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Race start times

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Britain has always had races starting at INTEGER multiples of 5 minutes.

I noticed on Saturday strange start times like 1.03 at Wetherby and Musselbrough. Similar today at Donny and Huntingdon.

The Daily Mail explains why: It's a one month exeperiement to try to avoid races starting while one is in progress to help TV coverage.

Actually, I believethat this year most courses have done a better job at getting races off on time than previously.

It's more difficult to remember 1.03 than 1.05, etc.

I don't like it.

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One thing they could do is think about which TV channel has the racing and adjust the days accordingly ....... to try and avoid days where RTV has 6 meetings and Sky has one

They could shuffle them about a bit especialy during the week when it doesn't really matter if a track has a meeting on a Tuesday or a Wednesday

Bit more difficult at weekend when most of the big tracks want to race

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