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Photo-finish farces must be ended
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