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Latest news and views from racing as nation goes to the polls

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Polling day means there are big decisions to be made and the outcome of Thursday’s general election will have significant repercussions for the racing industry depending on who gets the keys to Downing Street.

Clarity on what will happen to issues such as taxation, Brexit, immigration and business rates is what the British horseracing industry wants.

The Labour Party, Liberal Democrats, SNP and Ukip have all promised to take action against gaming machines – also known as FOBTs – in their manifestos, something betting shop operators have claimed would cause huge damage to the sector with serious consequences for the racing and greyhound industries.

The big questions were certainly on the minds of those affiliated to racing on Thursday morning, with some more vocal than others on their political stance.

What’s being said on Twitter?

Graham Sharpe‏ @sharpeangle
Tories 1-6 for overall majority; 11-2 Hung Parli; 10-1 Lab Maj; After that £200,000 bet at 1-10 Tories largest Party, now 1-20 with Wm Hill.

Joseph Barton‏ @Joey7Barton
I hope that all those who are eligible and able to vote today are inclined to do so. It's important.

Nick Luck‏ @nickluck
Nothing like a trip to the polling booth to make you feel young.

Geoff Banks‏ @geoffbanksbet
Vote Conservative for three free bets.

FergalO'BrienRacing‏ @FOBRacing
Want to know the best thing about elections? The #DogsAtPollingStations hashtag. Thank us later

John McCririck ‏@RealMcCririck

Joining the hounds on the election beat have been a number of horses this morning, with the hashtag #horsesatpollingstations going viral on Twitter. Here’s the best of them . . .

The hashtag #horsesatpollingstations is going viral on Twitter
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