Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Good Emperor Picks Up a Bracelet

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Good Emperor Picks Up a Bracelet

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Byline: Steve Spinks

THE connections of Ballina gelding Good Emperor had an anxious wait after a protest delayed the official announcement of the winner of the $11,000 Garry's Riverside Jewellers Ballina Bracelet (1260m) yesterday afternoon.

Jockey Chris Whiteley, who was second across the line aboard beaten favourite Show a Lion Heart, protested the result alleging interference down the length of the straight.

Sydney-based rider Neil Paine, who rode Good Emperor, did seem to guide his charge wide forcing Whiteley to the outside of the track but stewards dismissed the protest after a lengthy deliberation.

Good Emperor's owner Glenn Nelson informed supporters of the victory with an animated thumbs up after leaving the stewards room.

Nelson, the proprietor of the Tintenbar General Store, was over the moon with the victory in the Northern Rivers' premier two-year-old race.

"We're pretty happy although we weren't too surprised," he said. …

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