Can Racing Standards Be Better During Coming Season?By smart-still-poor-punter | 04-May-2019
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.