This is supposedly a very good three-day meeting at Newmarket, yet in the final three races at headquarters today, there are 10 runners in total. That is shocking! Before withdrawals, there were just 13 acceptances. Any non-Group race which can't reach six final declarations should be scrapped.
If the racing industry wants more money from the betting industry, then they have to stop delivering such shoddy product. The Tote, the biggest supporter of racing, is a lame duck when field sizes are like this - who is going to pay 4% per runner in a four-horse race??
This happens time and again throughout the year, with farcical two horse races regularly happening during the National Hunt season. Racing mightn't like being a 'servant' to the betting industry but the simple fact is that racing is funded from betting, thus they need to smarten up their act. If industry head honchos want to moan about not getting enough funding, perhaps they should get their house in order...
Newmarket has no excuses, it's not as if they are miles from training centres or poorly funded. Get on the phone and chase trainers to fill your fields.