and so the fun begins - the tassie premier has got his way and will introduce the necessary legislation to allow betfair to legally do its thing in this country.
clearly he and several media writers are just so blind to the harm this will do. i'm not referring to turnover, or punters leaving the tab's in droves. the one issue the supporters OF BETFAIR simply fail to admit is......IT CREATES THE 'OPPORTUNITY' FOR ANYONE, FROM TRAINER, JOCKEY, OWNER, STABLEHAND, FLOAT DRIVER, STRAPPER, ANYONE WITH ACCESS TO THE HORSE, TO DO SOMETHING, WHETHER ON THE DAY, THE DAY PRIOR, OR IN THE HORSES LEAD UP, TO RUIN THE HORSES CHANCES TO WIN OR RUN A PLACE IN A RACE, AND PROFIT 'HEAVILY' FROM IT, BECAUSE THEY CAN 'BE THE BOOKIE', TAKE BETS FROM OTHERS ON IT KNOWING IT WILL LOSE, AND RUN OFF INTO THE COUNTRYSIDE. NOW I DO ACKNOWLEGDE THAT THE AUDIT PROCESS THAT WILL BE IN PLACE 'SHOULD' STOP THESE TYPES FROM WANTING TO TAKE PART IN SUCH CRIMINAL ACTIVITY, BUT THE PROBLEM IS BETFAIR 'GIVES' SOMEONE THE OPPORTUNITY, AND I GUARANTEE, THE FIRST TIME IT HAPPENS, THE INTEGRITY OF AUSTRALIAN RACING IS SHOT. PEOPLE WHO INVEST IN HORSES THRU OWNERSHIP, PUNTING, OR THE THOUSANDS OF JOBS WITHIN THE INDUSTRY ARE GONE. INTEGRITY IS EVERYTHING IN THIS INDUSTRY, AND SO WITHOUT IT, IT MAY AS WELL RETURN TO ITS DAYS OF AMATEUR RIDERS AND $1000 STAKES, BECUASE THATS ALL IT WILL BE ABLE TO AFFORD.
I REPEAT, THIS DECISION MADE BY LENNON IS ABOUT GIVING THOSE WHO WANT TO DECEIVE, AND 'PROFIT' FROM IT, THE BIGGEST OPPORTUNITY THEY WILL EVER GET.
RACINGS PAST HISTORY OF SKULLDUGGERY SAW HORSES DRUGGED, INJURED ETC AND FORCED TO LOSE, BUT IT WAS ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE FOR THESE PEOPLE TO 'EASILY' PROFIT FROM IT - TODAYS DECISION MAKES IT EASY FOR 'ANYONE' TO PROFIT FROM STOPPING A HORSE TO RACE ON ITS MERITS.