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Scottsville Not Being Fully Utilised?

No criticism - just a few ideas

The rescheduling of Sunday’s Scottsville meeting to a new slot on Wednesday has had a Sporting Post reader making some constructive suggestions.

Cecil Pienaar of Albert Falls writes in the SP Mailbag that the accompanying photographs were taken at 14h00 on Sunday and show a lovely Scottsville – ‘my home track’.

No doubt we had rain preceding the meeting, and as an old timer I agree safety first for horses and riders

However it seems something has changed at Scottsville? In my opinion we’ve had meetings with yielding, soft, even heavy going at times.

Is there a drainage issue?

Yes, we are gearing up for treatment for the upcoming season, but this is an under utilised track most of the year.

Sadly, attendance is not like it was in the old days and by moving to midweek, even less will attend on the day.

Then again, I assume turnover is the name of the game and most punt online or at off course totes.

Some ideas to consider:

* More Sprint races down the straight, even an 8 race card at times

* Like Jozi, more work riders/grooms races

* Investigate an inner Sand, Poly track

* Consider Night racing. LED lighting has become very affordable and energy efficient. The huge open spaces has potential to Go Green with Solar

* With the Casino on site, and seemingly busy, get the PR guys in action to get people back to the track as well.

* Try and get families back around the inner parking, picnic areas.

In summary just some ideas, not criticism.

However, I am concerned that this asset isn’t being fully utilised.



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5 comments on “Scottsville Not Being Fully Utilised?

  1. Reggie Naicker says:

    I agree totally with the author.

  2. Dean Padayachee says:

    It seems that Gold Circle would use every opportunity to use the Greyville polytrack. The polytrack produces results that as re not favourable to punters but favours Gold Circle as that hold a bookmaking licence. I as a punter do not punt on the polytrack.

  3. Adesh rambally says:

    totally agreed.

  4. Sandhiran says:

    Totally agree with the author . Racing needs a mindset change and unfortunately KZN racing is slow to react . The excitement of racing is no longer in the mindset of those in charge. We need energetic people to take racing to the next level or else Scottsville will end up like a logistic park similar to Clairwood Park

  5. Shanil says:

    You can see the look on the Tellytrack presenters trying to keep a straight face when tipping loser after loser on the Polytrack. The pools say it all. Form book plays no part. An overnight shower and off we go to meeting moved to polytrack.

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