Tough questions are lacking in the racing industry

Matt Nicholls
March 20, 2019, The Roar

Darren Weir has been disqualified.
(Pat Scala/Racing Photos)

When a Godolphin-owned horse wins the Golden Slipper on Saturday – and that is looking like a distinct probability – will anyone dare to ask trainer James Cummings about his views on women’s rights?

If Damien Oliver rides Lankan Star to victory, will anyone ask him if he’s had a bet on a horse race since his convenient ten-month suspension in 2012?

When Brad Rawiller returns to scale after his comeback from a neck injury, will anyone ask him about his time riding for Darren Weir and if he knows anything about the use of jiggers?

The answer to all of those questions is no, of course not.

You see, for all the great things about horse racing, the one thing that is lacking most is accountability.

For more than a century it has been a boys’ club – a place where mates look after their mates.

It is a place where if you are caught you simply do your time before being welcomed back with open arms. It is often mafia-like.

But at least the Oliver story and Weir scandal made the news.