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EXCLUSIVE: JUSTRACING SOLVES THE PUZZLE TO KEEP SIX OF EIGHT BRISBANE SATURDAY RACES AT THEIR CURRENT PRIZEMONEY LEVEL POST APRIL 2016 [ More Items ]  
This is a file photo of a bad storm brewing over Eagle Farm one race day. Many participants see a bad storm brewing over proposed prizemoney cuts due to click in post 1 April next year in Queensland. However it's a case of "never fear Phil is here" as Justracing solves the problem for those involved in Saturday city thoroughbred racing, to the point where 75% of owners and trainers can be totally unaffected from where the prizemoney levels are today.
22/12/15

Last Thursday I penned an article entitled “Exclusive: Brisbane Saturday city thoroughbred prizemoney drop has virtually no effect on anyone if you do the sums – and why right now is an opportune time for a speculative investment like a thoroughbred yearling to race in South East Queensland”. In that article attention was drawn to the recently released Ian Hall (Racing Queensland Interim CEO) Tracking To Sustainability Plan, whereby it’s proposed from April next year that the Saturday city prizemoney will be cut from its present $65,000 total prizemoney per race for eight races - to $60,000 for six races and $50,000 for the other two races. In that article I suggested the reduced prizemoney would have been on the two worst races run at Doomben on 12/12/15 which I deemed were won by Tangara and Mister Booze. I also noted in that article that Sydney a “low prizemoney race” each Saturday is worth $40,000 and Melbourne’s “low class crap race” is worth $50,000 in total prizemoney.

Since I wrote that article, I’ve been continually thinking, which is something most administrators and/or empty vessels in racing don’t do much of. And I decided that there’s a better way of approaching Saturday city prizemoney races after 1 April 2016 than I outlined in my original story and that is to leave the prizemoney of the top six races unchanged at $65,000 and drop the prizemoney on the two worst races to $35,000 in total prizemoney, which would see the total prizemoney that is paid out on the day be the same end result – namely $460,000. That way the better horses such as Open company horses, Open 2YOs, Open 3YOs, 1MW, 2MW, Class 6 and so on, don’t suffer any decline in prizemoney at all. If you think it through, in its broadest sense, currently by paying these, what I’d call “crappy 0MW” races the same overall prizemoney as Open company races - we are doing the industry a disservice and are simply rewarding mediocrity. And the horses that make up the numbers in these “crappy 0MW” races are way overpaid by competing for $65,000 currently, in comparison to say the one $40,000 Saturday Sydney race for low class horses and the $50,000 Saturday Melbourne race for the lowly rated horses.

So what I’ve done to educate readers on my proposal is I’ve gone back to look at the CV of each of the horses that are accepting to run in the 0MW race, which in this instance last Saturday at Doomben was won by Glendara, which had won two of his previous 13 starts before last Saturday and those two victories were in an Ipswich Class 3 and a Caloundra Class 5. Both those races were worth $20K in total prizemoney. It’s factual that Glendara had been incapable of winning at his next six starts before last Saturday after winning that Caloundra race, even when contesting races worth as little as $30K level – the point being that Glendara is never going to make it to Open company, yet under the system that is in place as recently as last Saturday, Glendara is getting the same opportunity to earn equal prizemoney to those proven Open company horses.

So here’s a list of the 19 acceptors for the 0MW race at Doomben last Saturday and the total prizemoney that each horse’s connections and trainers were happy to race for in its last four starts prior to this day. So “65” below means the horse contested a $65,000 total prizemoney race and so on:

HORSE

TOTAL P/MONEY PREVIOUS

4 STARTS BEFORE LAST SAT

WINS

GLENDARA

65-65-65-30

NIL

COMACINA

20-65-65-65

NIL

YOHO

20-20-65-65

1 at 20K

MERCURIAN

20-20-20-100

NIL

NEUSCHWANSTEIN

65-65-20-20

NIL

OUTRAGED

20-20-20-100

2 at 20K

RICH REWARD

14-25-65-100

1 at 20K

GLACIER EXPRESS

13-13-12-13

3 – 2 at 13K and 1 at 12K

HULA GIRL

45-20-15-15

1 at 15K

HUSSY ERIN

14-14-20-14

NIL

ATTITUDINAL MISS

12-20-20-20

NIL

COCOA BAR

16-20-16-30

2 – 1 at 20K

1 at 16K

COURT’S STAR

65-65-20-100

NIL

EPIC CHOICE

16-20-20-100

NIL

DUCHESS MOLLY

20-20-16-20

2 – 1 at 16K

1 at 20K

STALWART TYCOON

16-20-16-30

NIL

ROGALI

16-16-20-16

2 – 1 at 16K

1 at 20K

CODE ONE

15-14-20-20

1 at 20K

EURONGILLY

7.5-13-7-12

NIL

So from the last four starts of each of these 19 acceptors for the 0MW race at Doomben last Saturday, which totals 76 starts cumulatively, they’d won 15 races (19.76%) competing in races worth between $7,000 in total prizemoney (Eurongilly) and $100,000 (five runners). And 10 of the 19 acceptors (52.63%) - or more than half the field - had been incapable of winning a race anywhere in their four starts before last Saturday.

So my solution to the future prizemoney problem, at least in Saturday city thoroughbred racing, is to leave the base prizemoney totally unchanged at $65,000 per race for six of the eight races with the worst two 0MW races copping the prizemoney reduction.

If you look at the final result of this race last Saturday, which Glendara won, he’d been incapable of winning a $30K total prizemoney race at his previous start. Court’s Star ran second in this race last Saturday and he’d been incapable of winning a $20K race two starts before this day. Comacina ran third last Saturday and he’s won just one race in the last 19 months and that was a $20K total prizemoney race at Caloundra. Mercurian ran fourth and he’d been incapable of winning three consecutive $20K total prizemoney races in his previous four starts before last Saturday.

 

So yet again - if people use the grey matter that some of us were thankfully given at birth - it’s just a matter of thinking it all through logically to come up with some answers and solutions to proposed prizemoney reductions post 1 April 2016.

 

Today on www.brisbaneracing.com.au Bernard Kenny writes on trainer Doug Watson and Meydan.

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