A NORTH-EAST racecourse has improved its standing in a recently published league table of attendances at UK horse racing meetings throughout 2004.

The daily average of people attending the 17 meetings at Redcar, east Cleveland, last year rose to 3,725, an increase of 2.1 per cent on the 2003 figure. It places Redcar 27th in the national average attendance league table, ahead of other venues such as Ayr, Stratford, Market Rasen and Chepstow.

"The figures reflect a growing appreciation of the quality of both the racing and the facilities on offer here at Redcar," said racecourse manager Richard Pridham.

"Significant investment has been made in the facilities at Redcar, enabling us to meet more effectively the needs of individual race-goers, party organisers and the corporate hospitality sector."

Its schedule of 18 meetings this year, starting on Easter Bank Holiday Monday and finishing with an Autumn Farewell on October 14, should see the course gain further ground on its rivals.