At what point will SA Horseracing shift toward a sustainable industry-saving direction?
It is abundantly clear to even the most casual observer that SA Horseracing has been, for far too long, and remains in ICU on life support. That the direction it is headed needs to be addressed urgently is beyond debate.
The Sporting Post Mailbag has received an open letter from ETHANICTY Research.
The current structure and model is undeniably fragmented and haemorrhaging, requiring reformative change.
It must start with the wholesale acknowledgement that there is a problem, especially at the highest levels of those parties in a position of industry authority. They simply cannot remain mute to the crisis.
It is not acceptable that any of those parties defend their trenches because the responsibility is theirs to share.
They simply have to come together, accept upfront that they will disagree in their discussions but agree to play the ball and not the man.
In addition, they must commit unequivocally and unconditionally to a process of brutal introspection-evaluation and projection towards a restructured industry that is sustainable.
This is now a situation that IS about the ball and not the man. In this process the collective industry good must be prioritized above the individual and organisational good. It simply has to be if a workable model is to emerge.
In the brains trust mix the process must draw on the guidance of our elder industry participants as advisors, we know who they are, to provide the wisdom they have and one would hope are willing to share.
The ball is firmly in the court of the industry leadership to now urgently do something decisive and with conviction to address the macro issues (causes) and stop dithering with the micro aspects (symptoms).
And it needs ALL senior role players to come together as one because this industry is far bigger than the individual and must endure long after any individual passes.
- Ethanicity Research is a private & independent SA Horseracing Research Agency with no 3rd party affiliations.