The current state of NSW racing: the analysis
ONLY fools and horses believe New South Wales racing is in a healthy state.
According to those eking out a living from the industry, the fools are those who don't share their love of the game, therefore having no opinion.
As for horses, they can't talk, unless somebody has Mr. Ed's mobile number.
Victoria's Spring Carnival was another recordbreaker.
In the Sunshine State, nine race programs with capacity fields are the norm, catering for every class of horse.
Every week, locals from the Northern Rivers Racing Association (encompassing Coffs Harbour) pour across the Queensland border for the rich pickings on offer, providing you have the right horse in a suitable race.
This week, Sydney 'hosted' a six race metropolitan meeting for a handful of starters, the worst number of races on a card since 1962.
Writing in the Daily Telegraph, Christian Nicolussi said: "Bush trainers are snubbing city racing for fear their horses won't be competitive and weighted out of future races in the country."
Leading country trainers Paul Perry, Bede Murray, Peter Clancy and Brett Cavanough were quoted in general agreement while listing other factors detrimental to their nominating in Sydney.
Racing NSW chief executive Peter V'Landys said the trainer's had "a negative perception."
So what is the real story?
Coffs Coast Advocate sports journalist Greg White sought comments from NRRA premier trainer Brett Bellamy, Group One-winning trainers Joe Janiak and Gordon Yorke, the astute Brett Dodson and prominent owner, Peter Cutler.
All agreed the weight issue raised by Nicolussi is merely the tip of a monstrous iceberg.
For those managing the local industry, there were words of comfort with this city seen as geographically ideal for racing professionals.