Kevin Blake has studied the numbers and discovered what he feels are alarming issues regarding the quality of National Hunt racing, including the effects of an inflated Graded race programme.
- The increase in the number of Graded races at the same time that runner numbers have reduced, has created an unhealthy situation in National Hunt racing.
- Even the Cheltenham Festival has become a victim of the inflation of its programme.
- With so many of the best horses now being in a much smaller number of hands, it has allowed the biggest trainers to exploit the bloated programme book.
National Hunt racing still has all the assets to consistently deliver great sporting spectacles, but right now the bloated programme of Graded races is failing the sport, the vast majority of its participants and all of its followers.