Punters were left seething with anger after a heavily-favored horse was disqualified despite crossing the finish line first.
A Winning Debut
Nurburgring, trained by Joseph O'Brien and rated 93 on the Flat, made a successful hurdling debut at Killarney as he was sent off at odds of 7-4. Punters were confident in his abilities and backed him heavily, resulting in odds of 8-15 for his next race.
A Nail-Biting Finish
Under the guidance of jockey JJ Slevin, Nurburgring stormed to the front and seemed to have the race in the bag. However, 5-1 outsider Wodhooh put up a brave fight, refusing to be easily defeated.
The tension reached its peak as the two horses crossed the finish line in a dead heat, but ultimately, Nurburgring was declared the winner by a short-head.
Despite the seemingly fair outcome, a stewards' enquiry was requested, leading to Nurburgring's shocking disqualification. The stewards also penalized jockey JJ Slevin, handing him a four-day ban.
Betrayed by Bookmakers
While some bookmakers honored the double-result rule and paid out to punters who backed Nurburgring, many others did not. This, understandably, left punters furious with the decision.
One disgruntled fan took to Twitter, writing: "Why am I not surprised that they overturn a favorite winning."
Another vented their anger, stating: "The favorite was well backed so the result has to be amended – crooks."
A Day of Upsets
This controversial race was not the only disappointment for punters that day. In the feature race, the 2-5 favorite Saint Sam, trained by Willie Mullins, fell from the lead, leaving even more bettors with burned fingers.
Overall, it was a frustrating day for those who favored short-priced favorites, resulting in an eventful and memorable day at Killarney Racecourse.
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