There is one well placed bet at Riccarton today He’ll Be Jake $8 and survived the protest ( proving heavy track sectionals can be very profitable ) here
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Was this the first case where the winner should have been relegated after getting a definite advantage with a blatant overuse of the whip? In race three at Avondale on Monday, Ego Princess was hit hard 28 times with the whip from the 300m to the 100m mark and two strides were taken without being whipped! The horse, Ego Princess, responded well and was able to pass three other horses around her where the riders had adhered to the rule of five strides or less with the whip and five without till the 100 metre mark. The second horse connections could have protested that the winner had clearly received an unfair advantage, but the rules as they are now, say that you can’t protest on those grounds. The rider, Kavish Chowdhoory, was given 12 days for blatantly breaking the rule. Is it time that connections can protest on the grounds that the other horse received an unfair advantage? This was just a $10,000 slog in the bog maiden, but it is going to happen in a Group race sooner rather than later. The perception will be that the winning connections and punters will have received an unfair advantage just like any other unfair advantage like drugs or interference. So why not a whip advantage?
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