Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Jockey Club Get It Wrong

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Jockey Club Get It Wrong

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Byline: By Doug Moscrop

You win some, you lose more, but yesterday's unsuccessful appeal by trainer Mark Tompkins over the disqualification of Babodana at Newmarket last Saturday didn't matter one iota to Newcastle punter Jack Lee.

The 75-year-old lost a near-pounds 1m windfall in the ToteScoop6 when the stewards controversially reversed the placings.

Sleeping Indian was promoted to first spot and would have been a most unlucky loser, having got into all sorts of trouble over a furlong out.

But while he was intimidated by Babodona, as he drifted across the track, the pair never touched and Jimmy Fortune never had to stop riding on Sleeping Indian.

There was only a short head in it, but it looked somewhat harsh to see Babodona thrown out.

While there is a lot to be said for paying out on first past the post ( as some bookmakers do ( the rulers of racing fear that it will lead to winning at all costs and would not be in the interests of safety for horse and rider. …

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