Racing has been going on in Australia for nigh on 200 years, some favourites losing and some Roughies winning is what keeps the game going, if every fav won there would be NO Bookies and No Bookies = NO punters and No Punters = No prizemoney and No Prizemoney = No racing.....so Thank Christ Peter wasn't around 200 years ago, racing would have been stillborn!
They do not race in lanes and never have. it is constant change for self interest that is bringing racing down.....not big fields....actually any punter with any idea(which rules Pete out) knows big fields make for fairer racing, races are more evenly run.....and handicaps make for fairer racing as the pace is usually on from go to whoa, if a Horse is good enough it will win...I backed a horse yesterday ridden by Bowman in a field of 5 and he found himself in a Pocket and couldn't get out until too late, no doubt he should have won....in a field of 16 with the pace on runs come as the leaders tire and wander around, he would have won easily
Pete do you remember the 1939 Rawson stakes, I will give you a hint.....it had a field of 3 and the fave was beaten!!
Be careful what you wish for....you might get it....Then we'd have to kill you! (kidding)