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BOOKMAKERS PLAY THE JOKER CARD.

THERE may be little festive cheer for BHB chairman Peter Savill when his Christmas card from the British Betting Office Association drops on the mat at Portman Square.

For, in answer to Savill's sabre-rattlings that bookmakers should make a bigger contribution to racing's coffers, the independents' umbrella group is ready to follow the maxim which suggests the pen is mightier than the sword. Cartoonist Mike Higgs has been employed by BBOA chairman Warwick Bartlett, having previously done the honours for the organisation with digs at SIS and the BHB race planners. "It's just a bit of fun but it gets the message across that the betting industry has no more to give him," said Bartlett.

A previous Higgs cartoon, at the time of a fixtures row, showed David Oldrey throwing at a dartboard marked with dates, with Sir Paul Fox saying to Tristram Ricketts: "If he hits Royal Ascot you will have to tell Her Majesty."
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Title Annotation:Sports
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Dec 16, 1998
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