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Quick Poll – Do you enjoy racing as much now as 10 years ago

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  • #19744
    yeatsyeats
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    Is horse racing more or less enjoyable than it used to be?

    #372571
    Coggy
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    Sadly, the answer from me is a no. Perhaps its my age !

    #372583
    Eclipse First
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    10 years ago I was working in a betting shop, it was good place to work if you liked to watch horseracing. Mind on Mondays, Diagnosis Murder was considerably more interesting than the racing.

    Now a betting shop offers little to lovers of horseracing either side of the counter. Diagnosis Murder would be better than the racing most days.

    #372595
    EmmyKEmmyK
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    yep cause it wasn’t that interesting when i was 9/10!

    #372660
    taxited17
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    still enjoyable but we could with a few more characters in the sport

    #372661
    AndyRACAndyRAC
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    Personally, this weekend sums up why I don’t like it as much as I did.

    When I was first getting interested, this weekend was Arc weekend, the Cambridgeshire & the Free Handicap at Chepstow. Next weekend was York, and the Ascot Cornwallis/Bovis stakes.
    Last weekend was the Ascot Festival of Racing…….

    Sorry for the rant, but I always looked forward to this weekend.

    #372669
    GingertipsterGingertipster
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    To be honest I can’t remember if it was 10 or 20 years ago I’m comparing today with… :?

    But there is far too much poor quality racing these days. :(

    Haven’t looked at ratings so don’t know for sure, but seems to me horses are winning races now who wouldn’t have been capable of doing so in the past. Progress some might argue, not for me. :(

    I used to know the names of the top class handicaps, not so now. :(

    Seems as though course entrance fees are going up and average quality of racing going down. :(

    So much of the good stuff is featured on a Saturday, can’t study for all of it so the big flat handicaps go by without my financial interest nowadays. :(

    I know a lot more about the game now, so am able to form opinions /criticise aspects I had no knowledge of before. Had I been around racing in the 60’s and 70’s may be I wouldn’t have found the 80’s and 90’s so exhilerating. ie It’s probably the same for any era. ie "When I were a lad things were so much betta". :(

    Am able to enjoy the racing that I have no financial investment a lot more. :)

    There’s just as much quality racing around, it’s just in amongst a lot of dross. :)

    Over all, ignore the racing politics etc and concentrate on the "racing" itself and I enjoy "racing" just as much today as I ever have. :D

    Besides, it’s good to have a grumble now and again and again and again…. :wink:

    value is everything
    #372673
    Scamperdale
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    I enjoy racing more now than I did ten years ago, although I’ve only really been interested in racing in the last four-ish, I’ve had a passing interest for many years.

    As I’ve mentioned in the past, as a former student of non league football, I quite enjoy the racing other people describe as ‘dross’

    Perhaps a better answer would be supplied by ‘Get In!’ last night. They showed a replay of the 2008 Arc in which the 150/1 shot I backed e/w named It’s Gino dead heated for third. I enjoyed seeing the replay just as much as I did at the time!

    #372685
    Anonymous
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    Not sure the sample size of this poll is statistically sound,

    Yeats

    !

    #372694
    yeatsyeats
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    I can only ask the question Pinza,
    I can only ask the question.

    Not a bad response for only 36 hours though. Don’t think it makes good reading so far for the BHA & RFC with over 50% of respondents, many of whom have been following the sport for some time not having an increasing enjoyable experience with horse racing :evil:

    #372702
    robnorthrobnorth
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    Yeats

    Or alternatively, only 37% find the sport less enjoyable than 10 years ago. Maybe the cup is more than half full …

    Or perhaps you could give the polling station the chance to take votes over the whole polling time instead of the first two hours of opening.

    If you have an opinion then state it, if you want to know others’ opinions then let them give theirs.

    Rob

    #372705
    yeatsyeats
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    Yeats

    Or perhaps you could give the polling station the chance to take votes over the whole polling time instead of the first two hours of opening.

    If you have an opinion then state it, if you want to know others’ opinions then let them give theirs.

    Rob

    I was answering Pinza’s point to me in his post otherwise I wouldn’t have posted at all.

    #372706
    robnorthrobnorth
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    Fair enough and point taken.

    Rob

    #372710
    Anonymous
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    And I was actually having a little joke relating to the

    "poll survey"

    debate on the

    Whip Rules

    thread! I think the question posed here is good,

    Yeats

    , and producing interesting results.

    #372755
    St Nicholas AbbeySt Nicholas Abbey
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    I first developed an interest in racing off the back of Galileo’s Derby, which of course was 10 years ago now… I still love racing, but it captured my interest more ardently than it does now.

    But ten years ago I was still at school and somehow seemed to have lots more spare time to follow the season and devour multiple books on the history of racing. I seemed to know nearly all the horses in training in those days… nowadays I don’t have the time to follow as closely. :cry:

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