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    My apologies for such a woeful result last week. Lets hope there is a quick turnaround in fortunes today.
    Here are todays selections.

    ROSEHILL:
    R1 no 1 Rafha's Choice Won $5.37
    R2 no 4 Telepathic Won
    R5 no 2 Howmuchdoyouloveme 3rd
    R6 no 8 Typhoon Jolie
    R7 no 4 Ryker e/w at odds 4th
    R8 no 1 I'm Imposing....long shot place chance from top stable
    R9 no 2 Sure and Fast

    MOONEE VALLEY:
    R3 no 4 Catch that Cat 3rd
    R5 no 1 Flying Light 2nd
    R7 no 4 Lonrockstar
    R8 no 7 Sea Spray
    R9 no 3 Taddei Tondo e/w chance with strong jock aboard.

    LAY BETS:
    Sr8 No2 Its SomewhatStarted 2nd fav. Ran 2nd. Lay bet won
    Br7 no 3 DidntcostalotWon. Started $3.50 fav. Lay bet lost


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    Difficult day ahead. Best racing is at Ascot in Perth where the $1m AUD Group 1 race will be run and won. Early Favourite is Magic Artist at around $5 and its the form hose of the field with an excellent jock on board.
    Here are todays tips.

    SANDOWN:
    R1 no 1 Ragazzo Del Corsa 3rd
    R2 no 1 Jacquinot Bay
    R3 no 7 Firehouse Rock
    R9 no 1 Purple Smile

    ROSEHILL:
    R2 no 1 Tarquin2nd
    R7 no 7 Felines Won $4.30
    R8 no 2 Cauthern's Power
    R9 no 14 Wudang Mountain

    LAY BETS:
    Ascot R8 no 10 Real Love Ran unplaced. Lay bet won


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    Group One racing for the year has finished however there are a few Listed races around in Brisbane and the Group 2 Villiers Stakes at Randwick. Lets hope we can find you some winners.

    FLEMINGTON:
    R2 no 2 Allergic...... longshot with a place chance
    R3 no 2 Antelucan
    R6 no 13 I'm a Tiger....value bet here at odds
    R7 no 1 Tashbeeh Won $2.80
    R8 no 9 Durendal Won $3.50

    RANDWICK:
    R5 no 4 Lucky Lucky Lucky3rd
    R6 no 2 Hellbent 2nd
    R7 no 17 Gods In Him

    DOOMBEN
    R8 no 2 Fontelina Won $6
    R9 no 3 Feltre...each way chance Late Scratching

    LAY BETS:
    SR4 no 2 AlegeriaStarted2nd Fav. Ran third. Lay bet won
    MR9 no 10 Yellen Started $3 fav. Finished 3rd. Lay bet won


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    Morning all. Extreme heat in southern Australia today with temperatures expected to top 45C. Racing in Victoria and South Australia has been abandoned so we are left with NSW, Queensland and Western Australia. Lets hope we can snare some winners despite the heat outside.

    ROSEHILL:
    R1 no 8 Sebrikka
    R2 no 7 Zin Zan Eddie
    R4 no 7 Mary Lou
    R6 no 6 I Am Zealady3rd

    DOOMBEN:
    R5 no 2 Charcuterie 2nd
    R9 no 1 Hoffgarten
    R10 no 2 Comacina3rd

    ASCOT:
    R4 no 5 Silverstream 4th
    R5 no 7 Cosmic Storm Won
    R7 no 11 Delicacy Won

    LAY BETS:
    SR4 no 4 Cauthens PowerOpened up $2.50 fav. Ran unplaced. Lay bet won.
    SR6 no7 Fitou Second Fav. Won. Lay bet lost
    PR7 no 10 Real Love Second Favourite. Ran unplaced. Lay bet won
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    Here is an interesting story with an insight as to how the Corporates in Australia react if you win.
    A close friend of mine was recently limited to just a $50 liability by Ladbrokes simply because he bets responsibly.
    The sad part of this story is the absolute lack of customer care from Ladbrokes towards their account holder. To begin with they didnt bother to advise my friend that his account had been restricted. He found out when he went to have a bet of $100 on a cricket match at $1.73 and his bet was reduced to $68. He then discovered that access to fixed prices for horse racing had been removed so he contacted Ladbrokes and here is the response he received.
    Thank you for contacting Ladbrokes.com.au

    As per our Terms of Use (provided below) and following the completion of a recent account review we regrettably advise that your account is limited to win up to $50 and we are only able to offer you tote prices at this time.

    5. ACCESS TO AND USE OF OUR BETTING PLATFORMS
    5.2 We may, in our absolute discretion, change the content (including betting products or elements of the betting product) of our Betting Platforms at any time (provided such changes do not affect games and/or bets already in progress).

    This limit may be altered or even removed at some point in the future.

    We appreciate your understanding in this matter


    My friend then tried to discuss the matter with Ladbrokes and all attempts including a meeting at their offices were declined by Ladbrokes. Finally they gave him an URL to a website on remote Norfolk Island and told him to contact the webmaster and take the issue up with them as Ladbrokes licence to operate was issued by the Norfolk Island Gaming Authority.
    The action taken against my friend was undertaken close to or on Christmas Day. Ladbrokes colours are bright red and white which coincidently are the same as Santa Claus's traditional colours.
    Understandably my friend now considers Ladbrokes the Christmas grinch!!.
    Feel free to add your own thoughts, comments or stories of similar occurrences on here.
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    Welcome to 2016 and may your punting year be a successful one.
    The action moves to Western Australia today for the running of the Group 2 Perth Cup at Ascot. Here are today's selections.
    MOONEE VALLEY:
    R1 no 2 Heatherly Won $2.80
    R3 no 5 Young Nicola Won $12
    R5 no 9 Love Days 2nd
    R6 no 1 Leica Day Won $3.50
    R8 no 2 Boomwa 4th

    ROSEHILL:
    R2 no 1 Bitburg 2nd
    R3 no 2 Open Book Won $8
    R8 no 7 Moral Victory

    ASCOT:
    R6 no 3 Cosmic Storm3rd
    R7 no 14 Silverstream
    R8 no 11 Neverland 2nd

    LAY BETS:
    Melb R8 No 17 Badajoz Started $3 fav. Ran unplaced. Lay bet won
    SYD R8 No 8 Start WonderingStarted odds on fav. Ran unplaced. Lay bet won


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    Nice start for the year so lets hope thats a sign of good things to come.
    Today's action centres on the Gold Coast where the prizemoney for the nine races totals AUD$10m.
    Thats an incredible average of about $1.1m per race which is about twenty times the normal for a saturday race in Brisbane.
    Here are todays selections.

    GOLD COAST:
    R3 no 1 Buffering Won
    R4 no 16 I Am Zelady Won $9.60
    R5 no 12 Feltre......100/1 shot with a very rough place chanceRan 2nd Paid $18.44 the place. !!
    R6 no 1 Lucky Hussler Won $4.80
    R7 no 1 Mahuta Won $6.10
    R8 no 1 Capitalist Won

    CAULFIELD:
    R3 no 3 Tashbeeh Won $4
    R4 no 1 Yulong Baby Won $3.20
    R9 no 8 Volcanic Ash

    CANTERBURY:
    R2 no 10 Bring A Secret 3rd


    LAY BETS:
    SR5 no 8 Rye.Ran unplaced. Lay bet won


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    It seems my friend's story above (post dated 2/1/16) isn't alone in Australia when it comes to winning punters trying to get set. Even legislation in NSW that requires a Bookmaker to accept a $2k liability is apparently being bypassed if the story above from a recent Champion Picks newsletter is correct.
    Here is the Champion Picks article.
    Racing not always a sure bet

    It’s been interesting to hear the concerns of racing authorities surrounding in-play betting on sport.

    In-play wagering – allowing punters to bet online on sporting events while a match is underway – is outlawed in Australia, but that position is being considered as former NSW premier Barry O’Farrell leads a review of the Interactive Gambling Act.

    Bookies want it legalised because of the action it generates – which they claim is happening anyway, but flowing to overseas bookmakers unregulated and untaxed.

    Racing is dead against it because it sucks away its lifeblood: the punting dollar. Australian racing offers a new event to bet on every few minutes, 364 days a year – a volume of punting opportunity unmatched by other sports locally. But allow constant in-play betting on sport, and the minute-to-minute punting focus expands from the racetrack to the wider sporting landscape.

    Sure. But as a punter, you can’t help thinking the authorities’ focus is wrong. Racing has a few issues of its own it should get in order itself before it worries about external threats.

    Racing obviously needs punters like no other sport. Moreover, it needs volume turnover to sustain the non-stop calendar of events. Yet even at the most basic level, racing often fails the punters it so critically needs.

    Speak to any number of them about the game, and before long you’ll hear about a stack of issues that can be summed up in two simple words: getting on.

    Punt regularly, and you start to learn. Learn, and you become a better punter (and probably wager more too, incidentally).

    As you become a better punter? It gets harder and harder to actually have a bet.

    The same bookies who saturate the screens with their odds simply refuse to take your action the moment they suspect you might be anything other than a total dimwit.

    It’s an obvious equation, but seems lost on those who run racing. It’s ludicrous to think that just below the noise about losing the punting dollar, there’s more than a few people actually trying to bet on racing – and bet on it regularly – and they’re not able to.

    It starts with stake limiting, when you place a wager but are told only half of it has been “accepted”. From there it’s a slippery slope as the accepted amounts get lower and lower.

    Some take this approach to the extreme. To take one such example, one well-known bookmaker once took one of my $50 stakes and reduced it to seven cents. Yes, that’s $0.07.

    It gets to the point where even if a bookie isn’t just flat rejecting your bets – which some certainly will – they may as well be.

    To be fair the issue hasn’t gone completely ignored. To their eternal credit, Racing NSW last year introduced minimum bet regulations: any bookmaker wishing to hold money on NSW races is now required to accept any bet where the punter can win up to $2,000.

    But still, things aren’t as simple as they should be. For starters, don’t expect all bookmakers to actively abide by the regulations. As I’ve experienced, at least one prominent agency will still automatically limit and reject your bets on NSW races.

    When queried, their curt response amounted to “that’s the decision we’ve made and it’s final”. It wasn’t until I insisted they were bound by regulations – twice more – that I was passed to a member of management, who outlined the process required for me to be “approved” – including a statutory declaration stating that I was in fact who I claimed to be, along with certified copies of my ID and proof of residence.

    The process was akin to applying for a passport.

    Bear in mind, this is a bookmaker I’d joined months earlier and already confirmed my identity with as part of their verification process. Who’d taken every bet I’d asked for on any event without question, until they decided I wasn’t losing enough.

    Apparently it’s for security reasons. But the timing and process makes it clear: security only matters if we’re not getting enough of your cash. Keep losing? No questions asked.

    After some back and forth and submission of documentation, my bets on NSW races are now accepted – albeit after delayed ‘approval’, which gets interesting when betting close to race time – the very type of live betting the industry is worried about losing.

    Other jurisdictions, most notably Victoria, have yet to follow the lead on minimum betting rules. There’s no recourse for those banned by their bookmakers from betting on racing in other Australian states. It’s hard to think of any industry which so willingly shoos away loyal customers who actually want to spend – let alone one which is also so vocal about losing turnover.

    Racing is inherently a good product which can survive and thrive against competition from other forms of gambling. But it might be time for the industry to concentrate on improving the offer, rather than seeking to have competition banned. Make it easy and make it convenient, but most importantly, get rid of the barriers that punters experience.

    And the bookies? It’s a numbers game. Bookmaking may again involve framing and maintaining a market, rather than just publishing a price and then banning any customer who doesn’t lose. A bookmaker who can’t make money running a market at 120 per cent should probably think about a new line of business.

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    Well its been an excellent start to 2016 with a couple of top results. Last week Feltre was one of the selections and despite it being an 100/1 outsider it finished second. The funny story here is that the jockey got a bit excited as the post approached and thought he had the race won so went the early crow...only to find the inside horse had kicked and won. He was fined $1,000 which of course was little consolation for those of us who had backed Feltre.
    Racing today is pretty ordinary however will do my best to locate a winner.

    RANDWICK:
    R2 no 4 Mount Panorama
    R3 no 6 Miss Royale 2nd
    R7 no 2 Diamond Oasis 4th

    FLEMINGTON:
    R3 no 9 Niccolo 2nd
    R4 no 4 Quick Strike 3rd
    R6 no 4 Hellbent Won $2.40

    SUNSHINE COAST:
    R6 no 13 Royal Tithe 3rd
    R8 no 2 Shotacross The Bow

    ASCOT:
    R6 no 5 Lucky Street. Won

    LAY BETS:
    Mr5 no 11 Star Stealer Started 2nd Fav. Ran unplaced. Lay bet won

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    Heavy track at Rosehill today wont assist our task of finding winners however lets hope we can turn a profit.
    ROSEHILL:
    R1 no 4 Start Wonderingwon
    R3 no 4 Mount Panorama 3rd
    R4 no 1 So Serene
    R7 no 2 Tiger Tees
    R9 no 9 Supreme Effort Race Abandoned

    FLEMINGTON:
    R4 no 1 Star Rolling
    R5 no 2 Magna Rossa
    R7 no 5 Wild Rain
    R9 no 1 Azurite ...each way chance.

    DOOMBEN:
    R2 no 2 Award Season is a special

    ASCOT
    R8 no 11 Paseo Del Prada

    Lay Bets:
    SR4 no 10 Honesty Prevails Won $4.50 lay bet lost

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    Morning Guys. Interesting racing around today so here's hoping we can pluck a few winners this week. Races in Melbourne now go every 30 mins on the hour and half hour which is an interesting move designed to speed up the process.
    Todays selections are:
    RANDWICK:
    R1 no 6 Allergic Won
    R4 no 5 Slots
    R5 no 13 Cant Find Snippy......this is a 100/1 shot with a rough place chanceStarted 200/1.Ran 3rd Paid $24.00 the place!!!
    R6 no 4 Hasselhoof looks hard to beat4th
    R8 no 8 Ghost Protocol...another longshot (50/1) with a rough place chance

    CAULFIELD:
    R1 no 6 Schockemohle each way3rd
    R4 no 1 Extreme Choice Won
    R5 no 3 Hell of an Effort
    R6 no 1 He or She2nd
    R8 no 7 Golden Spin...looks the goods here2nd

    LAY BETS:
    SR3 no 9 FelinesWon $2.40. Lay bet lost
    MR8 no 6 Palentino Ran unplaced. Lay bet won


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    Mixed bag last week however it was nice to see a longshot pop up for a place. Today racing in NSW and Victoria will be conducted on good tracks and again Victoria will run their events on the hour or half hour much to the chagrin of Racing NSW. Sadly our top racing States continue to fight over the carcass.
    Lets hope we can find a positive outcome for you today.

    RANDWICK:
    R5 no 5 Rich Enuff 3rd
    R7 no 8 Winx...looks a standout bet Won
    R8 no 6 Sultry Feeling Won $9.50

    CAULFIELD:
    R1 no 3 Tashbeeh 2nd
    R2 no 2 Risque Won $4.40
    R5 no 3 Politeness 2nd
    R6 no 1 Mahuta Won $4
    R7 no 4 Lucky Hussler....another that looks the goods.2nd

    LAY BETS:
    MR7 no 7 Turn me LooseStarted Fav. Ran unplaced. Lay bet won
    SR3 no 6 Kangarilla Joy Ran 2nd. Lay bet won
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    Sorry Guys there will be no tips for this Saturday as I,m off on a four day fishing junket. Tough life I know but some of us have to do these things. Interesting turn of events here with a boycott of betting being called last Wednesday as a protest against Corporates closing accounts, the inability and/or inconsistency of our betting agencies to accept bets (except in NSW where there are mandatory bet minimums) and the farcical situation regarding start times for Victorian and NSW racing and the problems this causes with Sky Channel 519.
    Cant tell you at this point if the boycott had any real effect but the fact it was called for as a form of protest says a lot about racing in Australia and the issues it has.

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    Huge day of racing here today with plenty of quality Group racing.
    Some tough fields with plenty of chances so hopefully first up from a quick spell we can find you a winner or three.
    RANDWICK:
    R2 no 2 Telperion 4th
    R4 no 2 Scarlett Rain Won $5.50
    R5 no 2 Honesta.....rough chance at odds
    R6 no 3 Solicit Won $2.40 looks the goods......each way chance is the Queensland visitor Tinto.
    R7 no 1 Mongolian Khan...each way. Favourite is the champion WinxWon however its odds represent poor value.

    CAULFIELD:
    R6 no 3 Turn Me LooseWon $3.50
    R7 no 1 Extreme Choice Won $3
    R8 no 2 Dothraki.......rough place chance here despite being badly drawn. Alternatively No 16 Heatherly3rd will give you a good run for your money.
    R9 no 10 Azkadellia Won $2.20 will be tough to beat here.

    LAY BETS:
    MR6 no 4 HucklebuckRan unplaced. Lay bet won
    SR 6 no 7 Ghisoni Won $2.40. Lay bet lost
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    Hey Charles,

    How you going? long time no chat, I see your tipping is still going well

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    Quote Originally Posted by dags View Post
    Hey Charles,

    How you going? long time no chat, I see your tipping is still going well

    dags
    Great to hear from you Dags. Hope all is well with you and you are still backing plenty of winners. Feel free to put your selections on here anytime...it be just like the good old days.!! Take care mate and best wishes.

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    OK today I like

    Randwick
    SR2 1 CAPITALIST 2nd
    SR5 3 OUR BOY MALACHI
    SR6 10 EGYPTIAN SYMBOL3rd
    SR7 1 PRESS STATEMENT2nd
    SR8 10 ENGLISH Won $5.60
    SR9 5 PRIVATE SECRETARY2nd

    Flemington
    MR4 4 ASSIGN
    MR7 5 XTRAVAGANT
    MR9 8 DIVAN 2nd

    Doomben
    BR1 1 ROYAL TITHE Won $2.50
    BR4 5 KAISER FRANZ 2nd
    BR6 5 SECRET TRAIL won $2.40
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    Plenty of Group racing around the country today so here's hoping that translates in finding winners for you.

    FLEMINGTON:

    R1 no 1 Top Me up ...will be very hard to beat4th
    R3 no 1 Afleet Espirit
    R4 no 4 Assign
    R5 no 6 Dan Zephyr
    R6 no 8 Grane......roughie with a place chanceRan 2nd and paid $11.50 the place
    R7 no 1 Mahuta
    R8 no 1 Wawail Won $5.50
    R9 no 3 Don Dorema.......this is a 100/1 shot with a very rough chance in this.

    RANDWICK:
    R2 no 1 Capitalist 2nd
    R5 no 6 First Seal 2nd
    R7 no 1 Press Statement2nd
    R8 no 1 Ball of Muscle

    LAY BETS:
    MR6 no 1 Lumosty Ran unplaced. Lay bet won.
    MR8 no 6 Abide with Me Ran unplaced. Lay bet won
    SR6 no 10 Egyptian Symbol Ran third. Lay bet won

    Cheers n Beers
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    For all of you who are wondering whats happening with the Interactive Gambling Act in respect of in-play betting in Australia then here is some not so good news.

    Racing Australia CEO demands ban on in-play betting
    The Australian - Rick Wallace
    3RD FEBRUARY 2016
    The horse racing industry has called for a complete ban on in-play betting — both telephone and online — warning that live wagering fosters corruption and will hurt the sport’s share of the gambling dollar.



    Racing Australia chief executive Peter McGauran, in an *interview with The Australian, *likened in-play betting to “mindless” poker machine gambling and said it should be banned for all sports, including horse *racing.

    “We feel so strongly about the threat that in-play betting poses to integrity that we believe that the loophole in the Interactive Gambling Act that allows in-play betting on races should be closed,’’ he said.

    His comments come as Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister Alan Tudge prepares the government’s response to the review into online gambling legislation headed by former NSW premier Barry O’Farrell.

    While the 2001 act banned live sports betting except via telephone, it allowed bookies to offer it on horse races, despite fears punters and jockeys could collude to fix or throw races.

    At last year’s Melbourne Cup carnival, bookmaker William Hill heavily promoted live betting on races. William Hill, Ladbrokes and Bet365 are also offering online live betting on sports through a system they say complies with the act, apparently by emulating a telephone call using a voice-over-internet protocol or similar technology.

    The Racing Australia submission to the O’Farrell review takes aim at these companies’ betting systems, urging the government to “eliminate loopholes currently being exploited by certain Australian-based operators to circumvent the existing prohibition”. William Hill insists its system is legal. The other two British *operators have never commented publicly on these matters.

    In-play bets available to punters include betting on games, sets and the final score in tennis, as well as the final tally of aces. In various football codes, basketball, ice hockey and other team sports, punters can bet on the result, total scores, handicaps and other markets. For horse races, punters are usually betting simply for the win. Offshore bookmakers offer similar in-play bet types to Australian-licensed operators, although for some events local firms offer a broader range of bets.

    With some bookies, betting is possible throughout the race, *although others shut it down 30 seconds after the start.

    Mr McGauran said while *illegal online betting posed arguably the biggest threat to racing in its history, revenue losses to racing in the event of in-play betting being fully sanctioned would be steep due to intense competition for the limited gambling dollar.

    “It’s an integrity and an economic issue,’’ he said. “There would be significant migration of revenue from traditional racing wag*ering to sports betting to in-play, which is mindless repetitions in front of a big screen that for many is reminiscent of poker machines.

    “Apart from the clear and immediate threat to integrity from illegal online bookmaking, the revenue loss over time will significantly damage one of Australia’s leading industries and its 200,000 employees.”

    Mr McGauran, a former federal agriculture minister who oversaw the government’s response to the equine influenza outbreak in 2007, has headed Racing Australia since 2012. He said Australia was strongly supporting the Asian Racing Federation’s recent cross-jurisdictional effort to pressure governments to disrupt the activities of unlicensed offshore bookmakers.

    Along with its lobbying on in-play, Racing Australia wants to see Australia block access to offshore bookmaking sites and for banks to be banned from pro*cessing deposits into the accounts of unlicensed foreign bookmakers. This last measure, opposed by financial institutions, has operated successfully in Britain, the US, France and Denmark, the Racing Australia submission says.

    Racing Australia also wants to criminalise the act of betting with an offshore betting company, which would expose ordinary punters to potential Australian Federal Police prosecution.

    Mr McGauran said the AFP needed a separate sports corruption unit to police federal laws on gambling, match fixing and other areas of sport.

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    Guys ...here is another article courtesy of the Roar newsletter.
    It raises some serious questions about racing administration in Victoria (and to some extent Australia).
    Racing Authorities here rely heavily on punters for their primary source of income.....yet they refuse to admonish Corporates for banning winning punters and to introduce minimum bet limits.
    Me thinks we live in a crazy world.!!


    Racing Victoria can’t afford to bite the hand that feeds


    Mark Haywood Roar Rookie
    By Mark Haywood, 9 Mar 2016 Mark Haywood is a Roar Rookie
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    David Moodie, Racing, Racing Victoria
    Racing Victoria can’t afford to bite the hand that feeds
    Racing Victoria chairman David Moodie needs to remember where the money comes from - the punter.

    It was good to hear in-depth from Racing Victoria chairman David Moodie on RSN radio last week.
    Moodie covered many racing issues during his chat with Michael Felgate, and well he might – he’s chairman of Racing Victoria, Racing.com, the Australian Pattern Committee, Super VOBIS, a director of Racing Australia, and a longtime successful breeder and owner.
    An influential bloke then.
    It was interesting to hear Moodie’s thinking on a number of hot-button issues facing racing, particularly due to his dual roles with Racing Victoria and the oft-forgotten Racing Australia. As might be expected of a man with so much on his plate, Moodie seems the type to get on with things.
    While many bemoan the lack of a true, powerful national body to run racing, that frustration needs be tempered for now with a dose of reality: racing in Australia is state-based, it always has been, and undoing that is a convoluted political process that if ever properly tackled, will take years to carry out.
    It’s in this sense that Racing Victoria under Moodie’s stewardship has been most impressive. Quite simply, they get on with it. They give it a go. They get shit done.
    The swift introduction of Racing.com has been a stunning achievement. The key to successful sports broadcasting in Australia remains free-to-air TV. That racing has established its own dedicated free-to-air channel – mirrored online – is a feat that should be the envy of racing and indeed all other sports across the country. The coverage is professional and stunningly accessible, and Moodie rightly speaks with pride about it and the further improvements planned.
    Going with Sky/Tabcorp, as Racing NSW did with its own rights, would in a practical sense have been the easier option. Instead Racing Victoria took a punt on the possibility of something better, and have emerged with a stunning success. This willingness to innovate – to give it a go – is an admirable one.
    Likewise with the controversial 30-minute breaks experiment. Racing Victoria’s approach – to just get on with it – was disruptive to the national scene and upset some. It may have seemed arrogant, but in hindsight it’s difficult to describe it as anything other than successful. A week or two of pain has led swiftly to a national plan and long-term trial. It perhaps wasn’t the most polite way to go about things, but it was demonstrably effective.
    So while there’s much to be pleased about, unfortunately Racing Victoria still lag terribly on one important issue: wagering.
    Felgate addressed the growing issue of punters being unable to bet on races due to restrictions or bans placed on them by bookmakers, and unfortunately Moodie’s response offered very little in the way of comfort for the future.
    In what must place him in a tiny group in racing circles, Moodie revealed that he doesn’t bet himself, because “racing horses is the biggest bet of them all”.
    While that may be the case for him personally, it certainly isn’t for the body he oversees.
    Consider the figures: in 2015, Racing Victoria reported total revenue of $361.2 million. Of that, $340.4 million – 94 per cent – came from wagering.
    So let’s be very clear, punters are racing’s most critical resource. Not by the length of the Flemington straight, but rather by a couple of laps of the course proper and then the five-kilometre walk to Moonee Valley. They’re out of sight.
    Racing ceases to exist without the punt. Everything else in the industry stops.
    On the subject of minimum bet rules, Moodie says that “there’s legal issues… and all sorts of issues, let alone corporate and management matters”. Exactly what those issues are isn’t really apparent, especially given the rules have been successfully implemented in NSW.
    Furthermore, Moodie says that the wholesale banning and restriction of punters are “commercial matters that exist between a corporate bookmaker and his client that have to get dealt with at that level”.
    Frankly, that’s a cop-out, and one that displays a poor attitude toward the contribution of punters to the sport.
    Not only does Racing Victoria license bookmakers to bet on racing through its Race Fields Policy – which is what allows bookmakers to take punters’ money and pass a percentage of it on – but in terms of these ‘commercial matters’, no party has more skin in the game than racing itself.
    Punters and bookmakers alike have other options. Sports betting is on the rise and will expand exponentially with online in-play wagering.
    Racing doesn’t. It lives and dies on punters betting on it.
    Moodie spoke of a review into product fees for bookmakers which Racing Victoria is currently undertaking. The timing then is salient. Racing needs to look after those that allow it to exist, not wash its hands of their concerns

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