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2,694 Race Meetings In 2009-10 Aust Season

Friday, 3rd December 2010

The Australian Racing Board released the 12th edition of the Australian Racing Fact Book, its annual reference guide to the Australian thoroughbred racing industry. It reported:

  • Racing: 2,694 race meetings were conducted in Australia during the 2009-10 season, with 31,773 horses running in 19,376 races.
  • Prize-money: Total prize-money during 2009-10 amounted to $427 million, while total returns to owners were over $481 million.
  • Breeding: There were 27,022 mares returned, resulting in 17,191 live foals born (63.6%).
  • Sales: Yearling sale results in 2009-10 ended with 4,831 yearlings auctioned for a record gross of $256,088,752. Highest selling yearling at an Australian public auction for the season was a Redoute's Choice-Regrowth colt sold at the Inglis Easter Yearling Sale in Sydney for $1.85 million.
  • Ownership: Sole ownership still remains the most popular form of ownership with over 5,241 horses registered this year with 1 owner.
  • Betting: Wagering turnover on thoroughbred racing during 2009-10 amounted to $15.07 billion. 
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