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Bettors Strike undone by photo mishap

01:51 AM 10 Dec 2009 NZDT
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Courtesy Of Harness Racing Victoria - 2006 SEW Eurodrive Victoria Cup

Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) has created a first for Australian racing by changing the result of a photo-finish for last Saturday week's $60,000 Group 2 Cranbourne Cup. New Zealand pacer Bettors Strike was given the verdict in a desperately tight photo-finish, but six days after the race the owner of runner-up Ohoka Nevada lodged an objection to the result.

HRV stewards, headed by Cameron George, today changed the result to a dead-heat. George said he believed it was the first time for such a ruling in Australian racing.

"In the end we not conclusively say there was a margin for Bettors Strike so we changed the result to a dead heat," George said.

Bettors Strike and Ohoka Nevada will clash again in tomorrow night's (Friday) $400,000 Group 1 Victoria Cup at Melton's Tabcorp Park.

The following is Brad BISHOP'S version from Harness Racing Victoria:

Stewards today (Thursday) reconvened an inquiry into an objection lodged by Sam Treccase, owner of Ohoka Nevada, against the placings declared by the judge in the 2009 Decron Cranbourne Pacing Cup on November 28, 2009.

Harness Racing Victoria judge Lucy McCormick determined on the night that the Cran Dalgety-trained Bettors Strike won the $60,000 Group 2 by a short-half-head from Ohoka Nevada.

Evidence was taken from McCormick, Dalgety, Steve Hardy - photo finish operator, Damian Sheales - barrister for the connections of Ohoka Nevada, Mr & Mrs Wakefield - owners of Bettors Strike and Peter Du Plessis - equipment provider for Omega.

After considering the evidence of all parties and available images, stewards were not satisfied that Bettors Strike was the outright winner of the race.

On that basis, stewards amended the placings to a dead-heat for first between Bettors Strike and Ohoka Nevada.

The amended placings are:

1st - Bettors Strike NZ (dead-heat); 1st - Ohoka Nevada NZ (dead-heat); 3rd - Karlsruhe ; 4th - Mister Grizzly.


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