Racegoers on the increase

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The owners of Doncaster racecourse have reported a rise in the number of racegoers this year.

Arena Leisure says thousands more punters flocked to its meetings over the past six months.

The company’s racecourses at Doncaster, Windsor, Lingfield Park, Southwell, Wolverhampton, Folkestone and Worcester staged 189 fixtures in the half year and Arena said its average attendance increased by 11.3 per cent to 1,667 over the period. Hospitality attendance rose by 8.2 per cent to 18,400.

Profits before interest and tax fell by £600,000 to £1.4 million.

Company chairman David Thorpe said the firm performed well, against a backdrop of reduced industry funding and slow economic recovery.