The spring racing carnival continues to be as popular as ever according to figures released by Racing Victoria.
The figures reveal an increase in attendance, wagering, viewership and engagement of the 2017 carnival that began at Caulfield on September 2 and ran until the Ballarat Cup meeting on November 25.
More than 686,000 people attended meetings across Victoria through the period, an increase of 5.6 per cent on 2016, while domestic wagering turnover grew by 5.4 per cent to $2.35 billion.
Feature race day viewers on Channel 7/7Two grew by 18.2 per cent with average weekly users on Racing.com rising 31 per cent year on year.
RV chief executive Giles Thompson said the figures were positive news for Victorian racing.
“The spring racing carnival has long been regarded as Australia’s pre-eminent racing carnival and these figures from 2017 solidify the importance of this event to the state of Victoria and more broadly to the sport of thoroughbred racing,” Thompson said.
* Total attendance 686,425 with 71.6 per cent at metropolitan meetings and 28.4 in country Victoria