With Ascot barely over and Glorious Goodwood in full swing, horse-racing enthusiasts are keeping a close eye on what’s happening at the bookies. For the Ladbrokes and Gala Coral merger to go ahead, the Competition and Markets Authority has ruled that between 350 and 400 shops should be closed. But activity doesn’t stop there. Following slow progress in its digital offering, William Hill has entered the parade ring as a possible bid candidate for suitors Rank Group and 888 Holdings, sending its shares sharply higher earlier in the week.