MORE COBALT GRIEF FOR RACING IN OZ
If the cobalt positive returned by Felix Bay trained by Kevin Moses wasn’t enough, the laying of new charges in the Sam Kavanagh cobalt case involving multiple horses has created its own piece of unfortunate history for Australian racing.
“I am really unsure about ‘Horse Racing’ as a sport. Mostly because I know very little about it. I have obviously seen all the big events and know how big they are. Here in America after the Triple Crown winner, there is big interest, but it is sporadic and linked to just a few events.
Also because the gambling side is so important, the balance between the passions for horses and the event itself is something I can’t wrap my head around.
The challenge is how to bring in a wider audience to horse racing and not just the existing crowd. That won’t be the gambling, or even the racing itself. Not sure what it is, but we can all explore it further.”
Simon Fuller, X1X Entertainment: Manages the Beckhams, Andy Murray, Lewis Hamilton, Adam Lambert, Carrie Underwood and Annie Lennox. Creator of “American Idol”.
Hypocrisy and phoniness are, of course, rampant in every aspect of life, though it has to be said that the world of horse racing does a very good job of sticking its neck out and often winning the photo finish in these Stakes.
In the very rich goldfish bowl that is Hong Kong, and with all roads paved in gold, hypocrisy is part of every industry with real friendships an endangered species. Add to this, envy, suspicion, and in horse racing circles, a laughable sense of entitlement arises.
In relation to “new’ synthetic or all weather tracks…………..why would RNSW build anything new now when even basic maintenance of tracks has been avoided at all costs for as long as they have been in control of Racing. When trainers at metro, provincial and country tracks are all screaming that the facilities for racing and training have regressed to an embarrassing stage something is wrong. Saying so publicly gets you sanctioned by RNSW. The laughable “5 million infrastructure fund” in the strategic plan is laughable. The courses across NSW have been allocated 5 million for improvements when 5 million per course is more like what is needed after decades of neglect. In the same strategic plan 2 million is allocated for a quarantine centre for “the Championships” so it is obvious what is important to RNSW and that it is not serious about even starting to fix the major problems facing racing in NSW. Of course real integrity and transparency across the whole of the governing body is required first………………we are not racing this weekend because despite over a week of fine weather the main country track in our region which has had no maintenance since it’s last meeting has been deemed a hazard to horses and jockeys by those who ride there.
WASHOUTS HOLDING RACING TO RANSOM IN NSW
The spate of abandoned race meetings in NSW – washed out by the Big Wet which has continued since early Autumn- has again highlighted the bloody-minded and illogical mindset of Racing NSW in relation to the installation of synthetic and all-weather tracks.
Where in Victoria, their Polytrack surface at the newly established Pakenham and Pro-Ride at Geelong has resulted in a significant reduction in the number of abandoned race meetings, in NSW, owners, trainers, jockeys and the wagering revenue and returns to the industry are held to ransom with the categorical refusal by those in their Druitt Street fortress to embrace the realities facing so many aspects of racing and bite the bullet and install one or two synthetic and all weather surfaces in appropriate regions in NSW to waterproof its racing industry from losing vital race meetings.
RACING NSW BE AFRAID. VERY AFRAID!
Yes it’s a massive punch on the nose for the Laurel and Hardy duo in charge of Racing NSW – “Conflict of Interest” Messiah and his odious CEO “He Who Must Not Be Named”.
The NSW government budget announced yesterday that the additional funds from bringing the effective tax rate into parity with Victoria would not simply be handed over to the gruesome twosome to continue their obscene quest to constantly increase prizemoney and make racing in NSW even more elitist than it is now.
“He Who Must Not Be Named” has of course moaned as usual to his paid mouthpiece the Daily Telegraph, but for many of us in the racing industry in NSW who have had one on one discussions with the very impressive Racing Minister and Deputy Premier Troy Grant, this decision comes as no surprise.
IT STARTED TODAY WITH THIS RETWEET
This led to something of a resigned, “Ok, now just go away…”
Often you need to step outside that restricting box or square or lazy comfort zone to ensure that insular thinking, aided and abetted by all those lemmings and toadies buzzing around, hasn’t resulted in navel gazing. Think of it as a vacation away from yourself in order to see things from a new perspective.
In any industry, there comes a time when there’s a need to sing, “Don’t follow leaders and watch your parking meters”. Even if you’re a leader.