SPRINT FANS HELP BOOST RACECOURSE CROWD TO RECORD FIGURES
A gamble to bring in the New Year by launching Scotland's only horse racing meeting has paid off handsomely for Musselburgh Racecourse.
Attendances have risen steadily since the New Years Day race meeting was first held in 2011, and the East Lothian track last weekend broke through the 5000 mark for the first time, with crowds up 30% on last year.
The six card meeting, which carried prize money of £120,000, also features the world's oldest professional athletics race, the New Year Sprint, and 2016 saw a 147 year old record smashed with the first female sprinter claiming the coveted prize.
More than 5,400 horse racing and athletics fans were on their feet to roar home 18 year old Jedburgh sprinter Jazmine Tomlinson as she triumphed in the handicap race to win the £4000 prize and crystal trophy.
Published: 2016-01-14 12:19:58