I was nodding in total agreement listening to Roger Varian’s comments regarding prize money at the weekend.
He started by saying, “I’d not increase prize money for Class 6 races but….”, and then went on to say which races would/should attract an increase….he also discounted the Group races, which he suggested already compared favourably with racing in Europe.
Yesterday Redcar put on an eight race card, four of which were Class 6 and the results they produced rubber stamped not only Varian’s thoughts, but very much my own, too.
The 2-49pm was the first of them and the first four home were priced 40/1, 50/1, 66/1 and 12/1. We then enjoyed a couple of Class 3 events, the winners of which were to be found in the OMMS section of the members Newletter.
Then it turned nasty again, the meeting concluding with three of those Class 6 events. The winner of the first was also an OMM, 9/1 > 6/1 > 4/1….it beat a 14/1 shot by a short head.
The 5-09pm race went to a 20/1 shot, the 5-44pm to a 16/1 shot that absolutely hosed in, beating the favourite by nearly four lengths, with a pair of 12/1 shots filling third and fourth places.
What was also very plain to see was that what I’ve been saying in Podcasts is also true. We have far too many bad horses in training, three of those four Class 6 races attracting 20, 14 and 16 runners. The only one that didn’t was being run over two miles and we fortunately don’t have enough of that kind of horse, or races of that type, to encourage anyone to have such a horse in training.
Thankfully we are not compelled to bet in such races but that prize money would be so much better spent spreading it across the better races, don’t you agree?