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MY CALL - RACING'S FUN DAYS ALLOW A WELCOME RESPITE FROM THE SERIOUS SIDE OF THE BUSINESS

By David Fowler | Tuesday, September 16, 2014

David Fowler is the principal thoroughbred caller for Radio TAB. David, who is a keen form student and punter, has enjoyed a lifetime involvement in the racing media. His personal blog, ‘My Call’, appears exclusively on HRO.

Hardly hearing the word "turnover" was a delight to my ears during the past weekend of racing.

I was privileged to broadcast the 56th Cairns Amateurs Carnival and the second Deagon Picnic race-day.
Attendances were huge in Cairns and the Deagon numbers were similar to 12 months ago.

While the younger demographic dominated the Cairns numbers, the family element was strong at Deagon.
But the common denominator to both was that racing was fun for people.

Yes, just that, simply fun.

People gathered in big numbers for an event. Racing was built around those events, not the other way around.

The flutters would have been generally modest and overall turnover would not have stacked up in comparison to more "serious" meetings.

But you know what, who cares?

RQ chairman Kevin Dixon has so often said he is prepared to "take a hit" occasionally on turnover if the event promotes racing outside of a dollar sign or a bottom line.

Queensland can hold its head high that Cairns, Deagon and Birdsville allow us national exposure on what is a quieter month in the Sunshine State.

And to the financial boffins, leave the adding up to another day.

We can wear it.

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