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    Controversial result in Group One Trot Controversial result in Group One Trot

    ALTHOUGH second past the post Kratos was promoted to first via protest - Photo HRV

    THE result to the Breeders’ Crown Final was played out in the stewards’ room at Tabcorp Park Melton last night. The Anton Golino-trained All... Controversial result in Group One Trot

    THE result to the Breeders’ Crown Final was played out in the stewards’ room at Tabcorp Park Melton last night.

    The Anton Golino-trained All Cashed Up worked to the lead with 1600 metres to travel with the $1.80 favourite Majestuoso moving up to sit without cover, while the John Dickie-trained New Zealand raider Kratos was able to slot in on the leader’s back.

    Those three runners cleared away from their rivals in the home straight and settled down to fight out the finish.

    All Cashed Up ($9.90) galloped in the shadows of the post, and despite being restrained by driver Glen Craven, he passed the post first by a nose from Kratos ($9.90), with Majestuoso a head away third.

    Josh Dickie, driver of Kratos, lodged a protest against the winner which was subsequently upheld by the stewards.

    HRV chairman of stewards Brett Day explained his panel’s decision to amend the placings.

    “They are always so difficult to do when they are so close to the line,” Day said.

    “The relevant rule requires that when a horse does break gait that it either doesn’t gain ground, or importantly, maintain ground.

    “When they gallop so close to the line it’s very hard for them to lose ground or alternatively not to maintain their ground and we were satisfied that when All Cashed Up broke in the final 50 metres initially, while in a gallop, it did maintain its position.”

    The win brought up the fifth Breeders’ Crown success for John Dickie who said the winner’s owners, including New Zealand media identity Mick Guerin, were keen to make the trip across the Tasman.

    “I’ve won many races on a protest but not a Group One,” Dickie said.

    “The other Kiwis beat him home but Mick (Guerin) and his brother made the call to come over, he’s probably the third or fourth best three-year-old in New Zealand without any disrespect to you guys.

    “He hasn’t won out of turn this guy, but Mick his brother Barry and partner Amanda have been terrific owners.”

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