jueves, 1 de diciembre de 2011

France Galop anuncia un aumento del 5% de los premios para el 2012

En el pasado Comité de Dirección se anunciaron una serie de medidas por parte de France Galop para el próximo 2012 que incluyen un notable aumento de los premios del meeting del Arco ante la nueva competencia del Champions Day británico:

- Aumento del 5% total en los premios (12M€ más) para el 2012, fuente incremento de recaudación de PMU.
- Aumento de 865.000€ en el total de premios para el meeting del Arco 2012, fuente un incremento de 9,5M € en el contrato de sponsorización de Qatar en los próximos 10 años.
- Incremento gradual del premio del Arco hasta llegar a 5,3M€ en 2018
- Incremento del premio total del Prix Diane hasta 1M €, fuente aumento patrocinio de Longines.

Desde 2007 los premios se han incrementado en Francia en un 16% mientras que paises como el Reino Unido han descendido en un 8%


Noticia: Racing Post

France raises Arc weekend prize-money

By Scott Burton 1:02PM 1 DEC 2011

France: France Galop has responded to the threat posed to Arc weekend by British Champions Day, withthe announcement that the Longchamp meeting will carry an extra €865,000 in prize-money next year.
The move is part of a five per cent boost in prize-money across the board in 2012 that cements France's position as the best-funded of the major European racing nations.
Speaking at a meeting of the France Galop board, president Edouard de Rothschild said the Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club had agreed to increase the supporting prize-money on Arc
weekend by a total of €9.5m during the lifetime of its contract to sponsor the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, which runs until 2022.

It had already been announced that the Arc prize fund will remain at €4m for the next two years, but then it will rise incrementally to €5.3m by 2018. France Galop madeclear its determination to defend the status of Arc weekend.

"This extension of Qatar's sponsorship is intended, in particular, to face up to the risk of competition from British Champions Day at Ascot and strengthens significantly the prize-money of all Group races on Arc weekend," a statement said.

The inaugural Champions Day fixture at Ascot on October 15 this year, a fortnight after the Arc meeting and also backed by Qatar, appeared to impact on the quality of the Longchamp cards.
Ascot attracted six of the top nine active race horses in the World Thoroughbred Rankings despite lower prize-money. The five Group winners on Champions Day earned a combined total of £1.7m whereas the Arc alone was worth £1.97m to winning connections.
The Prix du Cadran, France's premier long-distance event, attracted no British interest and only one runner from Ireland. Cartier Award-winning stayer Fame And Glory contested the equivalent race at Ascot, even though it had a first prize of just under £10,000 less than the Cadran and only Group 3 status.

Other Longchamp races that appeared to suffer from the competition were the Prix de l'Opera, whose ten-runner field was missing several key names including Dancing Rain, and the Prix de la Foret, which had only eight runners.
In other sponsorship news, De Rothschild announced the commitment of Swiss watchmaker Longines would enable France-Galop to raise prize-money for the Prix de Diane from €850,000 this year to its goal of €1m in 2012.

The proposed €12m rise in total prizemoney for 2012 follows an increase in betting revenue from the Pari-Mutuel Urbain. Prize-money in France has risen by 16 per cent since 2007, but in Britain from that year to 2011 it fell by eight per cent

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