THE VER­DICT Whip protests seem set for a thrash­ing

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - SPORT -

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 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.

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