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Horse Racing – Paying the Price

By cranky - 25 October 2009 29

Saturday’s CT front page main item has the local ‘racing’ industry, (apparently consisting of thoroughbred, harness and greyhound afficiendos) up in arms that they are not being paid millions more from the ACT Treasury to pursue their interests.

I would cross the road to see a horse race to save my life, but for no other reason.

On what grounds do these people have a claim on the ACT ratepayers?

UPDATED: While there is no online version of this story, there is a story today about ACTSport wanting more governemnt money for local sporting clubs. Whether the two stories are related depends on whether you think racing is a sport.

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Anna Key 4:22 pm 27 Oct 09

Chop71 said :

… or here is an idea. Close it down so that young people don’t waste money on new outfits and hats propping up the local economy and rather sit at home (smoking cones) whinging about there being nothing to do in Canberra.

Because there are so so many of them at the races every week. And those that aren’t are off their faces of course. I never went to the races when I was younger, perhaps that is what caused the recession of the early 90s.

astrojax 3:05 pm 27 Oct 09

i know it is not the point at issue, but the argument relates – i was somewhat outraged recently (to put it it letter-writing parlance) at the suggestions the afl take some note of the requests from the bookmakers and on-line sports bet facilities regarding ‘tanking’ in the game… now, while deliberately actually ‘losing’ – as opposed to simply not trying hard to win but perhaps trying out some tactics/new players, etc – is deplorable, i don’t for a moment think an afl team has gone out to lose and, in any case, surely this is one of the variables upon which the concept of ‘betting’ relies – if it was so certain, no-one would bet! so, working out when a coach might try new tactics as opposed to implementing strategies to beat the opposition is surely one of these variables, innit?

anyway, point is, the bookies and punters choose gamble and they shouldn’t have so much say in how the contest occurs, so taxpayers shouldn’t fund the process…

georgesgenitals 4:52 am 27 Oct 09

p1 said :

Is there anyone out there who can tell me the details about how many times I can legally whip my pets during any one race? I assume if my cat is competing I can flog it 18 times?

Gold! Perhaps we could institute a new rule whereby jockeys have a choice of either flogging the horse 20 times OR sticking a red hot poker up its butt.

Chop71 10:45 pm 26 Oct 09

… or here is an idea. Close it down so that young people don’t waste money on new outfits and hats propping up the local economy and rather sit at home (smoking cones) whinging about there being nothing to do in Canberra.

vg 10:16 pm 26 Oct 09

Deckard said :

54-11 said :

So, vg, what’s naive about wanting an end to corporate welfare when our social services, such as health, are crying out for more money?

But these services receive some of their money from revenue raised by gambling. Don’t you have to sometimes feed the hand that feeds you?

Thank you for saving me having to say it.

p1 4:01 pm 26 Oct 09

Is there anyone out there who can tell me the details about how many times I can legally whip my pets during any one race? I assume if my cat is competing I can flog it 18 times?

icantbelieveitsnotbutter 3:24 pm 26 Oct 09

If they can produce a business plan to show they won’t need continued increased support over many years… then give them some help in the mean time. If they can’t, then sorry… clearly not sustainable. I’m sure the government can find another source of income like, say, poker machines

Anna Key 2:38 pm 26 Oct 09

AG Canberra said :

I think any industry should be able to ask for a slice of extra revenue they might be generating for Gov. Geez – the car and farming industries have recieved billions over the past few years….

Don’t make it right though, especially the constant propping up of unsustainable farming.

Gungahlin Al 1:55 pm 26 Oct 09

harvyk1 said :

The industry itself doesn’t need handouts, it the racetracks that do…
From what I have heard, most (if not all) racetracks in Australia are losing money and are only kept open by proping up by tax dollars.

In an “industry” which deals with multiple lots of 6 and 7 figure “winnings” (not to mention the other aux industries such as TAB)on a single day I find it hard to believe that the racetracks themselves haven’t managed to get themselves a better deal where they don’t need to rely on gov’t handouts to stay in business.

And therein lies the solution? Venues charge the players and attendees – like many other highly professionalised sports.

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