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Call to Arms

25 Oct

G’day Shane.

I read your latest spring carnival blog and I have to agree that something needs to be done to  engage new participants and just as importantly it must  also re-engage with a lost generation. While reading your post I realised by definition I am a stalker. For all these years I thought I had a relationship with racing, alas racing doesn’t know or want to know I exist. It doesn’t know when I attend and what I spend my cash on or even what it needs to do to continue this relationship. You see I fall outside the targeted demographic of 18-39 age group.

Now classed in the 40-54 demographic our age group still remembers the glory days of racing when being at the track was a must. The crowd was “captured” by the racing and the event.  Not to attend regular Saturday’s meant you were only a casual race goer and not a serious follower of the sport. This same age group has seen racing fall from those lofty heights, a sport now attended by gambling degenerates and drunks, at sparsely attended racecourses, well past their use by date both on-course and off. It has now witnessed this industry become disposable, 7 day a week meetings that roll into each other and have little purpose, aside from a betting medium  . Even if this is not entirely true, guilt by association rules peoples thoughts of this once great sport.

If the racing industry is to capture any demographic as regular race goers, it has to offer a lot more than it currently does. A new experience, more modern ,more streamlined and as you state take some risks , try different things and importantly listen to people and  admit any  failings.

Shane, you are being heard by those that want change. You shouldn’t be the lone voice, we as participants should stand alongside you and demand racing administrators stop this sport sliding into an abyss from which there is no return.

What else can be done for administrators to hear us?

Regards David.


2012 Melbourne Cup tall tale

6 Nov

I was hunting with a Zabeelionaire it was Maluckyday as we were joined by an Americain Cavalryman . He was handy to have as he had set a Precedence in his pursuit of the elusive Jackleberry in the Mount Athos region of Ethiopia .
Galileo’s Choice of weapon was a Winchester, we were glad he had it because after just passing the Tac De Boistron a ferocious Fiorente burst out of the Kelinni scrub with a Red Cadeaux in his mouth. With only the Lights Of Heaven to see the Unusual Suspect bolt off back into the scrub.
Niwot I asked ? Dunaden , Mourayan replied.
So with the Green Moon rising we opened our Voila Ici , threw some Sanagas on the fire and in My Quest For Peace I dreamt of the infamous Glencadam Gold heist. The End

Moonee Valley

26 Jul

Moonee Valley

Moonee Valley  has  been  a  large  part  of  my  life .  Everyday  when  i  walked  to  school  i  would  take  a  short  cut  through  the  members car park  and  exit  through  a little  gateway in  Thomas  street .  I  even   played  school  sports  in  the  lower  car park  while  attending  Moonee  Ponds  Central  School  , in  years  7  and  8 ,  i  could  also  watch  the  mid  week  races  from  the  science  room  which  was  the  only  classroom  on  the  2nd  level that  didn’t   have  its  windows  blocked .

The  Cox  Plate  is  Moonee  Valley’s  big  race  and  i  started  watching  the  race  on  the  south  side  of  the  track , while  standing  on my   bicycle  handlebars ,  I  can  recall  Strawberry  Roads  win  ,  Kingston  Towns  3wins   but  obviously  his  3rd  as  i  can  still  picture  him  going  backwards  up  past  what  is  now  the  tabaret ,  then  i  heard  an   almighty  roar  and  next  time  i  laid  eyes  on  him  he  was  a  3 time  Cox  Plate  Winner.

The  first  Cox  Plate  i  attended  was  Our  Poetic  Prince’s  win  in  1988  ,  Bonecrusher  ran  3rd  and  the grand  mare  Horlicks  split  them .  Cox  Plate  day  or   any  Moonee  Valley  race  day  always  created  parking   problems  in  the  Moonee  Ponds  area  ,  before  the  introduction  of  parking  permits  when  the  night  trots  first started ,  most  families  in  the  street  would  place  wooden  palings  on  bricks  in  front  of  their  houses to  reserve  a  car  space.

Crowd for the last night of Harness Racing at Moonee Valley

The  future  plans  of  Moonee  Valley  will  mean  a  lot  of  history  will  be  lost  and  new  Legends  will  have  to  be  found  as  the   track will  be  realigned  and  Wilson street  will  have   the  new  grandstand  and  finishing  line.   I  just  hope  they  can recreate  the  cauldron  like  atmosphere  the  the  Old  Moonee  Valley  was  famous  for .