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Photo-fin­ish farces must be ended

The Racing Paper - - Front Page - JOHN McCRIR­ICK Out­spo­ken and un­miss­able

My ex­per­tise in pho­tog­ra­phy is based on the state-of-the-art box Brownie cam­era of my boy­hood. Even multi-award win­ning snap­per Ed­ward Whit­taker is be­mused by my pic­ture abil­ity.

Ap­par­ently technology has slightly got bet­ter since then.

But at Ling­field last Sun­day the out­come of the seven fur­long hand­i­cap took 12 min­utes for head judge Nick Bo­s­tock to de­cide the re­sult.

In a three way photo Storm Melody (‘exes’ 6/1) had nosed out Ven­tril­o­quist (‘face’ 5/2f) with Your Choice (‘neves’ 7/1 spelt back­wards).

En­ter­pris­ingly ATV’s fresh, knowl­edge­able Hay­ley Moore clam­bered up to the judges’ eerie where Bo­s­tock ex­plained in de­tail how the de­ci­sion was ar­rived at.

Well done to the BHA for sanc­tion­ing be­hind-the-scenes trans­parency and al­low­ing the TV cam­eras into the judges’ room. It is surely amaz­ing with our races beamed around the world we still can’t im­me­di­ately pro­duce clear in­con­tro­vert­ible ev­i­dence from both sides of the course.

De­spite eru­dite Bo­s­tock’s de­tailed ex­pla­na­tions there was some­thing of a Heath Robin­son ar­chaic con­fu­sion in his box.

An­drew Franklin, High­flyer Chan­nel 4 Rac­ing boss, long ad­vo­cated a to­tal mod­erni­sa­tion of photo-fin­ish equip­ment.

Ac­cu­racy and de­lays in­volve mil­lions of pounds. So­lu­tion: Bring back the good old-fash­ioned Brownie, I say.

“De­spite the de­tailed ex­pla­na­tions there was some­thing of a Heath Robin­son ar­chaic con­fu­sion at Ling­field”

Spot the win­ner: Storm Melody, near­side, gets up

Fresh: Hay­ley Moore

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