Horse Racing

Welcome Major… there is a lot to do

Friday, September 14, 2018

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The news release from Supreme Ventures Limited (SVL) announcing the appointment of Major Hugh Blake as the new chief executive officer of subsidiary company, Supreme Ventures Racing and Entertainment Limited (SVREL), extolled all the achievements and virtues of the former army man.

After reading the release two, three times, there was absolutely no doubt that Major Blake is well-seasoned and oiled in the management of private sector companies. However, a fourth read of the release highlighted to this writer, the fact that the Major with all his list of glowing credentials had no formal association with the sport of horse racing.

Little wonder therefore that he is using almost his entire first week in office, having started on Monday last, to get himself acquainted with the nuances of SVREL and horse racing, in general. So, we in the media are somewhat understanding, for the time being, of being told, over and over, that the Major is in a meeting.

We cannot fault this early strategy being employed by Major Blake but time must be made and soon, for the obvious conclaves with the various professional groups in racing as well as with the media, for surely, the public, mainly punters need to know the man who is now shaping their punting destiny. Let's hope that the new CEO, took time out on Wednesday during the race meeting to leave one of his many meetings to walk about in the stands and introduce himself, informally, to punters at the track. Even without a listed background in racing, Mr Major Blake should know that punters play a decisive role in racing, if he does not, then when he gets accustomed to surveying race day handles, he will find out.

Major Blake, if he is properly informed should have quickly come to the realisation that he has a lot on his plate and will probably need a whole set of utensils to assist him during his journey on the backstretch and certainly down the straight as the last two furlongs of any race can prove to be quite daunting for both horse and human. His journey and the complexities of his job are definitely not a 600 metres sprint but more a one of 2,400 metres sojourn, albeit in the context of the promoting company's obvious likeness, nowadays, to promote sprint races coming down the straight course, more akin to quarter horse racing in North America.

The Major's racing career has just started and it is quite clear that the gentleman has not shot out of the gates with the speed of say, a Eros and the hope is that he will be like the horse Willinston, who at the grand old racing age of 11 is still able to win races.

Wishing you the best Sir, as racing needs all the assistance it can get.

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