IS THIS YET ANOTHER REASON QRIC COMMISSIONER SHOULD GO?

MANY stakeholders believe that there is no hope for the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission if the ‘head honcho’ survives the current Review into its performance.

Story goes in the wake of a dust-up with Commissioner Shane Gillard that his Deputy Natalie O’Connor has taken unexpected leave with the date of her return to work unknown.

Insiders say this follows an instruction from Gillard that the Chief Stewards of all three codes will in future report to him rather than O’Connor which has occurred in the past.

Archie Butterfly on his well-read subscriber-only site, www.peterprofit.com reports:

THE latest word on the street is that there appears to have been a fall-out mid-Review between the QRIC Commissioner Shane Gillard and his Deputy Commissioner Natalie O’Connor, with both said to be pointing the finger of blame at the other for the mass mess of culture and management problems inside the organisation that have emerged during the Review.

In somewhat of a surprise move, of the KPMG led (misled?) Review, we are told that as of 5pm last Friday the Deputy Commissioner has taken unplanned leave, with her return to work date unknown.

This taking of leave is said to have followed a Gillard-ordered change of reporting lines for the Chief Stewards of the three codes, who formerly reported to Connor but now report directly to him as big boss of the integrity body.

The budget is also said to have blown already, just over half way through the financial year, a predicament of the QRIC’s own making that led to the recent decision to cut race-day staff and swab numbers. That decision was of course overturned in an embarrassing backflip after we (peterprofit.com) made public the details, sparking industry uproar about the ill-thought out plan.

With the Commissioner’s own contract said to be up for renewal at the end of the year it appears that there is a whole lot of ‘man the lifeboats’ but ‘let me on first’ going on inside the place right now, with it seemingly being a case of every person for themselves and let the rest drown.

There are no Happy Days signs on the front door of the QRIC offices at the moment, that’s for sure.  

Hopefully Commissioner Gillard’s days are numbered – whether the LNP wins office and shows him the door or Labor unexpected retains Government and the Racing Minister realises she made the wrong choice and punts him.

OVER TO YOU - Murdoch spin doctor - to explain why we need your man running QRIC!

 

RACING QUEENSLAND EXPLAINS PROBLEMS CONFRONTING NEW GOLD COAST TRACK - WHAT'S THE REAL REASON FOR TWO MONTH MIA? 

RACING Queensland advises the $2 million Queensland Jewel Race Day will proceed at the Gold Coast Turf Club on Saturday, March 9.

With the new course proper having hosted back-to-back race meetings in January, planned drainage works and sand grooving were undertaken immediately following The Star Gold Coast Magic Millions.

“The redeveloped Gold Coast course proper performed strongly on Magic Millions Day,” RQ CEO Jason Scott said.

“While we were hoping to conduct the sand grooving ahead of Magic Millions, we opted to postpone it to the New Year, and if not for the recent inclement climate, we would have returned to racing ahead of the Jewel.

“It’s a cautious maintenance program we’re conducting on the Gold Coast but it’s in the best interest of the course proper for the long-term.”

The two major features will be accompanied by a $10,000 breeders' bonus to the winner, with seven races on the program – including the Carbine Club Gold Coast Stakes and the TAB Military Rose Plate – boasting a double prize money incentive if the winner is QTIS-registered.

“The Gold Coast Turf Club is the home of the state’s showcase QTIS meeting which will once again be headlined by the Aquis $500,000 2YO QTIS Jewel and $500,000 3YO QTIS Jewel,” GCTC CEO Steve Lines said.

“We look forward to what should be an outstanding day of racing.”

Following the Jewel, a number of the sport’s future stars will be on show as part of the 2024 Gold Coast March Yearling Sale.

Commencing on Monday, March 11, the two-day sale will take place at the world-renowned Magic Millions Sales Complex, with close to 400 lots set to go under the hammer.

 

TALE OF TWO CITIES WHEN IT COMES TO BAGGING TOP JOCKEYS

THE racing media in Victoria certainly are more critical of supposedly bad rides than their counterparts in Sydney – but that comes as no surprise.

Craig Williams has now copped plenty from connections over his handling of star gallopers Giga Kick and Jimmysstar which were beaten in controversial circumstances.

Yet in Sydney – where the feedback we have received from punters suggesting Nash Rawiller ‘slaughtered’ hot favourite Buenos Noches last Saturday – there has been no such reaction.   

Here are a couple of examples of emails received by LGHR after Rawiller settled last on Buenos Noches which closed off far too late for fourth in the Group 2 Expressway Stakes as a $1.75 favorite last Saturday:

 

‘WE KNOW HOW CIARON MAHER FELT  - WHAT ABOUT MATT SMITH’?

BLAKE J of SYDNEY writes:

‘CIARON Maher bagged the crap out of the Craig Williams ride on Jimmysstar at Flemington on Saturday. One wonders what Matthew Smith thought of Nash Rawiller’s handling of Buenos Noches at Randwick?

At least the Stewards, under Chairman Steven Railton, saw the necessity to question the tactics adopted and here’s what they reported:

BUENOS NOCHES: N. Rawiller was permitted to ride the horse a half kilogram over its allocated weight of 56.5kgs. Near the 900m got its head up when being steadied from the heels of West Of Dalby (B. Ryan), which shifted in when not fully clear. B.Ryan was told to ensure he provides more clearance in similar circumstances.

When questioned regarding his riding, N. Rawiller stated that his instructions were to ride Buenos Noches where comfortable, anticipating that this would be in the second half of the field. He said that after travelling 100m he shifted over to be racing to the outside of Strait Acer and anticipated that runner shifting in to race close to the running rail. He said, however, when T. Berry, the rider of Strait Acer, remained racing on the back of King Of Sparta, this resulted in Buenos Noches becoming awkwardly placed near the heels of West Of Dalby. He said that as the field crossed to link up with the course proper, he felt it would have been detrimental to his mount's chances by improving to the inside of West Of Dalby, as a short distance later he had to steady from the heels of that runner, which shifted in when not fully clear. N. Rawiller further added that this compelled him to race at the tail of the field and he was happy with the manner in which his mount was travelling with the fast tempo that was being set through the early and middle stages. He further added that approaching the home turn he was hopeful that the rider of West Of Dalby, which was starting to shift out slightly, would continue to shift into a three-wide position and provide him the opportunity to improve onto the back of King Of Sparta, however, when the rider of West Of Dalby did not shift his mount out sufficiently for him, he immediately switched to the outside of that runner soon after straightening and placed Buenos Noches under pressure. He said that Buenos Noches then built its momentum in the early part of the straight and commenced to close off strongly, however, its run appeared to end over the final 50m, given the horse was racing first-up. Having considered N. Rawiller's explanation and scrutinised all aspects of the race. Stewards accepted his explanation. A post-race veterinary examination revealed Buenos Noches to be lame (1/5) in the off-hind leg. Trainer Mr M. Smith was advised that a veterinary certificate will be required before Buenos Noches is permitted to barrier trial/race again.

So there you have it, Rawiller blames other riders, the horse running out of condition first-up and stewards add to that it was one-fifth lame – does that mean it was four-fifths sound?”

 

‘HOW MUCH HOPE DID RAWILLER GIVE BUENOS NOCHES IN GROUP 2’?

PETE the PUNTER from MELBOURNE weighed into the debate with this:

‘I’m talking through my kick as I backed Buenos Noches. Entitled to my opinion I felt Rawiller gave it no hope from the start.

I accept that the horse races back in the field but it has won two of three fresh, one of two at the track and trip and been placed three times at the track and at the distance.

A tale of two trainers – Cairon Maher blew up big time about the Craig Williams ride. Matt Smith elected to keep his thoughts to himself but one suspects he was seething.

Split second decisions make all the different in racing. Williams, aware of Jimmystar’s tendency to jump badly, went forward when the horse jumped cleanly and pressed on rather than being caught wide. Rawiller just went back to the tail and after being dealt to be rival runners was never a chance of winning but did a good job to finish fourth.

My mates and I expected to hear more from the supposed SKY experts about the ride. But Corey Brown – a waste of space – just continues to talk about how good the winning rides were. And there was no chance of another member of the panel criticising the Rawiller ride when you look at the ownership of the winner, King Of Sparta, which under normal circumstances is a nice horse but wouldn’t blow wind up the arse of Buenos Noches.’

 

PROFITING FROM WILLIAMS CONTINUING TO ANSWER HIS CRITICS

We’ll let PETER MAIR, a regular contributor and close follower of racing, have the final say:

“IF I owned a horse, I would want Craig Williams to ride it.

I variously bet $11 (Sunday) on the CW rides at Albury – three for three, the net profit was $44.

CW routinely returns serve to the Giga Kick and Jimmysstar detractors after doing his very best to win on Saturday which I felt was a magnificent ride in horrible circumstances in the last (at Flemington).

Obviously, I got lucky. I needed ‘Jimmy’ to get beat to demonstrably validate my predictions (about the Flemington track) – not least that one may have been smoked-in under cover of an inflated field and bolter Makram was there to perform well and  did.

The RVL game (in relation to Flemington) needs to be exposed and cleaned up.

 

‘WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THESE QLD-BOUND ASIAN APPRENTICES?’

GREG BLANCHARD of the GOLD COAST makes his weekly contribution:

‘ONE year ago I was told we were getting Hong Kong apprentices to Queensland.

I was told that Racing Queensland was in contact with Singapore as well to try and alleviate the shortage of jockeys in the country.

But so far duck eggs on both fronts.

Mt Isa starts its racing again this week and no doubt horses will be scratched due to insufficient jockeys being available.

People in the bush deserve better. It’s not all about the south-east and turnover. At least it shouldn’t be.’

 

WEEKEND WATCHDOG

RANDWICK

THERE might have been FIVE FAVORITES successful on the 10-race card but punters were very unforgiving of the ride of Nash Rawiller on another favorite BUENOS NOCHES.

Those successful included: FANGIRL $2.1 in the G2 Apollo Stakes, WHINCHAT $1.8, THUNDERLIPS $2.25, SWITZERLAND $1.65 & MARTIAL MUSIC $4.2.

JAMES MACDONALD was the punters’ pin-up boy riding four winners – SWITZERLAND, KING OF SPARTA, FANGIRL & REDSTONE WELL.

FLEMINGTON

IT was a blackout for punters in MELBOURNE with only ONE FAVOURITE successful from 10 races – and that was the KIWI IMPERATRIZ at $1.6 in the Group 1 Lightning.

MAKRAM put pay to most Quaddies when he upstaged the $1.25 favorite JIMMYSSTAR at the huge odds of $151. Much has been said about the Craig Williams ride on ‘JIMMY’.

The card also produced double-figures odds winners JENNILALA, GRINZINGER BELLE & RUMBLED AGAIN.

EAGLE FARM

AMAZINGLY they raced in Brisbane despite the deluge in the days leading up to the meeting.

Only THREE FAVORITES were successful on the NINE-RACE card – FLEUR DU MONDE $3, BLUE SPINEL $3 & MILLANE $2.9.

UPSET winners included: OSTERMEIER $26, SENESCHAL $11 (although backed at big odds), SHARP DAZZLER $10 & FLYING JOY $19.

MORPHETTVILLE PARKS

Only ONE FAVOURITE was successful on the nine-race card – KRISTOBEL – at $3.9 again raising the question why punters would want to bet in this low joint (South Australia).

The UPSET WINNERS were WILD IMAGINATION $10 & ALTRUIST $11 some of the beaten fancies included: YURI ROYALE $2.2, PUR BLISS $1.95, LE FERRARI $2.2 & NEODIUM $2.9.

Favourites just seem to have a habit of getting beaten in SA and all the broadcast hosts want to talk about are the winners they tip – but that’s another story if you listen to the punters.

 

TAKE A BOW SHANE – AT LAST SOMEONE MAKING SENSE ABOUT THE FUTURE OF HARNESS RACING IN QUEENSLAND – THIS IS A MUST READ!

SHANE, a lifelong lover of the trots, penned this thought-provoking contribution which he describes as ‘no bias – just trying to write in realities’:

WHERE TO FROM HERE?

AS a sports aficionado and lover of many, many pursuits, I am finding it increasingly disturbing to read the vitriol and dribble written about and directed at harness racing in Australia. So it seems relevant to put forward a few thoughts…to both provoke discussion and also perhaps to engineer some action at any level.

So let’s talk in realities, not in politically correct nonsense.

There is clearly a whole range of standards/requirements/directives present between states. Some are prospering while others wither on the vine. Tasmania is a basket case. The implications of the (will it be acted upon?) Murrihy Report has the possibility of taking the sport forward and off life support where it finds itself at the moment. This is a State where the mere future of the entire harness racing industry is at serious risk unless realistic action is taken. Wonder how many trainers will remain under the current state of play?

SA and WA are treading. Adelaide is struggling to keep pace with the modern era according to all reports, but that is the same in the thoroughbred world over there too. In Perth they either have to decide what to do with Gloucester Park or soon become irrelevant.

NSW and Victoria are progressing. There are taints on the landscape with leading stables under suspicion and in a couple of cases suspension, but there is still the excitement of the big events that seems to continue to attract interest.

So who cares?

Well, let’s talk about Queensland…

From the multitude of tracks of days past, we are down to three. We have ONE in the metropolitan area. We have ONE on the Peninsula, and we have ONE in the country. It’s not many. Compare to Victoria and NSW then scour the calendar for various backwaters in WA and SA where they have plenty.

Why? Because they can! Communities support local events, but only if they are on! Here, we have meetings about six times a week at two tracks, along with the regular but seemingly occasional meeting at Marburg.

It survives, quite reasonably of course, but what about the sport is sustainable in Queensland? That is the question. Rather than bag it, let’s look at what is possible, not what is impossible.

Albion Park is still an excellent facility. It is central, accessible and steeped in history in all three codes.

Redcliffe has its own character and a supportive management group well encouraged by regular participants and stakeholders.

Marburg is the country jewel – great people, enthusiastic local management and volunteers, people who love the sport.

So…the sport is worth developing, maintaining and supporting. The foundation of interest is STILL there!

And now for the Olympics – what will it do to grass roots sport? It already threatens to uproot cricket, footy, water sports and other pursuits – a classic case of a good idea at the time. I wonder if a straw poll of 1,000 Queenslanders or Brisbanites would get more than maybe a 20 or 30 percent support for the whole idea? Doubt it.

And of course, harness racing is the poor relation in the eyes of so many, even in the racing industry. And also, let’s be real here, in the eyes of the Government.

With the recent change of Premier, there seemed to be a chance, albeit a small one, of a new Racing Minister. Not to be. So we are stuck with the status quo for the moment.

Back to reality now and unless it starts snowing in Brisbane soon, there is going to be a different Racing Minister and indeed a different Government by the end of the year (LNP are currently $1.35).

Currently, the Racing Minister in a token way embraces racing in times of Magic Millions and Winter Carnival celebrations. And that, realistically, is about it. The Minister covers the portfolios of State Development and Infrastructure, Industrial Relations, and….wait for it…Racing. Below is a snapshot of her responsibilities taken from the Government website.

Responsibilities include State development, economic development, major project impact assessment, strategic planning for priority industry sectors, capital works and program monitoring, integrated resort developments and global tourism hubs, urban growth, land use planning, local government, industrial relations, racing and Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Have a quick peek at how significant that makes racing look. Remind you of anyone? Example: NSW has one man overseeing the racing industry and the NRL, or in the words of the man in the street, one guy doing half a job twice.

So…which side of Government to lobby?

BOTH!

Years of inaction by the current lot is showing. Is there any chance of change? It makes sense to ask, and to arm the Opposition with a live issue that will resonate with lots of people. Nothing to lose by bringing the whole issue into the public domain, even if it stings the current Government into at least progressing in the interests of the sport.

And of course there is an image problem. The perception of the “Red Hots” is still around in the punting fraternity, but that has also been around for maybe 80 years, including times when small tracks often took the competitive side of racing out of the equation on many occasions. The more recent trend to larger circuits has at least alleviated some of the issues.

In Queensland there is also the image of racing administration. Shocking publicity regarding some pending legal action has been no help, but more to the point is the perceived issue of a “closed shop”. Certain families dominate each and every week and some see this as a somewhat incestuous streak within racing. But let’s be honest. This is neither new nor different. Way back in the 50s, 60s and 70s, the names of Gath, Hancock, Turnbull, Peace, Demmler and Justice were all over it in the southern States. I would suggest that on the contrary it is a good thing. Certainly lends itself to the promotion of a family sport and in many cases a regular family celebration. In all sports, both national and international, families comprise the majority of the rich historical tapestry.

It is for the governing body to oversee the integrity of the sport. Heaven forbid that we return to the Bentley era and approach of managing the codes. Instead, and aligned with the lobbying option, no more asking, but now DEMANDING the appropriate level of management of the checks and balances required to maintain the image, integrity and profile of harness racing. Again, both sides of politics need to be hammered if this great sport is to survive in the modern era.

For all this, a new track may or may not be built. A number of options present for anyone with even a modicum of interest, stakeholder or not.

In no particular order:

  • Retain Albion Park, refresh it, and turn it into a showpiece.
  •  Dump Albion Park and build a completely new track. 
  •  Build Norwell.
  • Expand Marburg and create a viable alternative for the 100+ trainers in the area.
  • Make the Yamanto idea dual purpose. So many interstate tracks do it with success.
  • Could Marburg be lit?
  • Redevelop Redcliffe and provide the perfect day/night venue with increased stake money.
  • Build a track inside Doomben racetrack, creating a facility not unlike many in Victoria and WA.

 So yes, not all of the ideas above make total sense but it is a start.

Again, let’s talk in realities. Imagine there is a track at Norwell.

Firstly, it is apparently in a flood plain – problem obvious.

Secondly, to get there (from either north or south), the M1 comes into play. Seriously, how many punters are going to travel down the M1 in that daily blockade to see what they can watch on phone, device, Club TV or Sky? It just won’t happen!

Norwell - dumb idea?

What is the best option? We all have our own views. But who foots the bill for any new infrastructure? The Government of the day? And where in the pecking order will a new harness facility be after this year? More than likely, a change of Government will see increased industrial anarchy and disruption, the Olympic projects will be even further behind and there will probably be a massive labour shortage that both delays all new work and makes the overall cost balloon out.

Again, where would harness racing fit into this determination?

The bottom line (there is always a bottom line) is this…

Harness racing involves great people. It is NOT the Sport of Kings, never has been. It has families who are passionate, generation after generation. It is affordable in places where thoroughbred racing is not. It really is about the people, and those people deserve to be heard and accommodated by the Government of the day…and yet, despite the inaction, they continue to barrage about “the will of the people”.

People like entertainment. People like sport. My view is that so many people still like harness racing, as they do thoroughbred racing. What has happened elsewhere?

It has been packaged. Organisations have value-added their memberships. I know it is a throwback in time but nearly 40 years ago Albion Park was a go-to restaurant with harness races on as well…or…it was a harness racing club with a restaurant. Either way it attracted a much wider demographic than simply the families and connections of horses racing on the day or night. Football, cricket, basketball, tennis, the list goes on. Value is added to the experience. Everyone knows that the Melbourne Cup attracts nearly 100K. It is steeped in history. The Everest has worked as an event. Obscene stakemoney sure (same field would race for half that), but despite the rampant egos attached, the promotion is what works. It was so encouraging to see the hundreds at the Inter Dominion just completed, but realistically, Marburg has had nearly that many at their own big days. It attracts families, interest groups and locals, and value adds the experience for the public, not in a massive way, but so much better than an empty venue.

For example…if 70%+ Australians are still in favour of Australia Day on 26 January, where is there a genuine sporting event held in the spirit of Oz on that day? Does it exist? Or is there too much social engineering and virtue signalling for everyone so that it is now impossible? Imagine a carnival day with harness racing as a focus…every year…maybe the first one would be difficult but it can be about a pattern…hold it every year! That is just one idea.

I wonder if the will of the harness racing fraternity will count for anything. Without a unified response, it won’t. Without a marketing and publicity blitz it will disappear from view and fall further down the priority order as the wham bam new stadium projects and whatever else emerges all over SEQ.

It is a sport worth preserving, worth maintaining and worth expanding.

I hope this can help in some small way to at least fuel a discussion.

Let’s hope it happens. Action!

P.S.: Now that the Murrihy Report is out…see what happens…it is an IDEAL time for Queensland harness racing to take up the battle and become an attractive activity for the public, and if integrity and standards are monitored closely, a national leader in the sport. There are snakes appearing in Victoria and NSW with seemingly odd practices and networks running rampant, but I don’t see the same in Queensland. Am I blind to reality or is there a healthy prospective sport/industry here that can become great again?

 

INDUSTRY NEEDS TO KNOW RQ PLAN FOR INDUSTRY GOING FORWARD

JOHN THE FIREMAN, a regular contributor and industry participant, provides another timely wake-up call to those responsible for the administration of the racing industry in QUEENSLAND:

‘I want to follow up on my previous email that raised many questions around industry issues.

Well I have followed all the regular 4TAB radio programs and listened to the interviews, plus read the Racing Queensland website and industry updates.

I will start with the RQ CEO (Jason Scott), listened to his Bush Beat and 4TAB interviews. He spoke well and appears open to telling people what is going on but how much more time does he need in the job before he puts his stamp and ownership to issues that need advancing and fixing? He says the three main current issues for him are a new greyhound track, harness racing metro track and BRC (Eagle Farm) grandstand replacement. Really, this is what the industry has to learn through radio shows.

Here’s some help for nothing in providing RQ with some long-running issues involving the two horse codes with possible solutions as an owner, punter and breeder.

If the RQ CEO needs further clarification on anything I’m sure he will be able to find me.

I would have thought the number one issue currently is WPS and particularly the TAB. The recent outages and poor performances being delivered by the TAB is not only hurting their own brand but also affecting racing income.

As a matter of urgency the Racing CEO’s from all States, including an offer for Peter VLandy’s from NSW to be part of it, need to meet and decide on how they approach the TAB on a united front to address ASAP the establishment of one national pool.

Fixing the pari-mutuel pools in this country is the only way forward for the state bodies to get a fixed minimum return on pari-mutuel pools and then a pro rata return from there, based on turnover.

By taking away the free hit the corporates get via “best tote”, the national pool should allow the TAB to negotiate and commit to the racing industry. Confidence in the one pool should see professional and syndicate punters return and the everyday punter getting paid the same when they back a winner. Punters need confidence again in the pari-mutuel pools to invest. This has to be the way forward for the States’ income streams with the POC.

The corporates I believe need to be capped as currently there are too many but what an acceptable number is before the competition issue raises its head, I’m not sure.

As we don’t want 140% books running, a national pool will mean corporates have to modify their product offers only.

So racing CEO’s with RQ leading the way get on to it and fix an obvious issue that helps not only yourselves but also the “punters” and gains for the rest of the industry.

As the WPS & turnover issues are more than the current cost of living. RQ needs to modernize the product, stop living in the past and look at how much digital has affected the industry and how and what the younger people want if you can get them involved in racing and punting, outside of carnival race days where they meet to socialize.

Plenty of other sports have had to change to maintain interest, cricket being the obvious.

A fair question for racing is other sports continue to get crowds to LIVE SPORT venues but racing outside of a few carnival days is declining. Is it more than on-course betting is nearly dead without a huge incentive to be there?

Race programming needs a full review to address some of the issues that the RQ CEO raised.

I am particularly looking forward to both minor codes not having to share a metro facility which has caused restrictions.

Night gallop racing will cause further turnover issues to the minor codes that have never had competition at night.

Looking at programing at the gallops, each region needs an approach to see possible change happen. With only three TAB meetings on a Saturday this should help overcome the shortage of jockeys.

A quick fix that may help without much effort would be for regional racing to take on Friday and Sunday fixtures a few times a year using public holidays and show holidays to create opportunities for volunteers to be available.

The Friday could be a half-day and gets you two meetings that way. The Saturday would be free or allow flexibility for the B&S ball or other events around the same time people are in town.

Hopefully people will be open to trying change to see if things can improve.

I have issues around QRIC (it’s a total mess), welfare, QTIS and stakeholder engagement opportunities/systems but they will have to wait for another time or email.

I will finish asking a question of the RQ CEO around the decision to have a buyers’ payback of $2,000 for yearling purchases over $7,500k at harness yearling sales.

What does RQ deem ‘success’ would be or look like by this introduction to the sales? Surely this is a fair question that must have been discussed before signing off on using industry funds.

Personally, if you think this was going to fix yearling sales purchases or prices we are in trouble.

I remain passionate still for positive change – John the Fireman.’


 

TOP STRATEGIES TO SUCCEED WHEN BETTING ON HORSE RACING

HORSE RACING, which is also known as the “Sport of Kings”, is a blend of tradition, speed and strategy. This game originates from the ancient civilizations where it was not just played as a sport, but it was used to test the excellence and prowess among riders. In today’s world, horse racing is a premier event where spectators come from every division.

The popularity that it has gained it is not just because of the love of the people for the game but it also includes horse racing betting. Placing a bet is not just a wager we are investing, it’s also about knowing the animals, jockeys, tracks and other factors which can affect the outcome of the race.

This appeal of racing and betting practice depends on the availability of betting options. Even if you’re a casual observer or you’re a seasoned punter, there’s something for everyone. But which we enter in the world of Horse racing betting, it is imperative to approach towards it with respect and understanding of the strategies.

In the next section, we will explore some of the top strategies which can be useful in betting on a horse race. We will also try to break down some jargons and how to navigate the odds.

UNDERSTANDING THE BASICS: KEY JARGON EXPLAINED

Before going further, one should be aware about some of the jargons from the betting world as well as from horse racing. “Odds” represent the likelihood of an outcome which is directly related to payout. The “favorite” is considered as the horse which is most likely to win. “Longshots” are the horses which are less likely to win but at the same time they will offer higher payouts if they win.

THE IMPORTANCE OF ODDS

Odds should not be considered as simple numbers. They are the chances of a horse winning the race. The odds change rapidly during the game as it is also based on the number of people betting on the horse as it will lower the odds. In simple terms, if you place a bet on a favorite then you will have a smaller payout but higher chances of winning. On the other hand, if you place the bet on a longshot, then the risk is high but the payout is even higher.

STRATEGY 1: RESEARCH & ANALYSIS

Your homework matters a lot in horse race betting. You should undertake your own research on the performance history of the horse and under what conditions they perform better, how they are trained and what’s their background (or form).

The performance of a jockey should not be forgotten with the similar insights. This approach can uncover potential winners and determine the chances of winning for the horse.

STRATEGY 2: BETTING TYPES & THEIR USES

There are different types of bets used in horse racing. Apart from the normal “win” bet where we are betting on a horse to win, there is a “place” bet and “show” bet. A “place” bet is betting if the horse will finish first or second and “show” is first, second, or third. There are other bets like "exactas," "quinellas," or "trifectas" which includes predicting the exact finish order, or top two or more horses and they also offer a higher payout as it requires precision.

STRATEGY 3: MONEY MANAGEMENT

Money management is always a critical element in betting. One should always set a budget and stick to it which can help you refrain from placing a bet for more than you can afford. Normally, you can place bets by setting a fixed percentage of your total betting budget.

STRATEGY 4: DIVERSIFICATION

A common strategy that can be useful is to diversify your bets. This can spread the risk associated and increase your chances of success. This is similar to investment diversification in stocks to mitigate loss and capitalize winnings.

STRATEGY 5: EMBRACING TECHNOLOGY

In the current world of technology, data is seamless. One can also use online resources, betting apps and some databases to enhance your strategy. They can offer up-to-date information on horse statistics, race conditions and sometimes even predictive analytics and providing a competitive edge in making better decisions.

STRATEGY 6: THE PSYCHOLOGICAL ASPECT

No doubt, the horse race bets require knowledge and strategy but it also requires control over your emotions. To remain in discipline is an art and you can avoid impulsive decisions based on your recent losses and wins.

TO CONCLUDE...

The world of horse race betting demands more than your passion. It requires mindset, understanding and discipline. We have uncovered different approaches which can contribute to your success and can help you use the jargons appropriately.

Apart from the strategies like effective money management and leveraging technology, approaching Horse racing betting in a responsible and informed manner cannot be overstated. As the bettors refine their strategies and deepen their understanding, they also contribute to the culture of horse racing.

Embrace the challenge, enjoy the overall process and may your passion to the Sport of Kings bring you not just financial rewards but deeper connection too with horse racing.

 

 


THE UNTOLD STORY OF HOW RACING QUEENLAND LET PVL ESCAPE?

‘IT was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness….’ – Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities.

WITHOUT being too over-dramatic this in a strange way sums up my feelings of a former life compared to nowadays as publisher of letsgohorseracing.

Two decades ago, as Communications and Marketing Manager at Racing Queensland, I enjoyed the best of times and the worst of times. There are things that happened back then that I’m not proud of. Having said that, I was arguably the victim of a political assassination because I refused to toe a certain line.

But that story will keep for another day. What I want to reveal right now (it seems timely) is the worst decision I even made and the worst advice I ever got during my career in racing which started as a young turf scribe in Townsville many moons ago.

While I was working at Racing Queensland I was asked by the CEO of the day (one of the best the organization had and should never have lost) whether a certain harness official in Sydney would fit into the framework in the north under the leadership of the ‘my way or the highway’ Chairman of the time.

A Board Member of the day, who was based in Sydney, had, in my opinion, more business acumen and talent than most of his colleagues combined. I won’t include the Chairman in that because the interstater was no expert on horse racing.

As it turned out this Sydney-based Board member – an enigmatic character who drove around in his car with funeral music blazing – had discovered who he considered to be the best-kept-secret in the racing industry in NSW.

He believed Peter V’landys, then working in a key role in harness racing, had the potential to be one of the best administrators in any code, especially the gallops. At the time RQ was being restructured and the Sydneysider believed PVL would prove ideal to lead the newlook body as Racing Manager instead of the ‘chosen one’ for the job who was regarded as little more than a ‘Bentley yes man’.

The CEO, knowing that I had a background covering harness racing for a decade and attending most Interdominion series during that time, asked if I might have a thought on whether RQ should head-hunt PVL. I had never met V’landys but sought the advice of trusted harness industry and media contacts in NSW.

For one reason or another – be it PVL wouldn’t be interested in moving away from NSW – they advised against chasing him for the job. I reported backed – the worst decision I ever made in my involvement with an industry I once loved.

Just imagine if Peter V’landys had come to Queensland and was able to work alongside ‘Bob the Builder’. Judging by the job he has done in NSW, RQ would be at the forefront of not only horse racing in this country but also the harness code, now struggling to survive, would have returned to its glory days with PVL and Kevin Seymour calling the shots.

For me this was ‘the worst of times’ during my involvement with Racing Queensland. It is just a story that I have wanted to share and have always wished that I could turn back time knowing how much difference it could have made.

 

 

 

 

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