It looks like some people are attending sporting events with other agendas, as 45% of people surveyed admitted to meeting a love interest at a sporting event.


Within this group, Horse Racing proved the most likely sporting venue accounting for 35.6% of the people compared with only 10% in GAA and rugby.



Indeed, 72.5% believe that racing is the most likely sporting event to meet your match so if you are looking for love, go racing for romance!

A whopping 84.4% percent of the sample had been racing within the past twelve months, with the majority of attendees being aged between 25 and 34 (37.4%) showing the popularity of the sport within the younger audience.

‘The Horses’ emerged as the most popular reason as to why people go racing (68.1%) with ‘Socialising’ the second highest (53.1%), not surprising as so many find it a good place to meet a loved one!

Horse Racing Ireland PR Manager, Tamso Doyle commented on the results of the survey: “We decided to have a light-hearted look at horse racing in Ireland and have produced some very interesting results such as whom people most associate with racing. It seems Ruby [Walsh] is well ahead of that field in that regard! The results also illustrated how an increasing amount of young people are turning to racing and see it as a vibrant activity and a great place to socialise”.

  • The online survey was sent out to over 3,000 people via email databases and facebook
  • 413 people took part in the survey
  • The gender breakdown was 60% male (247) and 40% female (165)

Allison is the Publisher of Eclipse Magazine. She loves going to the Races and is learning to bet (despite being officially the worst bettor in the History of the Universe), there's a lot more to learn...

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