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Newsflash: Kenilworth Jackpot Puzzle

Jackpot chaos at Kenilworth as confusion reigns over dividend and qualifying numbers

Lots to fight over! Kenilworth Racecourse stays out of Phumelela hands, for now.

In what will be confusion for many punters, the horse Shepherds Purse, who was declared a non-runner by the Stipes in the seventh race at Kenilworth on Wednesday, was not incorporated into the official jackpot dividend.

Sheperds Purse (9) was apparently declared a non-runner on review of the start, and as the race was won by the tote favourite Winter Prince (7), punters who had the 9 horse, should also have received a dividend.

The official jackpot numbers originally declared officially per saftote are: 9 x 3 x 1,2 x 7 – this combination paid R447-80.

This dividend would have reduced by close to half had the 9 been included.

A Kenilworth Racing spokesperson confirmed telephonically to the Sporting Post that all procedures were followed by the racing operator and that the Clerk Of Scales had been notified accordingly.



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2 comments on “Newsflash: Kenilworth Jackpot Puzzle

  1. Basil Nelson says:

    Surely a non runner should be treated as a scratching !!
    This blunder leads to unhappy punters which the sport/industry can not afford.

    1. Editor says:

      Indeed Basil – seems the scratching following a race review of the start was lost in translation between the racing operator / on course / into Saftote.

      The official result was amended after some time and the jackpot dividend naturally reduced. It is unknown how much was lost in the time where the incorrect dividend was in the system.

      We reported on the discrepancy within minutes of the race -a day later we are still waiting for a Saftote press release.

      It is not about mistakes – it is about the way it is handled – like their website which stops and starts and splutters day in and day out.
      And they say NOTHING to the customer.

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