Talking Horses: is this a turning point for the Tote, or another false dawn?

By: Greg Wood Tuesday 27 July 2021

Nearly a century after being founded by Winston Churchill, the betting operator insists it has become better value

“The problem we’ve found is not that people think the Tote is poor value,” Jamie Hart, UK Tote Group’s product director, says. “They know the Tote is poor value. It isn’t, because we’ve changed it, but it’s not even like it’s an opinion. It’s more like if you ask people in the street, “which is more expensive, Waitrose or Lidl?”, they know it’s Waitrose.”

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Stradivarius came up short in his attempt to win a fourth Gold Cup at Royal Ascot last month and he is a drifter in the betting for Tuesday’s Group One Goodwood Cup, a race he has already won four years running, following heavy rain in Sussex on Sunday.

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Beverley 1.00 Sed Maarib 1.30 Flower Power 2.05 Le Beau Garcon 2.40 Ava Go Joe 3.15 Cuban Dancer 3.50 Langholm 4.25 Dandy’s Angel

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