Real Magic and Eddie The Spouse in a photo finish at the 2012 Culturama race meet in Nevis
By Curtis Morton
Caribbean News Now contributor
CHARLESTOWN, Nevis -- Following a meeting on Friday, the Nevis Turf and Jockey Club has issued the following press release:
“The Nevis Turf and Jockey Club has reached a decision pertaining to the fifth race held on Sunday 5th August as part of the 2012 Culturama race meet. After receiving a verbal protest which was subsequently followed by a written protest from Mr Arthur Sharpe, alleging foul play through reckless and careless riding on the part of Mr Julian Walters the jockey on board real magic, the Chief Steward, Mr Gary Griffin began an intense internal investigation into the allegations.
“He used all available resources, including two video clips, showing the incident in slow motion. As a result, it was determined by the Chief Steward Mr Gary Griffin that based on his investigation he found no evidence of foul play, reckless or careless riding on the part of Mr Julian Walters.
“He also found no evidence to substantiate the claim that Mr Julian Walters or his horse Real Magic, in any way impeded the progress of the other horse Eddie The Spouse or its jockey, Michael Semple. To this end, the Chief Steward in his wisdom has rendered his final decision by upholding the initially indicated official results of Real Magic in first place and Eddie The Spouse in second.”
There was much controversy after the electrifying race, which saw Real Magic edging out Eddie The Spouse by a virtual nose. It means therefore that horse racing fans are already fully hyped for the next big event -- the Dan Bartlette Memorial Stakes. This is scheduled for Monday 17 September, as part of the independence celebrations.