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Arya disqualification perplexing

03:58 PM 04 Jun 2014 NZST
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Arya disqualification perplexing

The two year old Ruby at this years Harness Jewels was won in brilliant fashion by the Love You gelding Monbet after a great display of trotting that was as good as anything produced by a juvenile in this country.

The rest of the field were left to fight out the minors with Arya getting up on the inside of Prince Fearless to grab second with Yougunnakissmeornot just nabbing Wanna Play for fourth.

No sooner had the horses pulled up, the siren went with two protests being lodged over an incident as they passed the 400 meter mark.

First up Josh Dickie, the driver of Speeding Spur who was struggling to keep up in the one by one on the hot pace, lodged a protest against Yougunnakissmeornot who on leaving her position three back on the inner at the 400 meters appeared to check Speeding Spur into a break.

It looked a 50/50 call and could have gone either way so it was no surprise when it was dismissed.

Josh Dickie made no allegation of interference against Ayra driven by Mark Purdon who was three wide outside Speeding Spur at the time but the stewards saw fit to file a protest on exactly those grounds.

They claimed Ayra had shifted down at the same time that Yougunnakissmeornot had eased off the inner and that was the primary reason Speeding Spur had broken.

It was not an allegation supported by the horses driver or the video evidence but one the JCA found in favour of none the less.

Mark Purdon is known for keeping his views to himself and has never been one to lose his cool but was so appalled by the decision that he labeled the chairman of the panel that heard the inquiry, Brian Scott incompetent and the whole process a travesty.

And if one watches the replay enough, one tends to come to the conclusion that Mark Purdon has a point.

Everybody in this industry is accountable and on the surface the JCA panel in this matter have some serious questions to answer.

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