The majority of trainers in Ireland bar the top elite, don’t have the privileges of having immense cash to spend at the sales.
They must use their own inventiveness to spot a bargain, that can be considered finding a needle in amid a hay stack.
Being a small trainer, can be an unrewarding place, the poor winning statistics don’t tell the full story to their day-to-day struggles however when a success is attained, the sleepless nights and strenuous long days, all seem worthwhile, but they are presently a rarity.
“When your winning, you don’t question anything, but on the other hand when things don’t go right for you the system looks flawed”.
The elite owners and trainers in Ireland have almost acquired 70% of the prize money before the season has begun, there is just no contending with their superiority realistically.
Chasing the crumbs is the only likelihood the middle-of-the-road trainer have of staying involved in the sport though when the bigger trainers are charging the same training fees as has you the enticement of getting new owners to your modest yard is getting tougher by the day. Guaranteeing success to an owner isn’t sensible.
The Irish trainers are reliant on on those tedious over-sea’s forays paying off. The prize money in Britain is appalling nevertheless what other chance do they have of getting amongst the winners in Ireland?
The lesser rated handicaps in Ireland are now over colonised, even winning them isn’t conceivable. Winning five races in Britain, doesn’t mean your stable is going to win one in the imminent in Ireland, it’s a different game all together, almost excruciating for anyone outside the top 10 positions in the trainers’ title. The future looks bleak.
What can the regulatory bodies do? Nothing really, they don’t appear to be actively seeking alternatives to keep small trainers a float, supposing if their bank is above exceptions, what do they care? How many small trainers will hand in their licence with the next ten years? I’d say that number will be well into the double figures at this frightening rate.