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Possible Legal Action Mooted Pending UK Tote Sale

Thursday, 10th July 2008

There is a distinct possibility that a legal challenge could be made over expected plans to sell the Tote in England. If forthcoming, the challenge is expected to be mounted by racehorse owners who feel that the industry will be massively short-changed. According to racingpost.co.uk, president of the Racehorse Owners' Association, Paul Dixon, intimated that the association was looking at legal avenues to launch a judicial review of actions taken by the (UK) government. Dixon commented: "Racing has been conned. We've been set up to fail from day one, and I'm not going to allow the government to get away with it," also adding "Racing has rolled over like lapdogs, but anyone who thinks we're simply going to accept whatever is handed to us is mistaken. How can we let the government take the rug from under us? How does the government justify taking a low bid, which it will be if they go ahead with a sale now, when they have already turned down two higher offers supported by strong institutional backers and a number of significant owners? That's why I say we've been set up to fail from the start, and why, if the government is adamant it will sell the Tote at any price, we would have to look at the judicial process."

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