THIS is the grainy, pixelated image track judge Sean Farrar had to rely on when he declared a dead-heat   Leave a comment

No clear picture of winner insists track judge Sean Farrar

Nosing ahead

THIS is the grainy, pixelated image track judge Sean Farrar had to rely on when he declared a dead-heat in a Canberra horse race last FridaySource: The Daily Telegraph

THIS is the grainy, pixelated image track judge Sean Farrar had to rely on when he declared a dead-heat in a Canberra horse race last Friday.

The Daily Telegraph yesterday ran a high-resolution photo of gelding Rules Point beating Bel Edition by a nose.

Farrar initially believed that nothing could separate the pair, only for the three stewards on the day to overrule his decision.

After an objection from both sets of owners, they were also eventually satisfied Farrar had got it wrong and there was a margin.

But Farrar, who has since come under fire from the racing public for making the blunder, last night hit back, claiming he hadn’t had access to the high-resolution photo finish in his judge’s box.

Instead, he forwarded the above photo, which shows no margin between Rules Point (above) and Bel Edition.

“It would have been better if both images were released.”

Farrar was also disappointed he never received an invite on Monday to meet with one of the disgruntled owners to explain why he had arrived at his decision.

Asked if he had agreed there was a margin now he had seen the high-resolution image, Farrar said: “I respect the stewards right to use their discretion under the rules of racing as they see fit.”

Stipe Jim Walshe was in charge of the Canberra meeting and maintained Farrar had an opportunity to view the clearer image when the decision was being debated. However, Farrar declined to do so.

It begs the question, how many other tight finishes at racetracks have been decided by similar grainy prints?

Farrar said that all judges would be best served with top-quality “technological support”, but was also aware of race club budgets.

 

Posted July 25, 2012 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

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