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Cheltenham Racecourse Owner Jockey Club To Sell $22M Bond To Fans To Fund Grandstand
Published April 25, 2013
SUNNY OUTLOOK: In London, Nathalie Thomas wrote the Jockey Club said that record crowds last year at meets such as the Cheltenham Festival and the Grand National pushed turnover through the £150M ($228M) mark, "despite tough competition from other sporting events, including the Olympics." Turnover grew 8% to a record £150.3M ($229.4M) while operating profit also edged up 3% to £19.8M ($30.2M). The group "does not release pre-tax figures." Jockey Club CEO Simon Bazalgette said that "he was confident of further growth this year as the major events continue to draw in large crowds" (TELEGRAPH, 4/24). Also in London, James Moore wrote the club's results "were turned in despite hosting 29 fewer fixtures, largely because of adverse weather." This resulted in 26 meetings being canceled and "lower crowds at some of those which did go ahead." The organization also pumped £16.5M ($25.19M) "into prize money" (INDEPENDENT, 4/24).