Crowds at Newmarket Racecourses up 4%

5th November 2012

Dawn Approach and Kevin Manning wins the Dubai Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarke

Dawn Approach and Kevin Manning wins the Dubai Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarke

As the curtain came down on the 2012 season at the Home of Racing, the attendance figures for the year show an increase of four per cent. 

More than one third of million visitors came through the gates of the Rowley Mile and the July Course at 38 fixtures between April and November.

As part of Jockey Club Racecourses, the largest racecourse group in Britain by attendances, contributions to prize-money and revenues, Newmarket Racecourses re-invests its profits in the sport so the crowd rises are good news for horse racing.

The racing highlights of the season included victories by: 

Camelot in the QIPCO 2000 Guineas.  The horse went on to win the Investec Derby at Epsom Downs.

Dawn Approach in the Dubai Dewhurst Stakes on Dubai Future Champions Day.  The colt is now favourite for the 2013 QIPCO 2000 Guineas.

Giofra in the Etihad Airways Falmouth Stakes at the Piper-Heidsieck July Festival.

Reckless Abandon in the Vision.ae Middle Park Stakes, also on Dubai Future Champions Day.

Jockey Club Racecourses’ regional director Amy Starkey, who took up her position at Newmarket Racecourses in the spring, said: “The year-on-year attendance increase in 2012 is very welcome and shows that the investments we have made to date in improving the experience for visitors are paying dividends.

“However, there is still more to do, especially in increasing the attraction of coming racing on the Rowley Mile in the spring and the autumn.  There is no question about the quality of the horse racing that we stage at Newmarket Racecourses and central to our strategy will be encouraging more visitors to enjoy the thrills of our sport.”

Planning for 2013 is well under way and the racecourses expect to be able to announce by the New Year the acts for the 27th season of the Adnams Newmarket Nights on the July Course in the summer.

Crowds at the Newmarket Nights in 2012, which featured leading artists like Jessie J and Sir Tom Jones, topped 100,000, with all the financial benefits which those bring to the racing industry and the East Anglian economy in general. 

The 2013 racing season at Newmarket Racecourses begins with the two-day Craven Meeting on Wednesday and Thursday 17 and 18 April.  Further details can be found at www.newmarketracecourses.co.uk.