The resumption of racing at the Agen – La Garenne racecourse occurred underneath “almost normal” situations. The president of the racing firm Jean-Philippe Sémillon takes to the monitor together with his groups to revive this sector impacted by the well being disaster.
What is the race program for 2022?
There will likely be 26 conferences in Agen, together with some excellent ones in March and April, even when this 12 months is a bit gradual as a result of sure races are solely organized right here each different 12 months.
What's new for the Agen-La Garenne racecourse?
Yes ! For professionals, we've arrange a problem with a trailer price €11,500 for the winner. The goal is to make our construction ever extra engaging for professionals. For people, we arrange a free betting system. Each entry ticket will entitle you to a present voucher for a guess of €2. We are additionally going to enhance the reception situations with a renovation of the refreshment bar, the snack bar and a few out of doors services. We made this selection regardless of the context!
Regarding the context, has the Covid disaster had a terrific affect on the world of horse racing and the Agen racecourse?
We have been certainly confronted with difficulties however we maintained an appropriate attendance. Before the pandemic, we have been at round 18,000 spectators a 12 months. The projections for the 2021-2022 season lead us to hope for attendance near 80% of the normal ticket workplace.
Reasons for this good resistance?
Unlike sports activities like soccer or rugby, we had solely two months of full closure, then merely behind closed doorways. People have been lastly disadvantaged of entry to the racecourse for less than a short while. However, it is difficult to convey folks again like all over the place in the world of sport and tradition… We needed to restrict races and occasions for 2 years however we hope to renew a standard rhythm in 2022.
A degree on the bets?
Here it's extra difficult! Races behind closed doorways prevented race goers from taking their bets on the spot. The lengthy closure of PMU bars and the introduction of the well being cross have had a substantial affect on the quantity of bets taken.
Has the rise of on-line betting compensated for these difficulties?
Yes and no… It would not make up for it. On the different hand, there was nonetheless a rise in on-line betting. It is due in small half to the switch of bettors who not had entry to PMU factors but additionally to new bettors. Deprived of different sporting disciplines, they found horse betting.