Racing and thoroughbred breeding

– There are 59 racecourses in Britain, of which 17 stage only Flat racing

– 24 stage only Jump (National Hunt) racing

– 18 stage both

– 4 racecourses (Kempton Park, Lingfield Park, Southwell and Wolverhampton) currently stage racing on an All Weather Track (AWT)

– Great Leighs, near Chelmsford in Essex, is set to become Britain’s first completely new racecourse for 80 years in October 2006

– Over 6m people went racing in 2004, the best figure on record, and up some on 18% on the 5.1m in 2000

– Total prize money reached a record total of £101.3m in 2004

– There are 9,500 active racehorse owners, and overall some 50,000 people are involved in racehorse ownership through various types of co-ownership

– There are over 14,000 horses in training, and over 90,000 runners in a year

– In 2006, 1391 fixtures have been programmed, providing over 9,000 races

– Of these fixtures, 139 will take place on 48 Sunday dates, and 229 will take place on 120 different evenings.

– Racing and breeding are directly responsibly for some 18,800 full time equivalent jobs

– The industry also supports a further 69,500 full time equivalent jobs, including 42,000 in the betting industry

– In 2004/05, over £10bn was bet off-course on horseracing, most of it in the circa 8,500 licensed betting offices in Britain, with a further £120m bet with the Tote on-course

– Bookmakers’ profits on British Racing totalled £1.1bn

– The Horserace Betting Levy Board received £98m from off-course bookmakers and the Tote in 2004/05

– British Racing generated some £288m in tax revenues for Government in 2004/05, and has an overall Economic Impact of £2.86bn

– Racing is second only to football measured by revenue and spectator numbers (those either paying to attend race meetings or watching the sport on television

– BBC1’s average TV audience for Racing is 1,331,000 (BBC2: 774,500). 9.5m people watch the Grand National, and the 2005 Vodafone Derby attracted 3.2m viewers

– Channel 4 Racing broadcast some 162 meetings in 2004, attracting an average audience of 658,500. The terrestrial channel also shows an hour-long programme, The Morning Line, every Saturday

– Two digital channels dedicated to Racing also exist: At The Races, available in over 9m homes, and Racing UK, owned by 31 leading British racecourses, which has over 30,000 subscribers