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Zim Stipes Discretion Questioned

Drastic action makes no sense

The seventh race at Borrowdale Park on Sunday was declared null and void in terms of rule after two horses went into the wrong gates.

The race was run up the straight and no discernible advantage was gained by either. But why bomb the race totally and rather not just declare the two non-runners?

Everybody from owners to trainers to jockeys to staff to punters lose with the kind of illogical decision to unilaterally declare the race void.

Hollywood came to punter’s rescue – click here

In our book, the Zim stipes have a case to answer for a lack of discretion.

The rule states: no HORSE shall be started from a stall other than that allotted by the draw;

It does not indicate what action should be taken, but surely a voiding of the race is extreme action?

Ed – NHA Racing Control Executive Arnold Hyde has advised us that he has requested a report on the incident and information as to how the decision was reached.

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6 comments on “Zim Stipes Discretion Questioned

  1. Ian Jayes says:

    The starter, his assistant and the jockeys are to blame, but the owners, trainers and punters must bear the cost.

  2. Sean says:

    I wonder how many punters tossed their tickets into the bin without realising what went down!!

  3. Ken fisher says:

    Best wait for the enquiry before aportioning blame . You will find not the jocks to blame !

    1. Editor says:

      Even if they are to blame, why void the whole race?

  4. Ken fisher says:

    Editor I agree – i dont know the applicable rule but we ( at Borrowdale Park ) were told that the stipes had no alternative . For our yard it was a big blow as we had 1st and 2nd places in the race and would have given us 5 winners out 7 races !

    1. Editor says:

      Wasn’t the worst day by the sounds of it Ken!
      The rules don’t really say what the Stipes options are – but we says again – rather decalre the offenders non runners than void the race. Hopefully the issue will raise the option of clarifying the action to be taken and adding this to the rule book.

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