Much has been made of the Betfair bonus but I think we all know it only involved one horse and at best there would be a small number of contenders. In my opinion it would be far better for racing if someone put up a million pound pot to be shared by any horses who could win at three of the four festivals – Cheltenham, Fairyhouse, Aintree and Punchestown. Hopefully, that sort of initiative would increase the quality, particularly at the Irish venues.
The problem is the timing of each of the festivals mentioned above.
The season already focuses too much on one main meeting. By offering the bonus to any horse who could win at three of those four would run the risk of having the better quality horses put away for most of the season only to apppear in late winter / early spring.