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Letter: BHB initiative ruined Kempton contest.

Byline: KEVIN TYRRELL

Kevin Tyrrell, of owners' group the Patrick Chamings Sprint Club, bemoans narrow-band handicaps PLEASE forgive me for once again raising the issue of the BHB and its race planning initiatives to encourage more competitive racing.

Having endured the last three months of the all-weather season, during which the narrow-band handicaps made it impossible to place a 57-rated horse of ours, I wanted to scream and knock some BHB heads together when I saw the entries for the Bank Holiday `showpiece' at Kempton.

In 2002, we had a horse rated just 67 finish second in what was then an `open' 0-95, highly competitive, six-furlong handicap that attracted 24 runners and provided an exciting spectacle, both for those attending Kempton and television viewers alike, while no doubt generating plenty of turnover for the bookmakers.

In 2005, the race was an 86-100, narrow-band handicap that couldn't even attract enough entries to meet the reduced safety factor of 20 runners. There were a pathetic 14 entries for a pounds 20,000 race that should have been the meeting's big betting event.

If we had wanted to run our horse, Desert Dreamer, we would have had to do so from 6lb out of the handicap, and would no doubt have brought upon ourselves a hike in our mark, should we have had the temerity to run well and get competitive.

Please can Ruth Quinn at the BHB demonstrate to me just how exactly she believes they are making racing more competitive, as this is by no means an isolated example?

The BHB's own website states that ``flexibility is a watchword of BHB's racing department''. Is it flexible enough to reinstate this as an open handicap?

KEVIN TYRRELL Patrick Chamings Sprint Club
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Title Annotation:Sports
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Apr 3, 2005
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