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Interesting article New Zealand Herald 8th August
Massive injection of funds but change is needed
Much of that has been made possible by the TAB/Entain deal and its huge cash injection
Thoroughbred racing boss Cameron George says the record stake increases breathing new life into the code won’t be the last as long as the racing industry can embrace the changes ahead.
NZTR are now able to plan for the future.
Part of that will be a venue plan, working out which tracks should remain open and which ones need to prove their worth.
“We have people working on this specifically and we can’t afford to be parochial on this issue and think of only what each person or club wants, we have to enter the process with an open mind.”
But George says with racing and the world having changed so much in the past five years, NZTR does not feel bound by any previous reports or ideas on possible track closures.
“It comes down to a variety of factors – money and sustainability are two, but we will also be weighing up community involvement in the regions, where these tracks are and whether clubs are willing to innovate to keep tracks going.”