sensible punters would be avoiding 'inflated field' races and concentrating on fair-fields.
Some sensible punters do; and some sensible punters don't . . and some sensible punters do both
But the 'canny punters' always get value . . even though they don't always get winners
The lazy punters will always lose, no matter the field size . . and you can't legislate against laziness or stupidity . . nor should you be able to
Take the last race at the Sunny Coast today . . was it an inflated field?? . . Your opinion is as good as mine
Did the Corps win on it?? Probably
But the 'early market correction' indicates that the 'canny punters' who shopped early got 51.0 about a horse which was returned @ 17.0
BTW . . I wasn't one of them, but I did get 51.0 about a horse that opened @ 17.0 and ran 4th or 5th . . and I think that I got 'value'
The day that 'luck in running' ceases to play a part will see the end of racing as we know it