Is this the beginning of the end or the end of the beginning?
Today we have seen the only remaining truly independent racing industry publication "hang the bridle on the wall." The Informant has ceased to publish.
In my opinion the blame lies firmly at the feet of the NZRB. Over the next few days BOAY will be asking some very pertinent questions to those in charge.
How much is the NZRB funded Best Bets costing the industry? Does it make a profit? What is its circulation? 800? Or more? Does the Best Bets pay for its form feeds? Was The Informant given the same deal?
How much does the industry fund the NZ Racing Desk for its banal follow the corporate line journalism?
Why were the "manager's at the door" when Dennis Ryan was talking to Peter Early?
Where are the NZ TAB turnover figures?
The Informant may be gone for the moment but the industry must continue to ask the hard questions.