Horse Racing

Racing fans weight in on decision to DQ

BY HURBUN WILLIAMS
Observer writer

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

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As to be expected, there were differing views offered by racing fans on Saturday (June 22) when the stewards of the race meeting decided to disqualify Abogado and apprentice Kiaman McGregor as the winners of the day's sixth race.

The winners were disqualified because McGregor was deemed to be out of the saddle at the point when Abogado passed the winning post.

The Supreme Racing Guides shares some of these view with our readers.

 

LAURIE SMITH

Unfair. The disqualification is totally unfair. It is wicked, they are wicked and I believe that. Do you want me to go out there and show you where the winning post is? They shouldn't disqualify the winner.

 

JUNIOR ROBINSON

The disqualification as I saw it was justified. When the jockey approached the winning post, he went up in the air as though he was going to jump and he did not pass the winning post on the horse in the saddle. The Rules of Racing stipulate that to win a race the jockey has to be in the saddle while passing the post. So, the disqualification was justified to me as the jockey didn't pass the post on the horse.

 

BERNARD VINCENT

The disqualification was carelessness on the part of the rider. Extreme carelessness! These young riders have to be schooled in this area.

 

JUNIOR REID

The disqualification is unfair. The horse passed the winning post with the jockey on his back. So, I cannot see the reason for the disqualification. If the horse had passed the post without the jockey in the saddle then there was not much of a case. But the jockey was on the horse when it came first and was disqualified. That is what we are talking about. It is unfair to win and cannot collect.

 

GARFIELD “MAJOR MACKEREL” DIXON

I believe that the disqualification was totally unfair. I don't see a reason why they should disqualify him and the horse pass the post with the jockey before the jockey fell off. It was unfair to me, they should leave it and don't disqualify them.

 


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