Race Round bet­ting good sign for club

Kalgoorlie Miner - - NEWS - Josh Chiat

The Kal­go­or­lie racing sea­son drew al­most $105 mil­lion from pun­ters across the coun­try in 2018.

There was a 20 per cent rise in bet­ting on the re­vamped Boul­der Cup giv­ing the Kal­go­or­lie-Boul­der Racing Club’s re­vised Race Round sched­ule a big tick.

While on-course bet­ting has been slid­ing in re­cent years across the State, in­ter­est from cor­po­rate and on­line book­mak­ers is on the up, with spend­ing climb­ing from about $100 mil­lion in 2017 to $104.3 mil­lion.

Race Round bet­ting rose from $19.7 mil­lion in 2017 to $20.1 mil­lion in 2018 af­ter its shift from a seven day event to a two-week car­ni­val.

The im­prove­ment in Boul­der Cup bet­ting was the head­line re­sult for the KBRC but was off­set by a 12 per cent drop in na­tional spend­ing on the Kal­go­or­lie Cup, which clashed with a metropoli­tan meet­ing at Bel­mont.

Racing and Wager­ing WA com­mer­cial racing and plan­ning man­ager David Hunter said Kal­go­or­lie-Boul­der was im­pacted by small field sizes and its growth in 2018 was weaker than other re­gional clubs closer to Perth. But he said wager­ing was strong and placed the KBRC be­hind Bun­bury, Pin­jarra and Northam among WA’s big­gest pro­vin­cial draw­cards.

“The in­crease has been higher at other venues but that’s been driven largely by the field size is­sue we’ve seen in Kal­go­or­lie this year,” he said. “I was re­ally pleased with Race Round and Boul­der Cup was up 20 per cent on last year, so that was a re­ally pos­i­tive move to bring for­ward the Boul­der Cup.”

New KBRC chair­man John Relph said the club would con­tinue to push RWWA for a stand­alone Kal­go­or­lie Cup but planned to run their show­case event on a Satur­day re­gard­less of po­ten­tial clashes with Perth.

Mr Relph said the most im­por­tant fac­tor for the club’s fi­nan­cial suc­cess was draw­ing crowds to spend money at the venue.

“I think Satur­day works bet­ter, even though the bet­ting turnover was down 12 per cent there was still a lot of peo­ple bet­ting that day (on course) who would have been bet­ting on Kal and on Perth and then Northam the day af­ter,” he said.

“If we’ve got 7000-8000 peo­ple on course our turnover is go­ing to be up. It is bums on seats and the way we can make money these days is through the gate, through our pack­ages and through the bars, that’s di­rect money com­ing straight to us.”

Mr Relph said the club would dis­con­tinue the float sub­sidy it set up this year to en­tice out-of-town train­ers to bring their horses to the Gold­fields.

But he said the KBRC was work­ing hard to get more horses from metropoli­tan, re­gional and lo­cal train­ers sta­bled in Kal­go­or­lieBoul­der to boost field sizes in 2019.

Pic­ture: Tori O'Con­nor

Owner of Mea­sure­ment Control En­gi­neer­ing Jeff Martin and owner of Rik­lan Emer­gency Man­age­ment Ser­vices Mick Nol­las.

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