As an owner/breeder my ambition in life is to own/ breed a runner at Cheltenham, Aintree or even Ascot. Where does ambition over rule common sense, I have a filly that could possibly run in a listed race, a colt that defies the odds each time he runs, and a five year old that I hope one day will win me a little race. But to run a horse clearly out of it’s class just to say I’ve got a runner is in my view at best foolish and at worst cruel. I’d be interested in views of all racing fans.
Welcome to the forum Linda. It would be best to post this in the horse racing section as you’d get a better response.<br>My own view is that owners should not run a horse in a high profile race just to say they have a runner in it when the horse has got absolutely no chance of winning ( last year’s champion hurdle being a good example ). It probably is cruel. Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Of course shocks do occur so if there is a chance that a horse has the potential to run well then the horse should run.
I’m not sure it’s cruel as few horses do themselves actual physical harm running in a grade they are clearly not goo d enough for. I mean, many horses are forced to run in maidens on the flat and novice hurdles/chases over jumps that they have no chance in just to get them a handicap mark.
I just don’t understand the mentality of an owner that gets pleasure out of seeing their colours traipsing round the back of a field he’s thoroughly outclassed him. I’d much rather run my horse in a race he would have a chance in. I mean this game is expensive enough without throwing money away on entry fees that the horse just cannot justify.