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More than 330,000 attend York racedays
MORE than 330,000 spectators attended York Racecourse during the 2013 season.
The final attendance of 333,477 for Knavesmire’s 17 racedays was about 7,000 lower than 12 months ago – but track chiefs put that down to the boost Frankel’s appearance in the Juddmonte International gave the meeting in August 2012.
“The total attendance for the year was testimony to the ongoing enthusiasm for high-quality racing in the county,” said York’s head of marketing James Brennan.
Saturday’s final meeting of the campaign saw 18,691 pass through the turnstiles – a figure that was slightly down on last year.
William Derby, chief executive and clerk of the course, looked back fondly on a season that saw Declaration Of War win the Juddmonte – at £750,000 the richest race ever staged at York – and saw Jwala spring a shock 40-1 win in the Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes.
Prize money of more than £5.8 million across the year represented the largest ever investment by the racecourse in executive contribution to prize funds and was rewarded by 1,398 runners over the 17 days.
Derby said: “We are delighted that the York season has made so many memories.
“The strong performance is testimony to the support we have received from racegoers, sponsors, horsemen and the hard work of the team.
“We have been treated to some top-drawer performances on the track and have seen the benefit of our investment in the facilities.
“We employ over 2,000 people working together to deliver a big raceday and the talents of these individuals, plus the wonderful mix of racegoers and thoroughbred sport have created a fabulous atmosphere here once again this year. “
He added: “It has been an honour to be involved with such an exciting, enjoyable and successful season and I would like to thank everyone connected to York for their support, attendance and enthusiasm.
“The work to create a new improved pre-parade ring with modern saddling boxes and vet facilities has already started and signals a busy winter as we are looking forward to Wednesday, May 14, next year.”
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