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  • in reply to: NH HQ – My Arse! #102183
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    Part of my job involves dealing with racecourses and organising complimentary badges. Some racecourses are certainly more competent than others.

    I have come to the conclusion that the best way to deal with racecourses is by fax. Even if you have verbally agreed something, confirm it in writing – which to be fair you did by sending an email.

    The advantage to sending a fax, though, is that most fax machines have a function which allows you to print out a record of transmissions sent and whether they were successful (on my machine it is called a ‘journal’). If the recipient then claims they never received it, you can prove that they did in a way that you can’t do with an email. (even if you request a receipt with your email, they can refuse your request)

    I do this as a matter of course when dealing with anyone I think is going to be inefficient – utility companies, the council and, yes, racecourses. You are not the first to notice that Cheltenham seem to be getting increasingly off-hand. I wonder if a touch of the arrogance that Ascot’s officials are famous for is creeping in as their position at the top of their code becomes ever more fixed.

    in reply to: Trainers banned from Exchanges #102092
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    Redman, I hope you realise that what you are proposing is going to be absolutely impossible to police. If someone decides to make money from laying their own horses, they will surely use accomplices who have no official involvement in racing. The people who run the exchanges may very well be able to pick up patterns, but as long as the account holder has no connection with the owner/trainer that can be traced (i.e. family/business relationship), how the hell is anyone going to prove anything?

    Everyone knows that information leaks out of racing yards all the time. If quizzed, all the account holder has to say is that his former next-door-neighbour’s second cousin drinks in the same pub as one of the lads in the offending yard (or some such vague story) and any investigation will promptly reach a dead end.

    in reply to: Cross Country Chase #101684
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    I agree with Alan that cross-country races at Cheltenham are boring to watch.

    There seems to be no rhythm to these events at all – the horses just hack around until the final straight and then it becomes a sprint.

    I think the problem with having them in Britain is that they need to be made as safe as possible to appease the animal-loving British public. This is achieved at Cheltenham by making the course so tight that it is impossible to maintain a strong gallop. Unfortunately, this detracts from the excitement of the race – the attraction of the Pardubice is that it is a genuine test of equine and human bravery.

    Whether we like to admit it or not, the element of danger is what makes jump racing such a great spectacle. Remove that and you are left with something more akin to showjumping – interesting to those few who can fully understand and appreciate its technical demands, but lacking the thrill factor that will captivate the greater public.

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