Comments for http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/mihirbose/2009/03/flat_racing_loses_fizz.html http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/mihirbose/2009/03/flat_racing_loses_fizz.html en-gb 30 Fri 25 Jul 2014 04:47:06 GMT+1 A feed of user comments from the page found at http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/mihirbose/2009/03/flat_racing_loses_fizz.html Brekkie http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/mihirbose/2009/03/flat_racing_loses_fizz.html?page=83#comment5 Some sort of "Golden League" of racing would make a lot of sense. The BBC could show a bit more support - so far this year the 1-2.30pm slot on Saturdays has been devoid of genuine sport most weeks, a slot perfect for some racing surely. Sat 14 Mar 2009 15:15:52 GMT+1 jhfgdsaw http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/mihirbose/2009/03/flat_racing_loses_fizz.html?page=66#comment4 Could the lack of comments be evidence of a lack of interest in racing? Fri 13 Mar 2009 10:13:20 GMT+1 redtimbo http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/mihirbose/2009/03/flat_racing_loses_fizz.html?page=50#comment3 Fair play for giving racing some airtime for once but on the first day of the greatest show on earth, to have a news report on Flat racing seems disgracefully out of touch with the current week's atmosphere. By all means mention this problem in a months time but the time on the news should have been given to a review of the racing.I agree that it is only the flat that has a problem. The jumps is great - its just the promotion that they have got wrong. They should be targeting new young racegoers with advertising, but have only advertised to the converted. I hope this changes but it should have been done years ago. I am a non-posh racing fan and under 20. The annoying thing by far is that the sport is great but there are not enough people to enjoy it with. My non-racing mates are the people who racing should be advertising to. It should be a clear, brilliant promotional campaign and any changes to the racing itself (e.g. calendar) should be done first. The quicker this starts the better because racing needs a strong youth base to carry the sport forwards in the future. There are brilliant young jockeys out there putting their lives on the line. They should be rewarded with the respect and support they deserve by more people. The aim should be to get people 'hooked' and not just be an occasional racegoer. Believe me, once you are hooked on racing you are hooked for life and racing will gain from your investment.Finally Mihir and the BBC, if Tony McCoy is not on the shortlist for Sports Personality of the Year then there is a serious misjustice. Make sure it happens please. Wed 11 Mar 2009 19:12:24 GMT+1 Joe G http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/mihirbose/2009/03/flat_racing_loses_fizz.html?page=33#comment2 Excellent article Mihr, the problem is now as arguable always has been, getting new people interested in the sport.As it stands the only younger people who attend race meetings tend to either be (for want of a better phrase) horsey people or those on a stag/hen/birthday party. Getting people in their 20's te regularly go to meetings just for a love of the sport and a flutter seems to be something successive generations in horse racing have tried and failed to do.It's hard to see how horse racing can get over certain (no pun intended) hurdles, it's percieved as expensive, upper class and to convaluted to be accessible to the younger person. All of these reasons are arguably unfair one must admit, a trip to the races (betting and drinks included) costs about the same as a day trip to Stamford Bridge or Lords, horse racing has arguably never been as upper class as its stereotyped to be and it's no more complicated than Cricket once you learn how it works. But these are the perceptions and repeated attempts to disprove them have failed.I think the main problem with attracting punters is the atmosphere. I love the occassional trip to the races but I'm by no means a week in week out visiter, one or two trips a year. The one negative I always draw on is whilst there are many there just out for a good time there are a large number of people who take racing very seriously. The bookies can be intimidating if you're just betting a couple of quid as they're looking for the £100+ bets and one can be made to feel silly if you stand next to the form experts saying you like a horse because you think he winked at you.If one goes to the football everyone in the crowd is equal, you're all they're to have a good time, you're all paying similar prices for equal entertainment and you don't have to have your knowledge or purpose for being there examined and proved. For some racing is just too intimidating compared to a day at the football, cricket or just down the pub. Wed 11 Mar 2009 12:32:05 GMT+1 PNkt http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/mihirbose/2009/03/flat_racing_loses_fizz.html?page=16#comment1 Instead of looking at ways to change the tradition of the racing industry (I for one would leave the game if they moved the Derby from Epsom in June!) why not look at other ways to encourage people to come racing - ticket offers in the National papers; encourage schools to get involved in the Racing to School programme (Google it!); get our personalities - the jockeys, trainers, owners - out there giving interviews in the papers and appearing on tv; offer syndicate opportunities in the National papers, eg pay £50 and own a share in a racehorse for one year, etc. As for the comments on the sales, yes sales turnover is down, but the good quality horses are still selling for good money - it is the bottom end of the market that has suffered and that is simply down to overproduction. Too many breeders are breeding from bad quality mares and using bad quality/unproven stallions. Wed 11 Mar 2009 11:43:14 GMT+1 pollyowls http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/mihirbose/2009/03/flat_racing_loses_fizz.html?page=0#comment0 MihirI feel you are wise to differentiate between the state of Flat and National Hunt racing.I agree with most of the reasons you give. However, it should also be rememembered that the public have a better awareness of NH horses because they take part in big races over several years.Classic winning horses are whisked away to stud by their owners after their 3-y-o season, often having only run five or six times in their lives. Therefore, the most important element of the event, the horse, completely changes each year.It is no coincidence that the three most popular horses of all times were jumps horses - Arkle, Desert Orchid and Red Rum. It was partly their longevity which made it so - until classic winners return to training as older horses, this imbalance in popularity will never be re-dressed Tue 10 Mar 2009 22:36:57 GMT+1