Sylvester Kirk: successfully appealed against stewards’ decision
PICTURE: Martin Lynch (racingpost.com/photos)
SYLVESTER Kirk on Thursday won an appeal against a decision by Wolverhampton stewards to disqualify maiden winner Woodukheleyfit for causing interference even though there was no contact between first and second.
The two-year-old gelding had been demoted to second after the racecourse panel found his drift to the right, which also caused Bayston Hill to shift across, had cost the second both ground and momentum before suffering a head defeat in a July 5 maiden auction race.
But at an appeal hearing in London, Kirk argued that the interference was minimal and his horse would have won anyway, a view which the BHA appeal panel supported in allowing the appeal.
Kirk, who attended the hearing with Woodukheleyfit’s jockey George Baker, said: “He was the best horse on the day. He did intimidate the other horse but not as much as a head’s distance.
“It was a principled thing to appeal. He did come across but not by enough to make difference.”
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