Boss -‘Without Punter Confidence We Have Nothing’

Top Australian jockey moots closing tracks

He’s larger than life, he’s ridden 88 Gr1 winners, and he’s been around for long enough to have ideas that are worthy of consideration.

Glen Boss isn’t one to guild the lily, but even if he wears his heart on his sleeve he’s also considered in his opinions.

His thoughts on the number of tracks in Sydney, Australia are certainly thought-proving.

With the current unhappiness that prevails regarding Canterbury – tiny fields and a perception of track bias have become the norm – he told that the inner western Sydney track and Warwick Farm should both be sold off, and the proceeds used to create a racing super centre that has two different tracks at the single complex.

Ideally, he says, that should include one with a very long straight that gives every horse its chance. “That’s what punters want and without the confidence of the punters we’ve got nothing… Crowds will be there for Randwick and Rosehill for the big days, but realistically we don’t need the crowds there for the other meetings; but we do need the turnover which creates prizemoney and stimulates the industry.”

At a time when the industry is at burnout levels, Bossy also suggested there should be one day a week where there’s no racing, a sentiment few would argue with.

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