Nice piece PaulAR, the only thing is bookies will not allow early prices if the rule 4 was changed to much, it can benefit the punter if you get a good price on a horse then with withdrawals he drops significantly even with the rule 4 you get a better price, if they did alter the laws on rule 4 one they could bring in is if a horse is withdrawn before race then all early prices revert to SP, I have heard this before when changes to the rule 4 was mentioned years ago, it has its swings and roundabouts and my opinion is the rule 4 laws are about right, the biggest problem as you said is self certification this should be removed in my opinion and only vet certificate can be accepted.

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