Nunes' objection borders on being frivolous
SO CLOSE: Magical Talent (red) beating Snitzel Spirit (centre) by a short head in Race 10 on Sunday and then survived an objection for alleged interference. TNP PHOTO: PHYLLICIA WANG
An objection was lodged by jockey M Nunes, the rider of second placegetter, SNITZEL SPIRIT, against MAGICAL TALENT, being declared the winner, on grounds of interference over the final 50m in Race 10 on Sunday.
After considering the evidence, the panel of stewards felt that near the 50m mark, Magical Talent and Snitzel Spirit bumped, and shortly after, Magical Talent and Snitzel Spirit bumped on a number of occasions when racing between Touch Me Not and Amazealot.
However, the panel of stewards felt that the alleged interference could not be attributed to Magical Talent. As such, the objection was overruled and the result stood.
Nunes was warned and advised that his objection was bordering on being frivolous and he must ensure that he has sufficient grounds when lodging objections in future.
An inquiry into Snitzel Spirit having to check when racing between Touch Me Not to his inside and Magical Talent and Amazealot to the outside will be held.