Six years is a long time -- things change.
No need to name names -- no one-person is responsible for what happens .
RVL went from top-dog in Australian racing to failing -- across the board -- in terms of management and racing policy. Victorian race clubs squabbling for the spoils was up against a coordinated monopoly in NSW.
...... after Rob Hines left in 2012, RVL was a downhill racer ... over the cliff paying big-bucks for10th.
Conversely, RNSW was going, in a canter, from 2nd to 1st -- putting lengths on RVL.
Some of it was about 'additional funds' for NSW racing but it was mainly about superior tactical management at RNSW, then effectively 'working' with a one-club ATC.
It was a 'united' front -- up against a rabble .
I am inclined to discount 'headline names' when the board of RNSW is so bi-partisan politically stacked and coordinated by a former ABC CEO -- the power in the background has been a government determined to buy the racing industry -- probably begging RNSW to ask for more.
All this while RVL was on a road to perdition -- shortening stride dramatically in the run.
RNSW did follow 'over the cliff' with big-bucks for 10th -- but that did not work to inflate fields as it did in Victoria.
Both RVL and RNSW are to be derided as unbridled monopolists exploiting a captive market -- people like me addicted to racing gambling.
The exploitation is on display day after day -- but especially on Saturdays.
In NSW, highway-robbery races are delivering rough-results in the early quadrellas -- and the 'get out stakes' is usually a low-grade benchmark event inducing punters to over-bet on the main quadrella.
Even so -- using the Monty benchmark for tipsters --racing in Sydney on Saturdays is a far superior gambling entertainment for most punters.
.............. the contrast with the situation in Melbourne could hardly be more stark .......... the main beneficiaries of RVL policies on inflated fields contesting low-quality racing, with predictably rough-results, are fixed-odds betting operations and betting syndicates.
..... properly advised most punters would shun Melbourne metropolitan racing ... but most Victorian punters seem to be slow learners -- unable to grasp that races will not run true to disclosed form.
I now go overseas to avoid 'cup-week' and most Melbourne racing in October. Just a rort!
Occasional Saturdays to the contrary -- like last Saturday -- are rare exceptions.