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Betfred is a United Kingdom-based bookmaker, named after its co-founder Fred Done.[note 1] It was first established as a single shop in Ordsall, Salford, in 1967. Its turnover in 2004 was more than £3.5 billion, having risen from £550 million in 2003. The company has more than 1,350 betting shops.
Fred Done was the first ever bookmaker to pay out early[clarification needed], when in March 1998 they paid out to punters[clarification needed] who had backed Manchester United to win the Premier League, only for Arsenal to pip United by one point.
Betfred sponsor Haydock Park Racecourse including the Group 1 Betfred Sprint Cup in September. Betfred also have an on course betting shop at the North West track. Betfred also sponsor races at Kempton Park Racecourse and provide an on course betting facility. Betfred are main sponsors of three greyhound tracks Nottingham Greyhound Stadium, Owlerton Stadium, Sheffield and Kinsley Greyhound Stadium.
Betfred are also the official betting partner of Wembley National Stadium and operate betting booths for all England and Football Association matches. Betfred have recently extended this deal for a further four years.
On 3 June 2011 Betfred bought The Tote in a deal worth £265m. The company pledged £155m into racing over the next seven years, as well as creating the Tote Racing Development Board, giving greater say to industry figures. Football manager and racehorse owner Sir Alex Ferguson had lent his support to Betfred's bid.
- Pronounced to rhyme with "bone".
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