Judge at centre of Lingfield controversy stood down

Lingfield: the course where the incident took place

PICTURE: Jon Hoy Judge at centre of controversy stood down By Tony McFadden 2:26PM 30 DEC 2016

THE judge at the centre of a controversy regarding the incorrect result being called to the 7f nursery at Lingfield on Wednesday has been stood down by the BHA pending a full investigation into the incident.

The third and fourth-placed horses had to be reversed after it emerged that the result had been declared incorrectly by judge Graham Ford.

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The incident had ramifications for punters and bookmakers as those who backed Elementary, the horse initially and incorrectly placed third, were paid out on each-way bets, while those who had backed Sun Angel, the actual third who was originally placed fourth, were not.

Some bookmakers paid out on both horses but were under no obligation to do so.

Ford will be able to continue in his principal role as clerk of the scales while the investigation takes place.

BHA head of media Robin Mounsey said: "First, we wish to apologise to racegoers, bettors and bookmakers for an error in judging the 2.55pm race at Lingfield on Wednesday which led to the reversal of the third and fourth placed horses after the result had been declared for betting purposes.

"We take the matter very seriously and a full investigation is underway to understand the circumstances which led to the judge’s initial error and to mitigate the risk of this happening in future.

"In the meantime, and pending completion of our investigation, the BHA can confirm that the judge concerned, Graham Ford, will not carry out the role of judge during this period."

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