Starter cleared after Casino inquiry

A STEWARDS' inquiry has found that neither the Casino Racing Club nor its starter was to blame for the controversial no-race last month in which horses started from the wrong barriers.

The mix-up was not discovered until after the running of the 1000m event on Beef Week Cup day, May 30, in which Visitation was first past the post.

The race was subsequently declared void and stewards opened an inquiry into why most of the horses were loaded into the incorrect starting stalls.

The inquiry found that a barrier redraw had taken place but the new starting positions were not amended on the starter's notification, which is used to position horses in the correct barriers.

Stewards added that this was caused by an 'anomaly' which Racing NSW has since addressed to ensure such a mix-up does not happen again.

There were also reports that several jockeys had told the starter their mounts were being loaded into the wrong barriers but stewards said the evidence was inconclusive.

"Whether competing jockeys made sufficient comment on the barrier positions to a degree that the starter should have acted is inconclusive," stewards said.

The inquiry also found the Casino Racing Club was not responsible for the incident in any way and confirmed a $200 appearance fee would be paid to connections of each of the starters in the race with the $9000 prizemoney purse to be split evenly between them.

The owners of Visitation will also be covered for agreed travel expenses.


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