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TO THE RACING EDITOR Dear Sir, —Any one with even a moderate knowledge of racing knows that in this country there are, not thousands, but tens of thousands of men and women who like to have a financial interest on horses due to compete at meetings too far afield to admit of personal attendance. Hence the so-called "bookmaker," for, as a matter of fact, he is (excepting that he may issue doubles charts) nothing of the sort. He is merely a mar* who, in recognition of the tremendous percentage in his favour, is prepared, within certain limits, mark you, to lay totalisator odds and so to meet an exceedingly popular demand. In doing so, he is, of course, breaking the law, but what about his innumerable clients? Each and every one of these must, clearly, be an equally guilty party: ' Concede this and it seems strange that even the names of these people are never heard of. No fines of f 500 or terms of imprisonment, for them! But perhaps the Government and its legal authorities are just biding their time, for to deal pfTectivelv with the position, due entirely to lack of legitimate facilities in respect to so popular a desire, would entail the enlargement of our gaol accommodation »o an extent that, in these days of shortages of manpower and «**«*&• nro even be contemplated. RACEGOER.

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ILLEGAL BETTING, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 179, 31 July 1945

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ILLEGAL BETTING Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 179, 31 July 1945

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