Dead-heats galore and three doubles
The finish of the Elizabeth Bay Handicap (1100m) on the Kensington track at Randwick on Wednesday proved a tough job for the photo finish judge with the first two across the line inseparable and he was also unable to separate the two horses in the print for third.
The Les Bridge-trained Eager Beaver and Danza King from the David Payne stable were both declared the winner but there was controversy surrounding the judge’s decision to declare a dead-heat for third between Accounting and I Rule This World.
The Patinack Farm stable challenged the result claiming their runner Accounting held a margin over the Chris Waller runner.
Stewards opened an inquiry, inspected the print on their monitors, as well as venturing up to the Judge’s office to view the official print before declaring correct weight with the dead-heat standing, 20 minutes after the race was run.
“After viewing the digital image in the stewards room there appeared a margin to the outside horse [Accounting] but you couldn’t say it with any certainty,” Racing NSW chief steward Ray Murrihy said.
“The quality of the photo is terribly poor and it would be impossible to call and say the judges were wrong.
“There was not conclusive photographic evidence for us to overturn the judges’ decision.”