We have good news and bad news. The bad news is betting turnover will probably be down by over nine per cent when the racing season finishes on Sunday. The good news is that betting turnover will probably only be down by over nine per cent. By a reasonable estimate, the season's turnover should come in at not too much less than $65 billion, a shave of more than $6.5 billion or over nine per cent on last year's figures, which in turn were down by 8.56 per cent on the previous year's numbers. Turnover per meeting will be down from an average of $916 million to some $830 million, and turnover per race from $100.65 million to around $93 million since this season will have hosted 13 fewer races. Yes, nine per cent plus will be yet another increase in the rate of drop - the seventh successive increase - but given the gloomy predictions in the racing and gambling sectors when football betting was introduced last year, possibly not the complete disaster anticipated. Like all statistics, there are some background points - not the least being that the early part of the season saw an unusual run of Triple Trio jackpots which helped to hold the numbers up - so whether it presents a correct picture of this season is open to interpretation. The nearest thing to a silver lining may be to say that the rate of the drop in racing's turnover increased only slightly this season - and, in the absence of hope that the government will assist its biggest taxpayer and charity provider with taxation restructuring, or even the facilitation of the export of its racing product, that is probably as good as it gets.