If success is judged by attendance, The Championships. must be deemed a failure.
Who is using that as a measurement of success?
The only people I see using that as a measuring stick are those who are calling The Championships a failure.
It rained so much they called off Doncaster Day (can anyone recall Doncaster day being called off before because of rain?)
Somehow I think some of those saying that would have looked for any criteria that deemed it a failure and then use that criteria.
You are not going to get 50,000 into Randwick. It is bordering on stupid to suggest otherwise.
Has anyone complaining about the crowds ever tried to negotiate the streets around Randwick on a busy Saturday morning? The infrastructure does not support large crowds. Light rail may improve things but it there are bigger problems outside the control of the ATC.
Can I offer the "glass half full" observations?
- quality of fields was the best seen in Australia this year. This was due to the support of interstate and international stables.
- the sales were a success
- the track held up quite well considering we had so much rain that they postponed the first day
- suspect the corporate bookies had a turnover bonanza gauging on the specials offered.
No problem with people being critical where criticism is due.
But to say that crown attendance figures are the only measuring stick of success - well what can I say. Racing all over Australia must be deemed a failure for every single weekend of the year outside of two weeks in late October early November.