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Key Statistics Released By Racing Victoria

Tuesday, 22nd August 2017

Among the key results announced for the 2016-17 Victorian racing season at yesterday’s Racing Victoria media conference were:

  • Wagering turnover grew by 8.4 per cent with the total surpassing $6 billion for the first time to ultimately reach $6.24 billion
  • Turnover during the rebranded Festival of Racing, which encapsulated nine Group 1 races and 13 country cups in February/March, grew by 22 per cent with attendances up 1.8 per cent
  • Consolidation of Thursday night as a peak timeslot with 25.8 per cent growth in average turnover per meeting and a rise in average field size from 9.1 to 9.5 starters per race
  • The continued emergence of the four Standalone Saturday meetings in country Victoria with attendances up 18.1 per cent and turnover up 9.4 per cent across the quartet of meetings;
  • Warrnambool’s May Racing Carnival attracted an attendance of more than 30,000 people, making it one of the highest-attended Australian racing events outside of the Spring Racing Carnival;
  • The number of owners participating in Victorian racing topped 68,000 with a 16.5 per cent increase in the amount of VOBIS bonuses claimed;
  • Average prizemoney and bonuses claimed at each TAB meeting was $369,902 with the average earnings per horse growing by 3.1 per cent;
  • Victoria welcomed its 200th international horse during the 2016 Spring Racing Carnival with 24 prepared from the Werribee Quarantine Centre during the season.
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