Kosciuszko ..... on a slippery slope........... how many tickets sold?
Kosciusko eligibility needs tightening
The success of The Kosciuszko can be measured in many ways, in particular the record number of tickets sold this year, but Racing NSW needs to close loopholes on horses that can run in it.
The race was designed to be a showcase for country trainers and give them a crack at a $1.3 million prize, but it is in danger of becoming a race for those with the deepest pockets or smart owners who swap horses to a country area.
The best stories from this race are horses that have always been trained in the bush. To safeguard them there needs to be a stricter eligibility rule.
A horse who has won a metropolitan race for a metropolitan trainer should not be eligible unless it has spent more than 12 months in a country trainerís stable and had at least one start in a country region.
That would eliminate horses being bought for the race or moved to a country trainer a couple of months out from The Kosciuszko and never starting in the bush, as is the case with a couple of runners this year.