Its a city course and has good public transport links - actually quite a nice walk - would be a good Friday night out / long weekend destination experience ?What ever happened to French trainers sending runners to the UK. I have no stats but it does appear the numbers have dropped of. For this to happen they must be doing something right as well as offering better prize money, and they only operate a pmu / tote system (i'm not sure if the French have anything similar to Betfair) The French in general have small crowds just like the UK, i have noticed though since Longchamp reopened on a Thursday / Friday evening they now appear to have a large crowd of the younger generation, maybe they have been enticed with freebies.
When I have been it has not noticeably been a stag type / music event - but it's over ten years since my last visit and never at night - its my bucket list now though
It is possible to look at the observed record of Irish handicappers at Cheltenham in recent seasons and take from there whether the BHA's approach is justified.
At the last three festivals, Irish runners have accounted for 23.8 per cent of the total of 686 runners in handicaps. From that pool, they have produced 32.5 per cent of placed horses and 53.3 per cent of winners across the same period.
In terms of winners, that corresponds to an impact value of 2.24 - which is to say that an Irish-trained winner of a festival handicap is more than twice as likely than if all runners had a perfectly equal chance. The impact value among placed horses is 1.37. That is obviously less headline-grabbing, but still represents a significant edge.
Yes that would work - Reading the BHA are going to move to help horse owners with some kind of help either with a direct trainer costs sub - or more place money - I hope its the former route - more place money will just lead to more dross day in day out, without backing that suggested move up with better stewarding and stricter penalties for none tryer's will only hurt the sport.If they did a horse racing version of Tiffani's Big City tips (come on admit who saw that many moons ago) I'd be more inclined to watch the racing coverage other than just putting the sound on for the actual races.
I'd be happy if they rotated a few though ie "And in the St Ledger market Santiago has shortened by a 1/4 point and English King is turning into a big drifter...I'm Francesca/Haley/Alex and these are my big racing tips...."
Mind you if they put Balding on it would be like the start of Day of the Triffards ie guys across the country all screaming aahhhh my eyes they burn...