THE Jamaica Racing Commission has ruled against the disqualification of MEZZALUNA after the running of the first race at Caymanas Park on Wednesday, October 9.
Following an appeal by trainer Philip Feanny the JRC struck down the disqualification and directed that the placings remain as the horses past the post.
The following is the full text of the release from the JRC:
THE Jamaica Racing Commission on 31st October 2002 heard an appeal by Mr. Philip Feanny against the decision of the Stewards' of the race meeting on 9th October 2002 to disqualify the horse MEZZALUNA, trained by him, following the running of the 1st race on that day.
MEZZALUNA, first past the post, was disqualified and placed 2nd for causing interference to GLOBALSTAR leaving the 300 metre point.
Mr. Feanny, while conceding that there was interference, submitted that the interference did not affect the final outcome of the race. The Commission viewed the Patrol Film of the race and heard evidence from Jockeys Brian Harding and Anthony Baker, the riders of GLOBALSTAR and MEZZALUNA respectively.
After considering the evidence and hearing submissions from Mr. Philip Feanny, and from Mr. Desmond Riley, Chairman of the Stewards' Panel, the Commission ruled that the interference did not, in its view, affect the outcome of the race and therefore upheld the appeal and directed that the placings be revised as under-:
1st - MEZZALUNA,
2nd - GLOBALSTAR,
3rd - MATANAH,
4th - STAR CREEK,
5th - CHAD THE MASTER,
6th - PALMETTO EXPRESS