No BS, Let's go!
1. The Whip Rule
Do not allow connections to protest over the number of whip strikes.#EOS. There is no scientific evidence saying X amount of strikes = Y increase in performance so drop the idea that Stewards need to make calls on a case by case basis. Some punters are blowing up at the moment after they are on a horse that runs 2nd to jockey that's broken the rule however the facts are that
A) a punter is just as likely to be on a winner that has broken the while rule as they are to be on a horse than runs 2nd. It will even out!
B) The blow up will be twice as big if you back a winner that wins comfortably for example and the stewards are forced to take the win off you due to a new rule.
The whip rule is there to protect the image of racing, to keep our great sport prospering for many years to come. And authorities at the same time recognise that participants and punters want good competitive racing and don't want this rule to effect our back pockets too much. IMO we need to cool our jets on this one.
2. Change of Tactics (COT) Announcements
Punters want competitive riding and positive tactics should be encouraged however forcing connections to 'show their hand' is the opposite of competition. In my opinion we should either
A) Abolish the COT Rule entirely and force the Stewards to police tactics far greater than what is happening. Every horse should be ridden to win. A #vibe that you see in Hong Kong racing....or
B) The only COT that should be announce is when horses will be ridden quiet from their gates. And hold them to it. Big fines for not.
3. Invest In Tracks
NOW! Enough with the prize-money increases and put that money back into the surfaces that we race our great sport on! On the Eastern seaboard especially tracks have fallen to pieces! Punters are being turned off in droves and its bloody ugly and unfair for all participants. A major overhaul needs to happen, participants deserve answers as to whats happening and we want authorities to be accountable for what has happened.
4. A 'Super' Stallion Tax
The balance as to who's making the most money in our sport is a changing beast. At one point (many moons back now) the on-course bookies used to fill up every Saturday as thousands of punters would flock to the track and bet their hard earned. Those days are long gone, now the massive prize-money increases have pumped up prices in the sales ring. This is encouraging our stars of the turf to be retired earlier for big breeding bucks.
Imagine Andrew Johns was sent to stud after two seasons at the Knights! What about Billy Slater? Shane Warne in Cricket (yeah the chubby one before he really came good), I don't know much about AFL but Tony Lockett or Gary Ablett. Fan bases are grown because of our stars and the fact that the breeding barn is taking them away from racing both diminishes turnover, the #narrative of great races and the potential entry points for new fans of the Great Game.
A sales tax placed on certain horses that goes back into the coffers of our sport to grow improve it seems only fair to me as punters and bookies have copped it for too long.
5. Encourage Critical Media
This 'everything is awesome' coverage that most jurisdictions encourage in its media is truly sickening in my opinion. Journalists and pundits are muzzled at the moment. The criticism of track bias for example is frowned upon by those up above. We need to free our media and encourage critical coverage. There are some great people from independent to those on the major channels who are quite intelligent & understand the great game deeply but keeping boxed up leads to a very bland coverage of the sport. C'mon, its 2020 we can handle it.