Stars Over The Sea, first past the post in the race which was declared void at Killarney last Thursday, was reinstated as the winner on Thursday after the Turf Club decided not to contest the appeal against the decision.

Roger Brookhouse, owner of the Stars Over The Sea, appealed the decision of the stewards to void the 1m6f Flat race 20 minutes after the contest had finished.

The appeal was lodged on the basis the Killarney stewards erred in not considering Rule 209 in reaching their decision. The rule states the starter's decision as to the fairness of a start is final.

Stars Over The Sea, who was led in at the start having been reluctant to line up, made all the running to win by five lengths. The race was voided by the stewards on the basis that, in their opinion, he had gained an unfair advantage at the start.

Judge Tony Hunt, chairman of the Appeals Committee, said: "As the Turf Club is not contesting the appeal, we have no option but to allow the appeal."

Hunt suggested when the Turf Club holds its own investigation into the Killarney race it should consider a possible rule change, giving the acting stewards at a meeting, rather than the starter, the final say.

Denis Egan, chief executive of the Turf Club, said: "We will be holding an investigation into what happened at Killarney in the near future."

It is understood that the Turf Club had never previously failed to contest an appeal. The final placings of the judge at Killarney were confirmed and the original result stands.

De Bromhead said: "Obviously, we are very pleased with the outcome."

Bookmaker Paddy Power reported last week the decision to void the race had cost "well into six figures", while bookmakers at the track were also out of pocket.

 

 

 

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