Future of RWITCBy Dr.Bashaar | 01-Jan-2017
Just an observation. What is really wrong with western India racing? I was stunned to see such a huge crowd in Kolkatta today. In contrast in Mumbai the crowd wasnt even 25% of what it was in Kolkatta. Again if one compares the number of races that were framed,( and the competitiveness of the card ) kolkatta has beaten Mumbai hollow. If we see in olden days ( I am talking about 15-20 yrs back ) the stands in Mumbai used to be so jam packed even on week days, its difficult to believe such a poor crowd on a holiday like today.
Any organization when financially not doing well, will always think of all cost cutting measures in order to achieve some sort of stabilization. But RWITC is hell bent on continuing with night racing!! I have my own doubts whether RWITC is able to make any profit after cutting down the costs involved in conducting night racing. I am talking from all angles- like
1) Is there any increase in attendance of crowd for night racing than day racing?
2) cost Involved in conducting night racing
3) I dont know about other centers- But B'lore and Mysore are normally avoiding the bettings of last 2 races on night racing days which means an additional loss in revenue for RWITC.
Previous years night racing was restricted to peak of summer in order to give some comforts to both horses as well as punters which was quite understandable. Now with all these minus points is it still worth continuing night racing in the peak of winter also?
RWITC needs to do a serious introspection.
Happy new year to all.