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ARB To Investigate Staying Races

Thursday, 22nd March 2007

Chairman Bob Pearson announced the Australian Racing Board will examine "perceptions of a decline in staying races as a feature of Australian Racing". Pearson said the subject "has the attention of the Board, its Racing Committee, Principal Racing Authorities & race clubs" & noted: "The right place to start in any discussion like this is to get the facts on the table. The ARB's National Race Planning Committee will be circulating a document for industry comment next week, but already the research that has been done is instructive. This includes the following facts for the 12-year period from 1994-95 to 2005-06":

  • The number of 2200m+ races in Australia increased from 476 to 508.
  • The number of 2200m+ races as a % of all races run in Australia increased from 2.04% to 2.56%.
  • The number of starters in 2200m+ races (after a sharp dip, which bottomed out in 1999-2000) was at the same level in 2005-06 as in 1994-95.
  • The number of starters in 2200m+ races as a % of all starters has increased from 2.33% to 2.67%.
  • The total number of 2700m+ races has increased from 20 to 38.
  • The average runners in 2700m+ races has dipped from 13.05% to 10.95.
  • 2200m+ races as a % of races run in each state has increased in NSW, Victoria & Queensland, while decreasing slightly in South Australia & Western Australia.
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