IT'S US AGAINST THEM, SAYS ESKANDER - AND THAT'S GREAT!
Thursday 27th October, 2011
Betstar's Alan Eskander says Australian punters
should embrace the internationalisation of the Melbourne Cup as debate
continues over this year's foreign invasion which should ensure our most famous
sporting trophy heads overseas again.
"The international competition is great for the race," said Eskander. "When you look at how much publicity the overseas runners generate, you realise just how important they are to keeping racing in the public eye at this time of the year. And if an international horse is the best stayer, so be it. Surely competition in any sport is good. We as Australians love to cheer on our national teams when they have success in so many sports around the world, so why shouldn't we welcome the internationals with open arms when they come here to compete. To be the best you have to beat the best" Eskander said.
"And while our staying ranks aren't that strong at the moment, we don't complain when our best sprinters head over to Royal Ascot and win the big races over there. The British didn't complain when the likes of Choisir, Takeover Target and Miss Andretti went over there and won some of their biggest sprint races so why shouldn't it work the other way. I'm sure the Brits won't be complaining when they get the chance to see our own Black Caviar in action at Royal Ascot next year," said Eskander.
"If Australian owners and trainers are going to stay competitive in the Melbourne Cup, perhaps it's time for someone to bite the bullet and start breeding some stayers. The Europeans have learned the lessons from their earlier forays and now have a good handle on just what is required to be competitive, and from my point of view, I reckon it's fantastic for the race and the Spring Racing Carnival," said Eskander.
Eskander said Betstar had framed a market on where the Melbourne Cup winner will be trained and it's no surprise that the Internationals are a firm favourite.
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