Saturday, October 20th, 2012
Perth's 2012 Spring Racing Carnival kicked off today in spectacular fashion with experts predicting 205,000 people will flock to Ascot alone over this summer's racing season.

Racing and Wagering Western Australia (RWWA) CEO Richard Burt said Ascot is one of Western Australia’s 55 race clubs across the state where last year nearly 870,000 people enjoyed the glamour and thrill of racing, making the sport WA's third highest attended after AFL and motor sport.

"The racing industry as a whole continues to grow in Western Australia with WA Racing's Economic Report showing it is worth more than half a billion dollars annually - excluding wagering - to the local economy."

Following on from a State wide economic report launched last month, today Mr Burt launched a snapshot of the impact Perth's metropolitan area has on the WA racing industry - with compelling statistics to tell.

"Perth's racing sector is responsible for maintaining full-time equivalent employment for 4,182 people across the thoroughbred, harness and greyhound racing codes."

The Festival of Perth Racing runs from today until Perth Cup Day on 1 January 2013 and is regarded as Perth's favourite celebration of fashion, music and first-class racing.

The Crown Perth Open Day features a bumper nine event program including the $80,000 Listed Northerly Stakes and $80,000 Listed Crown Perth-Belgravia Stakes and the anticipated final of the Myer Fashions on the Field.

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Racing and Wagering Western Australia

Racing and Wagering Western Australia (RWWA) was established on August 1, 2003. RWWA’s charter under the Racing and Wagering Western Australia Act 2003 is to foster development, promote the welfare and ensure the integrity of metropolitan and country thoroughbred, harness and greyhound racing in the interests of the long-term viability of the racing industry in Western Australia (WA). RWWA has responsibility for the off-course wagering functions trading as the TAB.
Pippa McIntosh
P: (08) 9445 5184
M: 0434 565 163


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