Prizemoney to be paid out for Avoca no-race after inquiry into embarrassing barrier error

Owners of the winner of the farcical Avoca “no-race” will receive their prizemoney despite stewards declaring last Saturday’s race null and void.

The George Osborne-trained Kerioth strolled to an easy win in the Unearth the Pyrenees Region Maiden Plate before it was realised the race was run over the wrong distance.

The 10 runners covered 1200m instead of the advertised 1100m after track staff placed the stalls in the wrong position.

Racing Victoria announced connections of the runners would be paid prizemoney according to their finishing position in the race, which was worth $23,000.

RV’s decision provided a $12,650 windfall for Kerioth’s connections.

The decision came after RV’s inquiry into the debacle confirmed the mistake happened because the wrong distance was printed on the inside cover of the meeting’s racebook.

Kerioth’s owners will still be paid the winners’ prizemoney. Picture: Racing Photos via Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

The error led to track staff putting the barriers at the 1200m start.

The official starter then relied on the club staff’s assurance the gates were in the right spot.

The mistake also got past the meeting’s chief steward.

The officials all accepted the blame for the embarrassing mistake.

All were “counselled about their obligations to exercise due diligence in such situations”.

It was also noted the Avoca Racecourse does not have signage showing the 1100m and 1200m starts, which also contributed to the mistake.

The club will install distance markers at all starts before Avoca’s next meeting.

Originally published asOwners won’t be out of pocket for ‘no-race’

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