The bulk of trainers in Ireland bar the top ten in the leader boards, don’t have the benefits of having unlimited cash to spend at the sales during the course of the year, they must use their own inventiveness to spot a deal; that can be deemed finding a needle in amid a hay stack. Being a trainer outside the top 20 category can be an unrewarding job, the inadequate winning statistics don’t tell the full story to their day-to-day efforts though when a victory is achieved, the restless nights and exhausting long days – all seem worthwhile, but they are currently at a scarcity.
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 fortuitous owners and trainers in Ireland have almost acquired 80% of the prize money before the season has begun, there is just no contending with their superiority realistically. Pursuing the titbits is the only likelihood the percentage of trainers have of staying involved in the game nonetheless when the so-called ‘elite’ trainers are charging the same training fees as you, the allure of getting new owners to your unpretentious yard is getting tougher by the day.
Bar the select ‘lucky’ Irish trainers, the rest are becoming reliant on those tedious over-sea’s forays paying off. The prizemoney in Britain is horrendous though what other chance do you have of getting a winner? The lesser rated handicaps in Ireland are now overpopulated, even winning them isn’t possible. Winning five races in Britain, doesn’t mean your stable is going to win one in the future in Ireland, it’s a different game all together, almost unbearable for anyone outside the top 20 position in the trainers’ title. The outlook looks bleak unless new owners, or investments can be acquired.
What can the regulatory bodies do? Nothing really, they don’t appear to be actively seeking alternatives to keep small trainers a float, suppose if their bank is above exceptions, what do they care? How many trainers will hand in their licence with the next ten years? I’d say that statistic will be well into the double figures at this startling rate.
I’d rather have a horse in training with a hands-on trainer any day. Support the lesser mentioned trainers in Ireland, you’d be surprised with their proper one-to-one ownership experience; much more value for money. We need to look outside the box when choosing a trainer to take a punt on. Getting more value for your hard-earned money couldn’t be simpler for us owners; so many possibilities, but the buck ends with us. Don’t follow trends, set them.