we have a day when the majority of the population have a
day off work, plenty of leisure time and leisure pounds to
spend, yet those who want to are denied the opportunity to
Why – because it is Good Friday and “traditionally” there
has never been racing on Good Friday – so that’s it then,
nothing else to discuss.
Bring back the dinosaurs as well, well no need really as
there are plenty around in racing.
Funny, we used to not race on Sundays for similar reasons
but, eventually, common sense prevailed and we now race on
Although being British we have approached the entire
concept of Sunday racing half-cocked and have somehow
contrived to turn Sunday’s into a day where racecourses
struggle to attract decent crowds, when it could be the
busiest day of the week in terms of attendances and
betting turnover. Elsewhere in Europe Sunday is the
biggest racing day of the week.
Musselburgh racecourse have indicated they want to stage a
meeting next Good Friday and I wish them well but those in
the PJA, ROA, NTF and NASS are, according to Paul
Struthers, opposed to the idea.
Well that’s no surprise, between them they have as much
business acumen as an amoeba and put their own self
interests ahead of those of the industry as a whole.
Let’s have a blank day on
public holiday when we could stage some high class
racing and attract big family crowds.
Racing is a leisure industry and needs to be available
when there is the demand. All other major sports operate
on Good Friday and get the bums on seats.
cannot be bothered to race on a public holiday it,
frankly, deserves to fail. If those who supposedly run
this sport cannot see the benefits of racing on a public
holiday they need to be replaced, pronto.
Their lame argument is staff need a break and a rest and
that is something I wholly agree with but I will return to
that aspect later.
Another argument is people can spend time with their
families. I have limited sympathy with that argument. If
quality family time is so important then work in a 9-5,
Monday – Friday job.
Anyway most stable staff will still have to work even if
there is no racing – or do the horses look after
themselves on non-racing days?
Perhaps they would care to explain what one blank day will
do to help the lot of stable staff, jockeys etc.?
opponents could explain why there should be a random blank
day in the calendar just because it coincides with a
Now if people want to believe in such things that’s
absolutely fine with me and I respect their beliefs, but I
don’t see why they should impose their sackcloth and ashes
mentality on those who do not share their views.
Another argument is there is too much racing already. I
actually agree with that but would also argue two or three
extra meetings would have little effect in the wider
scheme of things.
So instead of taking a half-hearted approach and having a
random blank day why not take the bull by the horns and
schedule regular blank days in the calendar.
Instead of shooting itself in the foot and not stage
racing on a potentially lucrative day why not have blank
How about not scheduling racing on those wet winter
Mondays where one man and his dog turns up for racing
which generates little betting turnover.
Indeed make Monday blank throughout the year apart from
Bank Holidays and school holidays. That way the staff will
get regular days when they don’t have to go racing.
one blank day on Good Friday why not have 40 blank
Monday’s throughout the year?
not address the concerns expressed about Good Friday
can still have their annual piss-up at the Lester's – just
stage it on a Sunday night instead of the Thursday before
I am not advocating forcing people to go racing on Good
Friday if they don't want to. Unlike those who advocate
not racing on Good Friday on religious grounds who are
forcing their views on me and preventing me from having a
So I’m not against having blank days in the racing
schedule, what I do find objectionable, and offensive, is
having blank days imposed just because of some religious