‘Horse related distractions’ stretch to six hours in Cheltenham week

‘Horse related distractions’ stretch to six hours in Cheltenham week

Friday, March 9, 2018 Posted by Luke Massey
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The research gathered insight into the UK attitude towards horse racing

Research led by a racing news website has found that Britons will lose up to six hours of work during the Cheltenham Festival due to horse-related distractions.

The research, commissioned by www.CheltenhamFestival.net in a bid to gather insight into attitudes towards horse racing in this country, has defined these ‘horse-related distractions’ as watching the races, placing bets or speaking to colleagues about how the Festival is going.

For the purposes of the study, 2,034 UK-based adults aged 18 or over were quizzed, all of whom stated that they have a full-time job and frequently place bets on horse racing.

The time spent watching the races or gambling came out as five hours, while discussions about them with work colleagues took the average time elapsed to an average of six hours.

All respondents were asked if they did most of their betting whilst they were at work, to which almost three quarters (74%) confessed that ‘yes’ they do. More than three fifths (61%) said they were not allowed to watch the races at work, with 92% of these saying they did so anyway.

Meanwhile, a surprise poll finding found that those attending the races at Cheltenham will only spend 22 minutes watching the races across the day, because they’re either too busy drinking or simply struggling to obtain a good view of the course.

Varun Mathure, spokesperson for www.CheltenhamFestival.net, told TotallyGaming.com: “Watching the races is really exciting, especially with a group of people who are also captivated by it or have money riding on it.

"These people might be your friends, or they could be your colleagues and if they are the latter, then of course you may be tempted to watch the races or gamble during work hours. I definitely don’t recommend doing things this way though, might be worth saving the betting until after office hours!”

Totally Gaming says: As a sporting spectacle, the Cheltenham Festival is one that grips the nation, particularly those with a keen interest in horse racing and/or betting. Companies will be keeping an eye on the productivity of the workplace as the week progresses.

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