Staggering difference in the cost of a day’s sport

A RECENT family wedding took me to Australia, where I spent a day at the races at Rosehill on the outskirts if Sydney.

Admission was 20 dollars, but only five dollars for us oldies and nine races took place. At the August Ebor meeting, admission was £27, reduced to £24 for oldies, for a card of six races. An Australian dollar equates to 65p.

Perhaps the York races committee should consider whether value for money is being given by them. With average wages in Australia being about 50 per cent higher than here, the difference in cost of a day’s sport in real terms is staggering.

Geoff Robb, Hunters Close, Dunnington.

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1:36pm Mon 19 Nov 12

ColdAsChristmas says...

You say sport and then giving betting on horses as the only example.
You can get into a betting shop for free in York if you want to call that sport.
You say sport and then giving betting on horses as the only example. You can get into a betting shop for free in York if you want to call that sport. ColdAsChristmas
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2:04pm Mon 19 Nov 12

Fat Harry says...

The cheapest flight to Sydney I can find advertised on the internet is £542 each way (pun intended), but I can get to York Races and back for under a fiver, so an afternoon's sport on Knavesmire still looks a bit of a bargain to me.
The cheapest flight to Sydney I can find advertised on the internet is £542 each way (pun intended), but I can get to York Races and back for under a fiver, so an afternoon's sport on Knavesmire still looks a bit of a bargain to me. Fat Harry
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5:50pm Mon 19 Nov 12

Omega Point says...

Horse racing is not a sport, it is animal exploitation
Horse racing is not a sport, it is animal exploitation Omega Point
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12:42pm Tue 20 Nov 12

J-Dawg says...

It is a sport. Just because horses are well looked after, given good quality of life, kept fit, ridden and loved you think it is "animal exploitation".

I'd suggest you look to history to really see animal exploitation on farms, etc. That still happens now, you can see them on the roadside, these are the horses you should be focusing on.
It is a sport. Just because horses are well looked after, given good quality of life, kept fit, ridden and loved you think it is "animal exploitation". I'd suggest you look to history to really see animal exploitation on farms, etc. That still happens now, you can see them on the roadside, these are the horses you should be focusing on. J-Dawg
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12:42pm Tue 20 Nov 12

J-Dawg says...

It is a sport. Just because horses are well looked after, given good quality of life, kept fit, ridden and loved you think it is "animal exploitation".

I'd suggest you look to history to really see animal exploitation on farms, etc. That still happens now, you can see them on the roadside, these are the horses you should be focusing on.
It is a sport. Just because horses are well looked after, given good quality of life, kept fit, ridden and loved you think it is "animal exploitation". I'd suggest you look to history to really see animal exploitation on farms, etc. That still happens now, you can see them on the roadside, these are the horses you should be focusing on. J-Dawg
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5:12pm Tue 20 Nov 12

Matt_S says...

J-Dawg, do you think the horses would consent to racing if they knew the risks? I'm not so sure they would.
J-Dawg, do you think the horses would consent to racing if they knew the risks? I'm not so sure they would. Matt_S
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