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CRJC to build on success of Racing Carnival

Clarence River Jockey Club CEO Michael Beattie said crowds to the first two days of the XXXX Gold July Racing Carnival were up 25% from last year.
Clarence River Jockey Club CEO Michael Beattie said crowds to the first two days of the XXXX Gold July Racing Carnival were up 25% from last year.

With crowd numbers almost identical to 2013, give or take 100, CRJC executive officer Michael Beattie was yesterday happy but not complacent.

"We have racegoers who keep coming back year after year and it's very important to deliver a product as good as last year if not better," Mr Beattie said.

"Because that's what they'll be looking for, they come to expect a standard and we have to keep the standard up."

Mr Beattie said while numbers were up for the midweek events, crowd numbers at the two Sunday meetings had fallen slightly.

"You can't expect increases every year like last year when we had 40%," he said.

"What this year has shown us is we need to maintain our core crowd, work towards growth and look for satisfaction as a measure of success."

He praised his team for their efforts, especially staff who worked long days to ensure the event ran smoothly.

An additional 300 casual employees were also hired over the July Racing Carnival.

"Our sponsor TURSA has been an enormous help in that regard," Mr Beattie said.

The next few days will be spent debriefing before Mr Beattie takes a holiday.

TRACK FACTS

 With approximately 17,000 people through the gates since July 3, crowd numbers were almost identical to last year;

 More than 300 additional staff were employed by the CRJC during the July Racing Carnival, many of them sourced locally;

 Too early to count the money passing through, but the first two days were up on last year.

Topics:  clarence river jockey club, crjc, racing carnival




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