And what is actually worse is, punters can actually bet on these races, even though they are defined as abandoned. What a great service. Entice punters to bet, abandon the race, irrespective of whether their investment wins or not. Talk about great customer service.
Please tell us what the benefits are to the TAB of setting up events that they are going to abandon because they are due to run in the hour or two leading up to 8am?
So I put $1 to win on a couple of horses in the first at Laurel Park this morning. The winner was paying 10s on the tote at close. However, they abandoned the race - in which I had backed the winner. And I got my money back.
Great customer service, no doubt.
I don't think the reason why they are abandoned is important. Maybe they aren't abandoned due to no investment, however they don't get any retained investment.
I expect they are abandoned due to the time they are scheduled to race - but they still put them up even though they refund any investment.
The important part being why have them in the schedule, with runner information? Such a brilliant idea - put up races/runners etc. Don't take any bets on them - and then result them as abandoned.
Why have such stupid processes?