Race three was a hotly-contested two-horse battle with Vixenite, ridden by Michael Kent, and The Blue Angel, ridden by Reece Goodwin, hitting the line together in a bob-of-the head photo finish. After a quick review, the judge declared Vixenite the winner and correct weight was signalled. However, in a calamitous footnote to the race, stewards were forced to re-examine the photo following the presentation and, with a keener eye, discovered that The Blue Angel had, in fact, won the race. Unfortunately for punters who backed the $3 outsider, all bets stood according to correct weight, meaning that their “winning” tickets could not be collected. Needless to say, the incident has been referred to Racing Victoria officials.
In a more conventional finish, Rob Kirkpatrick guided Popcorn Taxi to victory in race four for trainer and wife Shelley Kirkpatrick, winning by two lengths. While in the final race of the day, Adam Bodey, still smarting from a late scratching to his mount in the Cup, made the most of his only ride for the day, grinding out a gutsy win on Gold Viper, the nine-year-old gelding notching up career win number 17 for trainer and owner Bodey.
Congratulations to the Drouin and Mansfield Racing Clubs for a successful post-Christmas double-header. As the year draws to a close, we look forward to starting another one on Wednesday with the traditional New Year’s Day meeting at Merton and Pakenham. Here’s to a bright and prosperous 2014!
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