Op-Ed: Innovation for television – what racing can learn from sailing

Golf, cricket and sailing… these are the three sports that struggled to ignite one degree of interest in me as a television spectator in my youth. When they came on tv, I would turn to a book until Dad flicked the channel over to watch the next race at Forbury Park.  Like many sports, golf, cricket and sailing have technical concepts requiring a degree of specialist knowledge for the viewer to remain interested. This makes it difficult for a novice to start watching without irritating a fellow viewer with questions. In the ’90s, expert television commentators were heavily relied on…

Written Tycoon to claim fourth consecutive leading Victorian Sires’ title

Written Tycoon will quite easily claim his fourth consecutive leading Victorian Sires’ title, experiencing another seriously successful season on the track.  As it stands, Written Tycoon‘s progeny have won nearly $9.8 million this season, with a new best for the stallion firmly on the cards should they earn a combined $340,000 before August 1. The total of 140 winners is short of the high-water mark of 153 last season but will represent at least his second-best season in that regard, as he currently sits seventh on the overall Australian Sires’ Table. Hee had a pair of Group 1 winners in…