British owners are gravitating toward larger training operations, much like the “super-trainer” epidemic of the United States, according to reports at thoroughbredracing.com. A number of smaller trainers have identified issues like prize money and media coverage as important factors in the “polarization” of racing.
“What's happening in our game is that it's very much a sport of kings again,” said Newmarket trainer Gay Kellaway. “You can put ten decent-bred horses to the top trainers and it'll be a disaster. Or you could put two well-bred horses with a smaller trainer and they'll probably do really well with them. That's the saddest thing, but that's the reality. There's so much snobbery in racing.”
In terms of prize money, one eye-opening case was the 2017 distribution of funds at Goodwood: 87 percent of the track's overall prize money went to Class 1 and 2 races and 13 percent to Class 3,4 and 5.
“The press doesn't help. We often have a good result with a horse but we're often ignored in favor of a big yard who gets all the write-ups,” said Ann Duffield. “The press is the key because people believe what they read, whether it's right or wrong.”
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