WEST SUSSEX, United Kingdom – Australian newspapers had the Fontwell Park horse race as among its trending news early this week, following the declaration of a racehorse unlikely to have won the contest taking home the first prize. Dharma Rain is a racehorse bred in Ireland. She is a five-year-old mare who was declared the Fontwell contest’s winner on Sunday, November 15.
Out of the nine sprinters, Dharma Rain finished seventh, as per the news posted online by Australian horse racing news and information website, Racenet. However, High Chaparral and Crazy Volume’s daughter was the beneficiary of bewilderment as the field was near the third-final leap. Dharma Rain was the only racehorse to jump all the hurdles. Therefore, although she got defeated over 50 lengths, she was proclaimed the victor of the Fontwell competition. Dharma Rain reportedly was the sole runner to have completely finished the course.
Jack Tudor rode Dharma Rain. During the tilt, the winning horseman reportedly felt the situation had been a blur, as per the report posted online by horse racing information and news portal, Racing and Sports. Tudor was at the field’s back, and he felt uncertain with the then on-going racing scenario. Nevertheless, he jumped the controversial obstacle which resulted in a win for Clare Hobson’s sprinter.
Tudor affirmed that, before being declared as the victors, he and Dharma Rain were caught in a highly uncertain situation. He cited that the condition did not get managed well at all by the organisers. The winning jockey confirmed that the hurdle in question appeared that it could have been out.
Additionally, Tudor, who described the situation as a 50-50, affirmed that he chose to go with his gut instinct. He explained that it was due to the markers being behind the hurdle. Dharma Rain’s rider relayed that such was the condition why he decided to jump. Tudor remarked that he was aware that the other jockeys missed the markers. All the jockeys, except Tudor, mistook the signal as a direction to bypass the third-final impediment.
The racing stewards probed the competition. They interviewed Tudor and his fellow jockeys: Page Fuller, Jerry McGrath, Brendan Powell, Niall Houlihan, Lucy Gardner, Tabitha Worsley, and Harry Reed. The stewards also spoke to the racecourse head groundsman, the course’s clerk, and the extra ground staff member. After they gathered all the proofs and watched the recordings of the controversial racing incident, they changed the placings. The racing stewards made Dharma Rain as the winner of the Fontwell horse race. Plus, they confirmed that Barry White’s racehorse was the sole finisher of the disputed horse race.
The racing stewards’ report of the Fontwell Park competition indicated that any of the jockeys who participated in the recently concluded horse race would not have to deal with any penalties. Additionally, the account specified that the contestants had to grapple with poor visibility. They also got inconvenienced by the illusion that the chevrons had been put in the hurdle, as per the report.
This erroneous experience gave the jockeys a cause for concern for all of the involved’s safety. The racing stewards will forward their report to the British Horseracing Authority’s head office. Several bookmakers confirmed that they would pay out wagers on Dharma Rain and fellow contestant, Just Henny.