Published in Racing Post Monday November 10. Page 5.
Burbidge: “I’m not giving up without a fight."
By Bruce Jackson
“MIKE BURBIDGE, owner of Saturday’s Badger Ales Trophy winner The Young Master, has vowed to fight all the way for his ineligible novice chaser to keep the Wincanton race on Saturday November 8.
“It was not until after The Young Master had romped home in the Listed handicap chase that it emerged the five-year-old had not been qualified for the £60,000 Class 1 race as, being a novice, he was required to have run three times over fences.
“Burbidge said yesterday: “I have been in racing for 20 years and am not going to give this up without a fight. I think they (government) have made a cock-up, and we’ll end up paying for it. “
“The owner said the entry had been made on the Weatherbys website and claimed there was no reference to the condition relating to novices contesting the race.
“He added: “I can’t understand the problem as it was to our disadvantage he had run in only two relevant races. If they, (government) disqualified him, what are they (government) going to do with his handicap mark? They (government) can’t put it up if they say he has effectively not run in the race. Something has to give and I’ll get a solicitor involved if needed.
“The Wincanton Stewards, alerted too late to prevent The Young Master from running, forwarded a report to the BHA (government) after racing. The BHA (government) is expected to act on it today and quiz Weatherby’s, who are responsible for racing administration, over the blunder.
“A Weatherby’s spokesman said there would be no comment from their end in advance of the BHA (government) inquiries.
“As connections of runner-up Court By Surprise said they would not be objecting, it will be left to the BHA (government) to set in motion the process of a formal hearing, which is likely to lead to The Young Master’s disqualification. “
Is this how Master slipped through Weatherbys net?
THE title of a flat race The Young Master ran in at Kempton on Wednesday 19, February 2014 might be the reason why the ineligibility of the Neil Mulholland-trained winner of Saturday’s Badger Ales Trophy was not picked up by Weatherbys.
“Having regularly switched between the Flat and hurdles, The Young Master finished tenth of 11 in the 2m BetBright Chase Day 22.02.14 Handicap on February 19 before embarking on a seven- month summer break.
“The word ‘Chase’ in the race title could have confused the Weatherbys computer into thinking The Young Master had competed in three chases prior to his run at Wincanton on Saturday-his other chase starts having come in a beginners’ chase at Worcester and an amateur riders’ chase at Cheltenham. “
J Margaret Clarke Turfcall Factfile
WORLDWIDE HORSERACING GOVERNMENTS' BLOODHORSE ILLITERACY MAKES ALL WORLD GOVERNMENTS ' ACTING IN ERROR GUILTY OF PERJURY.
Jumps Turf Meetings which omit to state the number of hurdles and chase fences to be jumped in each and every race are misleading the punters and the public in general as well. There is a huge difference between a race with 21 big chase fences to be jumped, to a Flat race. The Young Master won this steeple chase fair and square. It would be a cruel government injustice if The Young Master's Win was disqualified through government's own bloodhorse illiterate errors.