THE VERDICT Whip protests seem set for a thrashing
CHIEF stipe Allan Reardon as much as admitted stewards will never uphold a whip protest after the objection by Brad Stewart against Ingeegoodbe was dismissed at Doomben yesterday.
Ingeegoodbe, ridden by Ron Stewart, beat Stewart’s mount My Guiliano by the smallest possible margin in the BM80 Handicap (2200m), but stewards took little time in confirming the original result.
“We counted nine or 10 strikes (before the 100m), but we can’t measure what one strike will improve a horse,’’ Reardon said. ‘‘We can’t measure it. “The protest is therefore dismissed.”
Queensland came under the national spotlight for upholding a whip protest when Stonecast was awarded a race after dead-heating with Rosella at the Sunshine Coast in March last year.
Stewards were widely criticised for the decision to uphold that protest and since then all subsequent objections based on whip infringements have been thrown out.
If the rule is not going to be used, why is it there?
Right now, it’s absurd to have a rule in place where jockeys can lodge a protest, but have no chance of it being upheld.
Stewards have been placed in an impossible position by the rule makers at Racing Australia, who need to show more leadership on this issue.
Ron Stewart was later fined $500 for his breach of the rules.
BRAD Stewart considered himself unlucky not to go home with a winning treble yesterday.
After missing out with the whip protest, Stewart landed winners on Girl In A Million and Capetown @xlbnathan_cmail firstname.lastname@example.org MINUTE MARGIN: Ingeegoodbe (inside) narrowly holds off My Giuliano in the BM80 Handicap (2200m) at Doomben yesterday. Picture: Grant Peters, Trackside Photography Hussey, which he guided from the extreme outside barrier to a railshugging win.
“I said to Brad before the race ‘They reckon you’re good from these bad gates, so let’s see what you can do’ but he played it down,” Capetown Hussey’s trainer Steve O’Dea said. “He told me he doesn’t like to give himself a rap, but he would see what unfolded. He’s ridden it perfectly.”
Stewart deflected praise for the Capetown Hussey ride. “I like to come out positive from bad gates, rather than just hand up,’’ he said. ‘‘Fortunately it worked out well this time. She’s actually done a really good job.” FRIDAY night’s Sunshine Coast meeting was rated a stinker by punters and not much better by participants. Racing Queensland’s programming of the sevenrace card was curious, as it clashed with footy finals and didn’t marry up with any “product” from the south. Just one of the seven races attracted enough starters for each way 1-2-3 betting, with races of just three and four runners highlighting an embarrassing turnout.
Pools on UBET also told a sorry story, with the last two races having just $2950 and $4400 put through the win tote.
Ipswich managed to have six of its seven races have eight or more earlier in the day, but the diluting of “product” is perplexing.
Queensland hosted a lazy nine race meetings yesterday – the equal of the combined total of NSW, Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia.