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Racing must confront its wastage problem quickly

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Racing, like all sport and entertainment, relies on social approval - what is often referred to as social licence - to thrive and prosper.

The casual sports fan, the once-a-year punter, and the "theatregoer" will turn up on the big race days, enjoy having a drink, a bet, dressing up and having a good time.


Who wouldn't?

For the rest of the time, racing lives in its own bubble: of the world but often seeming not to be part of it.

It has its own traditions and ways of doing things, and often scoffs or is defensive about criticism from outsiders.

So often anyone who points the finger or suggests there might be a problem is told they should keep their opinions to themselves because they are not involved and don't understand how the industry works.

Horse racing has been confronted by graphic and disturbing allegations.Credit:Jenny Evans

That might have passed muster even a decade or so ago.

It doesn't any more.

Activists across all areas of social and political life have harnessed the power of social media and........

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