Waikato BOP H 20 January 2022 – R10 – Instigating a Protest – PRESIDENTS TOPSHOT
Waikato BOP Harness Racing Inc
Cambridge Raceway - 1 Taylor Street, Cambridge, 3434
Outcome: Protest Upheld
Penalty: PRESIDENTS TOPSHOT was disqualified from the race.
Following the running of Race 10 a protest was lodged by Mr Dooley against the 4th placing of PRESIDENTS TOPSHOT. It was alleged the horse broke approaching the 60m and failed to settle.
Junior Driver, Mr Z Meredith was present at the hearing representing the Connections. He indicated on the Information that he did not wish to contest the protest.
The Breaking Horses Regulations state: ‘Any horse which breaks from its gait within the final 200 metres of any race and continues on in the break for a distance of 50 metres or greater, shall be deemed to be in breach of Rule 870(3) in that it has failed to promptly regain its proper gait’.
It was clear on the films that PRESIDENTS TOPSHOT went offstride nearing the 60 metres mark and galloped to the finish where it was in 4th place.
The horse was disqualified from its 4th place.
Amended placings became:
1st – SLY PUNTER
2nd – VALEGRO
3rd – DEBBIE LEE GALLEON
4th – CHELSEA HOTEL
5th – RUN FOREST RUN
Authority was given for payment of stakes and dividends in accordance with the amended placings.
Decision Date: 20/01/2022
Publish Date: 24/01/2022