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BHA sorry after review ends in overturned result at Kempton

By Anita Chambers

The British Horseracing Authority yesterday apologised “to everyone affected” after it was forced to overturn a result from Kempton on Friday evening.

Bird For Life was announced the winner of a mile-and-a-half handicap on the night, in which 10/11 favourite Oregon Gift was adjudged to have finished a in second after a photo-finish.

However, after further viewing the result has been changed and the placings reversed.

But the BHA then said that “as per the Tattersalls rules of betting, the result that was called on the day stands for betting purposes”.

Brant Dunshea, director of integrity and raceday operations for the BHA, said: “The whole team is disappointed to have to correct any race result after the day. It is important that these results are called accurately.

“While it is appropriate that our processes allow us to put this right financially by the owner of the winning horse, we are aware the betting public are significantly affected owing to the fact the rules of betting mean the result called on the day stands for betting purposes. We apologise to everyone affected.”

Racing’s ruling body has pledged to take action “to minimise the risk of a recurrence”.

A BHA statement read: “The action, which is presently still being formulated, will provide further support for judges by ensuring that all photo-finish decisions are available for review by a BHA official before the ‘weighed-in’ is announced, ensuring that there is a second check before betting is settled.”

The BHA added, as a long-term goal, it has “committed to improve accountability for decisions made on the racecourses”.

Meanwhile, Nonios seems to have got his act together again and he can hit the target in the totequadpot Races 3 To 6 Handicap at Chelmsford.

David Simcock’s charge had been without a win since September 2016 before scoring at Chelmsford in January, and went in again at that track last week.

His win a week ago means he carries a 6lb penalty, but he looked as though he had plenty in hand as he cruised past King Kevin to win by half a length over this course and distance.

Nonios is on a career high mark now but is clearly thriving and should give a good account.

CHELMSFORD: 2.20 Huddersfilly Town, 2.55 Espadrille, 3.30 NONIOS (NAP), 4.05 Poet’s Prince, 4.35 Sonnet Rose, 5.05 Captor, 5.35 La Fortuna, 6.05 Give Us A Belle.

CLONMEL: 2.05 Dorydalis, 2.35 Reach Up, 3.10 Wild Sam, 3.45 Mister Butler, 4.20 Koshari, 4.50 Luckyinmilan, 5.20 Ask Henry.

TOWCESTER: 2.10 Brushed Up, 2.45 What Larks, 3.20 Akula, 3.55 Prairie Town, 4.25 Piton Pete, 4.55 Indian Native, 5.25 Captain Drake.

WETHERBY: 2.00 Pirate Look, 2.30 Rock Of Leon, 3.05 Glance Back, 3.40 Rajapur, 4.15 Bob Mahler, 4.45 Goodtoknow, 5.15 Floramoss.

WOLVERHAMPTON: 5.45 Casima, 6.15 Ramblow, 6.45 Cashel, 7.15 Nobel Duke, 7.45 King Kevin, 8.15 Something Lucky, 8.45 Jorvik Prince.

DOUBLE: Nonios and Espadrille.

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