Ian Jayes has had the courage to voice his opinion and Sporting Post has also had the courage to publish it. And all Praise to Lance Benson for courage to tell it like it is.
The only way we can go forward is to get new blood into the game. The only way this will happen if the Stakes are increased how can anyone want to own a race horse and know that he is not guaranteed a return on his investment? We know there are no guarantees in life but owning a race horse is a hiding to nothing.
I have just been informed that feed has been increased and therefore my Training fees must increase, we all agree that without the Punter we cannot survive but without the Owner who purchases and feeds the horses that race, there cannot be any racing. Training fees go up Vets fees just get more ridiculous by the day. Phumelela pays dividends and show profits every year and Stakes get reduced and who are the losers the owners of the horses that we love so much.
Is it not time that we owners say enough is enough!
What would happen if we as owners instructed our trainers not to nominate and race our horses for a short period. But that would not happen because we South Africans are such a complacent lot. We just accept the S#@& that gets dished out to us and carry on. Where does the Nomination monies go? On average there are 12 race meetings in Gauteng including Kimberley. The average noms per meeting are 250 x 12 meetings x R159.00 non-refundable. If you are eliminated = R477 000.00. Is this the cost of administrating the noms? Surely there can be better system like Gold Circle has.
What is the HRA doing for the owner? Are they yes men put there for the benefit of Phumelela and their profits.
What happened to the Concerned Owners association? Oh, they have been deployed!
Has anyone had any statistics on the percentages of horses that were sold on the national sales 2009 to runners and non-runners and how many recouped there purchase price and training fees food for thought.
I love this game but having some serious thoughts about staying in it.
– via Anon
In support of Ian Jayes – from Joe van Streepen
To paraphrase the popular song – by Ian Jayes
Where is Julius Malema when horse racing needs him? – by Ian Jayes