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04 Jan 13 11:58
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There were 7 entries,including Captain Conan.Was nothing declared?Crazy
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Report STATSMAN January 4, 2013 12:00 PM GMT
Was that the rearranged Dipper?
Report andyclark57 January 4, 2013 12:02 PM GMT
According to R Post, with only three declared, including Unioniste and Captain Conan, the Grade 2 Dipper Novice Chase will not be run at Sandown
Report jimnast January 4, 2013 12:06 PM GMT
and the prize money debate goes on.
Report andyclark57 January 4, 2013 12:09 PM GMT
From the BHA: Owing to the fact that the race received fewer than four declarations after being rescheduled, the Dipper Novices’ Chase has been cancelled. It was made clear that the BHA would consider cancelling the race if it was not supported sufficiently by trainers. The cost to stage the race would have been £17.5k of Levy Board funds, which for a 3 runner race the Levy Board was unwilling to support.
Report Outpost January 4, 2013 12:14 PM GMT
and the prize money debate goes on   

there's not really a debate.
they've decided as usual to give most of the prize money to the few very rich owners who don't need it, while the smaller owners who want to run their horses are racing for peanuts.
Report jimnast January 4, 2013 12:22 PM GMT

it seems the ones who spend most of the time moaning are the richer owners.
Report salmon spray January 4, 2013 12:26 PM GMT
For some of us connosewers there is nothing wrong with a 3 horse race as long as they are good horses. Much better than a 14 race 0-65 handicap with 14 runners at Wolverhampton.
Report iamajambo January 4, 2013 12:43 PM GMT
Is this some sort of new rule,or does it only apply to graded races?Will there never be another walk-over?Captain Conan and Unioniste were the only 2 of the 7 entries that would have been involved. I've watched short head finishes at Sandown in 2 horse races let alone 3.
Report Too Easy January 4, 2013 12:54 PM GMT
A sad reflection on the current state of affairs when a 15 race card at wolverhampton is considered more important than running what would have been an intriguing race at Sandown which all true horse racing fans would have enjoyed seeing.
Report turnip turns January 4, 2013 12:55 PM GMT
Devil is in the detail

2nd January 2013 was the day that racing changed forever…well rescheduled races anyway. Races that are resceduled are done so at a cost to the Levy Board, their revenues are generated from betting, so it should not have come as a suprise that the following was inserted in the BHA Press Release:

Original entries will not stand and trainers wishing to make an entry must do so by noon on Thursday, January 3rd. Should the race receive fewer than four overnight declarations it may potentially be cancelled.

A non championship race has been rescheduled at a cost and the BHA/Levy Board want their moneys worth, and given the implementation of the new Novice Chase rules which is designed to increase the number of runners in a race, then the “four overnight declarations” request is more than adequate.

But why the four? Well the End Of Season Ratings of the declared runners is used to assess the quality of the race for the Pattern Book, in this case a Grade 2 Novices’ Chase average needs to be above 130 to keep it’s Grade 2 status, if only 3 runners declared then an OR of 100 is given for the NR, 2 runners then there’s 2 x OR 100. The ratings of the 3 declared were 153, 152 and 135, so even if including the 100 average would have been 135, a stone below last years renewal (149.50), but well within the buffer zone. This could have been their get out clause should they wished to allow the race to go ahead, yet the BHA seemingly want more for their £.

So why only 3 declared, well that is a very good point. It’s plain to see that BHA wanted four runners at the very least at overnight declaration stage, the “Self Certificate” system relating to Non Runners would have allowed either Paul Nicholls or Nicky Henderson engage a stablemate, declare him as a Non Runner in morning “Self Cert”, and just means you are not allowed to declare him for 7 days…no big deal. A case of don’t blame the system, play the system, Paul Nicholls and Nicky Henderson have dropped a clanger here.

What next? Well BHA mean business and want a decent return on their’s and Levy Board’s time and effort in rescheduling races, NTF, and the above named trainers will call it a ludicrous decision, and claim foul, but the devil is in the detail. It was there in black and white for the first time ever in Press Release, and when trainers are boycotting races for poor prize money, is there any wonder the BHA are pulling races for poor turnout. It was only a matter of time before the actions of trainers on Wednesday 11th July 2012 came and bite them on the arse.

Found this,makes some interesting points tbf.Mischief
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