Are we the punters blind?? I certainly think not. What may you ask is the problem and its simple.
How can bookmakers sponsor jockeys and stables??
This is certainly not ethical for its the bookmakers that lay against a horse winning. Who may I ask rides the horse? Of course the jockey. If the jockey is sponsored by bookmakers then surely he is obliged to give them advice on his mounts chances and bookies are getting inside info which allows them to lay accordingly. This gives them the edge on what should be a level playing field.
We are seeing more and more jocks being sponsored by bookmakers, but is there an ethics committee in horseracing?
The National Horseracing Authority? Well if they are the governing body of horseracing then why do they allow this. If horseracing in SA is fair then is surely regarded as unethical. The truth of the matter is that bookmakers make a living betting against jockeys winning a race yet they sponsor them. How can that be? Surely if a jockey wins then the bookies lose, so it just does not make logical sense for a bookmaker to sponsor a jock other than they conspiring against the punter. The question on mind is, is sponsoring a jockey ethical or unethical? Maybe the competition board can enlighten us, for the authorities of horseracing and its major role players regard the public as the blind punter.