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senior Racing Post writer leaves with a scathing blast for the paper

It's not hard to see the Racing Post has changed in recent years - sales are down as much as 40% in four years, Betfair scrapped their £1m+ annual advertising deal with them after they refused to cut the price despite flagging sales figures, and it's virtually a bookies' mouthpiece with very little criticism in there. The punter wants independence of thought, not just well-scripted material from bookie headquarters.

Writer Paul Haigh blasts Racing Post in resignation letter

Fair play to him for having principles. What's the point of being a journalist if you can't have integrity. But from the Racing Post side of it, what else are they to do? 90% plus of their ad revenues will come from bookmakers and exchanges, and understandably, they won't want to be advertising in a rag which is critical of them. But a line has to be drawn somewhere. There are certain journos out there whom you know have just added their name to the top of a press release (eg Rod Nicholson in the Melbourne Herald Sun with Tabcorp propaganda).

The UK betting public has little option but to buy the Racing Post when they want proper form. The daily rags are very limited in their coverage - fields and a brief comment just doesn't stack up - here's what a real formguide in a mainstream paper looks like, so bookmakers should be told to shut up and take their medicine when the criticism is deserved. They know darn well they'll be knocking at the door for Cheltenham, Aintree, Ascot, the World Cup etc...

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