Seriously mate we did have the best racing on the planet for the best part of 150 years.....then the powers that be(the big breeders) decided to turn it into the "Sport Of Kings" they copied the American and English system.....where no one goes to the races, The sport of Thoroughbred racing was on the back 3 or 5 pages of ever major Newspaper in ever major city in Australia....every day of the week....2 editions a day, morning and afternoon, they even brought out a Saturday afternoon special edition with the early results.....that is how important racing was in Australia.....there were stories of big punts being pulled off every week....the stuff they make movies about, battlers who are being carried by the feedman, the Farrier, the vets etc, all knowing they will get paid when the trainer gets that elusive winner and wins enough to pay all of his bills and enough to live on for months....all out of the punt, it was a community that worked together so everyone could survive....there really was "romance of the turf".....things the average man could relate to.....no other country had that, as soon as the Melbourne Cup was run the film was rushed to movie theatres around Australia so the patrons could watch it just a few hours after it had been run, film was also rushed to our boys fighting on the front line during the war.....that is what racing meant to Aussies.....Breeding was a subsidiary of racing....of course it was important, just like the people who grow horse feed, or the people who make horse shoes.....but the main game was the actual horse racing, they bred horse to race.....now they race horse to breed, trainers have up to 400 horses on their books, Breeders dictate what races are run.......and they wonder why the public doesn't give a damn any more......Who cares if an Arab Sheik wins another race? that ain't news! Who cares if Billionaires win, who wants to know>> No one that's who!
Horses like Winx and Frankel are manufactured, sure they are champions but who cares? they only do what they are expected to do.....they never really get asked to climb a higher mountain, it is the same mountain every time, when Sir Edmund Hillary climbed Everest......he didn't do it again, what's the point?.....I could go on for a lot longer, but you get my gist, racing is F*#ked as a spectator Sport, as a sport that gets the emotions going....it is all about punting now and most punters bet on anything and everything, not just horse racing so they don't know what they are missing!