Crowds, runners and prize-money all increase in 2018 as Perth showcases success

Published

12th October 2018

-Racecourse also announces price freeze for 2019 with tickets now on sale for all 15 meetings-

Perth Racecourse has revealed the magic numbers behind a 2018 season of success, with a 4.4% increase in attendances and a 3% rise in the number of runners the headline statistics.

On the day Perth launched online ticket sales for 2019 – with all prices frozen – the Scone venue also announced the key results from a record-breaking season this year. Perth committed more than £1m to overall season prize-money for the first time in its 405-year history, which racegoers and owners and trainers responded to in equally positive measure.

On the track, 898 runners packed competitive fields across the 15 racedays (up on 872 last year) with Brian Hughes, Gordon Elliott and Paul and Clare Rooney winning the track’s Edinburgh Gin-sponsored end-of-season awards for top jockey, trainer and owner respectively.

In the stands it was also a bumper six months for Perth with 52,445 racegoers flocking through the gates, up by 4.4% on 50,101 last year and equating to a fixture average of 3,496. This included a successful season-opening, three-day Perth Festival, sold-out Ladies Day and Summer Carnival, new Saturday BRAW Raceday and another bumper Gold Cup crowd. All of these meetings return in 2019.

Perth Racecourse Chief Executive Hazel Peplinski said: “We’re immensely proud of these newly published figures which reflect continuing growth in our key measures - attendances and field sizes. We set out at the start of this year to develop the quality of our core product, which of course is the racing, by investing further in prize-money and we have been rewarded by larger attendances.  Through ongoing investment in infrastructure we now have the confidence to attract Horsemen from far and wide to our venue.  We have managed to increase field sizes without down-grading our race programmes so we have also seen plenty of quality action over the summer which our customers appreciate.

“The credit goes to our small but very committed and energetic team for exporting so much fun throughout the season. In particular, our fabulous groundstaff lead by Donald Gow expertly negotiated the unprecedented drought in mid-summer to ensure the track was in excellent condition and could provide the platform for some truly memorable race days. It is vital the Horsemen have confidence in our racing surface at all times.

“Looking ahead we are pleased to announce that prices are frozen for next year; 2018 was an extremely solid performance but we are already planning 2019 in earnest and look forward to announcing our exciting plans in due course.”

For more information on season 2019 at Perth Racecourse visit www.perth-races.co.uk.

Perth Racecourse

Sharing their parkland with Scone Palace in Perth, the original crowning site for the King & Queen of Scots and the Stone of Destiny, Perth Racecourse offers the perfect location for a day at the races in a historical and beautiful setting.

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