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Offline golden age

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O.P. « 2018-Jun-04, 11:20 AM »
   "THE HARNESS WHEEL--HOW MANY SPOKES".. Posted by Golden Age.


   Harness participants and harness punters are told, on a daily basis, by industry fueled outlets such as dedicated websites either commercial or administrative, that harness racing in Australia generally, and currently Queensland in particular, is a thriving sport. Why then is the base of the pyramid eroding. Why the continuing exodus of  the "hobbyist" in the face of all this prosperity. Sadly, at this point the focus is firmly fixed on the policy of directing more and more of the available dollars to to the best horses, (a lesser part of the horse pool)to the detriment of the not so talented animals.( by far the majority). When the hobbyist begins to wonder whether feeding, training and housing a horse, to have it's brains kicked in by  better horses week in and week out as the current format and rules allow, (no re-handicap for winners who are drawn in published fields,so can meet the same field from original mark. Last start winners  can stay in same class bracket due to condition changes in program at next nomination) he soon decides that their are other avenues for his or her disposable income, and quits the game. Generally he or she does not become an unpaid ambassador for harness, more likely the opposite..


  The harsh truth is that harness needs many more owners. These can fall into three categories. OWNERS, OWNER/TRAINERS, and OWNER TRAINER DRIVERS. Importantly, these three groups bring essential money into the game. With this money, they quite reasonably bring expectations of winning races with their horses, or, through place money, defray some of the ongoing costs of racing a harness horse. If we are to attract more owners,much more earning opportunity must be provided for the horse of moderate ability, and it must be provided constantly, if ownership of a harness horse is to be promoted as an attractive proposition.
COMMENT PLEASE AS THE HARNESS SITUATION IS A MANY FACTORED PROBLEM,AND, LIKE ALL PROBLEMS, MUST BE FACED IN A RATIONAL MANNER AND A RESULT FAIR TO ALL PARTICIPANTS BE THE OUTCOME. G.A.

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« 2018-Jul-08, 12:26 PM Reply #1 »
SPOKE 2...  We don't know as yet how many spokes comprise a self supporting and expanding harness wheel, nor the size and structure of these spokes. All we know, is, that if one spoke is missing, or not functioning so as to achieve it's assigned purpose, then the wheel will not run true. This spoke is about the punters. It is evident from the current harness situation in some States, that Control Bodies and or/administrators have a less than realistic view of the importance of "Joe and Jo-Anne Average Punter"., and their contribution to "turnover"Since on-course bookmakers were rendered irrelevant by the adoption of "mobile conditioned racing" as the format of choice, and Sky channel invaded the lounge room ,there has been little or no attraction for the recreational punters mentioned above to attend the race track. However, their slice of the turnover pie, has never been more important than NOW!!! NEVER LOSE SIGHT OF THE FACT THAT THE PARTICPANTS, OWNERS, TRAINERS, DRIVERS BREEDERS etc PROVIDE THE PRODUCT, administrators, integrity staff etc provide the lubricant to get the product to the customers in a saleable form.  We need about 10 times the number of recreational punters we now have, to make a significant impact on our less than robust turnover. Everyone accepts that there are people "out there" that will bet on two flies crawling up a wall. Sadly there are not as many as imagined. We need to attract sane people to our sport. We won't get them using the current methodology.  Spoke 2(a) is coming soon. GA.


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