louisg wrote: Craig
Some food for thought...
1)We have had this argument before, a few years ago. So, KZN Trainers have gone along with your lines of thinking and where are we now, a few years later, since we decided to protect the lower rated horses of our loyal Owners ? How many runners are we giving the Operators in our C division and higher races ? Basically, the lower end horses are what 95 percent of our Racing has no option but to cater for, in KZN. Another Region that protects local runners, is Kimberley. Where has that taken them and their quality, over the last 6 years?
2)Gauteng horses raid KZN at will, now, with huge success. They are raiding us, like they raided Bloem, years ago...in spite of our "loyalty" rules. Last week we lost a maiden race at time of Acceptances, as it only had 7 runners declared. 5 of the 7 acceptors were from Gauteng. We , "the protected" could only muster 2 runners...!?
3)Since mediocrity has been protected through "loyalty" down here, we now have very few top class horses in the Province.
4)Very few KZN horses will make the big ones this Season. And very few of those , again, will be competitive in those races in which they make the fields.
5)Because when u reward mediocrity, that is what u will have. THATS WHY !
When one considers the History of KZN Racing and the many many great horses that were Trained and Raced here over the years, what we have now is far removed from those glory days.
We still have the Theatre of Champions. We still have the Greatest Race in SA. We still have, by far, the two most beautiful Training centers in the Country. So, we cannot blame the Operator. We can only blame ourselves. We cannot afford to keep bad horses, at the expense of the Owners. We need to work much harder, in our quest to find better quality horses and to regain the respect that was once part and parcel of Racing down here.
Those are the facts. We need to face them and we need to put big efforts into priority number 1, which is finding quality stock.