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By Graham Potter | Monday, May 9, 2011

In this day and age, filling a racetrack to its spectator capacity is a big ask … but if you don’t take aim at what you are trying to achieve, you won’t hit the target.

The challenge here is quite simple. It is to fill Doomben on Saturday and thus create a small piece of racing history.

Racing is so often much maligned. From those who know little about pertinent details, like good intentioned but ill-informed lobby groups, right through to those racing administrators who continually clash in public to the detriment of the cause, racing is kicked around from pillar to post and generally takes a bruising for its trouble.

Thank God for the true enthusiasts who keep the sport going … in spite of the fact that few in authority pay attention to their needs, suggestions, insight and experience when discharging their duties.

There are rare instances when the bickering is pushed aside, but it is seldom the case that a person can take credit for that positive shift of focus.

Invariably, and quite appropriately, it is a horse that emerges to stand tall and create a special moment in time. Not just any horse obviously … but a champion horse whose profile transcends racing itself and embraces a more far-reaching audience, some of whom are introduced to the magic of horseracing for the first time and are enthralled by its possibilities.

Therein lies a huge opportunity for racing to promote itself to willing participants.

That opportunity has come to Brisbane, in the form of the champion race-mare, the unbeaten Black Caviar.

In order to maximise the potential, positive spinoff for racing on offer, the Brisbane Turf Club and horseracingonly (HRO) have joined together with the purpose of combining their energies in an attempt to ensure that history is made when Black Caviar steps out in the BTC Cup at Doomben on May 14.

Two outcomes are desirable.

One … that the ‘House Full’ signs go up on the day! When last has the gates of a racetrack in Brisbane had to be closed because maximum spectator capacity had been reached?

This is a great opportunity and every effort must be made to secure that result.

It might seem a long shot to some, but if you don't take aim you are never going to hit the target.

Two … that everybody has a fair go at gaining entry to the track and that they realise that there is a number restriction placed on those who will be allowed entry (20000).

Where can they get tickets, how many tickets are still available etc. It is important that those who are thinking of going to the races on BTC Cup day understand what their options are so they are not disappointed on the day.

To this end, every day in the countdown to Black Caviar’s debut in Queensland, HRO will post the number of tickets still available for purchase - until all tickets are ‘Sold Out.’

HRO will do the same with Black Caviar’s second scheduled appearance in the Doomben 10000 on May 28 at Doomben.

Lets be optimistic and give this undertaking the name, ‘The Black Caviar - House Full Tour’.

Come on Brisbane. Let's do it!

As at Monday morning, tickets still available* for the BTC Cup meeting featuring the world’s highest rated horse, Black Cavair, on Saturday, May 14, 2011 are:

General admission - 10 371 tickets available.
Home Lawn Straight - 29 spaces (or 290 tickets) tickets available.
The Lookout - 6 tickets available.
The Grove - 8 tickets available.

Do not miss out! Go and get your ticket now!

*Figures supplied by Brisbane Racing Club.

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invite you to come and see the highest rated horse in
the world in action at Doomben

The Peter Moody trained mare is unbeaten in twelve starts. She
is scheduled to race at Doomben in the BTC Cup on May 14
and the Doomben 10 000 on May 28.

The ‘FULL HOUSE’ signs could well be posted by the time Black Caviar steps out onto the track.
DON’T be disappointed!
Book today. (Tickets on sale at Ticketek)


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Black Caviar
Photos: Taron Clarke
Black Caviar
Photos: Taron Clarke
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