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  • #1597898
    Purwell
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    Pub landlords don’t encourage outings anymore, they lose a lot of their customers for a day and have to pay someone to look after the pub if they go themselves.

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    #1597942
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    My local pub used to organise a minibus to Cartmel. I would usually expect to have seen it advertised by now for the meeting at the end of May but I have not seen anything. Maybe it is an expense it has had to cut back on after it recovers from so many months with zero income.

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    clivexx
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    I would have thought weatherspoons trips were in a dustcart

    #1597974
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    It is not a Wetherspoons, Clive. 🙂

    #1597996
    yeats
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    Like Drone thought 25 quid was reasonable enough this week at York but still early days in the cost of living crisis.
    Will things pick up by the time of the Ebor meeting when it’s 40 quid every day in Tatts, also 40 quid for the pleasure of seeing Madness & The Sugababes on other days.

    Would not entertain any track like Chester that rips off customers with Chesterbet.

    #1597998
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    Pleased to say I was wrong about my local. Just seen a large coach outside it. When I asked someone who was about to board it where they were going, she replied “Bangor On Dee races.”

    The coach looked full. Hope they avoid Chesterbet, also used at Bangor.

    #1598052
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    Betting ring rumour that Lingfield are going behind closed doors for all midweek afternoon meetings.

    Not enough racegoer revenue to cover staff costs.

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    #1598055
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    I wonder if it is a legacy from lockdown? All tracks were still getting the money from picture rights but saved on staff costs. Now they are open again, some of the smaller tracks are probably making less money.

    It was really only the likes of Chester, York, Goodwood etc which missed the crowds. The likes of Lingfield on a wet Wednesday in November were probably glad there was no crowd there.

    #1598089
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    ARC’s pricing policy for an individual day at the races is a positive deterrent to one-off racegoers.

    With their “fulfilment fee,” it can be over £30 to attend a bog standard ARC track meeting, whereas it was just a tenner at Epsom on Blue Riband Trial Day and only £20 at Sandown to see a load of Group races and Classic trials.

    ARC just want to plug their annual badges, which right now are good value if you want to go all the time, but might not look so clever if a load of meetings go behind closed doors and go off limits even to badge holders.

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    #1598130
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    What is that “fulfilment fee” about? The £20 I paid at Worcester was £17 with a £3 fulfilment fee added at the end of the booking. Why not just charge all the money up front.

    Likewise, Wolverhampton is £14.50 (£11.50 plus £3). When I went last summer it was a £10 flat charge.

    #1598132
    Purwell
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    Maybe the writing is on the wall with that Lingfield idea?
    Horse racing will go the same way as greyhound racing.

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    #1598142
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    “What is that “fulfilment fee” about?”

    All about charging £3 more without being upfront about it IMO.

    Sir Cherryade of Hampshire
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    #1598240
    chestnut
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    “Maybe the writing is on the wall with that Lingfield idea?
    Horse racing will go the same way as greyhound racing.”

    Let’s hope so Purwell. It is free to get in at my local dog track for afternoon and morning meetings.

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