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    Pompete
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    Does anyone know the offical off-time?

    I’m sure this race went off earlier, which I’ve never known before. Perhaps, I’m wrong and just imagined it, not really got a point to make about it, just curious.

    #236061
    Never Nearer
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    The off time is included in results on the ATR web site. According to them it was 8:40:12.

    12 seconds makes all the difference. :)

    #236087
    TheCheekster
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    Happened at Worcester severeal years ago. Stewards enquiry was called, but can’t remember anything being done.

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    % MAN
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    One went off over 3 mins early at Salisbury last year.

    There was a rule change a few years ago, before which if a race went off early it was declared void, presumably because of technological limitations some bookmakers may not have been aware of the early start and the position could have been exploited.

    Nowadays where probably 99.9% of bookmakers have live feeds it is not so big an issue and, more pragmatically, the result is allowed to stand.

    There is always an enquiry when there are early starts and the starter can be disciplined.

    In the case of the Salisbury race it was a large field juvenile sprint with many debutants. They began loading fairy early to allow for any problems with runners going in – yet, unusually, every single runner walked into the stalls without the slightest resistance. The starter then had the dilema of does he let them go early or does he hold them in the stalls for another three minutes.

    Of course sods law dictates if he delayed loading longer, then one or two would have played up and he would have been moaned at for a late start.

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    Glenn
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    I’m pretty sure you’ve got it wrong about the Salisbury race being full of debutantes.

    Reading from the minutes of the Council of Fourteen, it appears that the race was a four place handicap that they started early on purpose so punters couldn’t get their bets down.

    #236123
    % MAN
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    I’m pretty sure you’ve got it wrong about the Salisbury race being full of debutantes.

    Reading from the minutes of the Council of Fourteen, it appears that the race was a four place handicap that they started early on purpose so punters couldn’t get their bets down.

    My mind playing tricks again Glenn – it was indeed a 16 Runner Ladies Handicap.

    However I will let others decide the reasons why it went off early :)

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