Leopardstown Attendance Rises Over Christmas

The Leopardstown Christmas festival saw an increase in attendance from 56,322 in 2018 to 57,035 in 2019.

Each of the first three days of action from St Stephens Day through to the Saturday saw a rise in the number attending.

There was however a substantial fall in the amount of money being bet, particularly on the Tote with turnover halving on the final day from €226,540 to €113,555.

In total, the amount bet through the Tote over the four days was €1,147,741, down from €1,606,297 12 months ago.

The amount bet through the bookmakers stood up stronger in comparison with a 2019 total of €3,138,591 versus €3,250,376.

Racheal Blackmore continued her rise to the top rank of jockeys coming within one winner of being named as the top jockey at the festival.

“We’ve had a wonderful Christmas Festival with top quality racing on all four days,” said Sponsorship and Marketing Manager Vicki Donlon.

“It was also great to see our new family facilities in full use today with plenty of families here enjoying the races together. We’re now looking forward to welcoming all back for Dublin Racing Festival on the 1st and 2nd of February.”

Matheson, Savills, Paddy power and the racing post were the feature sponsors across the four days.

Leopardstown’s incoming new CEO Tim Husbands attended in a private capacity over the course of the Christmas racing and will be taking up his new position this month.

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Image Credit: Morgan Treacy, Inpho.ie

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