In Thailand the country's government has extended its campaign against crime and vice to the horse racing industry.
GV People entering racecourse
SV People paying entrance fee
CU Policeman watches people through turnstiles
SV People trying on shoes at hire stall (2 shots)
GV Horses out of starting gates
SV Crowd watching race; LV horses round bend (2 shots)
SV People collecting winnings
GV Horses in parade ring before race
CU Racecaller looking through binoculars
GV End of race
SV Crowd watching race (2 shots)
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Background: In Thailand the country's government has extended its campaign against crime and vice to the horse racing industry. Officials believe that the industry breeds crime. As a result, restrictions have been placed on race course operations. Admission fees have been increased by 500 per cent in an effort to stop low income earners from spending their wages on betting instead of their families. The move to keep out the poor includes a regulation governing dress standards. People without shoes are not allowed into the race courses -- but enterprising businessmen have set up shoe hire stalls outside the courses. Other moves in the campaign include a cut-back on the number of races in a day and the arrest of illegal bookmakers. The Thai government claims attendance figures at the races have fallen and more restrictions are likely to be introduced soon. The racing industry, however, has already started to mount a protest campaign. It says the jobs of owners, trainers and jockeys are in danger.