Yarmouth’s Simon Franklin is the latest promoter to extol the value to his track of RPGTV coverage on Monday and Thursday nights.
He said: “I am aware that several trainers have been asked to take runners from owners in different parts of the country simply so they can watch them on TV. We have also been inundated with requests for DVDs of the racing.
“The only complication we have found is some concerns among the off-course bookmakers about the variation between our local betting market and Betfair. We have two local bookies who form the market and it is often at odds with Betfair.
“We had a case recently where we had an apparent odds-on favourite according to Betfair, but not according to either the racing manager or our local layers.”
The swell of the graded strength to around 320 puts the Norfolk venue as among the strongest tracks in the country.
Simon continued: “We stage 40 races per week and although the racing office would always want more to cover their options with different seeding, we could probably run another fixture if we chose to do so.
“We have actually ordered a new set of handicap traps, though it was mainly because the man who makes them was due to retire and I thought we could get some before he left. We may consider them for 659m races but not for 462s.”
Yarmouth Championship winner Oh Yesyesyes (Iso Octane-Swift Salt, Jan 16) made himself just about ungradeable when landing the best A1 of the year to date. The John Mullins trained brindle clocked 27.99 his third win, with two second places, in his last five outings over course and distance.