The home of intelligent horse racing discussion
The home of intelligent horse racing discussion

Too much racing

Home Forums Horse Racing Too much racing

Viewing 17 posts - 1 through 17 (of 18 total)
  • Author
    Posts
  • #1598023
    Cork All Star
    Participant
    • Total Posts 3262

    Nine meetings today: 7 in Britain and 2 in Ireland.

    Is this really necessary? I think one of the afternoon meetings could easily be dropped. Would anyone miss Chelmsford City’s card?

    #1598025
    Gladiateur
    Participant
    • Total Posts 2268

    Is it necessary? Of course not. But it’s the inevitable conclusion of the decentralisation of race planning.

    #1598045
    IanDavies
    Participant
    • Total Posts 3988

    Depends what sort of crowd they have had at Chelmsford City.

    If these cards can attract good crowds and can turn a profit for the track, then maybe limiting the number of meetings the off-course industry and broadcasters cover live is the way forward?

    Did we all really need to see Chelmsford off course?

    That’s the real question IMO.

    Sir Cherryade of Hampshire
    ("Chezza" to the proletariat)
    Twitter: https://mobile.twitter.com/Ian_Davies_
    https://www.facebook.com/ThePointtoPointNHandFlatracingpunter/

    #1598050
    Cork All Star
    Participant
    • Total Posts 3262

    Chelmsford usually has quite sparse crowds. There was racing there on one of the recent Bank Holidays and the RTV presenter remarked how it was good to see a crowd at the track.

    I think it was Drone who once provided an interesting link which showed attendances at every meeting going back years. Unfortunately I cannot find it (and I do not know how often the site is updated) but I would be very surprised if there was a large crowd there today.

    #1598057
    Richard88
    Participant
    • Total Posts 874

    ‘then maybe limiting the number of meetings the off-course industry and broadcasters cover live is the way forward?’

    Quite probably, hence why it’ll almost certainly never happen.

    Never understood why there’s so many meetings. The addicts have got dogs, virtual, overseas etc to punt on. Nobody would miss a few meetings worth of egg and spoon races at Lingfield and Chelmsford being binned every week.

    #1598059
    Drone
    Participant
    • Total Posts 5616

    Here it is:

    https://www.hblb.org.uk/attendance

    The ‘Year and Month’ report indicates that most of April’s data is in, but none as yet for May

    #1598066
    Ex RubyLight
    Participant
    • Total Posts 2434

    Almost 10,000 visitors at Newmarket for the 3-day Craven meeting. Not really much for the HQ of Racing. Only 8,500 at Sandown on the final day of the NH season. But hey, we need a 5-day Festival….

    #1598074
    Nenni
    Participant
    • Total Posts 450

    Big crowd at Bangor today.

    #1598083
    FinalFurlong91
    Participant
    • Total Posts 4317

    The festival would sell out 7 days ruby

    The no socks, cocaine and crap lager brigade would see to that

    #1598091
    Ex RubyLight
    Participant
    • Total Posts 2434

    The no socks, cocaine and crap lager brigade would see to that

    Really like that FF and I think you’re dead right…

    #1598093
    IanDavies
    Participant
    • Total Posts 3988

    It’s true – going racing is slowly becoming the sole province of the hard of thinking.

    The actual racegoer is becoming an endangered species.

    Sir Cherryade of Hampshire
    ("Chezza" to the proletariat)
    Twitter: https://mobile.twitter.com/Ian_Davies_
    https://www.facebook.com/ThePointtoPointNHandFlatracingpunter/

    #1598113
    St Gatien
    Participant
    • Total Posts 49

    Nice to hear Bangor attracted a
    good crowd. A lovely venue.

    Julian Wilson, in commentary mentioned the field passing the
    grandstand. Quickly correcting
    himself, pointing out there isn’t a grandstand.

    #1598129
    Richard88
    Participant
    • Total Posts 874

    I’m a fan of racing, crap lager and occasionally recreational drugs (although never more than two at the same time) but I wouldn’t be seen dead in public with no socks.

    #1598138
    Gladiateur
    Participant
    • Total Posts 2268

    Not wearing socks is actually acceptable if wearing loafers and during the summer months only.

    Lager is only acceptable if there is no other option.

    Cocaine is obviously a complete no-no.

    #1598143
    IanDavies
    Participant
    • Total Posts 3988

    I don’t actually mind what people wear – it’s how they behave around me that counts.

    I was in Waitrose last night and there was a bloke in full Peaky Blinders get up blocking my path as I was trying to walk up the travelator (I am forever a man in a hurry).

    But the instant he saw me he tried to move himself and his shopping out of the way and apologised.

    “Don’t worry about it” – I said.

    If they behave like considerate, courteous, civilised human beings they can wear what they like in my book.

    But of course alcohol and drugs tend to bring out the worst in many people.

    Sir Cherryade of Hampshire
    ("Chezza" to the proletariat)
    Twitter: https://mobile.twitter.com/Ian_Davies_
    https://www.facebook.com/ThePointtoPointNHandFlatracingpunter/

    #1598503
    Blackcountry Kid
    Participant
    • Total Posts 374

    The very obvious answer to the question set is yes no matter how one wraps it up there’s too many courses.
    This simple fact has been pointed out from my soapbox on a number of occasions,I believe prominent professionals be they punters or journalists have voiced opinions about the volume of racing but self interested groups would prefer to bury their heads in the sand and quite simply blame the level of prize money for it’s woes.
    How do you actually decide which courses should be closed however would be a difficult and complex problem to solve which again would involve self interest among the courses and organisations that benefit at present,to say nothing of the howls of protests likely from the bookmaking fraternity.
    Just selecting the people to decide will cause friction never mind agreeing on the criteria to judge the issue!
    good luck to all

    #1598511
    mickeyjp
    Participant
    • Total Posts 1049

    Too much racing and small fields. Also the affordability checks mean a perfect storm for racing to be hit with. Its so obvious fixtures need to be culled but who will have the balls to do it.

Viewing 17 posts - 1 through 17 (of 18 total)
  • You must be logged in to reply to this topic.