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Toowoomba winner carries the wrong saddlecloth

Steve Bennett in News 12 May 2019
  • Ooops, sorry, wrong number 
  • Bizarre incident at Toowoomba Saturday night
Royal Warfare (Image- Sky Racing)

In a bizarre incident, Royal Warfare crossed the finish line at Toowoomba on Saturday Night, carrying the wrong saddlecloth.

Confusion reigned supreme as the horses crossed the line with the jockeys in the correct silks, but there were two saddlecloths on the wrong horses.

The winner of race six was Royal Warfare ridden by Montanna Savva bore the connections correct colours (Royal Blue with red cross and sleeves and blue cap) however for some (unknown) reason, was donning the number five saddlecloth, while appearing in all official field lists as number ‘four’ in the race. 


Officially, horse number five in the race was aptly named, Unimaginable who finished eighth in the 10-horse field, and as the Ben Robinson-trained mare passed the post she was carrying the number ‘four’ saddlecloth.

After calling all horses passed the post, there was seven seconds of dead air as race caller Anthony Collins was in a state of confusion himself.

"Royal Warfare will be the winner. It's actually got the five saddlecloth on, Royal Warfare," he said post-race. 
"I would hope that's a mistake, they've swapped colours in the jockeys' room. "That's actually Unimagineable. 
"I can't believe that's actually taken place. 
"The five is the winner [in the frame] - Unimagineable. but we'll just run a check on that because to me, it looks like the four and the five have swapped saddlecloths."

While number five was semaphored as the winner, it was altered to number four [to display the correct winner of the race] before correct weight was given.

Further information will be available once the steward’s report has been released.



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