Irish Horse Racing fixtures 2014

August 31, 2015
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Cappella Sansevero and Andrea Atzeni winning the Nestle Supporting Irish Autism Action Round Tower Stakes The Curragh picture: Patrick McCannAttendance figures fell during 2015 in Ireland

PICTURE: Patrick McCann

FEWER people went to battle conferences in Ireland in 2015 even though there were four more accessories on calendar.

Horse rushing Ireland released industry statistics for 2015 on Monday early morning, also showing a slide inside quantity of proprietors and ponies in education.

There have been 351 battle days in 2015, compared to 347 in 2014, but those additional dates were unable to prevent attendances dropping by 0.7 per cent to 1.28 million, while the average attendance was down 1.8 per cent from 3, 704 in 2014 to 3, 636 in 2015.

Negative climate conditions were to blame based on the authorities, who pointed out that the big celebrations at Punchestown, Galway, Killarney, Listowel, Leopardstown, Limerick and the second knee of Irish Champions sunday at Leopardstown had been all affected by inclement weather.

Ownership figures in addition down

There is a-sharp drop within the number of horses in trained in 2015. The prior year's figure of 8, 613 dropped by 4.6 % to 8, 214 and the knock-on effect had been that the number of proprietors dropped by 2.6 percent from 3, 706 in 2014 to 3, 609. As a whole, 16 less new proprietors got associated with 2015 - down from 660 in 2014 to 644 in 2015.

That autumn came in spite of an increase in prize money of €5m in 2015, thereupon figure set-to boost once more in 2016 by a further €3.1m.

Ponies in trainig Prize cash
2014 8, 613 €48.6m
2015 8, 214 €53.4m

Brian Kavanagh, chief executive of Horse Racing Ireland, had not been downbeat towards continued decrease of ponies in education and owners.

"We continue to focus on improving the ponies in education and ownership figures while the decrease of modern times has started to slow down, that is good, " Kavanagh stated.

"With extra increases in prize-money, further reductions in administrative expenses and improved supports for trainers, we expect to see real progress in 2016."

There is a big comparison within the number of Flat and National Hunt entries in 2015. While Flat entries were up 4.6 percent, leaps entries dropped by a substantial 7.2 per cent. The common field size for Flat and jumps races combined was 10.7 in 2015, down from 11 in 2014.

Flat entries Jumps entries
24, 014 31, 977
25, 119 29, 681

Some positives

It had been only a few bad news whilst the quantity received for Irish-foaled exported ponies grew by 16.7 percent to €267.7m, while bloodstock sales had been also up by 2.5 per cent from €147.4m in 2014 to €152.5 million.

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