Gone to the dogs: Weak demand conditions are forcing smaller operators out of the industry

IBISWorld’s Horse and Dog Racing market research report is a comprehensive guide to market size and growth prospects. Our industry reports offer strategic industry analysis of the factors influencing companies, including new product developments, economic, lifestyle and demographic influences, distribution and supply chain factors and pricing issues. Full analysis accompanies our data forecasts to illustrate how the market responds to emerging industry trends.


Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Rising interest in alternative gambling and entertainment has reduced industry revenue
  • Several Australian trainers were involved in illegal administering of cobalt to their horses
  • Poor thoroughbred, harness and greyhound racing attendance is forecast to reduce industry revenue

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    Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

    Horse and greyhound races are fixtures of Australia's sporting culture and the annual Melbourne Cup is the highlight of the Horse and Dog Racing industry. However, industry participants have faced challenges over the past five years. Stagnant racing attendance numbers and rising interest in alternative forms of entertainment and gambling have affected industry operators over the period. Racegoers have continued to splash out at marquee events, such as the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival. However, ticket sales and revenue from other thoroughbred, harness and greyhound races have declined over the past five years...

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    Industry Report - Industry Locations Chapter

    A large proportion of industry activity occurs in Victoria and New South Wales. Victoria in particular is known for its popular racing events such as the annual Spring Racing Carnival, which culminates in the Melbourne Cup. Harold Park Racetrack, the premier track in New South Wales, is well known for its rich harness race, the Miracle Mile. These events attract large attendances, contribute to significant wagers, and generate prize money for both animal owners and trainers. In 2016, the winner of the Melbourne Cup will receive $3.6 million, while a total prize purse of $6.2 million will be distributed.

    The major racing clubs in Victoria are the Victoria Racing Club, Melbourne Racing Club and Moonee Valley Racing Club. Country racing is also prevalent in Victoria. The..

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    Additional Insights for the Horse and Dog Racing Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Horse and Dog Racing Industry are

  • Ability to attract local support/patronage
  • Having a high profile in the market
  • Having a good technical knowledge of the product
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Demand from gambling activities and Average weekly hours worked in the Horse and Dog Racing industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Horse and Dog Racing Industry?

    Companies in the industry administer horse and dog racing activities, or operate horse and dog racing venues. Firms that operate horseracing stables or dog racing kennels, own racehorses or greyhounds, or provide related training services are also included in the industry.

    Industry Products
    Racing authority operation
    Racehorse and race dog ownership
    Racetrack and race club operation
    Racehorse and race dog training
    Industry Activities
    Dog racecourse or racetrack operation
    Horse racecourse or racetrack operation
    Racing authority or board operation
    Race dog ownership
    Racehorse ownership
    Race dog training
    Racehorse training
    Racing kennel operation
    Racing stable operation

    Table of Contents

    About this Industry
    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry at a Glance
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Industry Performance
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Demand from gambling activities
  • Average weekly hours worked
  • Horseracing attendances
  • Per capita gambling expenditure

  • Current Performance
  • Revenue and profitability
  • Industry structure
  • Cobalt scandal
  • Greyhound racing inquiry
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Revenue and profitability
  • Gambling revenue
  • Consolidation
  • Table: Horse and Dog Racing Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Horse and Dog Racing Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Horse Farming
  • Horse and Sports Betting
  • Free-to-Air Television Broadcasting
  • Pay Television

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Horse Farming
  • Pet Breeding and Other Livestock Farming
  • Veterinary Services

  • Products & Services
  • Racing authority operation
  • Racehorse and race dog ownership
  • Racetrack and race club operation
  • Racehorse and race dog training
  • Chart: Horse and Dog Racing Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Betting agencies
  • Racetracks and race clubs
  • Racehorse and race dog owners
  • Other
  • Animal breeders
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Horse and Dog Racing Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Horse and Dog Racing

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Horse and Dog Racing Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    Victoria Racing Club LimitedRacing and Wagering Western AustraliaRacing Victoria LimitedRacing Queensland BoardAustralian Turf Club Limited
  • Table: Victoria Racing Club Limited - financial performance
  • Table: Racing and Wagering Western Australia - financial performance
  • Table: Racing Victoria Limited - financial performance
  • Table: Racing Queensland Board - financial performance
  • Table: Australian Turf Club Limited - financial performance

  • Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Horse and Dog Racing Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Key Statistics
    Table: Industry Data for the Horse and Dog Racing Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Jargon & Glossary
    Golden Slipper
  • The richest race for two-year-old-horses, held in New South Wales and hosted by the Sydney Turf Club.
  • Microgram
  • A unit of mass equivalent to one billionth of a kilogram or one thousandth of a milligram.
  • Totalisator
  • The computerised system that runs bets and calculates pay-off odds. Gamblers are offered totalisator sports betting on various major Australian and international sporting events.
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