BTC suddenly increased runners in a race to 14By Mad Max | 09-Jun-2017
After seeing the Acceptances of this weekend races, it is noted that BTC has determined to puzzle the punters more than the past. For various reasons including for the safety of the jockeys BTC used to accept only 12 runners a race. Till a fortnight back, they used to allow only maximum 12 runners in a race. The situation has changed now. Saturday and Sunday they are framed 9 races each. Each races having 14 runners except one. Even in their Summer Prospectus published at the beginning they indicated no such increase in runners. Suddenly what prompted them to do this? Was this a precondition of the State Govt to issue license ? I think 14 runners in a race means you are giving more pressure and headache to the students of the game. More than that it is essentially to please the bookmakers and they get more options. Previously in a field of 12, the punters used to get only 1 chance and the bookmakers have remaining 11 chances to win. Now it has been increased 1:13 in bookies favour. More runners means more betting and more collection. In my opinion, due to increased betting tax of 28% gst, Race Clubs are approaching towards a solution to the issue, I hope this is the first step, next step for them may be a National Tote...?
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