King gains prize in upheld protest

TRAINER Peter Moody was denied a winning double at Caulfield yesterday when stewards upheld a controversial protest against former Sydney mare One Perfect Day in the Cath White Memorial (1100 metres).

There was less than a head between the first three horses in a tight finish, with One Perfect Day ($8) first past the post by a short-half head over Bonnelle ($6.50), with only a half head to Lucky Diva ($7), who finished third.

After viewing the stewards' patrol video, Steven King, who rode Bonnelle, lodged a protest against One Perfect Day for alleged interference near the 200 metres.

Although the video clearly showed the two mares come together at that stage, it seemed that Bonnelle shifted in slightly while One Perfect Day moved out.

King argued that they bumped just as Bonnelle was going forward and she was put off-stride and probably lost a length-and-a-half.

Luke Nolen, who rode One Perfect Day, said Bonnelle had 200 metres to pick up his mount and could not do so.

The stewards, led by Des Gleeson, agreed with King that whatever ground Bonnelle lost in the bumping incident equated to more than the margin of a short half-head and, much to the surprise of the connections of One Perfect Day, upheld the objection.

by Tony Bourke - The Age

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