WELL TODAYS RESULT IS A PERFECT EXAMPLE OF WHY PEOPLE TURN OFF RACING. PEOPLE GIVE REASONS SUCH AS THE SPORT IS RIGGED, THE MONEY, THE POLITICS AS REASONS THEY DONT LIKE RACING. NOW I AM NOT SUGGESTING FOR ONE MINUTE THAT TODAYS RACE WAS RIGGED AS THAT IS NOT THE CASE BUT THE MONEY AND POLITICS ARGUEMENTS HAVE DO HOLD WEIGHT AFTER WATCHING TODAYS RACE.

FIRSTLY WE HAVE GAI WATERHOUSE; WOW ONLY THE 2ND WOMAN TO WIN A MELBOURNE CUP. NOW WE HAVE PEOPLE WANTING TO CELEBRATE BECAUSE ITS A WOMAN WHO ONE AND NOT THE BEST HORSE ON THE DAY. BUT THIS IS A LADY WHO IS NO STRANGER TO THE POLITICS OF RACING. OVER THE LAST COUPLE OF MONTHS GAI HAS HAD HER ISSUES WITH THE POWERS THAT BE BECAUSE SHE HAS NOT DONE THE RIGHT THING. THE MORE JOYOUS AFFAIR AND OTHER ISSUES WHERE HORSES HAVE BEEN PRESENTED AND RUN AND PAPERWORK HAS NOT BEEN ACCURATE OR UP TO DATE. THEN WHEN THESE MATTERS GO TO APPEALS PROCESS NOT WANTING CERTAIN PEOPLE INVOLVED IN THE PROCESS. AT THE END OF THE DAY SHE WALKS AWAY WITH A PETTY CHANGE FINE AND GETS TO CONTINUE ON. WHAT IFTHIS WAS A LITTLE KNOWN TRAINER AND NOT A BIG NAME WHO HAS THE COIN AND ALSO BRINGS PLENTY MORE INTO RACING?

THEN WE HAVE DAMIEN OLIVER. AS SOON AS HE WON THE COMMENTARY TEAM ON 7 WERE GOING ON WITH WHAT HE HAS BEEN THROUGH WITH HIS DAD, THEN HIS BROTHER. THAT WAS A LONG TIME AGO, LETS STOP LIVING IN THE PAST AND LOOK AT RECENT TIMES. HE CHEATED THE RACING SYSTEM AND PLACED A BET ON A HORSE WHILE RIDING ANOTHER IN THAT RACE. HE NOT ONLY CHEATED RACING, CONNECTIONS ECT BUT ALSO THE PUBLIC WHO INVEST ON THESE RACES. AND WHAT HAPPENED HERE WAS THEY LET HIM KEEP RIDING LAST YEAR THROUGH THE CARNIVAL, THEN GAVE HIM A HOLIDAY SO HE COULD BE BACK THIS YEAR AND GO ON AND WIN IT.

THE PENALTY DISHED UP TO OLIVER FOR WHAT HE DID WAS LAUGHABLE. IF YOU WANT A TRANSPARENT, HONEST SPORT PEOPLE WILL FLOCK TO AND ENJOY THEN FOR THE BENEFIT OF RACING OLIVER SHOULD NOT BE RIDING. WE SUSPEND GUYS FOR MINOR INFRINGMENTS BUT GIVE A BLOKE WHO HAS DONE SOMETHING SERIOUSLY WRONG WHICH DAMAGES THE BRAND A SLAP ON THE WRIST AND WELCOME HIM BACK.

THIS GREAT SPORT OF RACING WILL END UP A LAUGHING STOCK LIKE BOXING UNLESS WE GET OUR HOUSE IN ORDER AND TAKE A HARD LINE ON HARD ISSUES AND NOT ON PETTY ISSUES.