Mark Johnston suggested a couple of months ago that the introduction of mandatory declaration of wind operations – which debuts on racecards on Friday – would see thousands of punters chasing “fool’s gold”, as they queued up to throw money at every horse with the letters ‘WS’ attached to its name in the mistaken belief that it was a route to certain riches.
The first horse to record five Flat wins in 2015 and 2016 did not do so until July, while in 2017 it was not until the middle of March. Spare Parts will have earned his place in the spotlight this evening if he can record his fifth win in 2018 on the card at Chelmsford City, just 18 days into the new year. Phil McEntee’s four-year-old made it four for the year in a seven-furlong handicap at Lingfield Park on Wednesday, when he was carrying a 12lb penalty.
Four horses will carry the letters ‘WS’ against their name on Friday’s racecards, the first day of the British Horseracing Authority’s controversial new regime which requires trainers to declare when a horse has undergone a wind operation since its latest start.
@matchdatacouk It’s not what happened in Australia. They wd have to trade a bit more defensively & cut back on offers, free bets etc (but that would also be bad news for the parasites doing matched bets/arbs).
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