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Gambling Commission warns layers: don’t risk reputation over deductions

• Concerns over non-runner’s odds shorting from 16-1 to 14-1 before the off
• Bookmaker Gary Wiltshire: ‘If it is was done deliberately it is terrible’

The Gambling Commission has entered a heated discussion over events at Cheltenham on New Year’s Day, asking anyone to come forward who may have evidence of bookmakers forcing an unwarranted deduction from winnings on the last race, won by the favourite, Cap Soleil. A deduction of five pence in the pound from winning bets was triggered when Cockney Wren was taken out of betting lists just before the race started but it has since emerged that the horse had actually been withdrawn more than 40 minutes earlier.

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