For decades the Inter Dominion was the race everybody wanted to win.
Now it has become the series everybody wants to criticise.
That is the conundrum facing Harness Racing New South Wales as they prepare to hold the 2021 series (God willing), which was postponed last year because of COVID-19.
If you are reading this I am sure you know this year’s series is set to be opened at Menangle late November before heading to Bathurst and then Newcastle, with four-day gaps and return to headquarters for the final six days later.
For the man thrust into NZ harness racing’s hottest seat, his second homecoming at Cambridge on Sunday simply has to go better than the first.
In fact, it should go a lot, lot better for Hayden Cullen.
Cullen trains four of the hot favourites at the IRT Jewels meeting, where nine $100,000 Group 1 races will be decided.
We need to talk. Not actually you and me, particularly me, because if you are reading this you almost certainly know I talk enough. Probably too much. But maybe if you are in the harness racing business you should start talking too.
I have harped on about this before and I am doing so again because the problem is getting bigger, the gap larger, something I had hammered home to me over the weekend.
I suddenly have the urge to go to Mildura.
That is not to say I haven’t had the urge to go to Mildura before. I am told it is a lovely spot inhabited by friendly people.
And I have even been invited there by the Mildura club for Cup week before, which shows either they have never met me or they are far too silly.
To clarify, I won’t actually be attending Mildura Cup week 2021 because the Trans Tasman bubble thing doesn’t kick in for another week.