Illustrating the remarkable growth in the popularity of trotting, Mr. Norman Wade, president of the Auckland Trotting Club, quoted some astonishing figures at the annual meeting of members, this afternoon. For instance:—Since 1940-41, the yearly totalisator turnover had risen from £572,943 to £3,056,912; gate receipts from £S(!70 to £41,812; members' subscriptions from £1410 to £8542; while stakes had been increased from £27,319 to £137,404; and taxation from £57,626 to £332,304.
The club had experienced the most successful year in its existence, said Mr. Wade, and it was worthy of note that the totalisator investments for the second day of the summer meeting—£ls7,soo 10/— were a record for trotting in the Dominion, thus demonstrating the strong appeal that the sport had made to the public.
The racing throughout the year had been of a high order and it was pleasing to note the improvement that had taken place in the standard of the trclier in recent years. Auckland-owned horses have won their share of the stakes, and the times recorded showed that in certain classes they were now capable of holding their own with visiting contingents.
A permit had been granted to the club to hold a patriotic meeting, the Government benefiting by £8967 19/ in taxation and the Patriotic Funds bv £6261 11/. Two matinee meetings had been held during the year in an endeavour to cater for the ever increasing number of maiden horses and contribute to the owners of the winners some stake-money and offered opportunity of promoting winners to a higher class.
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RECORD YEAR, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 174, 25 July 1945
RECORD YEAR Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 174, 25 July 1945
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