Well today I came back from “my cup” (according to the promoters) at Thoroughbred Park and what a dissapointment. Fair enough the weather was poor, but I’m sure the minimal numbers that were there were probably treaty to a suitably underwhelmeing experience as myself and my party were subjected to.
Australia’s racing culture has class, excitement and enjoyment in abundance but that just seems lost on the promoters, event and all associated with Thoroughbred.
We were unfortunate enough to have decided to splash out on a reservation in the silks rooms – apparently one of the most prestigous packages on offer. For the price of a return flight to Melbourne I wish I had just waited until the next race at Flemington! Below par entree (after a long queue), revolting main course and some dried up desserts, coupled with a choice of…. wait for it…… 3 drinks – Boags draft, bubbles or white wine – meant we found ourself actually moving downstairs to get some variety and experience “The thrill of it all”! Phah!
If Canberra racing really wants to continue to charge extraoridinary prices for such an average experience the depleted numbers which were seen today will surely continue.