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Letter: It quickly went flat for punters.

Byline: C AITKIN

C Aitkin is feeling bitter about his Ascot bets

HAVING my normal bet last weekend turned into even more of a lottery than usual as I had the misfortune to have a wager on the `It's a Knockout' meeting at Ascot.

While admitting I knew the set-up before having a bet, I have been left a bit bewildered, not to mention bitter. At least one of my horses who carried a sizeable bet was steered aside by its jockey to let another horse through. The fact that the other horse was a `home' horse cut very little ice with me.

Although understanding this event was a team competition, I must admit that the show turned flat very quickly and obviously many other punters, not to mention a few trainers, felt the same.

I think that if we are to have these sideshows in future, the punters must know that their horses and jockeys are going to be trying all the way to win. After all, most bets are on individual horses and not on `the team'.

I, for one, will not be attracted to place bets in future and, together with others in the same boat, this represents money lost to the sport.

C AITKIN Rochester
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Title Annotation:Sports
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Aug 15, 2002
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