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28 Jan 20 11:02
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12.57, 1.31, 3.52 and 4.26 off times at Muss
and 1.03, 1.38, 2.12, 3.23, 3.58, 4.33 at wetherby
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Report top2rated January 28, 2020 11:10 AM GMT
Report theres only one best tonic January 28, 2020 12:24 PM GMT
Every race still guaranteed to go off late
Report foxy January 28, 2020 12:33 PM GMT
It’s because of brexit
Report onlooker January 28, 2020 12:49 PM GMT
Another barmpot idea by 'Great British Racing'  and  the BHA (or whatever they  call themselves nowadays - after the ridiculed 'Racing for Change').

Fiddle about with All the incidental things - whilst almost always 'missing the bigger picture'.
Report TheGoddess January 28, 2020 1:02 PM GMT
Stange - EVERY OTHER COUNTRY IN THE WORLD DOES THIS - we are still in the dark ages in the UK I'm afraid!!
Report jmdc January 28, 2020 1:18 PM GMT
It's only cos the Irish refuse to co-operate.
Report onlooker January 28, 2020 1:40 PM GMT
TheGoddess 28 Jan 20 13:02
Stange - EVERY OTHER COUNTRY IN THE WORLD DOES THIS - we are still in the dark ages in the UK I'm afraid!!


But - Don't those times look absolute Crap, though ... not to mention (potentially) CONFUSING.  Sad

12.57, 1.31, 3.52 and 4.26 off times at Muss
and 1.03, 1.38, 2.12, 3.23, 3.58, 4.33 at wetherby


Meydan are always 'Off to the Minute'

Australia - Always off on time.

30 minutes between races is most definitely the exception in Australia - with the majority being 35 minutes apart  - and even 40 mins at some meetings.

- and normally a minimum 8 races, aswell.

Mind you ... They have a lot of Tooheys to shift in the Bar, between races
Report ashleigh January 29, 2020 2:05 PM GMT
BHA, we have spent the last 5 years improving race times to avoid clashes.CryCryLaughLaugh 
every race at sandown on saturday has a 35 min gap, how many will go off on time?
Report 1st time poster January 29, 2020 2:10 PM GMT
they mean races now predicted to start at the times they've been going off at for the last 50 years, LaughLaugh, they,ll now end up going off at, 1,00, 1.15. 1.30 etc,etc LaughLaugh
Report Northofperth January 29, 2020 7:24 PM GMT
These new "off" times for Saturday will confuse folk , myself included !
Report wondersobright January 29, 2020 7:28 PM GMT
the latest on a long list of BHA bad ideas
Report the dealer January 29, 2020 10:40 PM GMT
dog times for horse racing just looks so wrong and what's the point as they wont go off to time anyway. can see a few arguments coming when someone writes
FAV 12.57 and the dog race goes off before the horse.
Report posy January 30, 2020 9:24 AM GMT
Unbelievable that the bha wastes time dreaming up such a ridiculous idea when it can't even protect punters by cracking down on clear non tryers.
Report onlooker January 31, 2020 12:57 PM GMT
{b] SYCOPHANTS[/b]  Cry

Trial of new race times gets the thumbs-up from punters' group

By Peter Scargill
3:43PM, JAN 30 2020

The group representing punters' interests is eager to see if the introduction of non-standard race times in Britain on a trial basis from Saturday will help put an end to the upward trend of races going off at least two minutes late.

Analysis by the Horseracing Bettors Forum (HBF) indicated 39 per cent of all-weather races and 38 per cent of turf races started two minutes after post time last year, up from 26 per cent and 30 per cent respectively in 2015.

The four-week trial, which will consist of 11 racedays, was announced by the BHA last month, in conjunction with Horse Racing Ireland, in an attempt to avoid races clashing to reduce the need for requests to delay races and to improve the viewing experience of off-course bettors and spectators.

The move has been welcomed by the HBF, although chairman Colin Hord is keen for racecourses to make an extra effort to get races off on, or near to, post time and to identify areas that could be contributing to the delays.

He said: "We applaud the move to go to non-standard times as we think it will give increased flexibility to racecourse to run races to avoid clashes.

"What we really hope to see during the trials is racecourses putting extra effort into getting races off on time.

"Whenever you're dealing with animals you're going to have things come up, and we recognise it's the case that this can impact things, but we are seeing more delays than ever before."

Wetherby hosts the first fixture with races run at times not at five-minute intervals, with the first race set to go off at 1.03 and the final race scheduled for 4.33.

The move to improve the off-course experience for racing viewers has been worked on for a number of years by the BHA, and Paul Johnson, head of racing, believes the move to non-standard times has the potential to make things better and identify problem areas.

"Running a raceday is extremely complex and any number of things can happen that lead to delays. In providing an environment where we can stick to the race times, it then allows us to identify areas which we can improve and do better.

"We have a month's trial and at the end of it we will review each of the days in question and what the background was to any delays. It will be helpful for us to do it this way."


chairman Colin Hord is keen for racecourses to [b]chairman Colin Hord is keen for racecourses to make an extra effort to get races off on, or near to, post time, or near to, post time[/b]


Well - Could the racecourses not  - "make an extra effort to get races off on time" -
WITHOUT the need to 'eff about with silly start times, then?
Report roggrain January 31, 2020 1:08 PM GMT
Races on the flat go off late because it takes so long to load the stalls. Why doesn't the BHA try and do something about that?
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