Complacency and inaction over prize-money means Britain is risking its status as a leader in world racing, according to David Redvers, the racing manager and adviser to Qatar Racing, reports RACING POST’S PETER SCARGILL.
Redvers was among several leading industry figures talking to the Racing Post as part of a major investigation in Sunday’s newspaper into the sustainability of British racing in light of the Covid-19 pandemic and the deaths of two of the sport’s biggest and most influential owner-breeders Khalid Abdullah and Hamdan Al Maktoum.
Redvers pointed out the positive effect international investment has had on the industry as a whole but warned that it had also made British racing complacent, with potentially disastrous consequences.
“Historically Britain, as the home of horseracing and the cradle of the sport, has always been the most exciting anywhere in the world because of the pageantry and history, as well as the quality of the horses,” he said.
“If you are from anywhere in the world and horses are your passion then the best place to come to buy the very best is France, Ireland and, particularly, Britain. That is something we should have jealously protected and nurtured, but the big concern today is how we are doing in that task because it’s not looking very pretty at the moment.”