July 20, 2009 at 23:21 #12116% MANParticipant
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To assist betting turnover the rules regarding division of races are being relaxed.
From 1 September 2009, affecting afternoon fixtures between April and October, and floodlit winter evening fixtures between September and mid-April the following changes will apply:
Race Type: Within the specified periods, handicaps and claimers will also be permitted to divide along with WFA races.
Number of races on card: The Rules of Racing currently state that a maximum of 8 races (Flat) and 7 races (Jump) can be run on any card. It has been agreed that the maximum number of races at Jump fixtures from April to October will be increased 8.
Fixture session: No divisions are currently permitted on any evening cards. From September, divisions will be permitted at floodlit winter evening fixtures.
The parameters relating to maximum race value and the number of declarations required to trigger a division (20) have been left unchanged.July 21, 2009 at 02:22 #240292yorkshirepuddingMember
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So a crap handiap or claimer worth less than the monthly take home pay of a court usher, will be worth half, expect a rash on non runners as the prize money doesnt cover the travel bill for a horse running on the alweather or jumps on a cold winters day, lots of non runners me thinks…July 21, 2009 at 14:18 #240320
I’m not sure I agree with that YP.
We can argue about whether there are too many lowly rated horses in training – perhaps there are, but I think that most of the owners of these horses just want one thing – the ability to get a run.
If they were motivated by prize money and getting a decent return on their investment, they would have given up a long time ago. (although presumably minimum values still apply for these divided races?)July 21, 2009 at 14:41 #240322apracingParticipant
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In the past, the usual procedure for divided races is that each division is run for £1000 less than the originally advertised prize,
So if a £3000 race is divided, you get two £2000 races – thus costing the course the same as before, with £1000 coming from the Levy Board divided race fund.
So the usual minimum values don’t apply, but it’s not quite as severe as halving the prize money as YP suggests.
Whether that will be the same this autumn I don’t know for sure, and there’s no clarification at present on the Racing Admin website.July 21, 2009 at 15:04 #240325
Cheers for that clarification AP
I can’t see the BHA are doing anything other than doing their job here then. They are providing extra opportunities for horses and owners and providing extra betting opportunities for punters…July 21, 2009 at 15:47 #240330cormack15Keymaster
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From The BHA website –
As the governing and regulatory body for the sport, the British Horseracing Authority’s responsibilities are wide-ranging.
Race Planning, including the supervision of race programmes and the employment of Handicappers
Disciplinary procedures, both on and off the racecourse
Protecting the Integrity of the sport on and off the racecourse
Licensing and registering racing participants – jockeys, trainers, horses, owners and stable staff
Setting and enforcing standards of Medical care for jockeys and other participants
Developing and maintaining programmes of Recruitment, training and education
Setting and enforcing common standards for British Racecourses
Research and improvements in Equine Science and Welfare
Regulating Point-to-Point racing in the UK
Compilation of the Fixture List
Approving the Arabian Racing fixture lists
Setting and enforcing the Rules and orders of racing
Maintaining our official Retraining of Racehorses charity
The conduct of a day’s racing
As well as…
Strategic planning and policy for Racing
Central promotion of Racing
Encouraging and fostering the breeding of bloodstock
Representing Racing in dealings with Government
Liaison with the Betting Industry
Representing British Racing abroad, which includes membership of the Executive Council of the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities
Nothing on there about ‘creating extra betting opportunities’, thankfully.July 21, 2009 at 16:20 #240331
Not specifially, but it would come under several of the other headings.July 21, 2009 at 16:45 #240332douginhoMember
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This rule change is not a problem in my view. It will mean slightly more low quality racing but it will also mean horses get a run. I have no idea how many horses get balloted out of races but if this is going to allow them to get a run then that cant be all bad. I presume before such a change has been made there must be too many horses getting balloted out of races.July 21, 2009 at 17:20 #240335CavParticipant
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Hard to believe with the amount of racing in the UK these days that dividing up handicaps would be necessary on a regular basis but surely it can only serve a useful purpose for owners if the demand is there.
No surprise the bookies are all for it of course as it will further reduce the ever dwindling number of 4 place handicaps that they love so much.July 21, 2009 at 17:30 #240337
Not even sure it will do that, CR
The majority of these divided races will probably be 46-60s and the like at the minor tracks and very few of these are 16 runner hcaps now anyway,July 21, 2009 at 17:43 #240338CavParticipant
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Perhaps your correct TDK. Some figures from the BHA would be helpful.July 21, 2009 at 17:52 #240339apracingParticipant
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The mention of floodlit evening meetings provides a clue.
There are no 16 runner handicaps at Kempton and Wolverhampton evening meetings anyway.
I’m told this is intended to provide for extra races to fill the gap between the end of afternoon racing and the usual start time of the evening meetings. So the extra races will generally be run between 5pm and 6pm.
There’s certainly a demand as 20+ eliminations is quite common from low grade handicaps at that time of year.July 21, 2009 at 18:50 #240343GlennParticipant
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If there was a Free Handicap of ‘ideas to reinvigorate racing’, then this one of putting on even more dross in front of deserted stands would be ballotted out, however many divisions they made to the Free Handicap.July 21, 2009 at 21:13 #240352gumshieldMember
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Sounds like an excellent idea. It’s not as if there’s too much racing already.
I was in a betting shop the other day, and I’m sure there was a fifteen-second gap between a virtual Formula 1 race and Statto giving his sage advice on the Open.
Hopefully, with more low-grade handicaps on offer, those irritating silences will be a thing of the past.July 21, 2009 at 23:24 #240364TuffersMember
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I think this is a good move from an owner’s point of view. If you have a horse rated below 65 then getting a run can be very difficult. At this time of year the 3yo allowance makes it almost impossible to get a run for a 3yo in all-age handicaps.July 21, 2009 at 23:56 #240369GeraldMember
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I don’t mind h’caps being divided – I can’t see that that is a big issue at all.
I’m a little concerned about Claimers being divided – which is a bit stupid of me, as I don’t bet in them. It all depends upon how eliminations are made at the moment. I suppose I’ll have to go to look them up. If it is currently by BHA rating then you are going to get weaker races.July 22, 2009 at 02:08 #240389dave jayMember
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Is this not just to generate more betting turnover on FOBTs .. ?
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