Race 3 at Canterbury the lowly Anz Bloodstock News Maiden H’Cap set off a wildfire on social media reminiscent to Sunday morning’s Kentucky Derby upheld protest or like it was the 2019 Melbourne Cup being run in May.
It looked a two-horse race on paper and so that’s the way it played out.
#2 Knowitall Jack ridden by James McDonald was a $2.35 favourite and the seemingly only danger to him was #4 Sedgemoore the Godolphin horse ridden by Kerrin McEvoy.
Here’s how it unfolded.
Now that’s as close a finish as they get…..!
Here’s the print of the finish: How can you split them???
It’s a dead heat in my opinion.
So are we gonna start using the term ‘won by a pixel’ from now on?
— Jah Wild (@WildWhite65) May 8, 2019
— Rob (@robbiejjay) May 8, 2019
You have not convinced me , thats a DH every day of the week # EOS
— daniel jackson (@dannynoeljackso) May 8, 2019
What the f@ is up with that ??? I was on the outside ☹️
— kieran (@ItothaG) May 8, 2019
Judge should have gone to spec savers 😴
— Andy roper (@Andyroper6) May 8, 2019
Small margin. I backed Sedgemoor #pain pic.twitter.com/6Mb0WhDRbW
— Brodie King (@brodiekingg) May 8, 2019
I was on Sedgemoor too, #hurting
— Anthony Manton (@AnthonyManton) May 8, 2019
Surely that was a dead heat?
— Punters.com.au (@Punters) May 8, 2019
IF THE OUTSIDE HORSE SEDGEMOOR HAS BEEN BEATEN HERE I’LL FKN GIVE IT AWAY!!!!
WHAT HAPPENED TO DH’S IN HORSE RACING DO THEY EVEN EXIST IN 2019? pic.twitter.com/1zX7hYxgRN
— Weekend King Racing (@WeekendKingRace) May 8, 2019
My personal opinion on the matter is that that use of such high tech magnification technology is that dead-heats are a thing of the past if amplified enough without losing its clarity a margin will be found every time in the year 2019 which is harsh or the 2nd placed getter, it’s connections and punters.
I think a rule should be implemented whereby there is a maximum zoom in % figure established and one the official print reaches that point if the horses can’t be separated it’s deemed a dead heat. Like someone said it’s got to the point now where horses are winning and losing the race by a single pixel.
Look at this dead heat in Singapore below. That’s rightfully a DH, but in Australia, this same image would have been amplified dozens and dozens of time and eventually they’d have found a margin. I don’t think modern day photo finish technology is fair for all.