7 - AUSTRALIAN CUP (Group 1) - 2000 metres:
Prior to correct weight Hugh Bowman, rider of Preferment (NZ), second past the post, lodged an objection against Awesome Rock (Stephen Baster) being declared the winner alleging interference from the 400m until the winning post. On the evidence it was established that between the 300m and the 200m Awesome Rock shifted out when not clear of Preferment (NZ) taking that horse several horses out off its course, and bearing in mind the short half head margin between the two at the finish, had it not been for this interference Preferment (NZ) would have finished in front of Awesome Rock
and therefore the objection was upheld and the placings amended as follows: first placegetter - Preferment (NZ), second placegetter - Awesome Rock, third placegetter - Rising Romance (NZ) and fourth placegetter - Fenway and correct weight was declared.
Preferment (NZ) - when questioned regarding the tactics today, rider Hugh Bowman stated he was given no specific instructions however he was mindful that in his view he was hopeful to take up a forward position and given the slow tempo in the early stages he was able to achieve that.
Bow Creek (IRE) - stood flat footed and lost ground. Rider Damien Oliver stated his mount was not suited by the slow tempo and a post race veterinary examination failed to reveal any abnormalities.
Awesome Rock - rider Stephen Baster was severely reprimanded for shifting out between the 300m and the 200m taking Preferment (NZ) out off its course.
Suavito (NZ) - trainer Mr Nigel Blackiston believes the mare, at weight for age, failed to see out the trip and he will now revert back to mile races.
According to Stephen Baster the horses made no contact although I have only seen the side on film it did appear that Preferment was baulked slightly still another controversial decision by Bailey & Co....hope there's a head on shown tomorrow on the Racing Show...he's a wonderful little trier Awesome Rock bless his heart.
In cases like this it's normal for the words "in the opinion of stewards "to preface their decision this time they state it as fact.