The debate around the poor subscription and support of the Durbanville New Year’s Day racemeeting took another turn today when Kenilworth Racing produced a tangible gesture of support for trainers.
The local racing operator has announced that they will be paying trainers R1000 per horse that crosses the finish line on the day.
The gesture, said to be a show of appreciation for support, comes amid various rumours doing the rounds as to why only 52 horses have been accepted for the eight races on the card.
Whether the token financial gesture solves the underlying causes of the apathy is another matter entirely.
It simply costs the operator R52 000 on what looks like a loss-making racemeeting – and sets a potential precedent for the future.
A close call of throwing the baby out with the bath water – or crisis management?