The Horserace Betting Levy Board has confirmed that Levy income for 2018/19 would be GB£ 78 million, a shortfall of GB£ 17 million on the previous year, based on the bookmakers’ provisional declarations.

Now, however, the HBLB seems to be asking bookmakers just to check down behind the sofa and underneath the fruit machines to ensure they haven’t missed any pound coins.

An August 2019 press release from the HBLB said it “continued to investigate the reasons for that fall as part of carrying out its formal end of year processes with bookmakers”.

“More generally, following legal advice, the Board has recently asked all Levy-paying bookmakers for further information on certain bet types offered during the year”.