The Racing Australia Fact Book for the 2015/16 season revealed that a total of 35,646 horses competed in 19,393 races for $568.8 million prize money.
Key information contained in the Fact Book includes:-
•Total wagering on thoroughbred racing for 2015/16 was $15,718.33 million, made up of $9,805.83 million wagered across TAB betting and $5,912.50 million through bookmakers.
•A total of 2,651 race meetings were conducted across 367 tracks by 375 race clubs.
•873 jockeys are registered to ride in races across the country.
•Australia has 3,458 licensed trainers across the country.
•471 bookmakers operate on course in Australia.
•A total of $568,865,514 was paid in prize money across Australia, an increase of 8.16 percent on the previous year, with an added $32,473,127 made available through incentive scheme payouts.
•Australia’s richest race is the Melbourne Cup, with $6 million in prize money, one of eleven races with $2 million or more in stakes.
•Australia has 37 races with $1 million or more in prize money.
•Victoria leads the way with 30 Group 1 races, leading NSW with 27, Queensland with 8, South Australia with 4 and Western Australia with 3, for a total of 72 at the elite level, amounting to $75,550,000 of the overall prize money pool across the country.
•628 stallions stood for service during the season, including 28 shuttle stallions, covering 11,481 mares returned.
•A total of 6,407 live foals were born for the season, as per figures up to October 15, 2016.
•Australia has 78,895 individual people who raced a horse during 2015/16, with 5,035 syndicates including 27,351 syndicate members.
•804 weanlings, 4,241 yearlings, 238 two year olds, and 1,507 broodmares were sold at auction throughout the year.
The Factbook, first published in 1999, has become an important resource and reference manual for the Australian thoroughbred racing industry, covering racing, breeding, ownership, sales, industry trends and wagering.