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Tote sale delay good news for racing; TALKING SHOP.

Byline: Jim Cremin with the word on the high street

HOORAY! The right thing has been done and the Tote has escaped a ridiculous sale for a knock-down price that would rob future racing generations of their inheritance.

It's safe for eight years, in my opinion, and those who have mistakenly lobbied for the sale of the Tote betting shops for a quick prize-money boost will either have seen the error of their ways, or moved on.

Governments through the world assist racing in various ways, and ours earns enough out of it. Their quid pro quo should be leaving things as they are in perpetuity and effectively confirming that we, the nation, own the Tote and will put it in safe hands for the betterment of the sport and the breed.

Mike Smith and Trevor Beaumont are getting on with that job, and should do so without the interference of the BHA, Jockey Club, owners or racecourses.

All these organisations contributed to the chaotic mess that almost led to a sale, and should now shut up and be grateful for the income flow that can regularly emerge every year - much of it from the shop FOBTs that would have been owned by someone else!

PAUL PETRIE left the Tote on Friday, and the PR team will be further depleted when Damian Walker follows him presently. The pair are planning to start a new bookmaking firm.

SATURDAY'S Scoop6, likely to be centred on Doncaster and Wincanton, sees the pool's third highest carry-over ever with a mouthwatering pounds 952,000.
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Title Annotation:Sports
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Nov 4, 2008
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