Sixty meetings lost so far - horse racing suffers worst year for weather since 2010

From BBC - April 13, 2018

Sixty horse racing fixtures have been cancelled in Britain because of bad weather this year - the worst the sport has been affected since 2010.

British Horseracing Association (BHA) figures show 52 jump and three flat events have been abandoned, as well as five all-weather track meetings.

In 2010, 69 fixtures were called off. Last year, there were just 16.

"It's hit revenue quite hard," said Ilona Barnet, general manager at Stratford Racecourse in Warwickshire.

Speaking to BBC 5 live's Wake Up to Money, she explained that the course lost meetings on 12 March and 7 April and, although they pay staff if the fixture is abandoned on the day, there is no such provision if the decision is taken earlier.

"That has a better impact for the racecourse but it's tougher on the people who work with us, so our caterers, the lady who does the trophies, the physiotherapist absolutely everybody," Barnet added.


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