Mikie

77 racedays

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In my father’s fathers time there was 1 Raceday in the District. Everyone went to the day, it was an occasion not to be missed

Then the number of days was increased to 2. Everyone was joyous, twice the occasion
 

Then the number of days increased to 4. More joy, 4 reasons to get dressed up and enjoy a day at the races

Fast forward, 77 racedays at Addington. How many will go on the 77th day? The 76th? The 75th?

Racing, apart from the Group days, will become a made for TV walk to wall product. Perhaps there’s nothing wrong with that? But increasing participation as a result of attendance won’t be happening will it?

Mikie

 

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Sad to see grass track racing finished in the North Island. Those were the family days that brought racing to communities and built good will amongst the general public. Cambridge at least has grass and used to make a reasonable effort for Christmas Eve - but now has lost that date (23rd just doesn't muster as most people still at work). So harness racing will be just focused on the off course punter and those that are against racing will have more fertile ground to sow 

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post above submitted before finished - meant Cambridge had grass to picnic on. Last sentence was around that without seeing racing up close, numbers will increase of naysayers who think we are cruel to our horses and entice people to be problem gamblers

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There's no doubting that grass track meetings are popular for family days out, but unfortunately they don't put a hell of a lot through the tote. The extra costs to the TAB, of running these meetings and the costs to owners of transporting their horses to these meetings, make them no longer viable

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Stables.No one is twisting your arm to make you go to these meetings.Stick to the ones in your district.The extra costs to the TAB would be minimal or are you suggesting that betting will be higher at a low grade Thursday meeting at Addington than if that meeting was at say Forbury.

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1 hour ago, micktap said:

Stables.No one is twisting your arm to make you go to these meetings.Stick to the ones in your district.The extra costs to the TAB would be minimal or are you suggesting that betting will be higher at a low grade Thursday meeting at Addington than if that meeting was at say Forbury.

He just wants to bury the legacy of harness racing at grassroots level.

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77 days for Addington, for 85% of them there will be 200 on course, just the involved

Addington have to have a strong marketing plan or it will be same old, same old. 

Don't wanna be negative but one hell of a job for Addington to be succesful here with a public that has become anti racing, or certainly not pro racing

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On 5/27/2020 at 7:40 AM, TurnyTom said:

Don't wanna be negative but one hell of a job for Addington to be succesful here with a public that has become anti racing, or certainly not pro racing

Your not being negative, just stating the obvious which is why the RITA knife has had to come out so seriously. Years of non performance at HRNZ and NZRB  living beyond their means has left those currently  at the top with no easy options.. Racing ,especially harness has been in decline for decades as witnessed by its lack of activity  and popularity in many provinces. Compare that to TB's which are popular in all regions and even they are struggling.

 

Greg

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39 minutes ago, JJ Flash said:

Your not being negative, just stating the obvious which is why the RITA knife has had to come out so seriously. Years of non performance at HRNZ and NZRB  living beyond their means has left those currently  at the top with no easy options.. Racing ,especially harness has been in decline for decades as witnessed by its lack of activity  and popularity in many provinces. Compare that to TB's which are popular in all regions and even they are struggling.

 

Greg

Harness in decline? look at size of fields wait till the gallops get going a lot of galloping tracks wont survive without the trot clubs,even forbury had bigger fields than most of the gallops,the reason they slipped was purely poor days and poor fields but numbers mostly were still ok.

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