On the great horses like Black Caviar, Winx etc, I don't blame them for being bullies, I don't even blame the connections, there are far too many options for good horses to win heaps of money without ever actually contesting a "real" race............in their place I would do exactly the same thing......
But after them doing exactly the same thing 10 or 15 times in a row it does get just a little boring don't you think? Why they don't get huge crowds to Barrier trials.....and it is not the horse that people care about, as soon as they get beaten(if that were to happen) they would lose all their appeal.....cos they ain't heroes.....they are just Champions and they are expected to win when they are meeting inferior horses on their terms
The general public seems to reserve it's decision on whether a horse is a champ or not by applauding horses on the way out.
I saw it with Kingston Town. I saw it with both Black Caviar and Winx. Can recall it happening with Lonhro, especially his last campaign.
To me, this is a good measuring stick of a champion.
And if they are applauding them on the way out they are not too concerned about the field size or the depth of quality. They just want to see their champion win.
You claim it is "boring" and with that I assume you are implying that past champions were somehow "interesting". Am I right?
In his last campaign Phar Lap won:
- the Underwood (first up over a mile at Williamstown) - 6 starters
- the Memsie - 6 starters
- back to Sydney and wins the Hill Stakes - 4 starters
- and a race called the Spring Stakes over 24f that looks like WFA - 7 starters
- Craven Plate - 4 starters
- Randwick Plate - 2 starters!!
- Cox Plate - 7 starters
- Melbourne Stakes - 4 starters
He then fails in a 14 horse Melbourne Cup with 10.1 before going to the US.
He won 8 in a row and never faced more than 6 opponents. There were a total of 36 starters
in those 8 races in the spring of 1931.
Winx last 8 wins have been in fields totalling 69 starters.
Black Caviar had 77 starters
in her last 8 races.
The perception that our current WFA races are boring and that somehow in the past they had monstrous sized fields and were always "interesting" is a false one IMO.