Perth set for super September buoyed by 6% season crowds increase
Horse-racing fans have been flocking through the gates at Perth this season, with new figures showing a 6% increase compared with 2017 as the racecourse gears up for its final three fixtures of the year.
Perth has welcomed more than 3,000 additional customers to the first 12 of 15 meetings this season, outstripping national averages and bucking the trend of plateauing attendances in the sport generally.
The stunning Scone venue is now fully focused on finishing its 2018 racing calendar on a similar high, with planning and preparation gathering pace for Autumn Raceday on Monday, 10 September and then the popular two-day Glorious Finale (September 26 & 27).
Hazel Peplinksi, Perth Racecourse chief executive, said: “We’re thrilled with these crowd figures, it’s great news not only for Perth Racecourse but also the local economy given the knock-on positive impact we know that our attendances bring to the city of Perth.
“While we are fully focused on the final three days of the season, we’d really like to thank all those who have supported the racecourse and helped make it such a fantastic season so far. Our increased investment in our race programme and facilities along with an ongoing commitment to bring more fun and enjoyment to the sport appears to be hitting all the right notes; it has been a massive team effort.
“Right now we are busy gearing up for our Autumn Raceday next Monday when we serve up another valuable seven-race card alongside an off-track theme of food and drink, allowing racegoers to celebrate some of the very best local produce. We know that the September fixtures are all midweek and are popular with loyal National Hunt fans as the core jump season is beginning to build momentum. It is a brilliant way for us to close out Perth’s season and I expect to see more thrilling action out on the track. The turf has enjoyed a small break and is looking in rude health.”
Among the highlights of the 2018 season so far have been 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 are set to return in 2019.