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Spot on @15 though it hasn't been all doom and gloom as Ffos Las opened in 2009 and who's to say others won't open in future ?Horse Racing remains as exciting a Sport as any other for many though it should be made more affordable to attract larger crowds in the first instance.
I confess ignorance in regards the financial viability of Hereford Racecourse and I acknowledge the undeniable sadness of an old institution closing.However what is also undeniable is that racecourses are, and have always been, commercial operations. They are not churches or schools. I sympathise with Hereford racegoers, but clearly if there had been enough of them, this would have been avoided.
Sad but can we ever go back to the "good old days"?Money / TV rule and unless some % of any profits are ploughed back into the track and prize money well see more of the same.Its a pity, in a Summer of Great Sporting success, that racing is suffering in this way.
Maybe the online betting is killing racing too. When the BBC made the decision to pull out of televised racing altogether surely that was the writing on the wall.
Last time I looked Folkestone was in Kent..anyway,..so few comments about this? Greyhound Racing & Horse Racing (not including the blue riband tracks on Saturdays) is taking a back seat for bookmakers. Their turnover comes from those stupid roulette machines...so little fuss about closures is worrying.
Folkestone not in Kent? Oh dear Jeff.
Folkestone is not in Kent!
I was persuaded long ago to give up my monthly trip to the races (including often Hereford) in support of bookmakers staff who are treated like slaves.I have no intention of returning.The sport is driven today by absolute greed.
Racing Needs to look at itself and start a plan in action to save these tracks. Get the bookmakers to pay more to fund these tracks to stay open.
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Like football clubs, I often wonder whether racecourses are indelible parts of local communities and would be better owned by local people and held in a CLG or CLS legal vehicle, which allows for motives other than profit to hold sway.Of course, if people want good facilities, they will have to invest wisely. But at least they will be investing in the course and the racing.....
Horse racing is a great sport which is good for the well-being of man nod beast alikeIf we love racing we are all Hereford race-goers even if we haven't been there we need to recognise that we need to get off our backsides and stop blogging and ogling and GO RACING!!!
Racing needs to look at itself. I live in the West Midlands with a population of 8 million. In the summer there often isn't a Saturday meeting within 100 miles of the region. This is ok for people who regularly attend meetings but not to first timers. Last year I went Chaddelsy point to point on 27/12 it was so popular it sold out of program's.
It's a sad day when any racecourse closes and I've had some good days at Hereford which I used to visit when in the area. Also Folkestone closing soon. I had my first runner under rules there. Let's hope something can be done to reopen them again soon.
Never understood how it lost the Boxing Day meeting which I used to attend. Is it because ARC Is it because they thought I would be tempted by that crap served up at Wolverhampton dream on
Perhaps Taunton's shareholders are more concerned with putting on attractive racing rather than maximising profits.
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