Scottish Racing has published its annual report for 2016, outlining a comprehensive review of the state of the industry north of the border

FORGET about that final faceoff, last-gasp try or crucial birdie putt as more and more people in Scotland seem to think they are on to a winner with a day at the races.

According to the 2016 Annual Review published by Scottish Racing, only football is a more watched spectator sport north of the border which signifies that racing is galloping ahead of the likes of ice hockey, rugby and golf.

The Review confirms that horseracing plays an important role in both the Scottish community and its economy, by highlighting the following:

Scottish Racing’s Chairman, Sir Ian Good said “The fantastic success of One For Arthur in the Randox Health Grand National gave racing in Scotland an opportunity to highlight its many positive aspects.  Scottish Racing commissioned an Economic Impact Study in 2016, and the results of this have confirmed how well the sport is thriving in Scotland.” 

Scottish Racing Manager, Delly Innes, added: “With the Economic Impact Study stating that more people went racing than visited golf tournaments and rugby matches, we have every reason to feel optimistic that we are now communicating with an even wider group of people”.