not sold off under the guise of development. Aside from the Property and the Hollywood bets sponsorships not much value in these clubs. As for 4 racing. Mrs Slack saved the SA operation from going Mauritius/Singapore route . If 4Racing does merge with the Cape and KZN which would be great. I still would not see the 4 racing venture as a failure. Thanks to the Slacks/Bortz/Heffers for still allowing us to enjoy a fairly descent SA racing product
Now lets overhaul the NHRA and boot the Phumelela dead wood to the sideline.
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Hollywoodbets Greyville on Wednesday 20/09/2023
Win 7 = R 1.50
Place 7 = R 1.00
Place 4 = R 1.00
Place 1 = R 3.30
Swinger 4/7 = R 2.60
Swinger 1/7 = R 3.40
Swinger 1/4 = R 10.10
Exacta 7/4 = R 7.30
Trifecta 7/4/1 = R 49.20
Quartet 7/4/1/10 = R 187.70
They can have their fiefdoms but if the tote cannot survive from the current exorbitant take-out, they deserve to fail...
Two horses paying R1/place tells you that the take-out is exorbitant...
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