There was a fair bit of confusion at Toowoomba on Saturday night, after the winner of race six carried the wrong saddlecloth number.

Royal Warfare was down in the book as No.4, but duly saluted carrying the saddlecloth of No.5 Unimagineable.

The Matt Boland-trained Royal Warfare ($31) was eventually declared the winner, albeit No.5 Unimagineable ($31) had her number in the frame for a time after the race.

Unimagineable, trained by Ben Robinson, was beaten 6.1L into eighth place, carrying the No.4 saddlecloth.

"Royal Warfare will be the winner. It's actually got the five saddlecloth on, Royal Warfare," racecaller Anthony Collins said post-race.
"I would hope that's a mistake they've swapped colours in the jockeys' room [and not the wrong horse winning].

"That's actually Unimagineable. I can't believe that's actually taken place.

"The five is the winner [in the frame] - Unimagineable. But we'll just run a check on that because to me, it looks like the four and the five have swapped saddlecloths."

The stewards' report regarding the incident read: "Immediately following this race, and prior to the declaration of correct weight, the Chief Steward raised a concern with the numbers, which had been semaphored on Sky Channel and then subsequently on the semaphore board.

"In particular, the Chief Steward was of the view that ROYAL WARFARE was the winner of the event, and not UNIMAGINEABLE as semaphored. Upon return to the enclosure, the Chief Steward directed that the first horse past the post be kept under Stewards’ supervision to be re-identified. Upon reinspection it was confirmed that ROYAL WARFARE was the winner of the race. During this process UNIMAGINEABLE was also re-identified.

"Upon investigation it was established that ROYAL WARFARE and UNIMAGINEABLE were presented and subsequently raced in the incorrect saddlecloths. When weighing in, both App. M. Savva (ROYAL WARFARE) and M. Palmer (UNIMAGINEABLE) were correctly weighed in at their allotted weights.

"An examination of the Stewards patrol footage also confirmed that both horses started from their correct barriers. Subsequently, as Stewards were satisfied that ROYAL WARFARE was the winner of the race despite carrying the incorrect saddlecloth, correct weight was declared as follows: 1st ROYAL WARFARE (No. 4), 2nd GREY SKIES (No. 2), 3rd MT PILATUS (No. 1) and SEVENTY BELOW (No. 9).

"An inquiry into this matter was adjourned to allow Stewards to give consideration to the totality of the evidence provided by App. M. Savva and Trainer M. Boland (the connections of ROYAL WARFARE) and jockey M. Palmer and Trainer B. Robinson (the connections of UNIMAGINEABLE) in addition to Steward, Mr. L. Carvosso."

 

 

 

 

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