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#BettingPeople: JOSH APIAFI

Interview: JOSH APIAFI Josh Apiafi left school at 16 and started his career working for the legendary Martin Pipe. He soon turned his mind to business, involved early in the fledgling Betfair betting exchange and became CEO of the PJA then ultimately founded the hugely successful ‘Rewards4Racing’. Never one to sit on his laurels (though is more than happy to sit on horses in all weathers) he’s now setting his sights on racing media. Meeting Josh Apiafi

JOSH APIAFI (part 1 of 3)

Rewards For Racing boss and Sky Sports Racing presenter Josh talks about his background – riding out as a schoolboy, leaving formal education aged just 16, working with Martin Pipe, a disaster with Mrs Pipe’s flowerbeds, going into business for the first time and the close knit community that is horse racing.

JOSH APIAFI (part 2 of 3)

Josh continues his story with the day he decided he was going to have to start his own business and the thought process that goes into starting a business, how foot and mouth disease resulted in his involvement with Betfair which led to the creation of the Betfair Chase and Betfair Million. He also talks about his opposition to the premium charge. He then discusses the changes he made after his move to become CEO of the Jockey’s Association of Great Britain.

JOSH APIAFI (part 3 of 3)

In the final part of his interview Josh Apiafi talks about forming ‘Rewards4Racing’, encouraging diversity in racing, he talks about being driven by people that have discriminated against him in his life. He also speaks about how difficult it is for a person from an ethnic minority to climb to the top in racing. He also talks Equine Productions, working for Sky Racing, a free business idea concerned with racing and the joys of riding out in the pouring rain.


skintmobSimon Nott is author of:
Skint Mob! Tales from the Betting Ring