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Extend the rule; LETTERS.

RECENT events have shown that owners or connections betting by laying horses, even as a partial saver or hedge against a 'long' position, is fraught with danger and possible misunderstanding.

I think we should get a couple of things clear.

In most races there are a number of horses who can't win, and connections know they can't win. There are a multitude of reasons for this, some of which the public will be able to work out and some which they won't.

Therefore, to ensure no skulduggery is perceived to be happening, it is essential that connections are not allowed to lay their horse in any way at all.

Also, because of the likelihood of connections knowing about other horses in a yard, this ban on laying is to be widened to include the laying of any horse in a yard in which an owner has horses.

These are the rules, I believe, at the moment.

But in order that the sport can be seen to be even more fair and transparent, betting on other horses to win in a race in which an owner has a runner should also be banned.

This is an extension of current rules, but is supported by the same idea, ie. that it is against the rules to back against your own horse in any manner at all.

This would still not mean any more horses have a chance to win a particular race, but it would mean that those who know a horse can't win - and those who might have inside information that would lead them to that conclusion - would not profit directly through a horse losing.

William Frewen Owner, London SW7
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Title Annotation:Sports
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Jun 23, 2010
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