The 'local' bookies (excluded this year of course) who may drive 6 or 7 hours each way and camp in a swag overnight to support the club . . and hopefuly get a quid . . might not agree
Hypothesise for a moment when COVID disappears and we get Longreach packed to the rafters on Cup Day, how much are the jolly swagmen bookies going to lose if the TAB offers a fixed odds service on one single race?
I would think virtually nothing. The number of on-course patrons who pull out their phones to have a bet on the fixed odds service in preference to on-course bookies would be small given:
a) how much grog is in them and
b) the fact that their mobiles probably wouldn't pick up reception
The race club on the other hand would receive product fees and in future years that would mean better facilities, more prizemoney for the Cup - even serious sponsorship perhaps.
I think it is a no brainer.