In what world are you living PP, where has there been an increase in quality or field sizes... More prizemoney for the top end of town (IADD winning the race for the guy
Whispering. "What world are you living PP" (sic) is not an argument. In fact if that is the best you can do then you are obvioulsy losing the argument before we start.
Have you got any figures to counter my argument?
As for field sizes
, intuitively I feel as though they have increased. Let's check out a couple at random.....
Taree ran a meeting on this week in 2013, 2014 and 2105
2013: 74 starters
Wyong similarly has run a meeting early Feb over the past 3 years:
2013: 52 starters
The Rosehill Southern Cross meeting - 2013 the programming was different - I don't know which meet it was run at - wasn't in Feb
2014: 75 starters
2015: 81 acceptors thus far
There was a Canterbury night meeting in the first week of Feb in 2013. None last year but returns this year
2013: 62 starters
2015: 72 acceptors thus far
I'd say there is strong evidence to suggest that field sizes are increasing.
Can you produce a counter argument using the same methodology? (or are we just going to abuse each other if you find out that you cannot).
As for prizemoney
, I think it has been well reported that there was a quantum increase in prizemoney several years ago. Racing NSW has stated that if they achieve taxation parity with Victoria then three will be another quantum increase in prizemoney. 5 year comparison shows:
2011: Base race $10k
Are you willing to concede that there actually have been significant prizemoney increases, and not jsut at the "top end of town"?
As for quality
, if you can come up with a way of measuring quality can you let me know so I can use it on my form guide study.
But I will say this. Almost every "regular" Saturday we get visiting interstate trainers sending their horses to Sydney. It is a vote of confidence in Sydney racing IMO and is great to see. Danny O'Brien, Mick Price, Bruce Hill, etc. often send a horse to Sydney if they see the right race.
Tony McEvoy and Sam Kavanagh moved their main operations to Sydney in recent years so I don't think they have a problem with the place.
Now if you have anything to argue, please do so without the personal references. Thanks.