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15 Apr 13 20:25
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that was quick, who was champion jockey?
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Report hello :-) April 15, 2013 10:21 PM BST
Brough scott , his title run in with hughsie is detailed in his new book " Please invite me for tea and I swear I wont say a thing "
Report Vubiant April 15, 2013 10:31 PM BST
Can anyone take charge and put an end to this annual farce -where the 'flat season' creeps in the back door in a stop/go fashion interspersed with downbeat NH fare  and AW dross.
Start it on a defined date with a bit of flair and something like a spring festival feel to it and keep it continuous instead of intermittent.
Report mickey April 15, 2013 10:52 PM BST
starts Wednesday, no?
Report desperatemunter April 15, 2013 11:32 PM BST
absolutely right vubiant - i know nothing of marketing and care even less, but even I know you package a product, hopefully retaining customers. a defined big-deal start and finish to the season would do just that
Report desperatemunter April 15, 2013 11:35 PM BST
the start has become a particular joke - even i who know far more about racing than is good for me - but funnily enough, not enough that it is good for me -  only dimly became aware that the flat was back.
Report Pinza April 16, 2013 9:26 AM BST
Your right to wonder and yes it has been a disgrace over last few years.
Started when they got rid of the 3 day Doncaster meeting.
It's all about Festival meetings nowadays and the Corporate approach.

It should be OK after the start of Newmarket on Wednesday (as mickey pointed out)

What bothers me is the yearly price increases to attend race meetings.
Chester increase their price each year - regardless of recession and inflation limits (R.P.I or C.P.I)
I paid £30 for Tatts Ticket two years ago and this year it's £35
Take into account that if you order online you pay an extra "administration" fee!!!
How can they justify an ongoing price rise each year?
It will get so expensive that it will become The Sport of Kings again.
Report Dr Gonzo April 16, 2013 9:34 AM BST
How can they justify an ongoing price rise each year?

Because, unfortunately, it seems that Chester make a fortune flogging tickets to the drunks, at seemingly whatever price they want.
Report Facts April 16, 2013 9:35 AM BST
Vubiant     15 Apr 13 22:31 
Can anyone take charge and put an end to this annual farce -where the 'flat season' creeps in the back door in a stop/go fashion interspersed with downbeat NH fare  and AW dross.
Start it on a defined date with a bit of flair and something like a spring festival feel to it and keep it continuous instead of intermittent




The Flat season always used to start with the Doncaster 'Lincoln' meeting. Starting on the Thursday.I remember it was always eagerly looked forward to. And the opening race on the 1st day, was always exciting - heralding the start of the Flat Season/Spring - and the Summer racing to come.
Report Pinza April 16, 2013 9:39 AM BST
The drunks are usually in the Course and Dee stand areas Dr Gonzo.
Mainly the Social Club Coach outing visitors from further North.
Report Dr Gonzo April 16, 2013 9:51 AM BST
There are plenty of them in Tatts too Pinza. Three separate meetings last year I saw people vomiting in the vicinity of the parade ring.

I've always liked going to Chester, but as you say, in excess of £30 now for Tatts now is a joke. I will be going a lot less this year, but I doubt the management will mind as I only buy a couple of overpriced pints, not ten.
Report roggrain April 16, 2013 10:58 AM BST
The problem goes beyond racing. Britain has a booze culture.Race courses want to make as much money as possible so they cater to that culture.
Report Facts April 16, 2013 11:40 AM BST
^ you,re right. We tried to become a 'cafe culture' by doing away with the previous opening/closing times of pubs. Now the uncultured masses just enjoy a longer time in which to throw as much alcohol as they can down their stupid throats - and then vomit it up all over the pavements and doorways hours later.Disgusting rabble.
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