May 9, 2018 at 23:05 #1353545Richard88Participant
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Interesting read Paul, thank you.May 12, 2018 at 20:20 #1353781CavParticipant
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More violence at Ascot today by the looks of it…May 13, 2018 at 13:31 #1353822RustyRailsParticipant
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Yes and it`s showing all over Social media, this is just wrong in every way, the violence I mean, someone needs to get a gripMay 13, 2018 at 14:35 #1353826steveh31Participant
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The media clearly have decided to have a horse racing punch up period where every incident will be reported until they get bored.May 13, 2018 at 21:11 #1353877strawbearParticipant
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The future of British racecourses.
There’s more drunken behaviour at horse racing than football games.
Some on here would say there’s no issue.May 13, 2018 at 21:16 #1353878Nathan HughesParticipant
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Probably not a good combination booze with gambling
Can you imagine those buffoons on the FOBT’s after a few jars of Malibu and cherryaidMember since March 2008May 14, 2018 at 12:49 #1353902gmanParticipant
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All about perspectives for me. Fighting at racecourses is nothing new. Epsom for example used to be the organised venue for bare knuckle gypsy fights. He problem these days is social media shines a huge light on a problem. 99% of people would have left ascot on Saturday knowing nothing of the trouble. You have a crowd of tens of thousands and invariably you will have a small minority causing trouble. I have bern racing 50+ times and witnessed maybe 3 minor skirmishes. This isn’t not an epidemicMay 14, 2018 at 13:49 #1353904SteeplechasingParticipant
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“This is not an epidemic”
Problem gambling is not an epidemic either, with under 2% of gamblers in England identifying as such. That didn’t stop one determined man with a decent budget homing in on one product.
Any similarly determined individual or group with an anti racing bias could spin this out of control throughout the summer.
Never argue with a fool. He will drag you down to his level and beat you with experience, then onlookers might not be able to tell the difference. https://lazybet.com/May 14, 2018 at 19:30 #1353922DroneParticipant
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The football season has finished and the yobs who follow that migrate to the racecourses for the close season: summer saturdays on-course have long been no place for the civilisedMay 15, 2018 at 08:31 #1353935MatronParticipant
May 15, 2018 at 09:55 #1353937Marginal ValueParticipant
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For one person, three times in roughly fifty events is 6%. So at a decent weekend or high-profile weekday meeting with a crowd of 10,000, then roughly 600 people will experience some kind of unpleasantness associated with violent conduct. A few decades ago, I had the pleasant task of driving my racing-mad but carless granddad to race meetings from Pontefract to Goodwood and Taunton to Newmarket. We had a great time for several years, and I recall zero times at hundreds of meetings where anything of a violent nature was witnessed. Perhaps the people in the Silver Ring and Public Enclosures were then a better class of person than nowadays. The BHA pay lip service to wanting to increase the number of people who go racing, but the evidence suggests that their hearts are not really in it. They are keeping very quiet about any positive initiatives, and seem to be uttlerly unprepared to tackle the negative issues; everything seems to catch them by suprise.
On the problem gamblers: The Gambling Commision collects data every year about everything in their remit. Their 2017 report says that there are two million people in the UK who are addicted to, or at risk of being addicted to, gambling. They state that the 2017 figure is 33% higher than the 2014 figure. My thoughts are that the actual number and the rate of increase are very significant, and indicate that there is a severe problem. As to the effects of gambling addiction, it might be worth looking at the website of aquarius.org.uk, a Birmingham University research project started forty years ago, and read about the effects and consequences of gambling addiction.
Once we have looked at the data, I guess we all have to make up our own minds about where racecourse violence and problem gamblers are on the scale of trivial to serious.May 15, 2018 at 12:28 #1353948Marginal ValueParticipant
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Would the BHA ever accept Barry Hearn’s advice: this can seriously affect the public’s view of your product, so get involved, take control and take action?
Or will the BHA’s softer approach of communicating with one racecourse, and reviewing licensing procedures later in the year, have any effect at all. Their statement lacks any commitment to leadership or action in dealing with a problem, perhaps because they do not see it as a problem, but as I said earlier, they always seem surprised and on the back foot when something bad happens. It is their job to take the future of the sport seriously. This response is so weak that I assume they want to kick it into the long grass and hope it goes away.
The action verbs and phrases in their statement might have been written by an administrative assistant told by the senior staff to put out a “holding” statement while they go and have another drink. “We will be writing…” “… ask for assessment…” “… we will be carrying out a review…” “… it is our intention to ensure…”May 15, 2018 at 17:42 #1353954paulostermeyerParticipant
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I know a large amount of profit at racecourses comes from the sale of alcohol but I have to confess I really am at a loss as to why anyone needs alcohol when they go racing.
Is the product on offer so poor it cannot be savoured or enjoyed without those attending having to consume alcohol – if the answer is yes then racing has a fundamental problem.
Are individuals lives so shallow they cannot enjoy an afternoon out or relax without having to consume a recreational drug?
They may sound naive questions but I really do struggle to understand the attraction of alcohol and peoples dependency on it.May 15, 2018 at 23:30 #1353963CRWParticipant
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Racing clearly has a problem. We all know these aren’t ‘racing people’ causing trouble, but the moment they enter a racecourse, they unfortunately become our problem.
In the past few weeks, I’ve heard a lot being said about perspective. With how you might only get mass brawls at 10-15 meetings from several hundred each year, which, on the face of it, does not seem like much.
But, you will find that these are always big race days. Be it a Saturday or a mid-week festival day. A meeting that will capture the interest of non-racing folk who may fancy attending for the day out. Therefore, it’s vital that racing makes a good impression when appealing to the masses on big race days for the future of our sport.
Otherwise, once-a-year race goers will stay away and go to the local zoo or ten pin bowling instead.
I attended the Guineas meeting last year as well as Glorious Goodwood. They were my first flat meetings for probably 10yrs (I attend more NH fixtures) and I saw a very noticeable change in the clientele and I get why folk are comparing them to football type fans/ yobs, because that’s what they act like. I was with my Girlfriend and even though we both like a drink ourselves, I kept my wits about me and reduced my intake as I felt it could kick off at any given time. It wasn’t a pleasurable experience until we spent the rest of the day at the parade ring. There was a bar nearby and we could watch racing on the big screen so there was no need to move. Although, it’s tragic that we took the decision to isolate ourselves and not experience the whole course which is why you go racing to begin with. You
It’s easy to see the appeal as to why the racing product has found its way to the younger generation who have no real interest in the sport itself. Groups of young lads and girls have an excuse to dress up for the day, consume as much alcohol as they want without any real fear of being chucked out (in the same way they might in a bar), have the odd bet where they could win money and bragging rights, chat/ flirt with the opposite sex and if you’re lucks out, no big deal, move onto the next one. If they feel they need an energy boost half way through the day? No problem, a cubical trip will soon sort that without any fear of you being thrown out once more. And when the day is done and you feel like a good ole scrap, there’s no real security to do anything about it.
This problem will only get worse unless courses seek help from professional security firms. That is going to be costly, so they have a decision to make on whether to protect racing’s image or turn a blind eye and welcome/ line their pockets from these ‘new’ race-goers with open arms.
It’s a very worrying time for the sport. This current clientele will not suddenly decide to not have their binge day out in the sun. Why, when everything’s so perfect the way it is right now.
This all boils down to security. Racecourses have a duty to protect the paying punters and the image of the sport. Let’s see which courses take this seriouslyMay 16, 2018 at 00:36 #1353966greenasgrassParticipant
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I imagine Barry Hearn knows a thing or two about event security. Racing needs to learn from other sports here.
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