Have the recent changes to the insta tournaments finally dealt them the death blow? Restricting the insta tournament races represent a major change from the original philosophy from which they were conceived .While they may appear to now be better for the player who is risking his horse ,is this really so? The new set up now tells the shopper the range that the horses speed rating falls between for sure .Which means a trainer whose horses are being claimed in a greedy fashion can no longer throw in a booby trap . Generally a variety of players took part in the instas even though they were not always well supported ,the guys searching for a bargain horse,the guy looking for some revenue from a horse that he did not particularly like but may win a race ,this may be a heavy breeder ,and the heavy rollers looking to chalk up tournament wins, come to mind immediately ..While i will agree with trying something different , i wonder how much of the changes were made with the core problems in mind ? The major problems with the instas from the outset was that HRF took too much of a cut from the claiming price and the entry fees were too high ,which was like double trouble for the players .50 per cent killed the whole set up . Having bred a horse for either 25k or 42.5 k it seems to me that the player then paying to enter a race and then giving back the house another half of this selling fee was just too much . There are some possible suggestions that come to mind . Is there anything wrong with 12 players ponying up 20k points and racing in a 140 k claimer where the house takes 15 per cent of the purse if the winner is a VIP and 25 per cent if the winner is a non vip and taking 20 percent of the claiming price if a horse changes stables ....The practice of pegging a claiming price to the entry fee is also not really all that necessary . Why cant 20 k claimers pony up 20 k with a similar take out as well .By this i mean why not mix things around and see what fills . This would really encourage risk and create some excitement in the game . HRF still has stable fees to benefit from dont they ?