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OK. We've got 11 races carded at Pukekohe, all with up to 6 ballots. That's a f up to start with but there's surely nowhere near enough weight spread for this type of open entry approach? Or, they need to split these races in two. For example, take R11 the 2100m race below. Who is going to run an R45 maidener against a tough old 3 flat win R62 horse at level weights? Or for that matter an R67 getting only 5.5kgs from an R82? The same issue is evident in other races. I thought the idea was to make the races competitive in order to attract punting turnover.

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Starting limit: 14, Ballots: 6
 
Open Entry Flat Race 2100m - $15,000   Open /Close
Silk Horse Trainer Age Sex Order Rating Weight
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Sweet Treat
Team Rogerson 6 Mare - 82 63.00
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Magnanimous Man
Craig and Shaun Phelan 6 Gelding - 67 57.50
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Windy Height
Antony Fuller 8 Gelding - 67 57.50
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Plushenko
Grant & Tana Shaw 5 Gelding - 65 56.50
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Delegate
Shaun & Emma Clotworthy 7 Gelding - 62 55.00
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Van Blanc
Craig and Shaun Phelan 5 Gelding - 60 55.00
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Gabriel
Grant Tucker 6 Gelding - 59 55.00
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Ngatira Gold
Samantha Logan 9 Gelding - 59 55.00
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Henry Tudor
Samantha Logan 10 Gelding - 56 55.00
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Arite Guru
Shaun & Emma Clotworthy 8 Gelding - 55 55.00
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Iffraajinator
Karen Fursdon 5 Gelding - 55 55.00
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Seconds Out
Iain Marks 10 Gelding - 55 55.00
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Top Choice
Shaun & Emma Clotworthy 10 Gelding - 55 55.00
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Caballo Noir
Shaun & Emma Clotworthy 8 Gelding - 52 55.00
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Old Countess
Peter & Jessica Brosnan 10 Mare - 45 55.00
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Villa Nine
Peter & Jessica Brosnan 5 Gelding - 45 55.00
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Yeah, that has been my concern too.

I have long supported the open entry system - before Covid-19 that is -  but our handicapping was the big worry for me.

Seems to be valid looking at all this.

If there was ever an obvious case to review the system, here it is. 

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