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Hawkins: Industry Facing Challenges

'Rapidity of tote turnover drop caught us all by surprise'

Gold Circle Marketing Executive Graeme Hawkins says the industry is facing serious challenges.

Watch the interview on the Winning Ways show.

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6 comments on “Hawkins: Industry Facing Challenges

  1. Horse racing in RSA needs to improve its act totally. This will affect both local racing and overseas co mingling. The French input to the SA tote pools is huge.
    If we think that they will not pullout, we are kidding ourselves. They will choose to punt with the best center available to them. SA racing is in denial with regards to the poor administration, control & operating of horse racing in SA.
    Friday Night is a great example.The betting shops in Europe are full house.
    We come up with a so called 20/20 meeting on a whim. No careful thought or discussion with trainers.
    I presume they were thinking of 20/20 cricket. Cricket doesn’t stop the main game to allow the under 19’s to play every 20 minutes. This would be considered insane.Surely have 2 equal sides, both jockeys & apprentices based on % winners. Trainers & Jockeys must then negotiate their commitments on this basis.
    Maybe introduce a winning team bet.We then have the big hitters in Warren Lenferna & KB Shea. What are their %’s like. In cricket you get dropped if you don’t perform. People watch 20/20 Cricket because they think their team is going to win. If their team loses continuously, the crowds dwindle. People would also like to watch horse racing & believe that they have a chance to win.

  2. alberto says:

    This business is taking its toll because punters get treated like crap . Gamblers regardless of colour or income gets treated like they are nothing and the rules are always in favour of the authority nothing seems to be fair towards punters.

  3. Ian Jayes says:

    Ayn Rand said in “Atlas Shrugged” that people bring things down to their own size and horseracing has been relentlessly diminished for nearly two decades. Those responsible were not prepared to address the numerous issues around the integrity of horseracing and the sport/industry is now paying the price.

  4. jac willemse says:

    Racing in SA will deteriorate until proper ppl employed to manage nd attend to tracks. Punters will abstain from punting nd for a future of racing here look whats happened in rest of Africa. Owners/ trainers get short end of the stick. Costs of kerping a horse in training gets more by the year nd no return for owners will mean theu desert the sport. Jac Willemse

  5. Leon says:

    Racing’s biggest challenge is an inability to modernize the product range to make the game more attractive to a new generation. The old products are very good but of little value to anyone but experienced players. If operators encounter new regulatory headwinds with regards to sports and other non-racing bets their neglect to actively seek racing solutions will come back to bite very badly.

    Years of procrastination in favor of short term gains has seen generations go missing in terms of clientele and this must be reversed as a matter of extreme urgency. The alarming drop in turnover that was mentioned in this interview is not entirely surprising as the churn model is a ticking time bomb for operators who do absolutely nothing to actively build new racing capacity.

    Our local operators do some things really well, perhaps doing it for racing should also be a consideration.

  6. Gavs says:

    What happened to my comment? You published it then took it down. ? There is no way it could have been regarded as offensive. I suggest that SportingPost makes its comment rules clear for all to see.

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