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The Punter: Classic French hurt UK punters

It's always a matter of choice between the tote pooled betting system and starting price returns where punters are concerned.

You pay your money and you take your chance as to which of the two betting mediums will produce the best profit.

But those who went down the ‘nanny goat’ road in the first two Classics of the season, will have got a rude shock.

The French took both for the first time when Makfi won the 2000 Guineas at 33-1 and Special Duty took the 1000 race in controversial circumstances.

The latter was beaten a nose by Jacqueline Quest but got the verdict — correctly according to rule — following a stewards’ inquiry.

The tote paid only £12.80 for Makfi which represented odds of just under 12-1 compared to the of 33-1 and ‘early bird’ odds of 66-1 while 300 was traded on Betfair.

And the reason for the low tote returns was the amount of money poured into the tote pool by French punters.

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The tote is now open to in-put from the French and they ploughed in £12,000 of the £15,000 placed on Makfi in the total pool of £250,000.

It was a similar story regarding Special Duty. The 1,000 Guineas win pool had a total of £151,000, £37,000 of which was on the 9-2 favourite made up of £28,000 from the French system (PMU). She paid only £3.50 on the tote — equivalent to an sp of 5-2 for the win.