RIGHT: Black Patch, with Marlon Dolendo aboard, is led back to scale after the Tabulam Cup. Dolendo came in under-weight and Black Patch was disqualified, gifting the win to second-past-the-post Falontino.
RIGHT: Black Patch, with Marlon Dolendo aboard, is led back to scale after the Tabulam Cup. Dolendo came in under-weight and Black Patch was disqualified, gifting the win to second-past-the-post Falontino.

Delight turns to despair after disqualification

DELIGHT turned to despair for trainer Dean Smith amid dramatic scenes at this year's Tabulam meet.

Black Patch was first past the post in the feature race, the Errol and Mary O' Driscoll Memorial Tabulam Cup (1400m).

Smith's joy was short-lived, though, as the $4 shot was disqualified due  jockey Marlon Dolendo being 600gm under-weight.

It meant original runner-up Falontino, trained by John Smith and starting at $6.50, was awarded first place.

"It added something else to the day," Tabulam Racing Club secretary Milton King said.

"It was disappointing for the bookies and those who backed the horse, but then of course there were a few other people who were cheering as well when they heard."

It was an eventful day, with heavy rain forcing the fifth and final race, the Charcoal Inn Hotel and Bottle Shop Maiden Plate (1400m), to be abandoned due to a dangerous track.

Despite the weather, hundreds of punters again attended the annual meet.

"We certainly had our dramas," King said.

"For the people who braved the inclement weather, I think it was a good day.

"We have received nothing but compliments and are delighted with how it went."

King thanked everyone who attended and supported the meeting.



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