Wyndham HRC 8 September 2022 – R1 – ANDOVER THE KEYS
Andover The Keys
Wyndham Harness Racing Club
Wyndham Racecourse - Alma St, Wyndham, 9892
Outcome: Protest Upheld
Penalty: ANDOVER THE KEYS relegated from second to third placing
Summary of Facts:
Following the running of Race 1, Stipendiary Steward Shane Renault instigated a protest into the 2nd placed runner ANDOVER THE KEYS alleging a breach of Rule 870(5) namely that ANDOVER THE KEYS galloped across the finish line in 2nd place.
Rule 870(5) reads; not withstanding the provisions of sub rule 4 hereof any horse which is not in the correct gait when it’s nose reaches the finishing line and which is lapped on by any other horse or horses in the correct gait shall be placed behind such horse or horses provided that where such first mentioned horse is not in its correct gait as a result of interference to such horse or its Driver then subject to rule 869(8) such relegation of horse shall be at the discretion of the Adjudicative Committee.
The Respondent’s representative Mr Nathan Williamson, was present at the hearing and indicated the protest was to be contested.
The provisional placings are:
1st – Streaming Live (5) B. Williamson
2nd – Andover The Keys (8) N. Williamson
3rd – Groovy L’Amour (1) B. Orange
4th – Johnny Walker (9) M. Williamson
The official margins between 2nd and 3rd was a head.
Submissions for Decision:
Stipendiary Steward Mr Renault asked Stipendiary Steward Miss Haley to highlight the concluding stages of the race on the video films. Mr Renault stated that ANDOVER THE KEYS broke just before the finishing line when free of interference. Mr Renault stated that the 3rd place horse GROOVY L’AMOUR had clearly lapped on the galloping ANDOVER THE KEYS. Mr Renault stated that the Stewards were seeking relegation of ANDOVER THE KEYS from 2nd placing to 3rd placing.
Mr Williamson the Driver of ANDOVER THE KEYS, disputed the fact that his horse had broken prior to the line as he believed ANDOVER THE KEYS broke a stride past the line. Mr Williamson said his horse had paced roughly at the top of the straight and put in a long stride but he believed it was very marginal where the horse actually broke.
Reasons for Decision:
On reviewing the race films of the concluding stages of the race, it is apparent that ANDOVER THE KEYS has galloped free of interference and was in its incorrect gait when it’s nose reached the finish line and was lapped on by GROOVY L’AMOUR just prior to the winning post.
The protest is upheld and ANDOVER THE KEYS is relegated from 2nd placing to 3rd placing.
The amended placings are:
1st – Streaming Live
2nd – Groovy L’Amour
3rd – Andover The Keys
4th – Johnny Walker
In accordance with this decision, the payment of dividends is authorised.
Decision Date: 08/09/2022
Publish Date: 09/09/2022