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'Why are blank Sundays necessary?' - Betfair; 2009 FIXTURES SPECIAL.

Byline: Paul Eacott

BETFAIR yesterday reiterated their opposition to next year's four blank Sundays in the fixture list and questioned why no reasons have been forthcoming to explain what many in the betting industry consider to be a backwards step, writes Paul Eacott.

Spokesman Tony Calvin said: "Our position on Sundays hasn't changed - we would welcome any revisiting of the situation.

"It has yet to be explained why the blank Sundays are necessary. If the reasoning behind this is to give jockeys, and perhaps trainers and stable staff, a guaranteed day off on the given Sundays - and we still don't know the official line on this from the BHA - would not the sensible solution be simply to have Flat racing-only on some Sundays and jumps racing-only on others?

"This would allow most to have some blank Sundays - there are obviously dual purpose yards - but the levy wouldn't suffer as a result."

William Hill are also opposed to the cuts in Sunday racing, and director of racing David Hood said: "It is a surprise that racing, at a time when it wants more money, has taken the decision to put on less product."
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Title Annotation:Sports
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Jul 24, 2008
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