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when is a 1200m race not a 1200m race?


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ONCEUPONATIME AT BELMONT PARK DASH HANDICAP

Stakes:15000 NZ
Class:Rating 83 HCP
Distance:1200 METRES
Rail:True

As you can see in this Screenshot, the field has jumped, no barriers in shot. The winner, Scarfi, bounced out first from the 1 gate....so why is the 1200m sign not closer to the starting gates..? Is this an optical illusion (if it is, it's very good!)...is the sign in the wrong place? Or is this a case of Another Flock Up by the people paid to run the show?

MM

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Apparently, according to the  stipes report, the rail was in the true position. Like Max i don't have a lot of confidence in raceday officials sometimes, and I should add that I was one myself many years ago and was amazed at the relaxed attitude many of the others held.

Looking at a map of the track and the 1200m start, the camera angle is about 10 degrees left of centre, however the stalls look like they are angled back much further than that meaning the inside draw horses get a shorter trip. Who knows ? Could be an optical illusion. I note the other 1200m races started from the same spot so they were consistent at least

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8 minutes ago, PWJ said:

Apparently, according to the  stipes report, the rail was in the true position. Like Max i don't have a lot of confidence in raceday officials sometimes, and I should add that I was one myself many years ago and was amazed at the relaxed attitude many of the others held.

Yep, which means if the rail is moved out 6m around the track, the starting position will 'appear' closer to the 1200m sign.

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