Horse Racing

Watch: Confusion Reigns At Sandown As Officials Call Wrong Winner

Watch: Confusion Reigns At Sandown As Officials Call Wrong Winner

Bookies are not happy with the lads at Sandown Park this afternoon.

Most of the 'high-street' bet takers have been forced into paying out on two winners after racing officials at today's meeting announced the wrong horse had won the 13.50 EBF Novice's Handicap Hurdle.

12-1 shot One For Rosie was initially called the winner of the Grade 3 contest, that despite Turlough O'Brien getting up on 9-1 gelding Third Wind in the dying strides.

Officials seem to have been scrambled by the now infamous double-winning post scenario at the Kent racecourse.

The track has a befuddling arrangement which sees two separate finish lines used for jump racing events. One denotes the end for steeplechase races whilst a few yards further along, a second signals the culmination of the hurdles course.


Having wrongly announced One For Rosie, who did pass the first post in the lead on the inside, had won the race, it took a full ten minutes before the mistake was rectified and Third Wind was called the winner.

Paddy Power, Ladbrokes and BoyleSports have all confirmed via social media that they will pay out on both the Hughie Morrison trained winner and Nigel Twiston-Davies' grey.

But the independent on course bookies were said to be spitting blood at the error with one chap storming the steward's room claiming the mistake had cost him £10,000.


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Aaron Strain

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