DJF's question in the title of his piece is quite valid
i.e. Why are so many people in pursuit of failure?
This rhetorical question to me encapsulates the negativity of both social and mainstream media, as exemplified on all the people bagging the idea of The Everest this far out.
Gin. I've seen you blame V'Landys for the poor deal the greyhounds signed up for in the past. You are not going to tell me there isn't a little bit of hatred of V'Landys over that matter driving your spray?
As for the others spraying V'Landys, I can tell you this.
On the ground in NSW there is no more respected sporting administrator. He is about to be appointed an NRL Commissioner, and has some very powerful people backing him because of no other reason than the fine work he has done in his current position.
It should be said he is backed up by a great organization that is getting praised from all comers - heard Brenton Avdulla praising Racing NSW post race at Newcastle on Tuesday and he joins many others grateful that we have such a competent body running racing in this state - especially when you see what is going on elsewhere.
My particular involvement in this forum (which will probably come to an end in the near future) was sourced back to the old MSN forum days where I was an advocate for country racing when there was very little advocacy. People worked for near subsistence money and no-one in the Sydney based racing corridors of power gave a stuff.
PV turned this around and you just only have to watch Sky Thoroughbred Central during the midweeks to see the gratitude expressed to Racing NSW for the job they have done for rural racing in NSW - a similar thing to Victoria it should be said. CRV does a very good job in looking after it's own. I feel as though my job is done
As for the turnip comments, they are typical of the negativity that seems to have invaded what was once a nice place to visit.
You go through my recent posts and there are a hell of a lot of dud tips in there, posting of fields, racing related commentary and entries to competitions, and I try and not be too negative and crack a joke here and there. Occasionally stir up jfc
You go through the recent posts of others and all you get is negative, spiteful stuff and zero contribution in terms of racing. Anything Peter V'Landy's says in public is scrutinized to the nth degree by a vocal minority - usually from outside NSW - and twisted and exaggerated without any recognition of what the guy has done.
No wonder DJF doesn't post here any more. Probably has more positive stuff to do with his life.