The Controversial Finish
ITV Racing star Chris Hughes had a message for disgruntled punters: "Why are you moaning?" This comes after a race at Redcar left many fans confused and upset by the outcome.
The Close Call
It was a nail-biter of a race between Pepsi Cat and Emeralds Pride. The 4-1 joint-favorite, Pepsi Cat, appeared to have crossed the finish line first. However, after a photo finish, Emeralds Pride was named the winner by a nose.
Many punters believed that Pepsi Cat had actually won or at least deserved a dead-heat. Some pointed out that both horses finished the 5f race in exactly 58.88 seconds. Nevertheless, the photo finish showed Emeralds Pride in front when it mattered most, causing outrage among fans.
Chris Hughes Stands Firm
Chris Hughes, the popular host, was not swayed by the backlash. He responded to the criticism by stating, "Why are people moaning at this? Far side nose banded, head down. Pretty decisive enough." He also noted that some fans were looking at the wrong horse in the photo.
Punters Voice Their Frustration
Despite Hughes' explanation, many punters continued to express their frustration with the decision. Some called it an "absolute joke" and insisted that Pepsi Cat should have won or that it was a dead-heat. The controversy surrounding tight finishes has been a sore spot for punters in recent days, with significant amounts of money lost on unexpected outcomes.
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