Dance drama at Newcastle
A dramatic betfred.com Free Bet Offers Seaton Delaval Handicap at Newcastle saw the Ed Vaughan-trained Dance And Dance awarded the race in the stewards' room after initially passing the post a short head down on Brian Ellison's Baraweez.
Baraweez's rider Dale Swift was happy to take a lead off Bold Prediction and was seemingly going better than anything a quarter of a mile from home.
Stoked up from there, he found Dance And Dance (9-2) and Dubai Dynamo challenging on either side and while he stuck to his guns, he did give the Richard Kingscote-ridden runner-up a bump on the way which led to a fairly lengthy stewards' inquiry.
Speaking before the hearing, Swift said of the 3-1 favourite: "He's just a big baby, I got in front a bit too soon I was travelling that well.
"We didn't go quick at all, he was wanting a bit of company.
"He didn't stop the second horse from winning, he just fractionally came off the line he was running on."
Ellison said: "The owner wants to appeal and I think he's right. The stewards are the only people on the racecourse who think he should have lost the race, I can't understand it.
"There was a race yesterday at Carlsile, the (Cumberland) Plate, we (Streets Of New York) got murdered, everybody did, but nothing was said, yet we win good prize money and lose the race.
"Dale was always in front, the horse doesn't do a lot in front, but the other horse came to him and the other jockey didn't stop riding."
Vaughan was not at the track, but having watched on television he did feel the incident had cost his runner the race.
He said: "He did get a bump when I saw the head on, and he was beaten by a very small margin.
"I wasn't there, but I can only go on what Richard said, and he said it did affect him.
"I'm delighted for the horse and we'll go pot-hunting with him. He'll head for the Bunbury Cup, in which he was an unlucky fourth last year."
Explaining the decision, stewards' secretary Robert Earnshaw said: "The stewards considered the interference, which took place approximately half a furlong out. Mr Kingscote was making ground and at the point of interference his progress was halted and when rebalanced he started making ground and was certainly finishing faster at the end.
"Both jockeys were interviewed, we've seen the film from all angles and we reached the conclusion that the placings were affected."
There was a measure of compensation for Ellison when his Knightly Escapade (9-2) claimed the Betfred Racing Like Us On Facebook Handicap in the hands of PJ McDonald.
Aktabantay got off the mark at the third time of asking in the Betfred Racing Follow Us On Twitter Novice Stakes and bigger things await.
An eyecatcher when short-headed by Elite Gardens on his debut at Newmarket, the youngster filled the same position behind the equally useful Dr No at Nottignham a few weeks later.
Not faced that with the sort of opposition at Gosforth Park, Hugo Palmer's charge travelled strongly off the pace set by Geordie George and picked up well when asked over a furlong out.
The 6-5 favourite was always doing enough without being asked a serious question by Danny Tudhope in the closing stages, holding the renewed challenge of Geordie George by a comfortable length and a quarter.
Palmer told At The Races: "He's done it very easily, Ryan (Moore) never hit him on his first two starts and Danny hasn't there, so that's three races where he hasn't seen the stick. He idled a bit in front, he's just babyish really.
"The July meeting (at Newmarket) might come a bit quick, but I think it will be seven furlongs for him now.
"Our dream is that come Ma y next year we are looking at a Guineas colt.
"There's Goodwood, York, he'll be in the Champagne (at Doncaster) and we'll see when the Dewhurst entries are, but he'll be in all those sorts of races."
Great Park was a winning debutant for the Martyn Meade stable in the Betfred World Cup Goals Galore Extra Median Auction Maiden Stakes.
Indian Keys took the field along and looked like making all until just collared in the closing stages by the 17-2 winner.