Who would go to the races 'on course' -- why would they?
The racing industry just does not get it -- while important to have participant 'people' on course, to 'see' that the races are run apparently fairly, most punters would be far better advised to bet from home.
Unable to bet anywhere than 'on the net', recently, most regular punters have opened accounts, adapting to 'betting on line'.
Most would also be ruing that decision as administrators, ensuring no-hoper inflated fields, pander to 'fixed-odds' operators using wide-combs to fleece their customers deemed 'unable to win'.
The administrators already forlorn quest to get 'crowds on course' has just taken a killer blow -- no one will come.
..... correction, any apparent appeal of being 'on course' is now limited to a younger-set playing a game of speed-dating or auditing a prior decision to 'check one out'. These kids have no interest in racing.
The new grandstand at Randwick is testimony to the belief that 'crowds' on-course are a thing of the past.
........ just watch the appeal of 'anyone' being-there for a 'mountain race' dissolve into fantasy.