Talking Horses: punters left short-changed by Hamilton stalls swap

If a race is not run with the horses in the correct stalls, as it was on Thursday, it is difficult to argue with any certainty that the result has not been affected

When is a race so far removed from what was billed that it is a different race entirely? The question occurs after watching several contests on Thursday evening, all of which involved important departures from the script presented to punters on the racecard.

Four of these races were at Ffos Las’s evening meeting, where the sun came out and the decision was taken to omit the two flights in the home straight in the last four races on the card. This meant that in the two scheduled contests over two miles, the field galloped the length of the home straight and around the bend, jumped four flights down the back and then had a run-in from the final flight of well over half a mile. Two more races, over around two-and-a-half miles, also lost four hurdles each.

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