Friday 9 December 2016

BHA 'gift' to Punjabi simply farcical

Published 27/02/2010 | 05:00

Tony McCoy amplified the thoughts of many this week in decrying low levels of prizemoney in England. This sore has long festered and the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) is determined to extract a bigger contribution from bookmakers at imminent levy negotiations.

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It's an admirable objective, yet the BHA hardly makes the best use of available resources. Witness the latest farce on the rescheduled races front: an £8,141 gift to connections of Punjabi for what will effectively be a racecourse gallop at Kempton today.

That's the only way to describe the Champion Hurdle Trial, rescheduled from abandoned Wincanton last Saturday. Punjabi has a whopping 19lbs and more in hand of five opponents despite the BHA maintaining it would only sanction a competitive race. If this passes muster, then I'm a son of Lord Lucan.

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