But deleted my post as the subject is really on the wrong thread.
It probably is Geoff, bit the lack of interest in the 2017 Brisbane Winter carnival has been so low who cares if we chat about Fairfield for a few posts
I'm wondering what has happened to what was once probably one of the best half dozen racing weekends of the year?
Has the Magic Millions carnival, backed by the big money of Gerry Harvey and the NSW and larger Victorian studs supplanted the Brisbane Racing carnival as the major meeting in Queensland?
I just thought everything was down this year with so many negatives:
- There were far fewer New Zealanders than in past years
- I thought the NSW representation was down a little bit.
- The Eagle Farm "problem" is obviously a negative
- Generally the morale seems at rock bottom
- The mainstream media coverage as far as I could see was way down.
And on another thread Arsenal is reporting that there appears to be a huge outstanding superannuation bill. That would be the very last think I'd think would be needed.
You look back at the past winners of the great races like the Stradbroke, Derby and Oaks and some of the names in there are the cream of Australian racing history.
I don't mean to be unkind to the winners of this year's group 1 races but apart from Egg Tart there doesn't seem to be the depth of past decades.
The NSW TAB held $540k in the win pool for the Stradbroke. They held only $249k on the G1 JJ Atkins which was only slightly ahead of what they held on the last race on a Heavy 10 Randwick program ($239k) decimated by scratchings.
The promotion seems to have fallen off a cliff.
I acknowledge that the late transfer to Doomben would have exacerbated any problems.
Where to from here???
They need Minister with the courage to get rid of the politicization and concentrate on the operations for a while until everything is straightened out. All hands on deck. That is a very superficial solution and there is a lot of work required in between the words but you need someone to turn around the negativity and start moving in a positive direction.