Racing: Bill clears Lords

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THE PATH to Sunday racing cleared a crucial hurdle yesterday when the House of Lords approved the proposal to legalise on- and off-course betting on the Sabbath. It passed the Deregulation and Contracting Out Bill, previously endorsed by a 101 majority of MPs, without debate or a division. It also accepted a government amendment that allows the advertising and charging of admission to any Sunday sporting event.

The British Horseracing Board can now finalise a 1995 fixture list that may contain 24 race meetings spread over 12 Sundays. Tristram Ricketts, the board's chief executive, said: 'The bill still has stages to go through, but hopefully it is a formality now.'