Otago RC 7 November 2023 – R1 (Request for a Ruling) – DANZA
Otago Racing Club
Wingatui Racecourse - 285 Gladstone Road North, Mosgiel, Dunedin,
Penalty: Danza denied a fair start
Mr Davidson sought a Ruling as to whether DANZA had been denied a fair start in Race 1. He demonstrated on the videos that as the gates opened, gate 15, in which DANZA was standing, was very slow to open.
It is very clear on the videos that gate 15 has been very slow to open. DANZA was in that gate and was not able to jump until some time after the rest of the field had got away. This was not of the horse’s doing.
In these circumstances, the Stewards were advised that in the opinion of the Adjudicative Committee, DANZA had been denied a fair start owing to the mechanical failure of the starting stalls and that this had materially prejudiced the chances of the horse.
Decision Date: 07/11/2023
Publish Date: 08/11/2023