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Trainer feels sorry for owner

Trainer Mark Walker said he felt really sorry for Falcon's owner, Koh Chong Choon of KJ Racing Stable.

"Nunes weighed 0.8kg lighter but the saddle was 100 per cent the same from the weighing room. It was certainly not a stable problem but we are still very sorry for Mr Koh," said Walker, who still enjoyed a treble with KEEN DRAGON in Race 2, CLERMONT CLUB in Race 5 and SOUL COMMANDER in Race 6. All were ridden by Nunes.

"I've trained 1,100 winners in my career and it has never happened to me. I felt very sick to lose because Mr Koh has been with me for a long time and is a good owner."

Koh, whose Race Ahead won the 2010 Group 1 Emirates Singapore Derby, was fuming.

"It's unfair to owners. It's not my fault, it's not the stable's fault, then whose fault is it?" said the 72-year-old businessman.

But, told that any horse which weighed lighter when returning has to be disqualified under the rules, he shot back: "Perhaps the turf club should amend the rule. If not, betting syndicates may take advantage of this. Or, at least, refund the bets."