Racing's Battle to Restore Our Faith; Racing

By Hislop, Lydia | The Evening Standard (London, England), February 28, 2001 | Go to article overview

Racing's Battle to Restore Our Faith; Racing


Hislop, Lydia, The Evening Standard (London, England)


Byline: LYDIA HISLOP

THE racing industry now has a desperate fight against time to convince the public that it is safe to resume in the midst of an escalating foot-and-mouth crisis.

Racing in Britain was suspended last night and the plan is to resume a week today, with the Cheltenham Festival - Europe's most prestigious National Hunt fixture - proceeding in just 13 days' time.

But why, within a mere seven days, will the sport be any better placed to deal with problems presented by this disease? And how can racing convince dissenters, even within its own industry, that it poses no threat of exacerbating the situation?

British Horseracing Board (BHB) and Jockey Club members have been repeatedly reassured by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAFF) that all scientific evidence indicates continuing the sport has no impact on the spread of foot-and-mouth. But a lack of confidence - and perhaps understanding - led to increasing pressure on racing's chiefs to throw out official advice.

The Jockey Club admits to receiving overwhelmingly negative public opinion on whether to keep racing.

Many trainers and racecourses based in areas of dense farmland expressed discomfort about continuing their operations while restrictions were being imposed on their neighbours' movement and their community quaked to think it could be next to contract the ruining disease.

Dorset handler Robert Alner's remarks are typical. "I am almost embarrassed to have runners. I've got three dairy farms near me and, if one of those got foot-and-mouth, I'd be the obvious one to blame," he said.

Even though vets have no quarrel with the sport, the problem racing faces if it is to resurrect this jumps season within a week is avoiding having the government take the matter out of its hands by banning racing altogether until they declare the crisis over.

BHB racing director Paul Greeves and communications manager Alan Delmonte believe that, although they have a difficult message to sell, it is a responsible and reasoned one.

They view the suspension as necessary only to give space to eradicate uncertainty and misconception.

"Since the outbreak of foot-and-mouth until now, there has been a lack of clarity and confidence. The industry needed a strong lead and that is what it will have from us in the next seven days," said Greeves.

Embryonic plans centre on the establishment of a code of conduct.

These mandatory precautions will be taken by all sections of the industry - from trainers to tracks, spectators to stable staff, reporters to racecourse employees. All must verify they have read, understood and abided by the code.

Its measures are enforcable under the rules of racing for and by licensees. Trainers will be responsible for carrying out the rules at their yards. Racecourses can demand all entrants abide by them. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA 8, MLA 7, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Note: primary sources have slightly different requirements for citation. Please see these guidelines for more information.

Cited article

Racing's Battle to Restore Our Faith; Racing
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen
Items saved from this article
  • Highlights & Notes
  • Citations
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA 8, MLA 7, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    Buy instant access to save your work.

    Already a member? Log in now.

    Search by... Author
    Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

    Oops!

    An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.