Interested in others opinion. I did hear an interview with the curator before chrissy who stated he though there was too many meeting held at MV considering it's size.Moonee Valley bias - not a good advertisement
Monday, 29 December 2008
In an open letter to the Moonee Valley Race Club, Glenn Mills writes - Let us have a look back at the last three night meetings from Moonee Valley.
Moonee Valley Saturday night 27 December 2008 (rail out 2m)
Race 1 - leader wins
Race 2 - leader wins
Race 3 - leica ding best horse in race by far comes from offf speed to win. leader second.
Race 4 - outside leader beats leader
Race 5 - leader wins
Race 6 - leaders go too hard and best horse in race secret flyer swoops and wins. leader still kicks on for fifth
Race 7 - leader, outside leader and behind leader trifecta race
Race 8 - suprise, surprise......leader wins
Moonee Valley previous meeting Friday night 19 December 2008 (rail out 7m)
Race 1 - outside leader wins, leader holds third though looked like running last 100m out.
Race 2 - leader wins
Race 3 - leader wins
Race 4 - leader wins
Race 5 - winner makes move to get outside leader at the 600m mark. leader at 600m mark runs third.
Race 6 - leader wins
Race 7 - leader wins
Race 8 - leader makes lightning move to lead at 600m mark and wins
Moonee Valley Friday night racing 12 December 2008 (rail out 4m)
Race 1 - leader dies early, eased up, race changes complexion, swooper wins
Race 2 - leader sets solid tempo but bolts in
Race 3 - outside leader beats leader, huge gap to rest
Race 4 - leader grabbed on line by horse behind leader
Race 5 - leader bolts in
Race 6 - leader bolts in
Race 7 - 300m mark gazza guru goes from last to first, grabbed on line by horse who had soft run on fence
Race 8 - leader loses irons, race changes complexion 400m from home, swooper wins
Isnít it time that questionswere asked? We know Moonee Valley is a tight track and always favours leaders, but this is doing more than favouring frontrunners. its giving them a MASSIVE advantage, regardless of the rail placement.
Many leaders have looked gone on the corner yet magically fought back to win. r2, r8 at MV Saturday night 27/12are great examples of this. Why is this so?
Racing's stakeholders are directly affected by this so called bias:
- Trainers will stop bringing their horses to the meeting if they arenít leaders. why travel for miles if you know you cant win before the race starts?
- Punters don't want to bet on a race where form goes out the window and you just back the horse that looks like leading.
- When everyone wants to lead on a horse we are racing tight and risking the safety of horses and jockeys.
As much as I love the Victorian racing scene, this is not a good advertisement for Victorian racing, especially with the likelihood of night Cox Plates in the near future and the heavy weighting towards night racing in RVL's recently released 2020 vision.
It will be interesting to hear from RVL or the MVRC in regards to this issue.
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