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    You are on the money Stu. On the American point, I am reminded of what Ray Chaplin emailed me recently

    "The USA are facing this problem and the tracks without slots income are losing money (including the Meadowlands)
    Yonkers for instance has average field sizes of around 7.5 and low wagering revenues despite easily the highest
    regular meet purses but has massive income from the slots - their casino licence like the other USA racino’s is granted
    subject to the facility conducting racing – hence to most harness racing is a necessary pain and they do little
    if anything to promote or grow the sport"
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    As the population continues to grow in the area, so does the crowd at the NYE meeting each year. Packed last night. David Martin said over 7,000 counted coming in. Not a lot of familiar faces there. Lots of first timers and tipping mostly locals from the people I spoke to. Heaps of families and kids.

    Yes it's a once a year thing. But it's a great ad for the sport and if you want to know what it used to be like going to the trots highly recommend it.
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    5,000 at Albury is probably an even greater achievement

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    A big attendance by all means at Albury, but at least 4,000 were only there for the midnight fireworks (which went for 25 minutes, so well worth the wait of more than 1 hour after the last race). Behind the grandstand and in other areas out of sight of the track, up to 1,500 people were just filling in time waiting for the crackers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beltane View Post
    A big attendance by all means at Albury, but at least 4,000 were only there for the midnight fireworks (which went for 25 minutes, so well worth the wait of more than 1 hour after the last race). Behind the grandstand and in other areas out of sight of the track, up to 1,500 people were just filling in time waiting for the crackers.
    And therein lies the marketing challenge for all racing going forward

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    I don't think it's a negative that a percentage of those attending Melton or Albury were probably only there for the fireworks. Our industry faces the challenges of relevance and a somewhat negative perception of racing/gambling. One way to address that is by having people attend our tracks, so that they realise harness racing does still exist (when I told some people I know I was taking on the CEO of Harness Racing/Trots, I remember a couple said, 'do they still do that?') and that the people involved in the sport are overwhelmingly decent, hard working, animal loving people. At Melton on NYE we had people walking through the stables looking at horses, which is wonderful for kids to get so close to them. Even those that might not have had a wager on the night, they will have had enjoyed the food/drink, enertainment, kids activities, and for some they might even have thought about buying a share in a horse (as I heard one person asking about on the night). We obviously can't provide free entertainment every meeting, but a modest investment for special events can be part of the solution.


    Cheers, David

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