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3 January, 2013 - 10:58 By News Desk

Huntingdon Racecourse prize cash gallops ahead

Prize money at Huntingdon Racecourse is to increase to nearly £750,000 in 2013

Prize money at Huntingdon Racecourse is to increase to nearly £750,000 in 2013 – rising by an average of almost 40 per cent per fixture and 80 per cent overall from 2012.

The investment by The Jockey Club – the owners of the Cambridgeshire jump racing track – is part of a £5 million increase across its group of racecourses which includes Newmarket, Aintree and Cheltenham.

There will be a total prize fund of £724,950 at Huntingdon Racecourse this year for its 18 fixtures compared to under £400,000 in 2012, a figure that reflects a number of abandoned meetings before Christmas and on Boxing Day.

Sophie Able, the racecourse’s general manager who will shortly become the head of sales in the eastern region of Jockey Club Racecourses, said: “We are delighted to be putting so much extra money into prize funds in 2013. The aim is to attract even classier horses to Huntingdon Racecourse during the year which will make more of a spectacle for our visitors.

“The difference between racecourses run by The Jockey Club and others is that we plough our profits back into the sport. There is a particular focus in 2013 in creating feature midweek meetings built around a very valuable race.

“Quality horse racing is vital to the future health of our sport and that’s what Huntingdon Racecourse will be offering next year at 18 fixtures.”

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