Best Odds with Top Tote+ and Bet Back Offers!
Register at Australia's #1 Online Bookmaker!
Back A Winner!
Sign-Up to Australia's Fastest Growing Online Bookmaker!
Back Yourself!
Sign-up and start betting with Ladbrokes in 2 minutes!
Best Of The Best Odds!
Bet With Palmerbet and get Paid Top Fluc or Top Tote!
*Conditions Apply. Excl VIC, NSW, SA & WA. Gamble Responsibly

Earlier this week we were full of praise when the Stewards upheld a protest, despite the fav being relegated for a $31 chance.

The response from readers was on point too – no-one spoke through their pocket and everyone made reasoned evaluations based on the footage provided.

Well, this time it may be different.

At Kembla yesterday I think the Stewards got it wrong by NOT upholding a protest.

It hadn’t in the second race when both Joe Pride’s horses ran 1st and 2nd.

You watch the footage, and as you do, keep in mind that the Steward’s primary mandate is two-fold – 1) did the horse who caused interference stop the other horse from finishing in front of it, 2) would the momentum of the interfered horse carried it past the culprit had the interference not occurred?

I think on both counts the answer was yes. The Stewards ruled on both counts…no.

Have Your Say 🗣: did stewards get this protest wrong? Comment below

Watch 📺 👇

The second horse, EL COHETE (Super Easy-Lycme) was coming home so hard he surely grabs the winner had the winner run straight. It would have been tight but he was absolutely powering late.

The winner STARGIRL (Choisir-Jasminka) was gritty but she definitely moves off her running line into his path just when the runner-up was chiming in.

Here’s the official report and Steward’s reasoning – “El Cohete – Blundered shortly after the start and was shifted behind runners in the early stages from a wide barrier. Stewards considered a protest lodged by R. Hutchings, rider of the 2nd placed El Cohete, against the winner Stargirl (S. Clipperton), alleging interference near the 50m. After viewing the official patrol films and taking evidence from all parties, whilst acknowledging that El Cohete was commencing to close the race off strongly and that near the 50m was eased when Stargirl shifted out under pressure and then was shifted back to the inside of that runner to continue into clear running, bearing in mind the proximity of the interference to the winning post and the margin of a length, the Stewards could not be comfortably satisfied that had this interference not occurred El Cohete would have beaten Stargirl and the protest was therefore dismissed. At a subsequent inquiry Sam Clipperton was reprimanded.

So the interference was such that the winning rider was reprimanded. But because it was a length margin, they couldn’t see the runner-up finishing ahead.

The decision will divide viewers.

*Existing customers only. 2nd Racing bet. Excl SA & WA. T’s & C’s apply. Gamble responsibly.
Featured News

Free Racing Bonus Bets and Offers

We take a look at the BIGGEST and BEST Free Daily Racing Offers and Betting Promotions from Australia’s leading online...

Jamie Kah lands 1000 milestone win

A late double at the Sale meeting transferred to Pakenham on Wednesday has provided Jamie Kah with her 1000th career victory....

Kentucky Derby winner returns positive drug test

Las weekends Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit has returned a positive drug test and could be disqualified from the race....

Watch 📺 Apprentice jockey cops massive ban for bad ride

South Australian jockey Stacey Metcalfe has received a two month suspension for her ride aboard Exalted Maxine at Murray Bridge on...

Zac Spain

G1 winning jockey fails breath test at Warrnambool

Group One winning jockey Zac Spain has been handed a one month suspension which will take effect immediately after he...

Watch 📺 Jockey stops riding and gets beat

Punters who backed Exalted Maxine at Murray Bridge on Wednesday will be furious of the ride of Stacey Metcalfe. Exalted...

Watch 📺 Jockey cops big fine for exuberant celebration

Who doesn’t love seeing sports people celebrate? All of us, right? Hmm, think again. The stewards at Warrnambool of Day...

Bizarre story behind jockeys eight year ban

It is the bizarre case of Daniel Jack Smith. Smith was disqualified for eight years after being found guilty of...

Australian Bookmaker Reviews

Which bookmaker should you bet with? We Review each of the leading online Australian Bookmakers and rate them in order...

Copyright © 2021 Just Horse Racing.
All rights reserved - Privacy Policy

Gamble Responsibly 18+
*State exclusions apply to some offers. Please check T&Cs of each offer with the bookmaker. All Offers Exclude NSW residents.
18+ Don't let the game play you. Stay in control. Gamble responsibly. Think! About your choices. Call Gambling Help on 1800 858 858 or visit or