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Small fields crucifying racing

I’ve been of a mind for a while now that I was the only one (besides Paul Bittar, who has now done a runner), actually bothered about field sizes but no, it seems the Fakenham chief executive has expressed his concerns too.

It’s bad for punters because the form book goes out of the window. In such races as we are seeing there today, we’ll get a false pace, the form will mean nothing going forward and you simply cannot bet on it with confidence.

David Hunter
David Hunter is probably bald by now!

For those going racing….what’s the point? The entry fee is simply not worth paying when you have just 32 horses going to post across six races and David Hunter (left), must be pulling his hair out down there at the lack of support from trainers.

When asked why we have this problem he responded, “It’s impossible to know why. Nothing is more depressing for my staff and colleagues, the racecourse company and any supporting sponsors than seeing such a low number of declarations. We are looking to change things next year”.

They have a three runner Beginners ‘Chase worth over £7k to the winner and that’s a shocking state of affairs.

Looking to play the Placepot there today? You have to find the winners of half the races taking place.

How many people will feel that is a meeting worth paying to watch?

This is an ROA Gold Standard racecourse and yet they have a situation like this to deal with. It’s a great shame.

The situation at Doncaster isn’t much better. Take away the Bumper and they have 46 runners across the first six races, an average of 7.6 runners and before the usual inevitability of non-runners.

Why do you think we have so few horses going racing each day?

Feel free to e-mail your thoughts to me

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