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Time For A Rethink On Racetimes

Vivian Mansour's observations about racetimes

After the abandonment of the Vaal racemeeting on Thursday, racetimes have become the subject of some heated debate.

 

Vivian Mansour writes in the Sporting Post Mailbag that it was a shame that punters and especially people who went out to the Vaal had to travel back, as all the horses.  Expensive exercise!

  • Cape Town on Wednesday started at 13h05 and finished and 17h15. Very big gaps between races
  • Happy Valley (Hong Kong) started at 13h15 and finished 16h45. Quick and simple!

Owner Joffe (RIP) told racing in South Africa years and years ago that times must be adjusted during the summer months.

Did anyone listen?

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6 comments on “Time For A Rethink On Racetimes

  1. theunisj says:

    Since when will anyone in charge of racing listen to anything or anyone?

  2. John Bryant says:

    Happy Valley was 40 minutes shorter over 8 races. So Happy Valley was 5 minutes less between races – this is quick and simple. 5 minutes longer is “very big gaps between races”. I am battling to understand the point you are trying to make.

  3. Gary Grant says:

    Do the people in charge think that turnovers increase the later you start racing. If sa racing is commingling with British racing why is it that race 1 must be part of there bet , if race 3 was the start or end of the commingled bet what difference does it make . Start the racing earlier its not rocket science that we experience thunderstorms this time of the year. Hats off to goldcircle classic example voting day started 11.30 finished 15.30 . Would like to know what the turnover difference was to a normal race day . Try something new have a morning meeting and double header afternoon in another province ,let’s see what happens . Same thing year in year out.

  4. shabir hoosen says:

    There is always issues at the Vaal in summer as many racemeetings are either delayed or abandoned as this is a catchment area. Why are the Turfontein lights used such a little. More night meetings and less at the Vaal. Lots of punters do not want to wager on Vaal meetings knowing that they will either be delayed or abandoned. Food for thought.

  5. shabir hoosen says:

    If Thabiso Gumede equipment did indeed break its a real pity from my experience as an owner I have never seen anyone inspecting the equipment prior to racetime. If trainers are indeed using old inferior equipment this will endanger the jockeys lives. Would it not?

    1. Editor says:

      We will advise once Stipes report issued.
      Jockeys check their own equipment.

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