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Wednesday, 14 November, 2018

Better news for Ffos Las punters as 2017 overround scandal is not repeated

Ffos Las: once a Welsh coal mine, now a Welsh racecourse
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Punters at Ffos Las on Friday enjoyed considerably better treatment than 12 months ago, with overrounds at the track's ladies' day fixture coming in significantly lower than those that last year prompted warning letters to be sent to bookmakers.

A study by the Horseracing Bettors Forum described overrounds at Ffos Las as "alarming" and noted: "Anyone betting at SP there in 2017 was regularly being short-changed, and to a sizeable degree."

Particular attention was given to the late August Friday fixture, at which a ten-runner race won by a 1-4 favourite produced the worst overround, at 143 per cent, while the average race overround for the meeting – which attracted 50 runners – was 131 per cent.

The Ffos Las bookmakers came in for serious criticism last year

Those numbers caused serious concern at Ffos Las, which publicly berated the behaviour of its attending racecourse layers and admitted "certain bookmakers took advantage of our holiday-type crowd".

That did not appear to be the case on this occasion, when the average SP overround for a seven-race card with 63 runners was 122 per cent.

The only race that returned an overround bigger than last year was the 1m6f handicap, which came in at 137 per cent, compared to 129 per cent.

The figures at Ffos Las, which is now owned by Arena Racing Company having previously only been managed by the group, also compared well to elsewhere, including York, where the average race overrounds from Wednesday to Friday were 121 per cent, 122 per cent and 124 per cent.


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The only race that returned an overround bigger than last year was the 1m6f handicap, which came in at 137 per cent

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