Punters fuming as winning racehorse is controversially demoted to second after ‘bonkers’ investigation

PUNTERS were fuming after a winning racehorse was controversially demoted to second following a 'bonkers' investigation.

And even the fortunate trainer of the horse who was gifted victory said he had no idea how it had happened.

The head-scratching decision came after a 2m3½f maiden hurdle race at Kilbeggan racecourse in Ireland on Thursday.


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Denise Foster's short-priced favourite Mylestown Upper, ridden by Jamie Codd, just held onto scrape 'victory' after a thrilling finish.

But the result was soon in doubt when stewards said they were launching an investgation into the run-in after the final jump.

The probe concerned Mylestown Upper and Sean Flanagan's 22-1 outsider Hymie Weiss, who was pipped into second on the line.

Stewards were looking into whether Codd's horse interfered with the Noel Meade-trained runner up.

However, they appeared to have spotted something seemingly no one else had seen.

Punters were raging as the probe was carried out – with the placings eventually being reversed.

The Racing Post analysis of the race read: "The placings were reversed but it's hard to see why.

"Connections of Mylestown Upper can count themselves unfortunate."

Those watching the action were a bit less diplomatic.

One said: "Well that is a bonkers decision by the Kilbeggan stewards."

Another raged: "I'd be absolutely fuming if any way connected to Mylestown Upper."

A fellow user commented: "Outrageous decision."

While one punter fumed: "Shocking stewards must have been watching a different race."

Fortunate trainer Meade said: "A horse of mine nearly got knocked over in a beginners’ chase here last summer and we still didn’t get the race but this time I didn’t think much happened but we got it. Swings and roundabouts I suppose."

Asked when the interference occurred, Meade said: "Sean [Flanagan, who rode Hymie Weiss] said it happened after the last. The winner came over across him."


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