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Can Racing Standards Be Better During Coming Season?

By smart-still-poor-punter | 04-May-2019

Hi Friends,

From what I get to read in this column, racing standard has touched a new low in many centres across India, leaving the punters run from pillar to post seeking better fortunes. Will the new season starting soon guarantee healthy standards and fair competition so that those involved in racing like owners, trainers and jockeys - not to mention about the administrators - and the racegoers, who are the backbone of this industry, benefit mutually?

Much has been discussed during recent times regarding the poor quality of racing witnessed in centres like Mumbai, Pune, Bengaluru, Mysuru, Hyderabad and Kolkata, and if the current trend continues unabated, it is very likely that a large number of punters will quit racing altogether.

Gone are the days when horse racing used to be a good sport to enjoy but these days it's becoming more and more a mere gamble, with hardly anything left to be acclaimed as sports. This trend has to change significantly if railbirds were to believe that there is still life in this sport.

With more money getting pumped into the industry, notwithstanding the huge losses suffered by many, it appears that better sense will prevail upon all those engaged in the act and racing, as a whole, will look more meaningful come June. Let's see.

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12 Replies

crk said ...

On : 10-05-2019 12:38 pm

A few random thoughts ...

1. Blaming only the quality, standard, stewardship, connections, etc etc would be akin to being blind to the elephant in the room. The problem is within us and not outside factors, where we have no control.

2. So, let us identify the factors which we refuse to see, let alone acknowledge.

Playing every race and all centres, backing on money horses heavy, trying to recover earlier races losses before the day's end, superstition and biases, no planned bets or proper study, relying on information from proven unreliable sources, betting beyond your means, no investment of time or efforts to learn the game for reasons that may or may not be genuine, and many many factors that can only have devastating results.

3. Racing may or may not improve and the blame game will continue. You have no say and no control on that. We can only change where we have some control or power. That, I believe, should be the road ahead... Identify the problems, course correction and sticking to it.

All the best.

PDS said ...

On : 10-05-2019 09:03 am

Dear Friends,

The Horse Racing and especially Indian Horse Racing can be termed as one of the most difficult ways of consistently making money or I would say to be an over all winner, month wise,season wise, quater wise or year wise, what ever way you want look at it. But one thing is for sure, that Horse Racing is not only a game of skill. it is a game of extreme skills and in addition to being a very intalligent handicapper, you have also to study/ watch and try to find out the intentions of owners, trainers intentions/preperations, Jockey's calibre/intentions and mind you all these are very essential and all these inputs are available at the Race Course, but are most difficult to find out and check back and then place your wager. This all needs an intense study. observations, connections and your judgement and on top of all this  spade work if you have your doubts, leave that race. wait for  better in puts and play.

 Very difficult, but possible, I try to follow this and results are  not too bad. If you can manage all this or a large number of these, the results will be good for this game of extreme skills. Good luck

VijayakumarVN said ...

On : 09-05-2019 03:07 pm

Besides all these , in many cases selection of favorites is also wrong we also can feel .Whom to be blamed it is a serious issue

Bobhotha said ...

On : 09-05-2019 02:55 pm

Definitely we will have olden days coming back . Racing is a skilled game and some people are destroying it. 

Srikanth said ...

On : 09-05-2019 01:22 am

Racing will never improve. it will continue like this and things may become worse.Owners invest laksh of rupees on every horse and the spent thoushands on their maintance, and if they have to survive with winning stakes its next to impossbile, so they will restore to all this practises, end of the day they will get money from punters, WIth betting on racing increasing mani folds, they will not allow horses to run on Merit. Here bookies, owners, trainers and all stake holders are their to earn money and not to do any charity. In the name of Sport Celebrites are mininting money, best example is IPL 

raghavan said ...

On : 08-05-2019 05:56 pm

Racing is a sport?  Well.  The newspapers carry the race reports/results in sports page.  So, everyone is at liberty to agree that it is sport.

But, to me it is aminated roulette.  That is purely gambling.    

So, it has all ingredients of a gambling event.  And more dangerous form of gambling than any casino games.

In casino games, you may not be inclined to try your luck if you are having small amount.  Say 1000/- or 3000/-.  But, that is not the case with racing.  Even if your cash balance is as low as 500/- you will try your luck on horse race.  And, knowing very well that 200/- out of that 500 will be spent on books, auto, coffee.  

Racing standards:  When the jockeys like Aslam Kader, Shroff, M Narredu were riding horses, there was semblance of credibility.  Today it is entirely greed oriented.  You can not bet even 70ps, 80ps horses with confidence and conviction.  

Those who support the theory that racing is a skill game as ruled by Supreme Court, I can only wish them good luck!  It is very difficult to give up the habit of race betting; but one can restrict his bettings to barest minimum.  Beyond that there is not much I can say.  It is punter's money, and the concerned punter only decides how much to risk.

Fact said ...

On : 08-05-2019 01:04 pm

Hi Ashoka Mysore.

If we believe like you ???? racing is a sport and just enjoy the sport with token bare minimum betting .. do you think this sport will survive.. because of punters and huge income coming from tote or bookies . Sport has thus far survived.. 

Nice to write horse racing is sport and free advice don't punt .just enjoy.. real fact is racing is addiction for most punters..

Sun said ...

On : 08-05-2019 11:38 am

I think we need to separate two aspects Racing&Winning at Races.When I say presently Racing is at a low level I would comment from competetion in a race whether Handicap OR Terms.

Currently the science of Handicapping is at its  lowest ebb in the sense that the penalties awarded are not up to the mark.This results in a horse getting Favourite Tag at cramped Odds.If Handicapping is sharp then there must be at least 3 horses in a 7 horse race with equal chance.In such a situation Gambling by owners entering 2 or 3 horses is minimised.

Thanks.

Chetan shroff said ...

On : 07-05-2019 12:01 pm

I completely agreed with Ashok . punters please avoid big amount on favourite.

Thanks.

Munesh said ...

On : 07-05-2019 11:16 am

No problem for those who can swim with the tide. Keep your experience and ideas in a cupboard. Get on to the boat propelled by Dharmesh sir, Mad Max sir and Harsh sir. Good luck    and cheers 

Shrikant N. said ...

On : 06-05-2019 04:29 pm

Indian Horse racing almost lost its glory.Now it require lot of efforts from Racing authorities (All racing centres) to regain the past glory.Right now racing is in the HANDS of bad people,these people manipulating  this sports.Horse racing without gambling is not possible, so be cautious...or quit .

Ashok kumar said ...

On : 06-05-2019 03:43 pm

Racing  is a sports  to enjoying  Not to gamble

A minimum  betting  is enough  to enjoy  not to invest  personal  amount

Those who completely  depend on Racing  better they have to quit

For Enjoying  Raceing is good

Regards