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J&B Met Day Noise – Operator Responds

Up 15% on attendance year on year and achieved an all new record for oncourse tote turnover

Kenilworth Racing have reacted swiftly to complaints the music had been too loud after the main race in some sections of the racecourse on J&B Met day thereby affecting the demeanour of some of the horses as they made their way down to the start.

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The racing operator said the safety of horse and rider was of overriding importance at all times on any given raceday and security measures would be put in place to ensure control.

They apologised to connections of horses who might have been affected.

Read what leading owner John Freeman said.

The Met attracts a social crowd who are there for both the racing and the party, so a balance must be found whereby both tastes can be satisfied.

However, the racing operator said it had never been their intention to compromise the safety of horse and rider in achieving this balance.

Therefore they were concerned to hear of the complaints and have treated it with high importance.

Measures to prevent a repeat will be part of the planning for all future J&B Met days.

The J&B Met was up 15% on attendance year on year and achieved an all new record for oncourse tote turnover.

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5 comments on “J&B Met Day Noise – Operator Responds

  1. cruzo says:

    I find it difficult to understand why the powers that be who want to preserve the sport and prevent losing patrons to casinos and other competition would plan an event like the J&B in this fashion . A lot goes into preparing these horse athletes to the tune . But when it goes past on parade a singer with the mike stuck on his face screaming ” let me hear some noise ” . seems to get all the attention .
    These racedays seem to be getting hijacked by fashion and ravers . They can have their own events. If they want to be at race days – then the priority should be given to the race meeting with them doing their gigs in between .

  2. Brett Maselle says:

    What are we to think of the operators apology when Mr Freeman expressed his concerns about the excessive noise and the affect on horse and rider? Mr Freeman states that “I was told that I am the only one to have complained”. This conduct of the operator shows absolutely no concern by those who were in charge.

    For the operator to say – after the event and harm caused – that the safety of horse and rider is of overriding importance at all times to them, is the same as opening the stable doors after the horse has bolted.

    The noise levels should not have got to the levels reported. If the operator was really concerned, why did they not stop the noise immediately? In my opinion, the apology is not sincere.

    1. Paul says:

      I agree fully with views expressed. The simpe point is that Mr Freeman – a vastly experienced racing man – addressed his concerns to the COO and Chairman of the local board the day BEFORE the meeting commenced, but no heed was seemingly taken. Why not? If such music is to be allowed, surely noise monitoring could, and should, have been implemented by the caring operator?


  4. Fred Blomkamp says:

    I will never go to a race meeting with all the music and noise again. I have been racing for 45 years. I will stay at home and watch it on TV. I live in Johannesburg and have been offered special tickets to the course on days like that and I rather stay at home. It is unfair to the horses and the punter. We go to seee the horses run not a bunch of loud mouthed people.

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